University of Utah Research Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/24/2018

Requisition Number PRN18166B

Job Title Research Scientist

Working Title Research Scientist

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

The new hire will be required to serve rotations as aUUSSduty seismologist, which will periodically require 24/7 availability via cell/pager to carry out the initialUUSSresponse to events of interest.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00107 - Seismograph Stations

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 70000 to 95000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS, invites applications for a full-time staff scientist position.UUSSoperates a network of approximately 250 seismic stations (with a combination of broadband, strong-motion, and short-period sensors) and 3 infrasound arrays. Together with the Department of Geology and Geophysics,UUSSalso maintains an inventory of 162 three-component, 5 Hz, Nodal geophones that can be used for special studies. In operations,UUSSruns theANSSQuake Monitoring System (AQMS) and is responsible for generating earthquake catalogs and other earthquake information products for the regions around Utah and Yellowstone National Park, as well as providing information to local stakeholders.


The successful applicant will (1) help sustain and improveUUSSoperational capabilities for earthquake detection, location, and characterization in the Intermountain West, and (2) work withUUSSfaculty, staff, and students on related research problems. Research topics of interest include earthquake detection and location, seismic hazard analysis, discrimination of seismic sources, imaging of shallow Earth structure, seismotectonics of the Intermountain West region, mining induced seismicity, and seismicity induced by geothermal energy development.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or other scientific discipline in a related field plus four years of experience or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


A Ph.D. in seismology or a closely related field is preferred at the time of appointment.

Other requirements include proficiency in programming and scripting languages commonly used in modern seismology, and strong communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in network or field seismology and database management.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

To apply submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references. The nominal start date is January 1, 2019, although the actual start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018. Questions may be directed toUUSSDirector Keith Koper ( orUUSSAssociate Director Kristine Pankow (

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.