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University of Utah Seismic Network Engineer in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 02/04/2021

Requisition Number PRN25221B

Job Title Engineer 2

Working Title Seismic Network Engineer

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

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00107 - Seismograph Stations

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $65,000 to $80,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations is seeking applicants to fill the position of Seismic Network Engineer. The successful applicant will work with other professional staff to operate, repair, and maintain 230 seismograph stations forming part of the University of Utah’s regional seismic network. Seismograph stations consist of seismic sensors, digital data acquisition systems, power supplies, and associated telemetry equipment and are sited both in the urban built environment and in remote field locations throughout Utah, parts of neighboring states, and Yellowstone National Park. The Seismic Network Engineer is involved in the installation of new seismograph stations and maintains a detailed record of station visits and a written repair history for specified equipment items.

For new installations, the Seismic Network Engineer will perform site construction work and install delicate instrumentation; selecting sites and/or interacting with property owners may be required. Job requires frequent day trips and occasional overnight travel to field installations. Some of the travel may be extensive, from days to a couple of weeks. Additional duties may be assigned relating to the installation and/or maintenance and operation of other types of seismic monitoring instrumentation. In the event of an earthquake aftershock response, the successful applicant must be prepared, on short notice, to rapidly deploy portable seismic recording equipment, potentially requiring travel for three or more days.

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.


Shared responsibility for the operation, repair, and maintenance of an extensive seismic network of approximately 230 sites. Field sites are both in the urban built environment

and in remote locations. Maintenance includes both analog and digital data acquisition systems and associated telemetry. For new installations, the Seismic Network Engineer selects sites, interacts with property owners, purchases equipment, performs site construction work, and installs delicate instrumentation, and may supervise one or more individuals assisting in the station installation process. Works frequently with IT specialists to establish data communication links through off-site firewalls and works with telecommunications engineers to establish end-to-end system throughput. Maintains a detailed database of station parameters and repair histories. Interacts with original equipment manufacturers and software engineers to ensure data collection integrity. Job requires frequent day trips and occasional overnight travel to field installations. Some of the travel may be extensive. Additional duties may be assigned related to the installation, maintenance, and operation of other types of seismic network instrumentation, including portable seismographs as part of post-earthquake deployments. Work may require climbing tall radio towers at remote mountain top locations.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related engineering field or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education) and two years engineering related experience required. Demonstrated human relation 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.


Experience with at least some of the following data communications hardware: cellular modems, routers, switches, firewalls, and terminal servers. Experience with diverse data transmission media (e.g., T-1, Ethernet, DSL , and serial circuits).

Valid Utah driver’s license and proof of insurability. Applicant must be self-motivated and capable of problem-solving both individually (unsupervised) and as a team member. Must be capable of performing fieldwork requiring extensive travel, often under inclement conditions, and capable of strenuous physical labor (e.g., able to lift and carry batteries, equipment, and site construction materials commonly weighing 50 lb or more).

Experience with seismic monitoring equipment preferred (Nanometrics, Kinemetrics, Geotech, etc.) Diversity of electronic and mechanical skills desirable.

Experience with Windows and with UNIX or Linux (experience with Python and C programming


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

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”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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