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Network Seismologist, Nevada Seismological Laboratory

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada (US)
Closing date
Dec 25, 2022

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Seismology, Solid Earth Geophysics
Career Level
Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
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Relocation Cost
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The Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking applications for a Network Seismologist.  This position is soft-funded through a variety grants, including U.S. Geological Survey-funded seismic monitoring of Nevada through the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) cooperative agreement, and earthquake early warning activities in Eastern California as part of ShakeAlert.  Other funding sources include seismic monitoring on the Nevada National Security Site and mining operations.  The main requirement is the production of a timely and accurate earthquake catalog within NSL and ANSS’s Comprehensive Catalog (ComCat) including: earthquake origins, phase picks, station magnitudes, focal mechanisms, and/or moment tensor products, as applicable.  The Network Seismologist ensures the ComCat products are correct and current.  The position trains and supervises the seismic analysis staff (including undergraduate and graduate students, classified staff, and LOAs) in automatic event review and relocation, and oversees earthquake catalog production including automatically generated products. The position holder responds and coordinates the response schedule on a 24/7 basis to review and generate earthquake products for significant events.

The Network Seismologist regularly monitors and assesses seismic data quality from our 200+ seismic stations and works with technical staff to rectify data issues.  This involves coordinating with the Network Manager position to interact with field technicians to plan and prioritize site visits.  They also work with development staff to create in-house seismic station monitoring tools.  The position works with the Network Manager to field technicians at seismic sites to verify data availability and quality following instrumentation changes, occasionally outside of normal business hours.

The position also assists in developing press releases following significant earthquakes, through the university and through NSL’s website. The position responds to inquiries from the public via phone, email, or NSL’s social media accounts, and acts as one of NSL’s 3 required social media administrators.  The position may also assist academic faculty, collaborators, and students in research related to the seismic network and catalog.  The Network Seismologist works with the Network Manager and technical staff to identify the needs of a growing, cutting-edge seismic network, and helps to evaluate potential network processing improvements and emerging technologies.

Required Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Geophysics, Seismology or other closely related field and five years of related professional work experience OR Doctorate degree in Geophysics, Seismology, or other closely related field and one year of related professional work experience.

Related experience may consist of:        

  • Earthquake catalog production and event review
  • Seismic data quality control
  • Seismic instrument deployment
  • Seismic network operations
  • Experience with related data, computer systems, software, and hardware
  • Grant proposal development and administration
  • Supervision of student and/or staff analysts

Certification and Licensure: Valid driver’s license

Schedule or Travel Requirements: Variable work schedule and occasional travel, United States Citizenship is required due to work on NNSS (Nevada National Security Site) Test Site

For more information, and to apply, please visit:

EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


The University of Nevada, Reno is one of the top 120 universities in America for funded research, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; it is a doctoral-granting research university ("high research activity"), and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as "National University, Doctoral (Tier I)".

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