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Seismic Network Systems Specialist

Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

DescriptionDoes a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!

Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Engineering Analysis group is seeking forward-thinking, professionals interested in exploring a technical career as a Seismic Network Systems Specialist.

Responsibilities Include:

Apply fundamental scientific knowledge and skills of seismic instrumentation, digital communications systems, computer programming (software and hardware systems), and remote power sources to seismology and geophysics in support of the INL Seismic Monitoring Program. Design, develop, test, analyze, and modify components of field stations (sensors and computer-based data loggers) to acquire continuous seismic data from distant locations and enable transmission into seismic data acquisition and analysis computers.
Design, write, modify, and test computer system software used by computer-based seismic instrumentation, digital communications systems, and remote power sources. Conduct work with and at 35 seismic stations with short-period and broadband seismometers, 42 field and building locations with accelerometers, and 18 global positioning system (GPS) receivers co-located at seismic stations.
Within the framework of a continuous seismic monitoring system, work independently or with limited oversight at remote field sites or within INL facilities to design, develop, test, analyze, and modify computer hardware and software that will enable continuous seismic signal transmissions from computer-based seismic instrumentation through programmable digital telemetry systems to integration into and configuration of seismic data acquisition and analysis computers.
Consult with INL seismologists or analyze continuous seismic signals to determine seismic monitoring system functional requirements and implement innovative solutions to resolve problems or repair hardware and software of computer-based seismic instrumentation, communications equipment, power systems, and seismic data acquisition and analysis computers.
Design, write, modify, and test computer system software (on LINUX operating systems) used by computer-based seismic instrumentation, digital communications systems (e.g., combinations of digital radios, DSL, and internet), remote power sources, and computers including but not limited to microcontroller devices, embedded LINUX operating systems, computer servers, EARTHWORM acquisition program, and SEISAN analysis program.
Maintain proficiency and educate other staff on advances of hardware and software upgrades, changes, and replacements for computer-based seismic instrumentation, digital communication systems, remote power systems, and computer operating systems for the seismic data acquisition and analysis computers.
Perform work in the office, in INL secured facilities, and outdoors, which involves working in variable weather conditions and performing moderately strenuous activities at remote field sites located at INL and throughout southeast Idaho in the mountains and on the Snake River Plain.
Plan, assess, and apply a wide range of seismic instruments and involved system approaches to improve the INL seismic monitoring system and in support of other INL seismic-related programs.
Contribute to documentation of procedures, reports, publications, and proposals, and assist in the interpretation and application of earthquake data for assessing INL seismic hazards.
Perform any other related duties as may be required by the Seismic Lead or Department Manager.

QualificationsBachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree in geophysics or seismology preferred; other earth science, physical science or engineering degrees will also be considered. In lieu of Bachelor's degree, manager will consider associates degree + 4 years of relevant field of work.

Seismic monitoring network or geophysical field work experience preferred.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE "L" Clearance.

Preferred Requirements:

Individuals must have knowledge of or be willing to gain knowledge of seismic instrumentation fundamentals.
Applicants must also have experience or skills in two or more of the following areas:

data acquisition and analysis type software (EARTHWORM preferred);
LINUX (or UNIX) operating systems;
networking communications (such as TCP/IP);
remote digital telemetry;
integration of instrument signals with data acquisition systems; and 6) programming languages (e.g., fortran, C, perl, or others).

Individuals must have demonstrated proficiency with or strong willingness to perform work under varying and diverse environmental conditions including but not limited to: adverse weather (moderately cold and hot temperatures), driving on unimproved snowy mountain roads in an all-terrain vehicle or truck with trailer, and climbing antenna towers (
Preference is desired for individuals who have experience with seismic digital data loggers, broadband seismometers, accelerometers, or GPS instrumentation working under variable environmental conditions.
Preference is desired for individuals who have experience with computer programming, seismic digital data loggers, broadband seismometers, accelerometers, or GPS instrumentation working under variable environmental conditions.

Job Information

Salary Grade: 180/190
Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

INL Mission

Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision

Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.

Selective Service Requirements

To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see

Equal Employment Opportunity

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Other Information

When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

Benefits, Salary, and Relocation

We have an extremely competitive salary structure and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit:

Primary Location:United StatesJob:ScienceOrganization:Facilities & Site Services (Jxxx)Schedule:Full-timeEmployee Status:RegularJob Posting:Apr 5, 2021, 4:36:06 AMUnposting Date:May 19, 2021, 5:59:00 AM

Keywords: Battelle Energy Alliance, Idaho Falls , Seismic Network Systems Specialist, Other , Idaho Falls, Idaho

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