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Seismic Network Field Technical Officer.

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is a government-funded academic research institution. The Geophysics section in DIAS operates the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), since 2017 with support from the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI). The Seismic Network Specialist will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of permanent INSN remote field sites from which seismic data stream continuously in real-time via digital telemetry to the seismic observatory at DIAS.

Data QC, seismic data management support, seismic data analysis and supporting scientific report publication will form part of the work. The officer will report to the DIAS Director of Seismic Networks and work alongside several Technical Officers and analysts already employed within DIAS Geophysics.


  • Plan and/or participate in seismic field campaigns that involve the installation/maintenance of new/existing broadband seismic field stations. This includes the installation of seismic sensors, seismic digitizers and power and communications systems. Design and commissioning of seismic bunkers will form part of the work.
  • Testing and configuration of broadband seismometers and digitizers.
  • Participating in the development of tender documents for the purchase of such systems.
  • Installing and maintaining 12V DC power systems in remote areas, including photovoltaic systems.
  • Contribute to documentation of procedures, system documentation and reports.
  • Work to automate network health monitoring tools to ensure rapid response to network outages.
  • Seismic data quality control ( PQLX, obspy).
  • Analysis of broadband seismic data, e.g. Event detection and location.
  • Even detection and instrument drift correction on Ocean Bottom Seismometers.
  • Maintenance of seismic databases and working with real-time data streams.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or at least equivalent in Engineering, Physics, Applied Maths or Earth Sciences.
  • At least one year experience in installing broadband seismometers in a variety of environments.
  • Experience in seismic network operation and data analysis in Linux including event detection and location.
  • Experience with seismic beam forming arrays.
  • Willing to travel for field work.
  • Full drivers licence.


  • Experience with installing and configuring real-time digital telemetry connections linking field installations to a data centre.
  • Knowledge of computer network communications and seedlink protocol.
  • Willingness to assist with communicating innovations in network performance/data analysis methods through publications, reports and outreach activities.

The position is for a fixed term of five years and is subject to a six-month probationary period. Starting salary will be in line with Government pay policy.

The appointment will be made at Technical Officer grade, the New Entrant Salary Scale ranges from €42,976 by seven points to €56,703. For pre-1995 public sector appointees, a lower Non-PPC salary scale will apply.

Applicants should upload a letter of application and CV, including the names of two referees, as one pdf file, onto the DIAS e-Recruitment system by close of business at 5pm on 14 April 2023 https://dias.ie/applyseismicofficer2023.

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