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University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 02/15/2021
Admin-Computing-Network/System Administration
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist / Engineer - Senior to serve as the Network Manager for the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN). Working under and closely with the PNSN Director, who is a faculty member in the department, the Network Manager will develop strategic plans to ensure the continued excellence and relevance of the network. The Network Manager will oversee all aspects of operations of the seismic network and stay abreast of and implement novel algorithms and technologies relevant to achieving the mission of the PNSN.

PNSN is the nation’s state of the art regional seismic network for the states of Oregon and Washington and operates as part of the ANSS (Advanced National Seismic System) in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and others. PNSN is further responsible for the timely and accurate authoritative communication of seismic activity to regional governmental and emergency management agencies.

The person holding this position will enjoy the opportunity to pursue innovative research, and will be able to serve as Principal Investigator or co-PI on operational and research funding awards, as well as supervise graduate and undergraduate research students and postdoctoral scientists. The Earth and Space Sciences Department at UW is a vibrant and active research community composed of excellent leading scientists in geophysics, surface processes, tectonics, glaciology, and many related fields.

Duties of the Network Manager will include:

•Direct oversight of all the ongoing operations of the network, including: the continuous monitoring and reporting of seismic activity via a geographically-distributed network of geophysical sensor stations, data telemetry and data management systems;

•Analysis of seismic phenomena both as routine operation and research, and for interactions with local, state, and federal entities and the public;

•Further development of new earthquake early warning systems through our role as a key partner in the ShakeAlert system;

•Hiring and supervision of the network staff, including teams that focus on field operations, seismic data analysis, data and computer resource management, and external engagement with stakeholders.

In addition to overseeing these operations, the Network Manager will work closely with the Director and with staff to prepare strategic plans, funding proposals, budgets, and reports necessary for the continued and smooth operation and development of the PNSN.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


•PhD in seismology, geophysics, or a related field, or equivalent experience.

•Three or more years experience in the operation of a seismic or other geophysical network.

•Effective oral and written communication skills.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.


•Five or more years’ experience in the management of seismic and/or other geophysical networks

•Experience and demonstrated ability in project management.

•Experience in scientific facility operations and management and demonstrated ability to lead a team or supervise technical staff in a complex scientific-infrastructure environment.

•Experience in the preparation of research proposals and budgets, and in the writing and publication of scientific papers and/or technical reports.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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