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The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Portable Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) Instrument Center and EarthScope USArray Array Operations Facility (AOF) at New Mexico Tech support cutting-edge seismological research into Earth’s fundamental geological structure and processes. The facility provides instrumentation for National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and otherwise funded seismological experiments around the world. PASSCAL experiment support includes seismic instrumentation, equipment maintenance, software, data archiving, training, logistics, and field installation.

Continued expansion of IRIS activities at New Mexico Tech via the EarthScope and other initiatives has spurred a major facility expansion, the EarthScope USArray Array Operations Facility. The AOF was officially dedicated on April 6, 2005 by the New Mexico Tech administration and the IRIS Board of Directors. The combined PASSCAL Instrument Center and AOF currently support a total of 33 professional New Mexico Tech staff, as well as a contingent of student workers.

PASSCAL and USArray Flexible Array equipment is available to any research or educational institution to use for research purposes within the guidelines of established policies. These policies provide that data collected with PASSCAL and/or USArray equipment be archived at the IRIS Data Management Center and that the data are openly available to the community. Instruments can be requested online using the PASSCAL Instrument Request Forms.

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Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Sr. Staff Scientist/Software Group Supervisor

Senior Staff Scientist/Software Group Supervisor

Institution: IRIS PASSCAL
Open Until: filled

JOB DUTIES:
The core responsibility of the IRIS PASSCAL Software Group Supervisor is to direct and oversee software development and distribution. The Group Supervisor is expected to assess both facility and community software needs, scope and design development projects, and evaluate final products to ensure project goals and performance criteria are achieved. The Group Supervisor is expected to establish development standards and infrastructure to ensure a maintainable software package. The Software Group Supervisor is also expected to devote significant time designing, developing, and maintaining software.

Staff Scientist / Software Engineer

The IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech is seeking applicants to fill the position of Staff Scientist/Software Engineer. Primary responsibility is to support software engineering projects both in the lab and in the field.

Duties include: The software engineer’s core responsibility is to develop and maintain software that is used on or to facilitate seismological experiments. IRIS PASSCAL software includes tools to: interface with seismic data loggers, test equipment, convert between data formats, analyze state-of-health information, manage inventory and maintenance, and schedule equipment. The software engineer will also be responsible for providing user support to both PASSCAL staff and the IRIS community. The software engineer will have opportunities to conduct training and do seismological fieldwork.

Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Hardware Specialist

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Program for Array Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (IRIS PASSCAL) Instrument Center (www.passcal.nmt.edu) at New Mexico Tech is seeking applicants to fill the position of Hardware Specialist.

 

Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Magnetotellurics Specialist

IRIS/PASSCAL at New Mexico Tech is seeking a Magnetotellurics Specialist to lead our nascent MT support program. You will be joining a staff of 35 providing support to geophysical research globally.

JOB DUTIES:

Core responsibility is to support magnetotelluric equipment pool at IRIS PASSCAL. Support will include: equipment testing and maintenance; coordinating equipment use; data archiving support; user training; and fieldwork. The Magnetotelluric Specialist will also be responsible for developing training and use documentation emphasizing best practices.

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