Manager, Seismic Analysis

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada Seismological Laboratory is recruiting for a Seismic Analysis Manager. The position directs the day-to-day development of products derived from the seismic network: setting performance goals, addressing new capabilities, managing the in-house analysis staff, and participating in the prioritizing of field activities. The primary responsibilities are overseeing production of the earthquake catalog and coordinating with staff to address network performance related issues. The incumbent directs the work of full-time record analysts and student analysts to assure a current, high quality earthquake catalog and the delivery of information to the USGS National ‘Comcat’ system. On a 24/7 basis, this positon manages earthquake public response activities (e.g., web postings, moment tensor solutions, review of event locations, press releases, USGS “ShakeMaps”, earthquake products). The position implements earthquake early warning (EEW) capabilities, in coordination with technical staff, in support of the USGS West Coast EEW initiative and participates in outreach activities, as a secondary priority.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of developing grants/contracts and completing technical reports that meet sponsor deliverables.   This position conducts earthquake research, including securing support for graduate student research, in conjunction with seismic network obligations, as time allows.

Required Qualifications

Master Degree and 2 years of related work experience or Ph.D. and 1 year of related work experience. Related Experience: seismic network operations management; experience with related data, computer systems, software and hardware.

Preferred Qualifications

Basic understanding of earthquake seismology; experience in the collection and/or processing of large geophysical data sets; experience with scripting and/or programming languages; experience in developing research and/or data collection related grants/contracts. 

Certification and Licensure 

Valid Nevada Driver’s License

Schedule or Travel Requirements

Occasional travel

Variable work schedule

Compensation Grade


Total Compensation 

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit:

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program 

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Department Information

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory is a research division within the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Laboratory has overall responsibility for instrumental studies of earthquakes in the Nevada region. The laboratory operates a statewide network of seismographic stations and investigates the sizes, frequencies of occurrence, and distribution of earthquakes in the region, and other problems related to seismic risk in Nevada.
The Laboratory disseminates seismic information to the public and regularly publishes research results. It serves as a data repository and a resource for the public on matters related to earthquake activity and earthquake risks in Nevada and adjoining states. The laboratory also handles grant- and contract-supported research on seismic problems of national and international importance, and interacts closely with the University of Nevada Reno Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering to prepare well-educated professionals for careers in seismology.

Contact Information for this position: Search Chair, Ken Smith 775-784-4218 Search Coordinator, Erik Williams 775-784-1396

To Apply:



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Attach the following attachments to your application 

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

Posting Close Time

This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date



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Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.