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Field Technician – Job Opening

Employer: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Posted: 30 Aug 2013

Position: Field Technician at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

A position is available for a Field Technician in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. We seek an aspiring technician/ engineer who will provide technical support to operate the Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network (LCSN, URL: Activity includes maintenance of seismic equipment used to monitor earthquakes. Field work to average 25-35% of the time, seasonally (that is, 5-10 days a month,less in winter, more in summer) in eastern U.S.

Duties include:

Maintains existing seismic stations in NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, MD, VT, and OH. Service trips as scheduled and whenever problems occur. Effort includes installation, maintenance and minor repair of electronic equipment for earthquake monitoring: seismometers, Ethernet radios and power supplies (including batteries and solar panels). Make GPS and radio antenna cables, and seismometer cables.


Minimum 2-year college degree in science or engineering and 2 years of related work experience. Or 4-year college degree in engineering or physics/geophysics or related fields. Hands-on experience will include broad range of electronics with good theoretical capability leading to understanding of equipment function. Adequate soldering skill to make various cables for radio, sensors and GPS receiver. Good command of spoken and written English required. Must be physically capable of working in the field in isolated locations - to walk up and down steep hills while carrying up to 50 pounds. Must be able to load/unload, and to drive a pickup truck for field work, and operate generator and other simple machinery.

Also required: Experience in Internet communication and Linux.

Salary commensurate with experience.

The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Last Modified: 2015 May 14