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Seismologist – Job Opening

Employer: Railroad Commission of Texas

Posted: 13 Jan 2014
Closing Date: 04/13/2014

The Railroad Commission of Texas seeks a seismologist capable of utilizing United States Geological Services (USGS), National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), and other sources of seismic information to evaluate the projected epicenters of seismic events in Texas relative to all potential sources of origin.

JOB DUTIES: Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Seismologist will provide leadership, direction, technical expertise and oversight to include:

· Coordinating with academic experts studying seismic events in Texas.

· Obtaining, studying, and interpreting various forms of data to evaluate seismic activity associated with known faults and historic and/or ongoing oil and gas exploration and production activities.

· Leading efforts to conduct research as well as internally integrate oil and gas science with seismic science.

· Coordinating communications and information gathering with various stakeholders.

· Reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, and commenting on technical data from seismic data sources, computer models and digital maps.

· Developing calculations, estimates, recommendations and action plans.

· Presenting information in layman’s terms to an audience through presentations and in writing to the public, to industry, to Commissioners, Commission staff, and the Legislature.

· Maintaining relationships with internal and external customers.

· Attending meetings in the scientific community to learn and gather relevant information.

· Planning, assigning and supervising the work of others in a work group.

· Performing additional duties as assigned.

· Performing work with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

State Classification #: 2366
State Classification Title: GEOSCIENTIST V
Salary Group: B25

Minimum Qualifications/Education:

· Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in the Geosciences, seismology, physics, chemistry, advanced mathematics or a closely related field.

· Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree in one of these fields or a closely related field.


· A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in positions involving the study of seismic activity.

· Demonstrated experience in the analysis and evaluation of technical data.

· Demonstrated experience in a supervisory or management role.

· Demonstrated experience with input ground motions for seismic design preferred.

· Demonstrated experience in digital signal processing preferred.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

Knowledge of: (an understanding of facts or principles relating to a particular subject area)

· Ability to demonstrate knowledge of geosciences principles, techniques, and procedures; of mathematics and statistics; and of the practical application of geosciences and technology.

· Knowledge of seismic data acquisition methods and systems.

· Knowledge of the principles and contemporary practices of public administration and management.

· Knowledge of oil and gas regulatory functions is helpful.

Skill in: (the application of knowledge resulting from a development of basic abilities through formal training and practical experience)

· Skill in data collection, analysis and management of geological, geohydrological, and geophysical data.

· Proficient skill in performing statistical analyses.

· Skill in applying modeling and statistical procedures.

· Skill in exercising logic and sound reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

· Skill in forming and maintaining positive and productive working relationships both internally and external to the Commission including with other state/public agencies, internal work teams, and state/federal oversight agencies.

· Skill in operating telephones, computers, and applicable computer software, including PETRA,Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.

· Skill in handling multiple priorities efficiently.

· Skill in oral and written communication with the ability to present material to an audience.

· Skill in demonstrating attention to detail and accuracy of information.

Ability to: (capacity in a general area that may be utilized to develop detailed, specific skills)

· Ability to learn, understand, and interpret oil and gas policies and procedure.

· Ability to conduct inspections.

· Ability to apply geological concepts.

· Ability to establish and maintain trust and credibility with management, colleagues and direct reports.

· Ability to prepare reports, memos, calculations and other documentation.

· Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

· Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.

· Ability to work as a member of a team.

· Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in any situation.

· Ability to reach high and low; open, close and retrieve files from file cabinets; and lift and/or carry equipment up to 25 pounds.

Remarks,Registration, Certification, or Licensure:

Professional registration as an engineer, geologist, geophysicist, or closely related field preferred.

REMARKS (Application procedure, Special requirements): Travel is up to 20%. Salary is up to $8248/month.

One (1) vacancy exists for this position.


Applications, for this posting, should be submitted on-line by clicking here.

Due to the high volume of applications we do not accept telephone calls. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Notifications to applicants are sent electronically to the email address you provide.

Last Modified: 2015 May 14