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Summer Student Internship at IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center – Internship

Employer: New Mexico Tech

Posted: 17 Jan 2014
Closing Date: 04/01/2014

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) has an opening for a 2014 summer student intern at the IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech. The duration of the internship is flexible (up to three months). If scheduling allows, the intern will also take part in the late May IRIS Education and Outreach Orientation Week at New Mexico Tech ( in association with the IRIS Summer Undergraduate Internship program. We seek an advanced undergraduate or graduate student with seismic field methods, seismograph electronics, software development or data processing interests. For general information, please visit, or contact PASSCAL Instrument Center Director Bruce Beaudoin (575-835-5070; bruce [at] passcal [dot] nmt [dot] edu). The internship includes a weekly stipend, living expenses, round-trip travel funds to Socorro, NM, and tuition sup! port to cover NMT summer registration as a special graduate student. To apply, send a letter summarizing interests, college transcripts, and at least one appropriate letter of recommendation to: PASSCAL Summer Intern Committee, c/o Bruce Beaudoin, IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center, New Mexico Tech, 100 East Rd., Socorro, NM 87801. For full consideration, materials must be received by April 1, 2014.

Details: The internship is designed for a student with a background in Earth Science who is interested in seismic field methods, electronics, software development or data processing. The IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center, funded by the National Science Foundation via the IRIS consortium, maintains and helps deploy large numbers portable seismographs (Reftek and Quanterra), broadband sensors (Streckheisen, Guralp, Nanometrics), portable telemetered networks, and high-resolution cable reflection systems (Geometrics) that are heavily utilized by the U.S. research community and international partners. The successful candidate will learn about the technology and maintenance of state-of-the-art seismic equipment, potentially assist in deployments in the US and overseas, and participate in seismic data processing under the direction of the Instrument Center Director and Staff. The intern will register as a special student for 6 credits of Directed Study (Geophysics 590) under the advisorship of PASSCAL Instrument Center P.I. and NMT Geophysics Professor Susan Bilek. At least one week prior to the conclusion of the internship, the intern will submit a report not to exceed 15 pages summarizing tasks performed and observations/suggestions pertinent to PASSCAL program operations and future Education and Outreach efforts. The intern will be given a personal allowance of $575/week for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses. Transportation costs to and from New Mexico Tech will be reimbursed up to $3,500, as will room and board costs up to $1700.

For further information, please contact Bruce Beaudoin (see above) or Susan Bilek (sbilek [at] ees [dot] nmt [dot] edu; 575-835-6510).

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