Seismic Analyst

  • Job Opening
  • Seattle

Website PNSN1 Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Regional Seismic Network

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle has an excellent opportunity for a Seismic Analyst. This is an in-person or hybrid (in-person and telework) position.

The PNSN monitors earthquakes in Washington and Oregon for public safety and scientific research. We operate 600+ remote seismic stations throughout the region. Data from these remote sites are continuously transmitted to the UW. The data are processed through several software applications to provide a series of earthquake information products.

As a seismic analyst, you will play a key role in producing PNSN’s event catalog. Together with the lead seismic analyst, you will review, relocate, and categorize every single seismic event that the automatic algorithms detect. In addition, as part of a small team of scientists, software engineers, and computer specialists you will help maintain and implement other products and ensure that they are successfully sent to the ANSS Comprehensive Catalog and our public-facing website. The ideal candidate has excellent computer scripting and python programming skills.

The PNSN’s values emphasize a respectful inclusive environment, the open sharing of different perspectives, employee flexibility, and a commitment to serving Washington and Oregon with strong applied science.  Professional development is expected and encouraged.


• Catalog creation and distribution
• Support, maintenance, and tuning of other existing products
• Contribute to internal documentation/knowledge base
• Data visualization, quality assessment, and reporting
• Participate in research and development, undergraduate mentoring
• Respond to outages, earthquake sequences, and volcanic unrest during non-business hours as needed.


• Master’s degree in Geoscience, Computer Science, or a related field
• At least 3 months of relevant experience, or equivalent education/experience

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Basic knowledge of seismic wave propagation
• Demonstrated Linux computer scripting and Python programming skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Commitment to continuous learning


• Experience with Jiggle
• Experience operating ShakeMap or ShakeCast
• Familiarity with SQL
• Experience with cloud computing

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Closing date: 2/28/2023

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