PNSN Senior Computing Specialist

Website PNSN1 Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Monitoring earthquakes in Washington and Oregon

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network ( within the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Computer Specialist to support our real-time seismic monitoring projects.

PNSN monitors earthquakes in the states of Washington and Oregon for public safety and scientific research. We operate about 450 remote seismic stations throughout the region, most of which are essentially small Linux computers. Data from these remote sites are transmitted to the UW continuously in real time to our cluster of about 2 dozen Linux servers. The data are processed through several applications to provide a series of products, including real-time warnings of imminent shaking, earthquake locations and sizes, distribution of strong shaking, and raw data archived for scientific and engineering studies. The Senior Computer Specialist (SCS) position is critical for designing and maintaining our network of computers, ensuring secure, high-availability, and low latency interconnections.

The successful applicant will work within a small team of Computer Specialists at PNSN and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at UW. They will also interface with scientists and applications developers who produce and maintain the data processing and production codes. An exciting challenge for the SCS is to work within a real-time and continuous production framework. The SCS is expected to participate in PNSN’s growing use of cloud services and deployments, virtualization, and automated performance monitoring techniques.

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The position will be open until filled, however, we expect to start reviewing applications on October 14, 2019.

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