The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Engineering Scientist - Geophysicist

Hiring department Applied Research Lab
Monthly salary $6,250 - $10,833
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 17-12-01-01-4204
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin - J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Note: The following additional materials are also required for consideration: Transcript. Work references should be former employers. Instructions for submission of these materials will be provided at the time the online application has been completed.

Additional Information


Support the Research and Development tasks of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory.

Essential Functions

Conduct Research and Development efforts to design and evaluate sonar systems. Conduct desktop studies to identify factors affecting acoustic propagation in selected ocean regions using archival and academically available data, including geophysical characterization of sediment type and bottom loss, acoustic propagation, ambient noise and climatology. Develop survey plans for ocean surveys to support the design of underwater systems. Surveys may include ship based sensors such as Multi-Beam Bathymetry and Sub-Bottom Profiles, AUV surveys, and deployable sensors such as Current Meters, Cores, Ambient Noise measurement systems. Provide at-sea support for shipboard data collection efforts. Process and analyze ocean survey data. Implement research grade software and analysis tools for processing and analysis of survey data, acoustic propagation modeling and acoustic analysis tools. Preparation and review of analysis presentations and reports. Presentation of analysis results at internal and external working group meetings. Support collaborative research efforts with other team members. Supervision of junior personnel, including student employees.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Geo-Physics, Acoustics, Marine Geology or related discipline and three years of experience in applied research. Interest in acoustic modeling, data processing and analysis. Experience developing software tools using Matlab. US Citizen: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position. Evidence of skills in the following areas: working with new technologies, being highly organized, planning and coordinating multiple tasks, effective time management, attention to detail, effective problem solving skills, using excellent judgment, working independently with sensitive and confidential information, maintaining a professional demeanor, working as a team member without daily supervision, effectively communicating with diverse groups of clients, working under pressure, accepting supervision and demonstrating regular/punctual attendance.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree in Geo-Physics or Acoustics. Recent or immediate eligibility for access to classified information. Experience with acoustic propagation modeling, geophysical characterization, and geoacoustic inversion techniques. Experience analyzing acoustic or seismic data. Background in marine geology, oceanographic survey planning, and oceanographic or geophysical data analysis. Two years of experience with software design, programming, and analysis using Matlab. Experience summarizing analysis results in technical report and PowerPoint and presenting research results. Proven ability to work independently, formulate research plans, and take initiative. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills. Cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Some weekend, evening and holiday work. Frequent use of manuals and books. Work in shared, windowless office space. Some intrastate/interstate travel.

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