Marine Instrument Technologist

The National Facility for Seismic Imaging (NFSI;, in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie University, is in the process of developing a major new pool of Broadband Ocean Bottom Seismometers (BOBS). These instruments are being used for collaborative national and international studies of the Earth structure and earthquakes across the Canadian offshore regions and worldwide.

Reporting to the NFSI Manager, the Marine Instrument Technologist will be responsible for instrument maintenance, deployment and recovery, and data processing operations carried out as part of NFSI research projects.

  • Deploy and recover ocean bottom seismometers for scientific surveys around the world, frequently involving international travel and up to several weeks offshore.
  • Store, maintain, and mobilize instruments. Maintain an accurate inventory of equipment.
  • Condition, format and archive data.
  • Create documentation, write operational reports and perform other office/administrative work such as book shipping, order instrument parts, and workshop logistics/organization.
  • Lead small teams for field operations, as required.
  • Represent NFSI in meetings or presentations if required.

The position will require local, national and international travel and offshore work approximately 25% of the time. Due to operational requirements, the successful applicant is required to work in-person on campus.

Undergraduate degree in Physics, Geophysics, Engineering, Earth Science or Oceanography is required with 2 years of related instrumentation experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience). Must possess strong attention to detail, good problem-solving skills, a willingness to learn, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience preparing and deploying geophysical field equipment, particularly at sea, is a strong asset. Experience with C, Python or MATLAB programming languages, as well as familiarity with the Linux operating system, would also be an asset. Due to the nature of this position, must be able to lift up to 20 kg, pass the Marine Medical Certificate examination from Transport Canada, and have or obtain a valid Class 5 Nova Scotia driver's license (or equivalent) within the first 3 months of employment.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Graeme Cairns ( or our general email ( For more details and to apply, please see the full posting at