Marine Instrument Technologist

UPDATE: This posting has closed and we are currently reviewing applications. Thank you for your interest.

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.
  • Instrument storage, maintenance, shipping support, and inventory.
  • Condition, format and archive data.
  • Create documentation and write operational reports.
  • Perform office administrative work such as generating procurement, shipping, and customs documentation.
  • 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 preferably 2 years of related experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience). Experience with C, Python or MATLAB programming languages is desirable, as well as familiarity with the Linux operating system. 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. Due to the nature of this position, must be able to lift up to 20 kg and must pass the Marine Medical Certificate examination from Transport Canada.

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