Summer Student Training, IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) has an opening for a 2015 summer student trainee at the IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech. The duration of the training is flexible (up to three months). If scheduling allows, the trainee will also take part in the late May IRIS Education and Outreach Orientation Week at New Mexico Tech (bruce). The training program includes a weekly stipend, living expenses, round-trip travel funds to Socorro, NM, and tuitio
n support to cover NMT summer registration as a special graduate student.

To apply: Send a letter summarizing interests, college transcripts, and at least one appropriate letter of recommendation to: PASSCAL Summer Training Committee, c/o Bruce Beaudoin, IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center, New Mexico Tech, 100 East Rd., Socorro, NM 87801. For full consideration, materials must be received by April 3, 2015.

Details: The training program is designed for a student with a background in Earth Science who is interested in seismic field methods, electronics, software development or data processing. The IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center, funded by the National Science Foundation via the IRIS consortium, maintains and helps deploy large numbers portable seismographs (Reftek and Quanterra), broadband sensors (Streckheisen, Guralp, Nanometrics), portable telemetered networks, and high-resolution cable reflection systems (Geometrics) that are heavily utilized by the U.S. research community and international partners. The successful candidate will learn about the technology and maintenance of state-of-the-art seismic equipment, by participating in deployments in the US and overseas, and in seismic data processing under the direction of the Instrument Center Director and Staff. The trainee will register as a special student for 6 credits of Directed Study (Geophysics 590) under the advisorship
of PASSCAL Instrument Center P.I. and NMT Geophysics Professor Susan Bilek. At least one week prior to the conclusion of the training program, the trainee will submit a report not to exceed 15 pages summarizing tasks performed and observations/suggestions pertinent to PASSCAL program operations and future Education and Outreach efforts. The trainee will be given a personal allowance of $575/week for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses. Transportation costs to and from New Mexico Tech will be reimbursed up to $3,500, as will room and board costs up to $1700. The trainee cannot receive funding from other federal government sources either directly or indirectly while participating in this summer student training project.

For further information, please contact Bruce Beaudoin (see above) or Susan Bilek (sbilek; 575-835-6510).