Geophysics Careers

Assistant Professor of Shallow-Earth, High-Resolution Geophysics
Date Posted:  2/15/19  Open until filled

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in shallow-earth, high-resolution geophysics with an expected start date of August 19, 2019. This position is connected to UT’s strategic focus on water quality at the land-lake interface of the Great Lakes.

We seek an individual whose research is related to near-surface geophysics focusing on environmental geology and hydrogeology, and who is likely to collaborate with department researchers investigating nutrient transport through large watersheds into Lake Erie and other large-scale systems. The department has a broad selection of geophysical equipment and recently renovated laboratory space. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active, independent, externally-funded research program that involves both undergraduate and graduate students. Excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level is also expected, and over time the candidate will be expected to teach courses on geophysics, mapping and structural geology, geologic hazards and introductory geology. 

The Department ( consists of 21 faculty and approximately 35 graduate students and 210 undergraduate majors, and offers degree programs in geology, biology (ecology track) and environmental sciences. Current research expertise in the department includes coastal, glacial and Quaternary geology, hydrogeology, aquatic ecology, wetland restoration, ornithology, herpetology, climate change, plant biology, soil ecology, biogeochemistry, invasive species, and water resources.

A Ph.D. in geophysics, geology, earth sciences or a closely related field is required. Postdoctoral or equivalent experience will be viewed favorably. This is an entry level, tenure-track Assistant Professor position involving a standard research-teaching-service workload. Submit applications at and include an application letter, CV, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three references. Dr. Jamie Martin-Hayden can be contacted for further information at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.

The University of Toledo is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals and covered veterans.


Senior Geophysicist
Date Posted:  2/5/19

Olson Engineering is currently looking for qualified candidates for Senior Geophysicist. This near-surface geophysics position will be part field geophysicist, part data processor, and interpreter.

Duties include:

  • Consultation with clients
  • Writing survey proposals
  • Field acquisition
  • Data processing and analysis
  •  Interpretation
  • Report submission

Field survey types include shallow geophysical surveys for near-surface engineering and environmental applications.
We are seeking resumes from candidates with the following qualifications.

Minimum qualifications: 4 year degree in Geophysics, Geology, or related Geoscience. 5+ years working experience with near-surface geophysics. Experience with:

  • Seismic
    • Reflection
    • Refraction
    • 3-D
    • MASW
    • SRT
  • Magnetometry (Mag)
  • Electromagnetic (EM)
  • GPR
  • DC Resistivity

Also experience in developing marketing and sales strategies. Excellent communication skills are required.

Experience with:
• Geosoft
• Rayfract
• Surfseis
• Surfer
• Windows-based software
• MS Office Suite

In addition to primary role as geophysicist, the position entails travel for performing field surveys, conferences, trade shows, and customer development.

Additional responsibilities include:
• Technology trouble-shooting and problem solving
• Direct communications with clients to meet their requirements
• Prepare and conduct formal presentations for clients and conferences

Additional qualifications apply, and will be discussed with those candidates who meet these minimum qualifications.
Location of employment: Olson Engineering, 12401 W. 49th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Applicants are to mail cover letter/resume to the above address or, send to [email protected]

Assistant Research Scientist, Geophysicist
Illinois State Geological Survey  I  Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Date Posted:  1/11/19               Close Date:  2/19/19

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. ISGS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Learn more at

ISGS is seeking to hire an Assistant Research Scientist, Geophysicist to develop and sustain an independent geophysical research program aimed at innovative and strategic development/applications of shallow/environmental seismic geophysical methods to contribute to multi-disciplinary research programs within and beyond PRI. Position will be based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Plan, supervise, and perform data collection and related field work and subsequent data processing.
• Manage logistics of field work including siting of geophysical test locations and interactions with landowners for site access.
• Utilize geophysical technologies that remotely detect geologic materials and process geophysical data.
• Mentor and supervise the work of program staff including peers, hourlies, and students.
• Travel to attend meetings and perform fieldwork including overnight travel for up to one work week at a time. Fieldwork may be under adverse conditions (e.g. inclement weather, remoteness, moderate physical exertion).
• Lift and carry items, such as field equipment, weighing at least 40 pounds.
• Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
• Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
• Develop an independent research program aimed at innovative and strategic development/applications of seismic geophysical methods.
• Collaborate with scientists, University of Illinois faculty/staff, and external colleagues to develop interdisciplinary strategies for integrated geophysical method applications.
• Analyze and interpret geophysical data obtained through research and service projects with input from other geophysicists and from other project team members including geologists, hydrogeologists and field technicians.
• Publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and other comparable publication outlets.
• Prepare internal reports, reports to sponsoring agencies, and scientific reports for distribution to constituents and publication in Survey publication series.
• Provide authoritative and current information on the results of research projects for the public, other scientists, industry, and/or governmental agencies, and communicate research results through writing and public speaking.
• Actively participate in professional societies, associations and/or advisory committees that enhance the reputation of the Survey and PRI at the state, national, and international levels.
• Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to the Survey, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois. Advise and/or supervise students (undergraduate or graduate) as appropriate.
• Some overnight travel may be required.
• Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
• Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in in geophysics, geology, engineering, or a related discipline that is appropriate with major duties and responsibilities. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Demonstrated expertise in specialized area of research. Supervisory and/or team leadership experience. Ability to establish and sustain an independent research program. Ability to effectively acquire and manage project funds and resources. Ability to effectively manage research as a principal investigator and effectively supervise and mentor associated personnel. Early career track record for publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to make sound value judgments, translate research findings into management recommendations and/or fundamental ecological concepts, both verbally and in writing to granting agencies and to the scientific and lay communities. Affinity for cooperative or interdisciplinary research with scientists at the Survey, professionals at other Surveys or other academic units, as well as governmental and other academic institutions. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications: Expertise and knowledge of integrating various 1-D and 2-D geophysical methods. Knowledge of geophysical program strategies to contribute to shallow, unconsolidated sediment and aquifer characterization.

This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional position, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by February 19, 2019. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references.

All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at [email protected] or 217-244-2401. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.  The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Geophysical Field Service Engineer

Date Posted:  1/11/19

Mount Sopris Instrument Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of borehole geophysical logging systems for groundwater, mining, geotechnical and other applications. For over 60 years, Mount Sopris has delivered innovative solutions to drillers, miners, engineers and researchers in over 120 countries around the world.  We offer a very competitive compensation package, which includes salary, profit sharing, and an outstanding benefits package, including 100% coverage of premiums for medical, dental, and long-term disability. We also offer a generous 401(k) matching program.
We are looking for Geophysical Field Service Engineer to provide technical sales, support, and training to our borehole logging customers worldwide. Position is based in Denver, Colorado and relocation expenses are not being offered for this position.


  • Commissioning of Mount Sopris logging systems at remote sites around the world.
  • Customer training in the operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of geophysical logging instrumentation, as well as the use of WellCAD log processing software.
  • Provide technical support to customers by phone, email, and other means.
  • Understand customer requirements, prepare quotations, create sales orders, and support the production of Mount Sopris equipment.
  • Provide sales and technical support to rental customers as requested.
  • Participate in strategy development, specification of new products, improvement of existing products, and the development/implementation of marketing initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a geosciences/engineering/petroleum discipline required.
  • Preferred of 2 years of field experience as a wireline engineer operating logging equipment.
  • Must enjoy international travel and be prepared to spend weeks away from home, often in remote locations. Prior international experience required.
  • Strong preference will be given to bilingual candidates. French, Arabic or Mandarin preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and solve problems in a field environment is required.
  • Experience with logging software required. Programming knowledge preferred.
  • Basic electronics understanding required.
  • Strong people and communication skills, both written and oral, are required.
  • Must be an effective and patient teacher, willing to work through cultural challenges.
  • Must be a continual learner and desire to grow professionally.
  • Strong work ethic, team player, and results-orientation required.
  • A valid driver’s license and passport are required.
  • Must be a US citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the USA.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in becoming part of our team, send your resume and salary requirements to [email protected]. Please also include a cover letter stating why we should carefully consider your candidacy. For more information on our company, please visit our website at