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Associate Seismologists (3755)

Associate Seismologists

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: HT25
  • Class Code: 3755
  • Established: 09/26/1966
  • Revised: 12/18/1984
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction to conduct difficult seismic instrumentation studies and earthquake hazard investigations related to earthquake engineering; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Assists in planning, organizing and conducting a variety of seismological studies and investigations in connection with earthquake engineering activities; assists in developing and organizing major earthquake and geodetic data reduction programs involving machine methods of collating and analyzing basic earthquake data and deriving seismic factors for engineering design; supervises a crew engaged in the installation or operation of specialized seismic equipment; gathers, analyzes and prepares data such as earthquake damage probability maps, seismic radiation patterns, ground motion spectrograms, creep rates and tectonic movement for inclusion in computerized programs; interprets seismic records, compares and evaluates seiche and earthquake data; assists in the development of earthquake prediction criteria and an earthquake warning system; makes periodic onsite investigations of hydraulic structures similar to those in the State Water Project that have experienced earthquake damage; prepares technical departmental reports and correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with major work in seismology, geophysics, geology, engineering geology, engineering, physics or mathematics. and


Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible professional experience after graduation in the field of seismology performing earthquake investigations and seismic instrumentation studies, at least one year of which shall have been in earthquake data analysis. (Full-time, comprehensive graduate study leading to a master's degree in one of the fields listed under "Education" may be substituted for the two years of required nonspecialized experience on a year-for- year basis.)



Possession of a doctorate's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the fields listed under "Education".

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods and instruments used in seismic earthquake investigations; fundamental principles involved in interpreting and analyzing seismic instrument data; application and use of digital computers in earthquake data analysis; application of earthquake data to engineering principles.


Ability to: Perform technical research and development work; prepare complete and comprehensive reports; install and operate specialized seismic equipment.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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