Geophysicist is responsible for planning, collecting, processing and analyzing multibeam, side scan,
magnetometer, sub-bottom and other geophysical sensors. Under the supervision of the Project Manager,
he or she serves as a point person for all geophysical issues, collaborates with hydrographers, project
managers and other SME’s to plan, acquire, process and analyze multi-sensor datasets. He or she will
oversee the work of technicians, junior technicians, and data processors. The geophysicist is responsible
for final reporting or may be part of a team providing elements of final reports.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Collect and interpret geophysical data including but not limited to data collected with: sub-bottom
profilers, magnetometers, gradiometers, high resolution seismic including boomers and sparker
systems (single and multi-channel), ground penetrating radar, sidescan sonar, multibeam and
single beam sonar, cone penetrometers, electrical resistivity sensors, gravity meters and other
instruments used to assess the character and physical measurements upon and beneath the earth
Analyze project goals, plan collection methods, determine suitable geophysical equipment for
achieving project goals, install, calibrate, tune and operate equipment, interpret resultant data
Analyze and interpret geological and geophysical information from sources such as survey data
as part of a hydrographic or land survey team or 3rd party sources
Analyze and process data using project specified software packages such as CARIS, Sonar Wiz,
Oasis Montaj, Radex Pro, Hypack and similar packages
Oversee and approve Quality Assurance and Quality Control of collected and processed
Research and provide required geophysical data to plan survey operations, specifications and
Assist in establishing project goals and objectives
Write and proof project descriptive reports, desktop studies, whitepapers and technical proposal
Participate in and collaborate with multidisciplinary project teams
Plan, install and operate hydrographic instrumentation including multibeam and single beam
sonar, side scan sonar, positioning systems and collection software
Process hydrographic data both in conjunction with geophysical survey data and solely
Actively participate in Operations, department, and other meetings as directed by supervisor
Job Specifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Working knowledge of personal computers including word processing, database, and spreadsheet
Comprehensive knowledge of multiple types of geophysical data to include electromagnetics,
magnetics, seismic, sonar, and gravity
Working understanding of geodesy and coordinate systems
Basic inversion theory
Ability to plan and execute projects from start to finish
Required Background and Experience:
Candidate must be legally eligible and insurable to drive to regular assignments
BS in Geophysics; MS in Geophysics strongly preferred
Experience with signal processing
Experience with hydrographic and marine geophysical data analytical tools including Caris
Extensive background in mathematics to include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus,
statistics, and their applications
Tools and Equipment Used:
Standard office equipment including personal computer, telephone system, fax machine, copier,
scanner and printers.
Certificated and Licenses Required:
Work is performed in a combination of an office and a field environment. Field work is performed
outdoors and may take place in inclement weather and extreme temperatures. Hydrographic survey work
requires working at sea for extended periods of time and may require living and working in close,
cramped quarters. Both field and office work require occasional heavy lifting of survey equipment.
Responsibilities may require an adjusted work schedule, long days, and evening/weekend hours to meet
deadlines. Extensive travel is required.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by
people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties
and skills required of personnel so classified. The omission of specific statements of duties does not
exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The
job description does not constitute an employment contract between the employer and employee and is
subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
TERRASOND, an experienced multidisciplinary organization, remains one of the few truly
independent, agile, client-focused survey companies. We deliver innovative, reliable geospatial
solutions with a strong company-wide culture in HSE/Q.
OUR GREATEST resource is our people.
Our mission is to collect, compile, and identify geospatial and geophysical information that
provides the best possible solution offering the lowest risk for our clients.
Local around the globe, we excel at executing remote and challenging surveys. We have
successfully completed thousands of surveys in over 28 countries around the world for over 330
clients. These range from inland surveys to deep ocean seabed exploration and mapping projects.
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are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. We do not discriminate in employment
opportunities or practices on the basis of: race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age,
sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected
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