Senior Geophysicist Manager

Senior Geophysicist Manager

Wheat Ridge, CO (Corporate) or Rockville, MD (Branch) Offices

Olson Engineering, Inc.

Experience:  7+ years in geophysics for engineering and environmental applications

Compensation:  $100K to $140K per year depending on experience/qualifications

Minimum Education:  Bachelors in Geophysics or Geology with Geophysics (graduate degree preferred)

Olson Engineering has an opening for a Senior Geophysicist to manage and grow our Geophysics consulting services.  The ideal candidate will have education and experience in conducting and managing geophysical surveys for near‐surface engineering and environmental projects. Experience and/or interest in conducting nondestructive evaluation (NDE) investigations of bridges, buildings, dams, tunnels, pavements, foundations, and other civil structures is also desirable. Olson Engineering, Inc. is a leader in geophysical and nondestructive evaluation services for bridge, dam, building, tunnel, pavement and other infrastructure projects.  Our geophysical group conducts a variety of survey methods to meet client’s needs. Our subsidiary, Olson Instruments, Inc., manufactures instruments for nondestructive evaluation for civil engineering projects.  This position will be approximately 25% in the field with both local and out of town geophysics and NDE project work.  The ability to occasionally travel nationally and internationally for up to 2 to 3 weeks at a time on projects is required.   Strong geophysical data collection, data analysis and verbal and written communication skills are required as well as the ability to work individually and manage our geophysics group. Must be willing to work occasional nights/weekends and have a clean driving record and ability to pass drug tests when required by clients for project sitework.

Minimum qualifications:

  • BS in Geophysics, Geology, or related Geoscience Degree – graduate degree preferred
  • 7+ years of experience in geophysics for engineering and environmental projects
  • Must be able to travel nationally and internationally
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in difficult conditions
  • Comfortable working at heights
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift 70 lbs
  • Professional Geologist or Professional Geophysicist (California) desired or ability to obtain licensure quickly

Duties include:

  • Geophysics Business Development
  • Management of Geophysics Group
  • Geophysical and NDE data acquisition
  • Geophysical and NDE data processing and analysis
  • Preparation and review of reports
  • Preparation and review of proposals
  • Manage Geophysics Projects
  • Write and Prepare Proposals
  • Design Surveys to Achieve Results Desired by Clients
  • Attend Conferences and Build Client Networks

Desirable educational or work experience:

  • Multi-Channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) & Seismic Refraction Tomography (SRT)
  • Crosshole and Downhole (VSP) Seismic Profiling
  • Magnetometry
  • Electromagnetic methods (TDEM/FDEM)
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) & vertical electrical soundings (VES)
  • Differential GPS and GNSS

Desirable Software Experience and Other Skillsets:

  • Seismic Refraction Tomography processing using Rayfract or other software packages Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves using SurfSeis/ParkSeis for processing
  • GIS (either ArcGIS or QGIS)
  • Generating Figures using Surfer or other software to present to clients.
  • Basic understanding of various geophysical instruments, circuits, and electronics, and the ability to troubleshoot them
  • Basic understanding of digital signal processing
  • Geosoft Oasis Montaj for general geophysical data processing
  • MS Word and Excel Spreadsheets


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Olson Instruments, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.