University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS)

Seismograph Machine Learning Intern



Application Deadline: March 10, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: mid-May, 2022
Anticipated End Date: mid-August 2022
Hours/Week: about 15 hours/week                                                                                                                                                  Work Schedule:Specific day-to-day hours are flexible based on the applicant's university schedule.                              Work Location: Main campus
Compensation from host organization: none
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Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • Must have a major in mathematics or physics
  • At least one computer science course or applicable experience

Position Description:

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) has an opening for an undergraduate intern in the summer of 2022. The project involves helping to train a machine-learning algorithm to automatically detect and locate tiny earthquakes that occur in the Yellowstone volcanic area. These earthquakes are too numerous to be identified and characterized with conventional methods that require human intervention, yet they provide important clues about the fault architecture and geodynamics of the Yellowstone volcanic system. The project will focus on a new seismic dataset generated by the temporary deployment of hundreds of seismometers throughout the Yellowstone region in the summer of 2021. The intern will learn how to pick arrival times of seismic waves and compare those labels to the predictions from an existing machine learning model trained with seismic data from permanent seismic stations around the world. Based on these results, the intern will assist in retraining the machine learning model to improve its performance in detecting earthquakes on data recorded by temporary, dense, regional deployments of seismometers. The project requires a strong background or interest in math, physics, and computing. Experience or interest in geophysics is preferred.

Additional Information:

This internship is part of the Facilitated Internship Program.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Career Exploration Scholarship.

Contact the internship coordinator at with any questions about the position, program, or scholarship.