Electrical Engineer, Seismic Sensors

In recent years, Nanometrics has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of seismometers. We are currently seeking an intermediate-level Electrical Engineer to help us expand our technological leadership into new applications and products. This position will involve the design of circuit cards and electro-mechanical instrument systems, in adddition to undertaking experimental research, patents and publications, and support of designs in manufacturing and customer use.  

As the ideal candidate, you will have a broad range of experience and interests in physical science and engineering, as well as strong people skills. Over time, you will develop into a subject-matter expert, acting as a source of knowledge to educate and advise our customers and other departments within Nanometrics regarding sensor technology. If this sounds appealing and you would like to join a group of people who are passionate about this technology, please contact us.



The primary function of this role is to design the following:

  • sensor electronics and transducer components,

  • complete seismic sensors,

  • sensor arrays, and

  • data processing and analysis techniques.

Design will be done by:

  • researching and innovating new technologies and applications,

  • designing circuit cards and instrument systems,

  • simulating performance and optimizing design parameters,

  • analyzing data to understand all factors contributing to actual performance,

  • testing, debugging and re-optimizing new designs,

  • documenting all work and sharing relevant results, and

  • releasing and supporting designs in manufacturing and customer use.

Other responsibilities include:
  • Using mathematical software (Matlab, Python, etc.) and write custom code as needed for simulation, optimization, data processing and analysis work described above

  • Publishing research papers and application notes to educate the seismic community about relevant results of your work

  • Learning and applying knowledge from other disciplines as needed for new tasks, such as mechanics, geophysics, etc.

  • Supporting internal and external customers of the Sensor Group by:

    • advising our Sales, Marketing, and Seismology groups regarding the use of sensor products and related software

    • analyzing data from customer deployments and manufacturing test;  provide feedback to resolve issues

    • updating designs for better manufacturability and usability

  • Supporting team and company objectives by:

    • understanding product requirements and use cases

    • planning and scheduling your own work, co-ordinating with others as needed

    • participating actively and constructively in discussions for brainstorming, design review, planning, technology strategy, etc.

    • understanding and advancing company processes, policies, and initiatives


  • Masters of Electrical Engineering or Engineering Physics degree, preferably with knowledge of

    • Analog electronics

    • Design simulation

    • Signal processing theory and software (Matlab, Python, etc.)

    • Experimental science, involving measurement and analysis of real-world data

  • 5-10 years work experience, preferably including:

    • Leadership experience, whether technical design leadership, independent project responsibility or group leadership

    • Scientific research and publication

    • Education or experience in other fields relevant to seismic sensor design, such as mechanical engineering, physics, or geophysics

    • Cross-functional experience within a design role, such as manufacturing support, customer support, project planning, etc.


Why work at Nanometrics?
  • Outstanding people: Collaborate with the industry’s top minds

  • Work with a purpose: The opportunity to make a difference with work that has a global impact

  • Excellent benefits: RRSP matching, health/dental benefits, corporate bonus program and education assistance.

  • Strong work/life balance: Located on the edge of the Greenbelt, close to biking paths and bus routes, and a short commute to many nearby residential areas

Nanometrics is committed to providing a fair and equitable work environment and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Nanometrics is also committed to providing accommodations throughout the interview and employment process.  If you require an accommodation we will work with you to meet your needs.