Open Positions at the Berkeley Seismological Lab

Assistant/Associate Project Scientist
Field Manager
Research and Development Engineer 2/3

Assistant/Associate Project Scientist (Job #JPF01146)

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) seeks an Assistant or Associate Project Scientist to work on the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning (EEW) project. The successful candidate will monitor performance of the seismic and geodetic algorithms contributed by the BSL to ShakeAlert, ElarmS and GlarmS; identify performance issues; and develop and implement solutions. He or she will also monitor and manage the BARD network, the GNSS stations operated by the BSL, maintaining QC for the GNSS data, and ensuring that data products are made available in a timely fashion. The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues within the BSL to coordinate both EEW and GNSS related implementation and operation activities, and will also represent the BSL in committees with partner organizations collaborating toward EEW implementation and operation, and GNSS operations. Project scientist tasks include writing and submitting interim and final reports, and contributing to the development of project proposals and budgets.

Other activities include (a) developing and vetting quality assurance procedures for the data from the GNSS stations to support their flow into the EEW system; (b) coordinating with other collaborators to ensure the flow of data from all contributing stations into earthquake processing and EEW software and algorithms at locations across the West Coast; (c) using knowledge of geodesy, earthquakes and seismicity to contribute to the evaluation of performance of EEW algorithms of the BSL and others; (d) participating in the coordination of EEW-related activities across the West Coast; (e) interacting with EEW users and other stakeholders to operate and support improvements to the EEW system; (f) integrating EEW information and activities into the data collection and real-time processing that contribute to the BSL's regular earthquake information and data collection processes; and (g) participating in the identification, evaluation, selection and permitting of sites for new seismic and geodetic stations to support EEW and other earthquake monitoring activities. Because EEW activities are intermingled with other tasks at the BSL - like station operation & performance and earthquake monitoring - the Project Scientist will become familiar with and participate in all aspects of the BSL's operations and interact with the personnel involved, including providing input, suggestions and coordination required for improving EEW operations. The successful candidate will also participate in routine earthquake response activities at the BSL, which include earthquake response rotation.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS (at time of application)
The minimum qualification required to be considered an applicant for the position is the completion of all PhD or equivalent degree requirements, except the dissertation, by the time of application.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (by start date)
PhD or equivalent degree in geophysics or Earth Sciences, or in physics or mathematics with experience related to the Earth Sciences, is required by the start date. Additional qualifications include: demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, produce deliverables and adapt to changing conditions; experience in seismology and/or geodesy; demonstrated ability to establish collaborations and interact with members of scientific groups; and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. At least 5 years of experience is required for appointment at the Associate Project Scientist level.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Experience with real-time processing, earthquake early warning algorithms and processing using seismic and GNSS data.

APPOINTMENT
The expected start date for this appointment is January 1, 2017. The initial appointment will be full-time for 12 months; however appointment may be renewed for additional one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
The annual salary range for this position is $54,800 - $70,900 at the Assistant Project Scientist level or $67,800 - $85,600 at the Associate Project Scientist level. Salary shall be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are
included: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

TO APPLY
For a complete job description and to apply, please visit: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01146

Open date: September 29th, 2016

Next review date: October 14th, 2016 (Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.)

Final date: November 15th, 2016 (Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Research and Development Engineer 2/3 (Position ID #22063)

Berkeley Seismological Lab (BSL) operates more than 70 off campus, unmanned geophysical observatories throughout central and northern California and one observatory in southern Oregon. There are three main aspects handled by the BSL technical staff: 1) location, permitting, planning, installation, operation, and maintenance of the infrastructure, sensors, and data acquisition systems at remote sites; 2) continuous, near real-time telemetry of data from the remote sites to the Berkeley campus, and 3) data qualification and quality control including instrumentation setup and initial verification of frequency and phase response.

Responsibilities
BSL engineers are required in most cases to make telephone contact with landowners of the properties upon which the instruments are installed. In this manner, the engineers represent the entire University of California, the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, and themselves. BSL engineers are expected to exercise independent thinking and judgment that similarly titled counterparts on campus may not encounter.

There is no direct evaluation or oversight of the off campus work or installations by researcher, professor, or academic investigator. Evaluation of the engineers/ off-campus work is only indirectly possible by evaluation of resultant data. Due to the remote nature of the seismic installations, data from the off-campus sites is telemetered to Berkeley and distributed from the Berkeley Data Center via the world wide web to researchers and institutions world-wide. The efforts of staff researchers in Berkeley and world-wide are highly dependent on the data from the off campus sites and therefore of the BSL engineers.

At the professional level 2, this work involves professional engineering and engineering technician support as part of academic instructional lab and/or research projects and programs. Engineering activities include the design, construction, testing of experimental systems, operation of analytical systems, establishment of performance specifications, and documentation. Engineering Technicians may be assigned duties within a single discipline (e.g., electrical) or span a range of disciplines.

At the professional Level 3, the R&D Engineer is responsible for work that Involves professional engineering and engineering technician support as part of academic instructional lab and/or research projects and programs. Engineering activities include the design, construction, testing of experimental systems, operation of analytical systems, establishment of performance specifications, and documentation.

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 8/31/2016.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional design work of limited scope and complexity.
  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.
  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers.

At the professional level 3:

  • Thorough knowledge associated with independently performing the full range of engineering professional design work.
  • Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.
  • Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards.
  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.
  • Ability to lead and influence others.

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor's degree in related area (engineering, or physics) or equivalent experience/training.
  • Military electronics training is acceptable in lieu of Bachelor's degree.

For a complete description of the position and requirements, and to apply, please see the UC Berkeley jobs page (job ID number is #22063).

Address questions to:

Peggy Hellweg
peggy@seismo.berkeley.edu
Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
University of California
213 McCone Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4760

 

Field Manager (Position ID #22018)

BSL currently operates more than 70 off campus, unmanned geophysical observatories throughout central and northern California and one observatory in southern Oregon. Over the coming years, we will be adding between 100 and 200 more of these observatories. The addition of new stations and continued operation of both the existing and new stations will require a full time manager with expertise and capabilities in all aspects of the required preparation, contracting and field work, as well as the ability to provide training to staff. There are three main aspects of work done by the BSL technical staff: (1) location, permitting, planning, installation, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the infrastructure, sensors, and data acquisition systems at remote sites; (2) continuous, near real-time telemetry of data from the remote sites to the Berkeley campus, and (3) data qualification and quality control including instrumentation setup and initial verification of frequency and phase response. The incumbent would manage tasks under (1) and strongly contribute expertise to (2) and (3).

Under the oversight of the BSL's operation manager and in coordination with other BSL technical staff, the Field Researcher would contact perspective and current landowners of the properties upon which the instruments are installed to arrange land use and site access. In this manner, the Researcher represents the entire University of California, the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, and his/herself. S/he will provide and evaluate equipment specifications; design station infrastructure configurations; oversee and manage contracted construction of sites and the installation of infrastructure; coordinate, oversee; install and troubleshoot field equipment; and contribute to telemetry design and monitoring, and to evaluation of data quality. S/he will have experience to train field engineers to handle and troubleshoot the seismic, geodetic, power and telemetry equipment installed at the sites. The incumbent will participate in and direct work to ensure that the BSL's geophysical stations, data, and products meet performance standards. The incumbent will supervise the field engineers who are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and installation of sensors, dataloggers and communications infrastructure that provide real-time data for earthquake monitoring and the production of earthquake products. The incumbent will manage schedules, direct network field operations, troubleshoot station and telemetry issues, assist with metadata tracking and verification, assist with ensuring station data makes it into the real-time data collection and processing system (AQMS), and assist with station quality metrics. The work requires coordination with partner organizations in the California Integrated Seismic Network (USGS Menlo Park, Pasadena and Caltech), and at the national level via the Advanced National Seismic System.

There is no direct evaluation or oversight of the off campus work or installations by researcher, professor, or academic investigator. Evaluation of off-campus work is only indirectly possible by evaluation of resultant data. Due to the remote nature of the seismic installations, data from the off-campus sites is telemetered to Berkeley and distributed from the Berkeley Data Center via the world wide web to researchers and institutions world-wide. The efforts of staff researchers in Berkeley and world-wide are highly dependent on the data from the off campus sites and therefore on the BSL's engineering team.

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 8/19/2016

Required Qualifications

Knowledge/Skills:

  • At least 5 years of experience/training in use and troubleshooting of geophysical instrumentation, including digitizers, seismometers, geophones, accelerometers, borehole seismometers and geodetic receivers.
  • Experience in designing, constructing and managing the construction of geophysical stations, including borehole deployments.
  • Thorough understanding of a broad array of technical areas including signal processing, seismology, geodesy, characteristics of a variety of geophysical instrumentation, and telecommunications.
  • Knowledge of the principles of operation of modern seismic and geodetic networks, including sensors, dataloggers, telemetry, data processing techniques and the metadata used to describe them.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging seismic and geodetic instrumentation including sensors and data loggers including knowledge of the theory of analog and digital signal amplification, filtering, and signal processing to provide high fidelity seismic and geodetic signals.
  • Knowledge of geology and geophysics sufficient to make judgments about the suitability of GPS and seismic station sites.

Education/Training:

Bachelor's degree in geophysics, physics, or mechanical engineering.

For a complete description of the position and requirements, and to apply, please see the UC Berkeley jobs page (job ID number is #22018).

Address questions to:

Peggy Hellweg
peggy@seismo.berkeley.edu
Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
University of California
213 McCone Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4760