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Assistant Researcher | System Administrator | Financial Analyst | Research and Development Engineer

Assistant Researcher Job #JPF03467

Position Overview

  • Position Title: Assistant Researcher
  • Salary range: Salary commensurate with experience
  • Percent time: 100% FTE
  • Anticipated start: October 1, 2022
  • Position duration: Two years

Application Window

  • Open date: July 13th, 2022
  • Next review date: Thursday, Jul 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
  • Final date: Monday, Aug 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) 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.

Position Description

The Berkeley Seismological Lab (BSL) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Researcher in the areas of Earth processes and hazards using geodetic data.

The BSL is seeking a highly motivated individual to conduct research on Earth processes and hazards using geodetic data as well as to contribute to the development, operations and maintenance of the Bay Area Regional Deformation (BARD) network.

The primary responsibilities for this position are:

  • Develop open-source high-level tools in collaboration with national and international partners for monitoring the performance of geodetic networks (and in particular of the BARD network) and identify early signs of equipment failures.
  • Contribute to improving data availability and quality of the BARD network.
  • Lead the development, testing, and deployment of novel geodetic instrumentation.
  • Participate in project meetings with staff and graduate student researchers.
  • Mentor, supervise and train graduate and undergraduate student researchers, postdocs and research associates, as well as visiting scientists and students.
  • Perform independent research in the field of Earth processes and hazards, write research reports and publish peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Lead the preparation of proposals to seek additional research funding. Write progress and final reports related research grants.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application): Ph.D. or equivalent international Degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start): Minimum of 5 years research experience.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree in Geophysics or closely related field.
  • A record of publishing in refereed journals, and successful grant applications.
  • At least five (5) years of experience working in a research lab.
  • Strong communication skills in order to write routine reports and correspondence, speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organizations.
  • Proficiency with Python.
  • Commitment to collaborative development of open-source software.
  • Experience in the analysis of geodetic data.
  • Familiarity with the operations and maintenance of geodetic networks.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • List of Publications

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03467

Help contact: emartinez24@berkeley.edu

Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job Location

Berkeley, CA

 

System Administrator (7304U) #39716

**This is a 1-year contract appointment with the possibility of extension and/or conversion to career.**

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 4, 2022 - Open Until Filled

Departmental Overview

The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) operates a seismic and geophysical network in northern California, collecting, analyzing, and archiving data for the purposes of earthquake detection and scientific research. The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, in collaboration with other universities and state/federal organizations, operates seismic and geophysical networks that provide earthquake early warnings to federal and state government organizations, emergency response entities, and the public. In particular, the BSL contributes to and supports the West Coast ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System.

This position provides Linux system administration and IT support for the production ShakeAlert platform, as well as for the software development and scientific research efforts at the BSL.

Responsibilities

40%

  • Operate, monitor, troubleshoot, and maintain computer systems for the production and distribution of rapid automatic earthquake products in an on-call, 24/7 operational environment.
  • Install, update, and patch operating systems, libraries, and auxiliary applications in a Linux environment.
  • Implement and maintain security measures according to campus and project practices and guidelines.
  • Develop and maintain documentation on procedures related to the supported systems, software, and operations.

20%

  • Support developers and the development environments for projects, such as ShakeAlert and AQMS.

15%

  • Collaborate with internal and external academic, government, and industrial partners in design, integration, and operation of earthquake early warning systems.

15%

  • Install, update, and operate applications, such as ShakeAlert and AQMS software, including supporting libraries, utilities, and configurations.
  • Manage code builds, run-time configurations, and metadata in a repository using modern code management tools.
  • Support the testing and certification environments for projects, such as ShakeAlert and AQMS.

10%

  • Perform all other duties as assigned, including varied technical assignments requiring the use of standard scientific principles and technique.

Required Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of Linux system operations, configuration, and management (experience with RedHat preferred).
  • Experience working within a shell environment and the ability to write complex scripts (ex. Bash/Python/Perl).
  • Hands-on experience maintaining server-class hardware and external RAID arrays in a data center environment.
  • Knowledge of system monitoring (experience with Nagios preferred).
  • Knowledge of content management systems (experience with Ansible/Puppet preferred).
  • Knowledge of code revision systems (experience with Git preferred).
  • Knowledge of security best practices.
  • Work collaboratively with a team that includes remote members.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High level of initiative, proactive, self-starter with excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Work independently on related assignments and projects with only limited supervision, typically receiving only general instructions. Exercise discretion and independent judgment to compare and evaluate various methods, approaches, and resources and decide which will best accomplish each aspect of such assignments and projects.
  • Excellent attention to fine details, writing, and communication skills.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

Other Information

**This is a 1-year contract appointment with the possibility of extension and/or conversion to career.**

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

UC Berkeley jobs page

 

Financial Analyst (7708U) #37024

This is a two-year contract position with the possibility of extension.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: June 17, 2022 - Open Until Filled

Departmental Overview

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL), in collaboration with several external sponsors (including the USGS and the State of California), conducts seismic research and operates a large number of seismic stations throughout California. These operations require a high volume of financial and other transactions, including in procurement, credit card reconciliation, travel, equipment inventory, construction/capital projects, risk management, and payroll. In addition, the grants require frequent reporting both technical and financial.

This position will support the BSL by managing the credit card reconciliation and equipment inventory processes, processing payroll entries, and performing other financial tasks such as cost transfer journals, analyzing expenses, and formulating budget plans as needed. They will also assist with the non-permanent task of cataloging and dispositioning some of the BSL's historical documents.

Responsibilities

This is a two-year contract position with the possibility of extension.

  • 40% Under general direction, verifies a significant volume of Blucard receipts and processes/pays a high volume of utility billings; maintains a logical and shared document records system.
  • 10% Under general direction, manages the BSL's equipment inventory processes, working with other staff and with the BETS team. Ensures the BETS is up to date and conducts the biannual BETS audit.
  • 10% Under general direction, collects, analyzes, and journals engineering fuel receipts to allocable funds.
  • 10% Under general supervision, prepares and documents payroll entries in UCPath, as well as retroactive changes.
  • 10% Under direct supervision, prepares adhoc financial and resource reports for future planning.
  • 5% Assists other lab members with procurement issues, including vendor setup.
  • 5% May devise financial tools to help the department better plan its expenditures.
  • 5% May devise new reports to help the department better analyze its full portfolio, to the granular level.
  • 5% Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Intermediate knowledge of financial systems and processes used at UC Berkeley.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the Uniform Guidance applicable to academic research institutions.
  • Intermediate knowledge and understanding of internal control practices and their impact on protecting University resources.
  • Demonstrated ability using spreadsheet and database software for moderately complex financial analysis, fiscal management, and financial reports.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills at all levels within the unit.
  • Displays diplomacy, astute judgment, critical thinking, attention to detail, and mission focus.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize data and documents shared with others.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing complex, variable payroll allocations across funding sources.
  • Demonstrated ability with graphics to present financial data clearly and effectively.
  • Experience with complex pre-Award grant preparation highly desired.
  • Experience preparing recommendations for financial plans, including annual resource allocations, future requirements, and operating forecasts.
  • Experience with post-award management highly desired.
  • Five years’ experience in financial analysis or similar position in an academic research setting.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

  • This is a non-exempt position; salary is up to $38.32 hourly ($80,000 annually), commensurate with experience.
  • This is a 2-year contract position with the possibility of extension.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

UC Berkeley jobs page

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

 

Research and Development Engineer (7120U) #24000

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 4, 2022

Departmental Overview

The Berkeley Seismology Lab (BSL), in collaboration with the US Geological Laboratory in Menlo Park, operates seismic networks in northern California that provide rapid earthquake information, and earthquake early warnings to federal and state government organizations, emergency response entities, and to the public. The BSL also collects and archives geophysical data that is available for research and to the public, through the Northern California Earthquake Data Center (NCEDC). The BSL and USGS/MP operate the Northern California Seismic System (NCSS) of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN). In addition to the regular operations, the BSL is part of the California Earthquake Early Warning System (CEEWS) called West Coast ShakeAlert.

Responsibilities

  • Locate, permit, construct and install new seismic monitoring and geodetic observatories and maintain and correct deficiencies with existing sites. This involves interacting with the public and various public and private stakeholders. Review area using various online software platforms. Interact with land owner and negotiate agreement for land use. Meet with contractors, provide building materials, identify construction location and approve minor changes to design/construction. Installing sites involves deploying sensors, data loggers, installing other equipment such as radios, routers, cellular modems, and programming these devices for operations. Travel with co-workers or alone to remote field sites. Installing new monitoring observatories with co-worker over the course of multiple days in remote conditions. Ensure to follow safety protocols set by safety team, site notes, and supervisor direction. These responsibilities include exercising independent judgement and decision making.
  • Prepare for field work by testing equipment, gathering supplies, loading field vehicles, and handling complex logistical issues. Before any installation, test sensors, date loggers, routers, and other equipment and prepare them for Quality Control with department researchers. Determine mode of failure with equipment and repair or return for repairs. Determine and purchase necessary field supplies for field site visit. This involves researching and selecting appropriate equipment according to site needs/requirements. Stage, pack and load vehicles. Ensure vehicles are in good working order. During a field site visit, sourcing failed equipment, repair sensors, scheduling shipments to remote locations while meeting deadlines.
  • Troubleshoot and repair analog and digital circuits, radio and telemetry systems, power systems (AC (up to 480V) and DC), analog sensors (seismometers), data loggers and other peripheral equipment. This includes aligning and orienting sensors, and configuring networked equipment. These repairs are done in the lab or in remote field settings.
  • Document all field activities and work that was completed remotely. This involves updating field logs with site issues, equipment repairs or replacement, site and owner information, and station characteristics. Excellent written communication is required.
  • Work within a team to identify deficiencies and solve complex problems related to BSL network. Attend and contribute to regular team meetings. Suggest solutions for site improvement and repairs. Participate in process improvement discussions. Provide engineering information advice to internal and external Principal Investigator and/or other faculty and research personnel.
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of AC and DC power systems, analog and digital circuits, telemetry and radio systems.
  • Knowledge of Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems and associated applications.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects and demonstrate good time management skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (engineering, physics, computer science, etc.) and/or equivalent combination of experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

Annual salary range for this positon: $77,300.00 - $90,000.00

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

UC Berkeley jobs page

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This is a 2-year contract with the possibility for extension with continued funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct