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Assistant Researcher

Assistant Researcher (JPF04422)

Application Review Date

  • The First Review Date for this job is: May 27, 2024 - Open Until Filled

Position Description

The Berkeley Seismological Lab (BSL) is seeking a highly motivated individual to conduct research on earthquake early warning (EEW) and geodetic monitoring. This includes the development and improvement of EEW algorithms as well as contribution to the development, operations and maintenance of the Bay Area Regional Deformation (BARD) network. The primary responsibilities for this position are:

  • Assess the performance of current EEW algorithms with particular emphasis on the EPIC algorithm used as part of the ShakeAlert EEW system;
  • Propose, test and validate innovative solutions to improve the efficiency and accuracy of EEW algorithms;
  • 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, oversee 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 earthquake early warning and geodetic monitoring, 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 to research grants.

This is a 100% 2-year appointment.

Basic Qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.

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.
  • Five (5) years of experience working in a research lab.
  • Strong communication skills in order to write reports and correspondence, speak effectively before groups of researchers and the public.
  • Proficiency with Python.
  • Commitment to collaborative development of open-source software.
  • Experience in the analysis of seismic and geodetic data.
  • Familiarity with the operations and maintenance of seismic and geodetic networks.

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • List of Publications
  • 3 Required References (contact information only)
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Job Location

Berkeley, CA

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Salary & Union Contract

The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: A reasonable estimate for this position is $87,100–$102,900.

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