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Researcher - Seismology/Geodesy - Berkeley Seismology Laboratory at University of California-Berkeley

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Type: Full Time
Location: Berkeley, California

Job Description:


Open date: March 7th, 2018
Next review date: March 22nd, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: April 9th, 2018
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.


The Berkeley Seismology Lab at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Full-Time Assistant Researcher, Associate Researcher or Researcher to begin working early 2018.

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) provides robust hazard information while engaging in fundamental geophysical research. Throughout the BSL's long history of innovation beginning with the 1887 installation of the first seismograph in the western hemisphere, our commitment to probing the Earth's deepest secrets has remained unchanged.

The available position could be filled as an Assistant Researcher, Associate Researcher or Researcher depending on the qualifications and research goals of the applicant. The successful candidate will manage the operation of BARD, the BSL's network of permanent, continuously telemetered Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations, and will also engage in additional research activities.

BARD is a network of 32 permanent GNSS stations located throughout northern and central California operated by the BSL. The data are telemetered continuously to UC Berkeley. Responsibilities as BARD lead include: assuring the high quality and completeness of the BARD data, providing guidance to the BSL field engineering and IT teams for necessary maintenance, upgrades and code developments; responsibility for making sure that the data are available to US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and other users in a timely manner, and that information on the BARD website is current; coordination of data exchange and real time processing with the geodetic team at the USGS/Menlo Park and the seismic networks teams at BSL and USGS, and development of methodologies for the use of GNSS data to produce rapid, real time earthquake information.

The incumbent will be expected to engage independently and directly in research, serve as Principle Investigator for projects and secure independent funding as the research program/project grows. The successful candidate will be appointed at the Assistant Researcher, Associate Researcher, or Full Researcher title based on professional achievement and experience. The specific activities will depend on the interests of the individual but might include the use of GNSS, InSAR and seismic data to develop models of active deformation in northern California for research projects funded by federal agencies (USGS, NASA and NSF), and others. This research may also be focused on rapid, real-time earthquake information (earthquake early warning), the characterization of earthquake hazard in the region based on long-term deformation, and on furthering the understanding of the mechanics of time dependent tectonic processes. Project updates and research results will be reported to the sponsors and published in peer-reviewed research journals.

The incumbent will focus 33% time on the scientific supervision and management of the BARD program (Bay Area Regional Deformation network) and research based on analysis of GNSS, InSAR and/or seismic data. At 66%, the incumbent will be expected to conduct independent research based on his or her interests and experience. Independence level and publication expectations will be higher at the professional Researcher level.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required at the time of application Completion of Ph.D or equivalent degree

Additional Qualifications- Required by the start date of the job
Must have experience in broadband seismic waveform analysis and/or numerical modeling. Expertise in the acquisition and processing of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data using existing software packages that support real-time processing as well as daily and sub-daily GNSS coordinate solutions.
Experience with the processing software and familiarity with software tools needed to post-process, archive and post the results of the analysis on-line are required.

Preferred Requirements:
Experience with software packages for the production of rapid GNSS products, such as Track and TrackRT, and the GAMIT/GLOBK and daily and sub-daily GNSS coordinate solutions.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualification based on classification. UC Berkeley offers excellent health and welfare packages. It also has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. Information on available plans and eligibility can be found at benefits/index.html

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Applicants must submit their most recently updated curriculum vitae, a cover letter, statement of research and publications list. Applicants should also provide contact information only for 3 references. Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. All reference 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: prior to submitting their letters.

This position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Peggy Hellweg:

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The University is committed to supporting employees as they balance work and family. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.


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