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Researcher - Data Science - Berkeley Seismology Laboratory

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The Berkeley Seismology Lab at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Full-Time Assistant Researcher, Associate Researcher or Researcher to begin working in 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 and development of MyShake—a global smartphone seismic network—apply data science tools/algorithms to seismological research problems, and will also engage in additional research activities depending on their interests.

MyShake is a crowdsourcing smartphone seismic network with more than 300,000 participants to date. Since release in February 2016, MyShake users recorded more than 800 earthquakes globally. The initial observations from MyShake data show the potential to use the network for both seismological and engineering applications. Responsibilities as MyShake lead include overseeing the operation of the network, working with developers to oversee maintenance, developing new functions, improving earthquake early warning, integrating other types of data, and exploring the data recorded by MyShake for other seismological applications.

Data science enables the application of various tools and algorithms on the available data to extract new discoveries. At BSL, various research activities involving machine learning and data science are underway. The candidate will engage with additional groups across campus including the Berkeley Data Science Institute to develop new projects.

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 analyzing large seismic signal datasets (e.g. acceleration/velocity data from sensor arrays) to characterize earthquakes; development of advanced methodologies and algorithms for real-time seismic signal processing including using smartphone data; applying machine learning algorithms to existing seismic data both from the MyShake network and Northern California Seismic Network, etc. Project updates and research results will be reported to the sponsors and published in peer-reviewed research journals.

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

Additional Qualifications- Required by the start date of the job
Must have background in seismology, especially seismic waveform analysis and real-time event detection. Expertise in data science tools, such as Python, Java/Fortran, and high-performance computing. Background of machine learning, and experience with applications in seismology.

Preferred Requirements: PhD in Earth Science Experience with:
• Android programming
• Database management, such as MySQL, MongoDB.
• Cloud computing, such as Amazon Web Services
• Distributed platform, such as Hadoop platform

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

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Applicants must submit their most recently updated curriculum vitae, a cover letter, statement of research and publications list. A statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research or other activities is optional. 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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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Berkeley, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research and publication list

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research or other activities.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required