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Assistant Project Scientist, Step I-VI – Geography - Larsen Lab – UC Berkeley

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 28th, 2018
Last review date: July 12th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: August 10th, 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 Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist, Step I-VI, in the area of Earth Sciences, at full time, with an expected start date of January 1, 2019.

The Project Scientist should be an expert at scientific computing in support of addressing major Earth Science questions. Duties will include developing and using models to analyze controls on the size distributions of landslides, forecast streamflow, and analyze flow and transport processes in watersheds and wetlands. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to optimize and comment computer code to make it available for public use (e.g., on Github). Additional duties include writing papers for peer-reviewed journals, presenting talks at professional meetings, and assisting with grant writing and grant reporting.

Minimum/Basic qualifications (At time of application): A PhD or equivalent international degree program is required.

Additional Required Qualifications (by start date): Experience with scientific computing is required.

Preferred qualifications (by start date): a degree or significant coursework in Computer Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Conservation and Resource Studies, Integrative Biology, Biology, Environmental Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geography, Geology, Molecular and Cell Biology, or Oceanography. P ostdoctoral experience, a strong track record in producing peer-reviewed publications. Experience with scientific computing in Earth Science.

Salary: $57,400-$74,200 annually depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research statement. Applicants should also provide contact information for three to five references.

Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists and 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.

The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Laurel Larsen (

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:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • Research Statement

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 references required (contact information only)

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