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Multiple Announcements: USGS and LLNL Job Opportunities and NHR3 RFPs

Date: 05/27/2020

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. NHR3 GeoHazard Research Program Issued Two Research RFPs on Liquefaction
2. USGS job opportunity in Menlo Park - Geophysicist/Computer Scientist
3. LLNL job opportunity – Computational Seismologist


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1. NHR3 GeoHazard Research Program Issued Two Research RFPs on Liquefaction:

NHR3 GeoHazard Research Program Issued Two Research RFPs on Liquefaction

NHR3 GeoHazard Program just issued two RFPs related to liquefaction hazard. Natural Hazards Risk and Resiliency Research Center (NHR3) is a multidisciplinary and multi-campus research center with headquarters at UCLA (https://www.risksciences.ucla.edu/nhr3). The GeoHazard Research Program has recently been established at NHR3, with the focus on advancing seismic hazard characterization, use of earthquake ground motions in performance-based seismic design of infrastructure, and improving the assessment of liquefaction hazard. GeoHazard Research Program coordinates and funds research projects related to these topics. The GeoHazard Program is funded by infrastructure agencies, including the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

The RFPs can be found at the following links. The deadline for the proposal submission is June 15, 2020. https://www.risksciences.ucla.edu/nhr3/seismic-geohazard/rfp

2. USGS job opportunity in Menlo Park - Geophysicist/Computer Scientist:

Job opportunity with the USGS
Applications are due 06/05/2020!

The USGS Earthquake Science Center has an open position for a Geophysicist/Computer Scientist

The Earthquake Science Center (ESC) of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is seeking a software developer with database administration experience, to support our real-time seismic monitoring projects. This position is being offered in Menlo Park, CA.

Projects within the USGS ESC oversee the operation of the Northern California Seismic Network, the
National Strong Motion Network and the associated data acquisition and processing systems as part of the
Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS). These networks and associated processing systems are designed to
ensure reliable recording of earthquakes, compute seismological and engineering parameters for earthquakes
within seconds of their occurrence, automatically and accurately deliver that information to the public and
emergency response agencies, and to archive data, data products, and metadata for the benefit of the seismological research and engineering communities.

As a Computer Scientist or Geophysicist within the Earthquake Science Center, some of the specific duties will include:

* Develops code related to scientific application programming interfaces and for seismic data acquisition, transformation, and distribution.
* Modifies and maintains existing software to correct coding defects, adapt it to new hardware, interfaces, features, and improve performance.
* Designs, develops, implements, and maintains database management systems and related software for providing data access and exchange according to specification, optimal database structures, high availability, and data integrity.
* Participates in many aspects of the software development lifecycle: requirements generation, design, code, verification and test, maintenance, and support; and overall integration of software modules and other subsystem components, both commercial and custom.

Apply online at

Open to all US citizens:

Open to current & former federal employees with status:

Please be sure to submit all the requested materials, including complete transcripts by June 5th – and please do not wait until the last minute to apply. Please carefully follow the instructions and resume guidelines when applying. The resumes MUST include detailed information for current and past positions: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr, (e.g., March 2012 – June 2013), number of hours worked per week, supervisor’s name and # (and you may specify: “can call/do not call/contact me before calling,”) and narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Earl Emerson at 916-278-9399 or pacsac1@usgs.gov. It is highly recommended that you e-mail the contact person in the vacancy announcement to confirm that your documents uploaded correctly. Sometimes the documents submitted are blurry and hard to read or the file is corrupt and can't be accessed. No late documents are accepted.


3. LLNL job opportunity – Computational Seismologist:

The LLNL has an open position for Computational Seismologist

Location: Livermore, CA
Posting Requirement: US Citizenship
We have an opening for a Computational Seismologist to develop and apply advanced computational seismology methods to non-proliferation and national security problems. We are seeking an individual with the quantitative skills and experience to work with a team of geophysicists and developers in applying these methods to a variety of multi-disciplinary monitoring problems in the Geophysical Monitoring Program (GMP). You will report to the Seismology Group Leader and the Program Leaders. This position is in the Seismology Group within the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division (AEED).

This position will be filled at either the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Conduct original and independent research and development in computational seismology and/or computational geophysics.
- Apply advanced computational seismology methods to non-proliferation and national security projects in the Geophysical Monitoring Program (GMP).
- Work as part of an interdisciplinary scientific team of geophysicists and developers to accomplish research goals, design and implement research projects, and coordinate program requirements and deliverables for sponsors and customers.
- Organize, analyze, and manipulate large geophysical data sets from global networks, numerical simulations and ongoing field operations, including data retrieval, storage, access, metadata, and quality control.
- Collaborate with the GMP team to help maintain and improve the LLNL Seismic Research Database (SRDB) in support of a variety of research programs related to non-proliferation, national and energy security.
- Present results at program meetings and scientific research conferences, prepare programmatic reports, and publish papers in peer-reviewed journals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Lead and coordinate a team of geophysicists and programmers, including directing technical work and providing programmatic supervision.
- Lead research proposals and program execution from the Seismology Group and team members.
- Work on a variety of seismic monitoring problems using advanced forward and inverse methods and innovative numerical modeling tools.
- Ph.D. in seismology, geophysics or associated field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience with seismological and geophysical methods for characterizing the subsurface.
- Significant experience applying computational seismology to multi-disciplinary, non-proliferation projects, including explosion monitoring.
- Advanced knowledge of seismic and other geophysical data including infrasound, hydroacoustic, geodetic, and imagery. Experience collecting, processing and analyzing local/regional seismic data, and proficiency in organizing and analyzing large databases of waveforms, events, amplitudes, and arrivals.
- Significant experience with various computational methods including high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, data intensive computing and/or machine learning techniques.
- Collaborative programming skills (Java, C/C++, Python, SQL, Matlab, Perl, scripts), and experience with heterogeneous computing and development environments (Mac/PC/UNIX/LINUX platforms).
- Experience with modern computational infrastructures, including enterprise-level relational databases, large scale analytical platforms up to and including HPC, and large data storage repositories.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Substantial and advanced subject matter expertise in seismology and other geophysical methods, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.
- Significant experience with project management, including proposal writing, budgeting, staffing, and resource allocation.
- Significant experience with seismic monitoring applications, operations, forward and inverse modeling of subsurface problems, wave propagation modeling, and numerical methods including finite difference, finite volume, and/or finite element techniques.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.
If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.
Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.
About Us
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.
LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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