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Four job/research position announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 10/10/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements related to work/research opportunities:

Network Engineer - Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
Network Engineer with the Southern California Seismic Network
PhD opportunity in New Zealand: The ground rupture hazards of reverse faults
Seismologist Position at Karen Clark & Company


On behalf of Sierra Boyd, UC Berkeley

Network Engineer - Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory operates a network of geophysical stations in northern California to collect data in real time, to support the delivery of earthquake information to state and federal stakeholders and the public, including earthquake early warning, and to provide data for research. In collaboration with the USGS Earthquake Management Project, the BSL jointly operates the northern California component of the USGS Advanced National Seismic System to provide public earthquake information, earthquake early warning, and long-term earthquake monitoring operations. In addition, the BSL collaborates for telemetry and data exchange with partner organizations ranging from federal and state agencies to public and private organizations. Robust, rapid, secure delivery of data is vital to these activities. This position provides end-to-end support of all data networking at the Berkeley Seismology Lab. This role develops, plans, implements, manages, and troubleshoots network infrastructure for the BSL, and collaborates with outside partners on standards and interfaces for data transfer through and from partner networks.

*This is a full-time (40 hours per week), 2-year contract with the possibility for extension and/or conversion to career based on available funding.*

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 14, 2022 - Open Until Filled 



  • Leads the design, specification, installation, management, configuration and troubleshooting of data communications equipment for transferring data from about 200 geophysical field stations to one or more data centers. This includes equipment such as cell modems, data radios, remote routers & switches, microwave networking infrastructure, remote system control units.
  • Evaluates & tests new or enhanced data communications electronics and services, including for security, reliability, robustness & throughput issues.
  • Oversees, configures, manages & troubleshoots BSL data communciations interfaces (ethernet, T1, microwave) with outside partners.
  • Provides expert advice to users / units on data communication issues.
  • Works with outside partner organizations and stakeholders to ensure compatibility & conformance with their standards for data paths that cross their networks.
  • Develops & implements monitoring & diagnostic tools and software.
  • Explores, develops and manages options for duplicate communcations paths from the remote stations.


  • Specifies, manages, oversees & troubleshoots the BSL's data communications hardware and infrastructure in its data center, including redundant VPN routers and switches.
  • Works directly with vendor / manufacturer technical support to isolate and resolve complex hardware and software issues.
  • Configures and troubleshoots systems that support network services.


  • Troubleshoots throughout the data communications systems, interacting with a diverse set of contacts, collaborators and service providers to resolve problems.
  • Troubleshooting responsibilities include hardware, software and security of equipment in the field, in the data center and also include problems with data communications service providers.


  • Coordinates all phases of multiple, complex network projects: planning, design, procurement, implementation and documentation of completed infrastructure, including maps and figures.
  • Consults with other units and outside collaborators on planning, implementation and security for jointly used data communications systems.
  • Provide advice and guidance on data communications infrastructure.


  • Identifies and selects training opportunities for professional development. 
  • Participates in crossfunctional group discussions, activities and efforts.


  • Other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of professional communications and network concepts necessary to resolve issues using established parameters, creativity and independent judgment, escalating as necessary.
  • Thorough understanding of various network hardware platforms, network related protocols and software including understanding of OSI layer 3 and layer 2 protocols at a complex level and related technical standards critical to the operation of interconnected networks.
  • In-depth experience with network diagnostic and performance management tools and software.
  • Thorough and broad knowledge and experience working with network management systems.
  • Ability to gather, organize and analyze data in the completion of a variety of functional assignments.
  • Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Self-motivated, can work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is an exempt, 100% FTE contract appointment. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Other Information

*This is a full-time (40 hours per week), 2-year contract with the possibility for extension and/or conversion to career based on available funding.*

How to Apply
UC Berkeley Jobs page



On behalf of Gabrielle Tepp, SCSN

Network Engineer with the Southern California Seismic Network

Caltech is hiring a full-time Network Engineer to work with the Southern California Seismic Network. The position is based in Pasadena, CA.

Job Summary

Under general direction, this position manages system level networking of routers, switches, gateways, bridges and firewalls. The Network Engineer working from the Caltech campus in Pasadena also configures the field hardware such as dataloggers, cell modems, and routers for the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN). The SCSN has seismic stations which are located at approximately 400 sites throughout Southern California. The Network Engineer will plan and schedule remote software upgrades to the field equipment, and monitor and tune systems to ensure data integrity and low latency. They will follow standard operating procedures to ensure consistency and repeatability, and will be responsible for ensuring compliance of all networking equipment with standard data communications and IT security operating procedures. They will administer networking equipment in-house as well as in Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Basic Qualifications

  • BS degree or higher in Computer Science, Physical Science, or related field, with 3 years of experience in networking.
  • Proficient in troubleshooting, maintaining, and improving networking equipment, for example; routers, switches, gateways, bridges, and firewalls.
  • Experience with diverse data communications hardware.

The SCSN has a diverse and respectful team, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates of underrepresented groups in the geosciences.

For more information and the online application: https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=8729

If you have any questions, please contact Rayo Bhadha (rayo@caltech.edu) and Allen Husker (ahusker@caltech.edu).


On behalf of Mark Stirling, University of Otago

PhD opportunity in New Zealand: The ground rupture hazards of reverse faults 

University of Otago and QuakeCoRE PhD Scholarship


$NZ28,000 pa for three years.

Mark Stirling (University of Otago) and and Timothy Stahl (University of Canterbury).

We seek a suitably qualified and motivated individual to undertake a PhD focused on understanding and quantifying the fault rupture hazards of reverse faults. The 2016 Mw7.8 Kaikoura earthquake showed how fault rupture and ground displacement can have abrupt and lasting impacts on human infrastructure. Roads, railways and rivers were displaced in an instant during the earthquake, causing transportation disruption, and loss of farmland through river avulsion.

This University of Otago-based project will seek to quantify the key geological parameters influencing fault displacement hazard in reverse fault zones in New Zealand. The largely field-based research will complement and supplement remote sensing data on historical surface ruptures in New Zealand, and will focus on the spectacular reverse fault natural laboratories of Canterbury and Otago. The result will be world-leading science on reverse fault displacement hazard, and an overall improvement in how fault displacement hazard is conceptualised and managed in New Zealand.

Contact Mark Stirling at mark.stirling@otago.ac.nz


On behalf of Sara Dougherty, Karen Clark & Company

Seismologist Position at Karen Clark & Company
We have an immediate opening for a Seismologist at Karen Clark & Company (KCC) in Boston, MA. A brief description of our company and the position is provided below. For more information, visit our website at www.kcc.us.com.

About KCC:

KCC is the fastest growing catastrophe risk modeling firm providing innovative risk management tools to global insurers and reinsurers. At KCC, we build leading edge applications, including RiskInsight, the first open loss modeling platform, and advanced global catastrophe models for natural hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes.

Seismologist position:

KCC seeks an earthquake hazard professional to join our growing team of catastrophe model developers. In this position, you will work closely with other scientists and engineers to build out our global suite of advanced earthquake models.


  • Collect and analyze regional historical seismicity data
  • Research regional tectonics, including fault structures and rupture mechanisms
  • Develop magnitude-frequency relationships for seismic source zones and faults
  • Develop smooth and background seismicity models
  • Conduct post-event field surveys after major global events


  • PhD in Seismology or Geophysics with research relevant to seismic source modeling
  • Knowledge of earthquake frequency parameters and experience with magnitude-frequency distributions
  • Knowledge and experience in advanced probability and statistical methods
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, keen orientation to detail, an eye for professional presentation, and recognized organizational abilities
  • Experience with Python desirable
  • Ability to travel within the US or internationally with little advance notice
  • Experience with GIS software (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.) is a plus
  • Experience in catastrophe modeling a plus
  • Knowledge of C# programming language a plus
  • Some work experience (≤ 5 years) a plus

Apply through our website at: https://karen-clark-company.breezy.hr/p/d6bab47c6854-seismologist

We encourage you to submit applications by October 31, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.


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