Seismicity Research Scientist (Energy Geosciences)

Berkeley Lab
Berkeley, California (US)
Mar 17, 2017
Apr 16, 2017
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Seismicity Research Scientist (Energy Geosciences) - 83392
Organization: GO-Energy Geosciences

Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.  

Position Summary:
Berkeley Lab’s Energy Geosciences Division has an opening for a Seismicity Research Scientist. You will lead original and independent research on energy-related induced seismicity to support various activities within our carbon storage, fossil fuel and geothermal energy programs.  The Research Scientist will have in-depth skills and experience in (1) quantitative and observational earthquake seismology and (2) in physics-based and empirical modeling of earthquake occurrence that can be applied to assessing hazard from induced seismicity. A working knowledge of geomechanics and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis will be an advantage. This position will work with a diverse technical team both within LBNL and at other national laboratories.  This position will be filled at the Career-Track or Career level, dependent on experience.  

What You Will Do:
• In collaboration with other LBNL scientists, conduct original and independent research into simulation-based and empirical time- and space-dependent probabilistic hazard and risk analysis methods for earthquakes induced by fluid injection.
• Analyze and model seismicity data to detect and characterize induced earthquakes and develop empirical occurrence models, to calibrate earthquake simulations, and to characterize reservoir processes.
• Develop proposals and obtain funding for research projects in seismology and induced seismicity.
• Develop programmatic goals for induced seismicity hazard and risk assessment and reservoir characterization.
• Present research at meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals.
• Work as part of a scientific team and interact with seismologists, geomechanics researchers and hydrogeologists to design and implement research projects.
• Collaborate with researchers in other national labs, government, academia and industry.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:
• Carry out data inversions to locate earthquakes and to determine velocity and Q structures and earthquake source mechanisms for reservoir characterization.
• Assist in preparing reports and giving presentations and briefings as needed in support of Energy Geosciences Division programs.  

What Is Required:
• PhD or equivalent experience in seismology, geophysics, or a related engineering field.
• Demonstrated creativity, ability, and knowledge in earthquake source physics and simulation.
• Experience in quantitative and observational earthquake seismology and in physics-based and empirical modeling of earthquake occurrence.
• Ability to organize, process and analyze large seismicity and waveform data sets.
• Ability to program in C, C++, FORTRAN, Python or Java languages and familiarity with UNIX/LINUX computer systems.
• Experience in proposal writing, project development and management.
• Ability to interact effectively with a team of interdisciplinary scientists having different backgrounds.
• Excellent communication skills.  

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Experience in probabilistic seismic hazard analysis.
• Working knowledge of geomechanics and/or hydrogeology.
• Experience in microearthquake data inversion.
• Experience in simulating earthquake ground motions.
• Experience in high-performance parallel computing.  

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.  


• This is a full time, 1 year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
• May be hired directly into a Career position.
• Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
• Salary is commensurate with experience.
• This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
• Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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