Assistant Project Scientist in Global Seismology

University of California Berkeley

United States

Assistant Project Scientist - Global Seismology - Berkeley Seismological Lab

Job #JPF02939
  • Berkeley Seismological Lab / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical & Physical Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Research Scientist
Salary range: Open
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: September 1, 2021
Position duration: The initial full-time (100%) appointment though UC Berkeley is for one (1) year with the expectation of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: April 27th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

The Global Seismology Group at UC Berkeley conducts research on deep earth structure from the upper mantle to the inner core using forward and inverse seismological data and methodologies with the goal of understanding the dynamics and evolution of our planet. We seek individuals with strong seismic data analysis and modeling skills to participate in our research on upper mantle and inner core structure.

Appointment: This position reports to Prof. Barbara Romanowicz and will be working at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory at UC Berkeley.

The specific responsibilities of the position are to 1) assemble a dataset of teleseismic and regional waveforms and develop a high resolution model of the upper mantle beneath Alaska using full waveform inversion, and in particular use it for correcting and 2) complement an existing global dataset of travel time, amplitude and slowness anomalies for body wave phases sensitive to inner core structure and, in collaboration with geodynamicists and mineral physicists, test different possible models for the development of seismic anisotropy in the inner core.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

3-5 years post-doctoral experience

Preferred qualifications
    • PhD or equivalent international degree program with a strong background in seismic travel time and waveform data processing, analysis and modeling and in particular array processing of broadband seismic data.
    • Experience with the theory and computation of earth's normal modes and waveform simulation using the Spectral Element Method, ray tracing of teleseismic body waves.
    • Experience with using the VPSC and mtex codes to convert mineralogical models to seismic models and with full waveform inversion methods.
    • Experience with integration of seismic, geodynamic and mineralogical models of the earth's inner core.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • A strong publication record commensurate with experience that demonstrates proficiency in required skillsets.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae and Publication list - Your most recently updated C.V. and publication list
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research - No more than 5 pages.
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, CA

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