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Computational Seismologist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 04/15/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

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 based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level. 

In this role you will 

  • 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.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level

  • 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.


Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level 

  • 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.


Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

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