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Research Scientist – Job Opening

Employer: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Posted: 16 Aug 2013

Company: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Job Title: Research Scientist
Job Code(s): Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3) / Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4)
Job ID: 11372


The Seismology Group within the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate has an opening for an experienced scientist to perform original and independent research to support the Geophysical Monitoring Programs (GMP). We are seeking an individual with quantitative skills and experience in analyzing and/or modeling geophysical data. The desired candidate would have experience with seismoacoustic research to characterize explosions. Successful applicant will have access to the GMP Program?s extensive seismic database and LLNL?s high performance computing facilities. This position will report to the Seismology group leader and the Program Leaders.


Set broad research/project vision and strategy as well as influence technical direction, acting as a scientific leader on large projects and directing the work of team members. Develop new ideas and redefine sponsor or customer requirements that impact organizational operations or directions. Provide solutions that require in-depth analysis and creative use of established methods.


• Conduct original and independent research, in collaboration with other LLNL researchers into technologies needed to detect, locate, and characterize seismic events.
• Conduct advanced research to characterize explosions using seismoacoustic data including measurement of features from overpressure and seismic ground motion data, development of models to represent measurements.
• Conduct advanced research to develop inversion methodologies and simulations of air-blast and ground shock, including propagation with realistic meteorology and/or in urban environments.
• Conduct advanced research via quantitative investigations using geophysical data, including broadband waveform analysis and synthesis.
• Conduct advanced research using forward and inverse calculation in complex earth models for structure and source investigations.
• Conduct self-initiated research in computational seismology, source modeling, 3D Earth structure, large dataset analysis or other areas of specialization to the Program.
• Present research at meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals.
• Work as part of a scientific team and interact with seismologists to design and implement research projects.
• Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.


• Serve as the subject matter expert and the organization spokesperson on highly complex geophysical and seismoacoustic research.
• Set broad project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others.
• Lead a large team or several smaller teams to produce deliverables.
• Coordinate program requirements and deliverables for sponsors.
• Direct program development activities.
• Provide expert capability in seismological and geophysical methods for characterizing the subsurface.


• Collaborate as required in formulating and preparing proposals, reports, and giving conducting briefings in support of the GMP programs.
• Collaborate with researchers in other national labs, government, academia and industry.


• PhD in seismology, geophysics or associated field, or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
• Demonstrated advanced knowledge in quantitative wave propagation phenomena.
• Demonstrated advanced knowledge and significant experience in seismoacoustic analysis of energetic events.
• Demonstrated advanced knowledge and significant experience in seismological and geophysical methods for characterizing the subsurface.
• Demonstrated ability to organize and analyze large waveform, event, amplitude and/or arrival databases.
• Experience in collecting, processing and analyzing local/regional seismic data, including forward and inverse modeling.
• Demonstrated advanced analytical and computational skills.
• Demonstrated advanced programming skills in java, C/C++, FORTRAN, PYTHON or other languages.
• Experience with geophysical time-series analysis and feature measurement.
• Ability to interact effectively with a team of interdisciplinary scientists having different backgrounds.
• Demonstrated advanced verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience writing and presenting reports, publications, and proposals.


• Substantial experience and subject matter expertise in geophysical and seismoacoustic research.
• Substantial experience successfully proposing projects to multiple agencies.
• Substantial experience in project planning and highly complex technical leadership.
• Experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex problems.
• Demonstrated expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to advise senior management and to positively represent the Program and the Laboratory.


Pre-Placement Medical Exam: None required. Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. Anticipated Clearance Level: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. 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.

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