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Research Geophysicist – Job Opening

Employer: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Posted: 7 Aug 2013


Summary of Position:

Participate in the development of geophysical modeling codes for imaging complex-coupled subsurface processes. Work directly under the senior Lawrence Berkeley National Lab – Earth Sciences Division (LBNL ESD) Scientists to coordinate efforts that will incorporate new capabilities and data types into multi-physics imaging codes. Position requires a person that will implement and over-see the computational workflow and high-performance computing environment.


  • Develop solutions to multi-physics geophysical inverse problems on high performance computational platforms, independently plan and complete small projects and make significant contribution to larger projects.
  • Publish research results in refereed, archival journals.
  • Present research results at group meetings, professional meetings, workshops, and conferences.
  • Direct the work of technical support staff or students.
  • Interact with work group and professional colleagues outside of LBNL.
  • Assist in preparing funding proposals.


  • Required are numerical skills in geophysical inverse theory and large-scale optimization, joint inverse modeling methods, techniques for solving boundary value problems for EM and seismic wave propagation problems, knowledge of Maxwell’s equations and elastic and acoustic seismology. Also essential are programming skills for distributed/ parallel computing environments. Though not required for this position, geophysical data processing and computer graphic skills would be valued.
  • PhD in Geophysics with 7+ years experience in geophysical forward and inverse modeling, parallel computation experience and programming, or equivalent combination of the above.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of large scale geophysical modeling and imaging software from first-principles
  • Extensive experience in coding, maintaining and executing workflow infrastructures handling high-throughput efficient computation.
  • Knowledge of parallel programming languages, MPI, as well as scientific programming languages; Fortran 90 and C, C++
  • Experience with oral and written presentations of scientific work.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and organize data for publication and presentations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong record of scientific publications.

For consideration please email your CV to GANewman[at]lbl[dot]gov.‎

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