Earth Research Scientist

Berkeley, CA, US

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an immediate opening for an Earth Research Scientist (Career-Track) to join the team.


In this role, you will  develop and implement novel characterization and monitoring methodologies needed to improve the quantification and prediction of geophysical, hydrological and geomechanical properties and processes in the critical zone.  You will work with a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to improve the predictive understanding of subsurface and surface dynamics important for water resources management, contaminations, geothermal processes and natural hazards. The position focuses on developing novel methodologies for:


  1. Acquiring and processing multiscale multi-type geophysical datasets (incl., electrical, electromagnetic and seismic data) and their integration for estimation of hydrological and geomechanical properties

  2. Monitoring natural systems and infrastructure using different types of measurements for improved understanding of complex subsurface dynamics and prediction of future trajectories. A particular focus is on developing advanced monitoring techniques that integrate geophysical datasets, point-scale and remote sensing datasets with mechanistic and/or machine learning models for improving the prediction of subsurface processes and/or for early warning of natural hazards.  


What You Will Do:

  • Develop geophysical methodologies with regard to survey design, acquisition and/or data processing.

  • Develop approach for integration of geophysical data in mechanistic models or machine learning algorithms for extracting key information, quantifying and predicting hydrological and/or geomechanical processes.

  • Couple geophysical measurements with in situ soil sensors and/or remote sensing data to improve spatiotemporal resolution and coverage of estimations and predictions.

  • Lead interdisciplinary field campaigns including hydrological and geophysical data.

  • Identify and develop new research areas and proposals.

  • Engage as a member of a large, multidisciplinary research team that includes geochemists, hydrologists, and computational scientists.

  • Author peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in environmental engineering/science, geophysics, geology, electrical engineering and computer science, or equivalent discipline; or equivalent work experience;

  • Proposal development experience (either success/fail) is preferred;

  • Postdoctoral experience (>2 years) is preferred;

  • Team science research experience;

  • International research exposure. 

  • Ability to perform research on advancing acquisition, processing, data assimilation and inversion techniques for advanced monitoring and quantification of complex critical zone processes.

  • Strong understanding of subsurface geophysical, hydrological and geomechanical processes and enthusiasm for improving understanding of such processes.

  • Familiarity with relevant software: Matlab and/or Python.

  • Familiar with state-of-the-art field sensors and platforms such as geophysical acquisition systems and their deployment for monitoring natural systems or infrastructure.

  • Ability to identify and develop new research areas and proposals.

  • Ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of scientists.

  • Ability to author peer-reviewed journal publications and technical reports. 


The posting will remain open until close of business on June 26, 2020.



  • This is a full-time, three 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.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


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