Thread: Research and Development Engineer (7120U)

Started: 2022-03-14 21:02:43
Last activity: 2022-03-14 21:02:43
Jonah Merritt
2022-03-14 21:02:43
Institution: Berkeley Seismology Lab
Open Until: 2022-06-01


At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.


Berkeley Seismology Lab (BSL) operates a network of unmanned geophysical observatories throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon. These seismic or geodetic observatories send near real time data to our datacenters and are used for research purposes and a new earthquake early warning system called “ShakeAlert”.

-Locate, permit, construct and install new seismic monitoring and geodetic observatories and maintain and correct deficiencies with existing sites. This involves interacting with the public and various public and private stakeholders. Review area using various online software platforms. Interact with land owner and negotiate agreement for land use. Meet with contractors, provide building materials, identify construction location and approve minor changes to design/construction. Installing sites involves deploying sensors, data loggers, installing other equipment such as, radios, routers, cellular modems, and programming these devices for operations. Travel with co-workers or alone to remote field sites. Installing new monitoring observatories with co-worker over the course of multiple days in remote conditions. Ensure to follow safety protocols set by safety team, site notes, and supervisor direction. These responsibilities include exercising independent judgement and decision making.

-Prepare for field work by testing equipment, gathering supplies, loading field vehicles, and handling complex logistical issues. Before any installation, test sensors, date loggers, routers, and other equipment and prepare them for Quality Control with department researchers. Determine mode of failure with equipment and repair or return for repairs. Determine and purchase necessary field supplies for field site visit. This involves researching and selecting appropriate equipment according to site needs/requirements. Stage, pack and load vehicles. Ensure vehicles are in good working order. During a field site visit, sourcing failed equipment, repair sensors, scheduling shipments to remote locations while meeting deadlines.

-Troubleshoot and repair analog and digital circuits, radio and telemetry systems, power systems (AC (up to 480V) and DC), analog sensors (seismometers), data loggers and other peripheral equipment. This includes aligning and orienting sensors, and configuring networked equipment. These repairs are done in the lab or in remote field settings.
Document all field activities and work that was completed remotely. This involves updating field logs with site issues, equipment repairs or replacement, site and owner information, and station characteristics. Excellent written communication is required.

-Work within a team to identify deficiencies and solve complex problems related to BSL network. Attend and contribute to regular team meetings. Suggest solutions for site improvement and repairs. Participate in process improvement discussions. Provide engineering information advice to internal and external Principal Investigator and/or other faculty and research personnel.

-Other duties as assigned.


-Thorough knowledge associated with independently performing the full range of engineering professional design work.

-Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.

-Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards.

-Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

-Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.

-Ability to lead and influence others.

-Knowledge of AC and DC power systems, analog and digital circuits, telemetry and radio systems

-Knowledge of Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems and associated applications

-Strong analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems

-Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects and demonstrate good time management skills

-Bachelor’s degree in related field (engineering, physics, computer science, etc.) and/or equivalent combination of experience/training.
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