Interdisciplinary Geophysicist/Computer Scientist

The Earthquake Science Center (ESC) of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is seeking a software developer with database administration experience, to support our real-time seismic monitoring projects. This position is being offered in Menlo Park, CA.

Projects within the USGS ESC oversee the operation of the Northern California Seismic Network, the National Strong Motion Network and the associated data acquisition and processing systems as part of the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS). These networks and associated processing systems are designed to ensure reliable recording of earthquakes, compute seismological and engineering parameters for earthquakes within seconds of their occurrence, automatically and accurately deliver that information to the public and emergency response agencies, and to archive data, data products, and metadata for the benefit of the seismological research and engineering communities.

As a Computer Scientist or Geophysicist within the Earthquake Science Center, some of the specific duties will include:

  • Design, develop, modify, debug and evaluates applications for the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of earthquake data.
  • Develop Application Programming Interface (API) code for data cataloging in databases, data access, transformation, and distribution mechanisms.
  • Plan, design, and develop user interfaces and data processing software components.
  • Performs unit testing of developed software adhering to standards, best practices, debugging, and validation of features developed.
  • Perform code review and analyses of the supportability, reliability, scalability, and maintainability of real-time earthquake monitoring, seismic data processing, and dissemination applications to ensure they are optimized for modern computing environments and functionality, considering historic, current, and emerging trends in earthquake research, experience, and advice of leading experts in the area.

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Open to current & former federal employees with status:

Please be sure to submit all the requested materials, including complete transcripts by June 15th - and please do not wait until the last minute to apply. Please carefully follow the instructions and resume guidelines when applying. The resumes MUST include detailed information for current and past positions: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr, (e.g., March 2012 - June 2013), number of hours worked per week, supervisor's name and # (and you may specify: "can call/do not call/contact me before calling,") and narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

This position requires specific educational course work to qualify. Unofficial transcripts for all courses attended are required.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact 916-278-9399 or It is highly recommended that you e-mail the contact person in the vacancy announcement to confirm that your documents uploaded correctly. Sometimes the documents submitted are blurry and hard to read or the file is corrupt and can't be accessed. No late documents are accepted.


posted: 09 June 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.