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Applications Programmer, EEW-AQMS (7300U) - 8853
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 7, 2020
Title Applications Programmer, EEW-AQMS (7300U) - 8853
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Information Technology

Applications Programmer, EEW-AQMS (7300U) - 8853

About Berkeley

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 16, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, in collaboration with the US Geological Laboratory in Menlo Park, operates seismic networks in northern California that provide rapid earthquake information to the state, emergency response organizations, and the public. The BSL and USGS/MP have designed, developed, and operate the Northern California Seismic System (NCSS) of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN). Within the framework of CISN, the NCSS designs, implements, installs, configures, and operates a real-time earthquake monitoring system, distributes real-time earthquake information, and collects, archives, and distributes both continuous and event-oriented earthquake related data to the scientific community.

Standing nearly on top of the Hayward Fault, the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) provides robust hazard information while engaging in essential geophysical research. Throughout the BSL's long history of innovation, beginning with the 1897 installation of the first seismograph in the western hemisphere, our commitment to probing the Earth's deepest secrets has remained unchanged.

Fundamental research: Support fundamental research into all aspects of earthquakes, solid earth processes, and their effects on society through the collection, archival, and delivery of high quality geophysical data and through fostering a dynamic research environment that connects researchers across disciplines and to geophysical observations systems.

Hazard information: Provide robust and reliable real-time data and information on Northern California earthquakes to government, public, and private institutions, and to the public, in partnership with the US Geological Survey, CalEMA and other collaborating institutions.

Broad education: Enable the broad consumption of earthquake information and solid earth science through education and outreach to all sectors of society. Educate and train students at all levels through classes and research opportunities.

Professional operation: Create a productive professional working environment to enable the efficient and robust operation and management of the geophysical facilities and the career development of the staff and students.

  • Designs, develops, modifies, debugs and evaluates complex programs for CISN operations.
  • Develops and executes moderately complex test plans, software conversion plans, and system upgrade plans for CISN real-time earthquake monitoring system.
  • Gathers, analyzes, prepares and summarizes recommendations for approval of system and programming documentation.
  • Interacts with senior level internal personnel, both scientific and technical, within the CISN.
  • Recommends changes in development, maintenance and system standards.
  • Participates in various CISN Standards working groups.
  • Prepares system and programming documentation.
  • Member of development team for CISN software development in the NCSS.
  • Particpate in programming, configuration and software maintenance activities with other members of the CISN and NCSS development and operations team.
  • Participates in shared 24x7 monitoring of NCSS real-time earthquake monitoring system and data archiving system.
  • Diagnoses problems, suggests corrective actions, and interacts with data and service providers when necessary.
  • Participates in a shared 24/7 monitoring of the NCSS ShakeMap generation and distribution system for earthquake emergency responders.
  • Identifies missing and discrepant data.
  • Interacts with seismologists to provide technical adjustments to ShakeMaps for damaging earthquakes.
  • Performs Unix/Linux system maintenance, upgrades and security monitoring for the NCSS real-time computers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
Requires thorough knowledge of applications programming function. Expert level knowledge programming in and use of a Solaris/Unix/Linux environment. Must have knowledge relating to the design and development of applications programs across the organization. Requires knowledge of other related areas of IT. Knowledge of department processes and procedures. Requires advanced skills associated with programming design, modification, implementation, configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting. Requires interpersonal skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization and with partners at outside organizations. Has skills needed to develop conversion and system implementation plans. Must be able to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner. Has ability to interface with management on a regular basis. Must be self-motivated, work independently or as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills. Must have advanced skills in web applications, web programming language and object oriented programming concepts. Must be proficient in a number of programming languages, such as C, C++ (including STL), Java, Perl, SQL, JavaScript, Python and shell scripting, with several years' experience using these languages. Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Degree in physical sciences, math, or computer science and/or equivalent of experience preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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