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University of California, Berkeley
Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter)

Postdoctoral Position: Software Development for Scientific Workflows

UC Berkeley’s NHERI SimCenter has an immediate opening in software development for a postdoctoral researcher through the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure program funded by the National Science Foundation. We are looking for a qualified, motivated researcher with interest and experience in simulation-based approaches to Natural Hazards Engineering. Competitive applicants will have strong software development experience with knowledge of computational modeling systems for structural analysis, wind modeling, tsunami modeling, and/or geo-technical simulation.

The project involves the creation of next-generation simulation applications and educational resources for natural hazards engineering on a scale ranging from single buildings to metropolitan areas. This is a high impact applied effort involving dozens of researchers located across the United States. The Center’s software development team is based at UC Berkeley.

Advanced skills in computer programming are required. Candidates should have demonstrated experience (3–5 years) in one or more of the following: software engineering and software design; high-performance computing, scientific workflow systems; community software development, version control, documentation, and maintenance; proven knowledge of computer languages used in scientific computing (e.g., C, C++, Modern Fortran), and knowledge of scripting languages used in scientific data processing (e.g., Matlab, R, Python); proven experience/knowledge of parallel and multi-thread programming (e.g., MPI, OpenMP, CUDA) and I/O tools for parallel access and management of large datasets. In addition, the candidates must have excellent English language skills, social skills, design sense, and team spirit. Candidates need to be able to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment.

Candidates should submit their application materials as a single pdf file (< 5 MB), including a short motivational letter, CV, and copies of academic credentials (bachelor, master/diploma, and PhD) with attention to: Professor Sanjay Govindjee with a copy to Dr. Matt Schoettler. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin on July 29, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. The desired start date for the successful candidate is September 2019, or earlier.

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, age or protected veteran status.

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University of Nevada, Reno
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

PhD Fellowships

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at University of Nevada, Reno, is currently seeking applications for PhD Fellowships related to the theme Rebuilding the Nation’s Structural Infrastructure for Resilience to Extreme Events, for a start date of January 2020 or August 2020. Selection will be based on academic qualifications and financial need. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates that are underrepresented in engineering.

University of Washington
RAPID Natural Hazards Reconnaissance

Site Operations Engineer

The Site Operations Engineer will support the National Science Foundation (NSF) NHERI (Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure) RAPID Facility at the University of Washington. The Site Operations Engineer will assist in carrying out the day-to-day operations of the RAPID Facility in collaboration with the facility’s Program Coordinator, and under the direction of the facility’s Operations Manager and leadership team. The position requires passion, genuine interest in the collection of perishable data following natural hazards, and communication and people skills for interacting with the various facility users. The selected candidate will be at the forefront of natural hazards reconnaissance science and will help to develop and implement the next-generation data gathering methods.

Florida International University
Wall of Wind, Extreme Events Institute

PhD Candidates

The Wall of Wind Experimental Facility is looking for PhD candidates in the area of Wind Engineering. Candidates with a solid track record should contact Prof. Ioannis Zisis ( or Prof. Arindam Chowdhury ( for more information. Particular preference will be given to students with prior experience in structural wind engineering.