Seismologist / Senior Seismologist – Catastrophe Risk Engineering
Air Worldwide - San Francisco, CA

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AIR Worldwide (AIR), a member of the Verisk Insurance Solutions group at Verisk Analytics, is the scientific leader and most respected provider of risk modeling software and consulting services. AIR founded the catastrophe modeling industry in 1987 and today models the risk from natural catastrophes and terrorism in 90 countries. AIR offers the opportunity to work with advanced technologies, global clients, and hundreds of the most innovative, talented minds in the industry.

Become a member of our growing Catastrophe Risk Engineering consulting practice while contributing to research and model development. Work closely with the engineering analysis team in San Francisco and the research and modeling teams in Boston and other locations globally.

  • Collect and analyze regional earthquake catalog data, faults slip rates and paleoseismic data, and geologic and geotechnical information for site response analysis
  • Participate in the development of regional seismicity models by processing and integrating various earthquake related information such as historic/instrumental earthquake catalogs, faults slip rates, and geodetic data
  • Develop computer codes to solve geophysical and earthquake hazard related problems
  • Contribute to model development activities
  • Conduct site-specific probabilistic hazard analysis for risk assessment consulting projects

Knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Solid comprehension in a majority of the following
    • Experience in regional seismicity studies
    • Experience in subduction related earthquake hazard studies
    • Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis
    • Characterization of shallow site condition and site response analysis
    • Experience in working with event-based stochastic earthquake catalogs
    • Ability to work with geodetic data to supplement historical information for model development
  • Knowledge of probabilistic analysis techniques
  • Proficiency in scientific programming languages, including Fortran and/or C++
  • Ability to read and interpret surface geology maps a plus
  • Risk modeling experience a plus
  • GIS knowledge a plus

  • Ability and willingness to develop regional seismic hazard models by collecting and processing earthquake related data, running/writing seismicity related computer codes, and documenting and presenting the results
  • Scientific communication and presentation skills
  • 2+ years of practical experience a plus
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in seismology or related field


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