Job Opening

Network Engineer

Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

Posted: 10/04/2022

Open Until: 02/03/2023

The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory operates a network of geophysical
stations in northern California to collect data in real time, to support
the delivery of earthquake information to state and federal stakeholders
and the public, including earthquake early warning, and to provide data for
research. In collaboration with the USGS Earthquake Management Project, the
BSL jointly operates the northern California component of the USGS Advanced
National Seismic System to provide public earthquake information,
earthquake early warning, and long-term earthquake monitoring operations.
In addition, the BSL collaborates for telemetry and data exchange with
partner organizations ranging from federal and state agencies to public and
private organizations. Robust, rapid, secure delivery of data is vital to
these activities. This position provides end-to-end support of all data
networking at the Berkeley Seismology Lab. This role develops, plans,
implements, manages, and troubleshoots network infrastructure for the BSL,
and collaborates with outside partners on standards and interfaces for data
transfer through and from partner networks.

*This is a full-time (40 hours per week), 2-year contract with the
possibility for extension and/or conversion to career based on available

*Application Review Date*
The First Review Date for this job is: October 14, 2022 - Open Until Filled


- Leads the design, specification, installation, management,
configuration and troubleshooting of data communications equipment for
transferring data from about 200 geophysical field stations to one or more
data centers. This includes equipment such as cell modems, data radios,
remote routers & switches, microwave networking infrastructure, remote
system control units.
- Evaluates & tests new or enhanced data communications electronics and
services, including for security, reliability, robustness & throughput
- Oversees, configures, manages & troubleshoots BSL data communciations
interfaces (ethernet, T1, microwave) with outside partners.
- Provides expert advice to users / units on data communication issues.
- Works with outside partner organizations and stakeholders to ensure
compatibility & conformance with their standards for data paths that cross
their networks.
- Develops & implements monitoring & diagnostic tools and software.
- Explores, develops and manages options for duplicate communcations
paths from the remote stations.


- Specifies, manages, oversees & troubleshoots the BSL's data
communications hardware and infrastructure in its data center, including
redundant VPN routers and switches.
- Works directly with vendor / manufacturer technical support to isolate
and resolve complex hardware and software issues.
- Configures and troubleshoots systems that support network services.


- Troubleshoots throughout the data communications systems, interacting
with a diverse set of contacts, collaborators and service providers to
resolve problems.
- Troubleshooting responsibilities include hardware, software and
security of equipment in the field, in the data center and also include
problems with data communications service providers.


- Coordinates all phases of multiple, complex network projects:
planning, design, procurement, implementation and documentation of
completed infrastructure, including maps and figures.
- Consults with other units and outside collaborators on planning,
implementation and security for jointly used data communications systems.
- Provide advice and guidance on data communications infrastructure.


- Identifies and selects training opportunities for professional
- Participates in crossfunctional group discussions, activities and


- Other tasks as assigned.

*Required Qualifications*

- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience /
- Demonstrated thorough knowledge of professional communications and
network concepts necessary to resolve issues using established parameters,
creativity and independent judgment, escalating as necessary.
- Thorough understanding of various network hardware platforms, network
related protocols and software including understanding of OSI layer 3 and
layer 2 protocols at a complex level and related technical standards
critical to the operation of interconnected networks.
- In-depth experience with network diagnostic and performance management
tools and software.
- Thorough and broad knowledge and experience working with network
management systems.
- Ability to gather, organize and analyze data in the completion of a
variety of functional assignments.
- Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical
and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.

*Preferred Qualifications - Self-motivated, can work independently and as
part of a team. - Demonstrated problem-solving skills. *
*Salary & Benefits*

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is an exempt, 100% FTE
contract appointment. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the
health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.

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

*Other Information*

*This is a full-time (40 hours per week), 2-year contract with the
possibility for extension and/or conversion to career based on available

*Conviction History Background*

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background
check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire
people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the
context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to
make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background

*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
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*How to Apply*
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