University of Southern California Research Programmer II in Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California


Requisition ID 1007814
Position ID P0017579701
Academic Title SCEC Software Engineer
Department Southern California Earthquake Center
Location University Park Campus
Employment Type Full-Time
Percent of time for Part-time Position
Employment Terms Existing, Grant Funded
Hiring Range
Job Announcement

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

The Collaboratory for the Study of Earthquake Predictability (CSEP) is an international collaboration for the prospective, blind evaluation of earthquake forecasts supported by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) with funding from the U.S. Geological Survey and the W. M. Keck Foundation. CSEP is a key component of the SCEC cyberinfrastructure that will be critical to Phase 5 of the Center’s research program (SCEC5).

Duties of the CSEP Software Engineer will include the following:

• Manage CSEP operations for the retrospective and prospective testing of earthquake forecasting models against earthquake data.
• Interact with CSEP participants to develop software modules that implement new forecasting and testing methods, such as ensemble forecasts and non-Poisson time dependence.
• Release verified CSEP software updates on a quarterly schedule.
• Improve the capabilities of the CSEP website to assist users in submitting models for testing, conducting tests, and understanding the testing results.
• Assist SCEC management in preparing CSEP reports and proposals.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Job Category Information Technology - Database Administration, Information Technology - Network/System Administration, Information Technology - Programming/Analyst
FLSA Exempt


Minimum Education

Master’s degree Combined work experience and education as equivalent

Minimum Experience

3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise

Relevant work experience to provide strong technical knowledge of programming and analysis as well as senior or lead experience. Demonstrated ability to stand in for researchers as circumstances require. Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.


Preferred Education Preferred Experience

5 years

Supervises - Nature of Work
Preferred Field of Expertise


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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference 1
  2. Letter of Reference 2
  3. Letter of Reference 3