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Ground Motion Modeler

Company: Risk Management Solutions
Location: Newark
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


Risk Management Solutions (RMS) is the world's leading provider of solutions for understanding the risks of natural catastrophes. Our Model Development group builds the models and data at the heart of these solutions, quantifying the potential impacts from earthquakes, tropical cyclones, floods, and other natural and man-made perils. Our clients include several hundred insurance and reinsurance companies as well as brokers, banks, asset managers, hedge funds, regional and local governments, and multilateral agencies around the world.

The Position

We currently have a job opening for a Catastrophe Risk Modeler to join our Earthquake Hazards Team in the Model Development group of Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) in our Newark, California, office. The focus of this role is on the development of earthquake hazard and risk models with emphasis on understanding, developing, and implementing state of the art science and practices. Responsibilities include keeping pace with and contributing to research on the ground motion and site response modeling as part of earthquake hazard models. Technical support both internally within RMS as well as for our clients will be required. You would join a highly skilled, motivated, and collaborative team of earthquake scientists that is passionate about developing and using science to build resilient societies around the world and educating our clients (mostly from insurance and financial industry) about earthquake science and risk.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical or Structural) with a research focus on at least two of the fields of engineering seismology, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and/or numerical modeling.
  • Experience and deep theoretical/practical knowledge in at least three of listed topics: ergodic or non-ergodic earthquake ground motion predictions, GMPE selection, ranking and logic tree construction, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA), near-fault effects, building and site response due to earthquake ground motions including geologic structures, site characterization, dynamic response of soil, site amplification models and sedimentary basin models. It is expected that the applicant is eager to learn new methodologies in these fields.
  • Experience and/or working knowledge of at least one of the following: 1D or 2D/3D site response simulations, and ground motion simulations.
  • Strong statistical and informatics knowledge, preferably in probabilistic and geospatial statistics, nonlinear regressions, or similar.
  • Strong background in data science methods, data mining, data manipulation etc.
  • Excellent programming skills in any high-level language (MATLAB, R, Python, Java, C++, C#, or similar) required.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment: We are looking for a team player with a high degree of self-motivation.
  • Strong project and time management skills: the ability and willingness to work on multiple projects at the same time.
  • Detail oriented, ability to learn quickly, strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, as evidenced by technical presentations at meetings and conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Up to two years of post-doctoral experience in the relevant field.
  • Prior experience in academia or industry in the aforementioned fields.
  • Experience in CAT modeling, seismic risk and loss assessment, or portfolio management.
  • Geologic mapping/geospatial skills/experience, e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS.

About RMS

There is a 1% chance an earthquake will cause $50 billion of insured loss within the next 12 months and a 5% chance that a hurricane will cause $60 billion of insured losses next year. At RMS, we turn risks into real numbers. How? By building simulation models that allow insurers and investors to understand and manage their global risks--from hurricanes, quakes, and wildfires, to cyber attacks, terror attacks, and pandemics. Why? We want to build a more resilient world, and we are on a mission to help make every risk known.

Insurers, reinsurers, investors, financial institutions, governments, and NGOs trust RMS solutions to better understand and manage catastrophe risks. RMS was founded in 1989 by Stanford scientists who created our first model for California Earthquake. Today, RMS has some 1,300 employees across 13 offices in the US, London, Bermuda, Zurich, India, China, Japan, Singapore, and Australia, and over 1,000 products and models now covering six continents.

RMS helped pioneer the natural catastrophe model market we now lead - and we continue to innovate. In May 2019, we announced RMS Risk Intelligence (RI), an open-standard platform for strategic risk management. Through this purpose-built platform, clients can tap into RMS HD models, rich data layers, intuitive applications and APIs that simply integrate into existing enterprise systems to support business decisions across underwriting, risk selection, mitigation, and portfolio management.

How we understand and manage risk affects everyone and our passion is nothing less than creating a more resilient world through a better understanding of catastrophic events. Join our team of leading scientists, developers, industry experts, and world-class professionals. Together, RMSers make a difference on a truly global scale.

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RMS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

To all recruitment agencies: RMS does not accept unsolicited agency resumes and will not be responsible for the payment of placement fees related to unsolicited resumes submitted to open positions, job aliases, or to our employees.

California Consumer Privacy Act notice:

US Applicants: RMS is enrolled in E-Verify and will be participating in E-Verify in addition to using our Form I-9 process.

Keywords: Risk Management Solutions, Newark , Ground Motion Modeler, Other , Newark, California

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