Software Technical Writer (0652U) - NHERI SimCenter

San Francisco
Nov 19, 2020
Administrative Jobs
Technology, Analysts & Programming
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Software Technical Writer (0652U) - NHERI SimCenter About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: Immediate Review - Open until filled

Departmental Overview

The NHERI (see below) Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter) provides next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials to the natural hazards engineering research community with the goal of advancing the nation's capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards on structures, lifelines, and communities. In addition, the Center will enable leaders to make more informed decisions about the need for and effectiveness of potential mitigation strategies. The SimCenter provides modeling and simulation tools using a new open-source framework that:

1. addresses various natural hazards, such as windstorms, storm surge, tsunamis, and earthquakes.
2. tackles complex, scientific questions of concern to disciplines involved in natural hazards research, including earth sciences, geotechnical and structural engineering, architecture, urban planning, risk management, social sciences, public policy, and finance.
3. utilizes machine learning to facilitate and improve modeling and simulation using data obtained from experimental tests, field investigations, and previous simulations;
4. quantifies uncertainties associated with the simulation results obtained.
5. utilizes the high-performance parallel computing, data assimilation, and related capabilities to easily combine software applications into workflows of unprecedented sophistication and complexity.
6. extends and refines software tools for carrying out performance-based engineering evaluations and supporting decisions that enhance the resilience of communities susceptible to multiple natural hazards.
7. utilizes existing applications that already provide many of the pieces of desired computational workflows.

The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, catalyzes advances in natural hazards engineering research. The SimCenter contributes to this vision by transforming the application of numerical modeling and simulation within the field. The SimCenter lays the groundwork for a data-enabled cyberinfrastructure that will move from an environment of disjointed and often single-science, deterministic simulations to a collaborative one that bridges diverse scientific communities and integrates high-performance computing, data, software, and experimental facilities. The project aims to enable researchers to tackle problems of unprecedented scale and complexity, and to prepare a new cohort of natural hazard engineers to address and lead efforts to make society more resilient to natural hazards.


75% - Review and edit software documentation to ensure its quality is consistent with commercial software expectations. Analyze student-identified problems in technical documentation and resolve by editing documentation where needed. Ensure uniformity in documentation across tools. Create online edits in GitHub to documentation for eight Research Tools and edits to six Learning Tools documentation in PDF versions. Please refer to NHERI SimCenter website for further information regarding specific tools.

25% - Work with a College of Engineering graduate student to review and assist in the development of verification examples for tool documentation.

Required Qualifications

This is a 20% time (8 hours) - Limited position
  • Recent experience as a Software Technical Writer.
  • Experience with GitHub, reStructured Text, LaTeX.
  • Good oral and written communication skills, comfortable directly interacting with engineers and software developers, easily learns new software tools.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Highly advanced skills associated with software specification, design, documentation, modification, implementation and deployment of large-scale scope.
  • Excellent project leadership and management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand functional needs and how systems can support those needs. Demonstrated ability to develop conversion and system implementation plans.
  • Advanced experience with identification and use of code libraries and open-source forums.
  • Demonstrated software repository skills.
  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.
  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated complex problem- solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's or Ph.D. degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Three - five years experience as a Software Technical Writer and Engineering background.
  • Advanced knowledge of secure software development.
  • Advanced experience with planning for deployment and creation of feedback mechanisms.
  • Experience developing and executing complex test plans.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
  • This is a 20% time position (8 hours)
  • Flexible hours/Remote
  • The designated hourly rate is $47.89 /hr
  • This position will not convert to a career position

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 action policy see:

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