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Senior Data Scientist / Research Software Engineer (6028U) - 46361

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Senior Data Scientist / Research Software Engineer (6028U) - 46361 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

The problems facing our environment are becoming increasingly complex and they are outpacing efforts to address them. This includes challenges ranging from climate change, to the global extinction crisis, to issues associated with environmental justice. We must act both smarter and faster to head off severe consequences for people and the planet. Data Science approaches offer a transformative opportunity to increase both the rate and impact of environmental problem-solving.

Launched in 2022, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center for Data Science and Environment (DSE) at Berkeley ( is a partnership between UC Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, with the financial support of Eric and Wendy Schmidt, working to take on these challenges.

The Center aims to contribute to the global community who are similarly working to take on these challenges in four key areas:
    Generating ground-breaking computational/data science discoveries motivated by pressing environmental questions; Producing scalable solutions to critical threats facing the environment, powered by open-source tools; Deploying these solutions widely, taking advantage of modern cloud infrastructure and open data/open software, and maintaining a design philosophy of vendor neutrality to ensure that community needs are prioritized; Creating an enhanced pipeline of young environmental leaders connected to local communities and organizations to meet their needs and translate our research findings and technological developments into practical impacts.

The success of this effort relies on people, our ability to build upon the success of others, and to make new contributions that allow others to build on what we create.

The Schmidt Center for DSE is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We aim to foster an environment that is safe and open to all work together with RCNR, CDSS, and Campus to continually learn and grow in our ability to do so.

The Schmidt DSE is in search of 2 Senior Data Scientist / Research Software Engineers who are excited to lead the technical development of the new center. Senior Engineers will play a critical role in developing and delivering on all technical aspects of our given project efforts. As an experienced data scientist / research software engineer, you are excited to work with interdisciplinary teams and to help grow our program from the ground floor. You have a passion for designing and implementing technical solutions, and you would be excited to see your work have an impact on the challenges facing our environment.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is:12/19/2022.

  • Applies advanced research and development expertise to plan, design, develop, modify, debug, deploy and evaluate data enabled computational tools that address environmental challenges.
  • Leverages existing open source applications where applicable and develops and contributes new code and features when current applications are insufficient.
  • Understands how to evaluate all technical options, decide the best path forward, and develop upon the chosen path both as a contributor and as a technical leader guiding additional research engineers.
  • Works with research communities and users to develop, implement, and optimize computational and data analysis/analytics software/tools/algorithms/research codes with broad applicability.
  • Iteratively designs new code and functionality while concurrently testing with a variety of potential users to understand use cases and improve the applications.
  • Works with environmental domain experts to ensure that the applications being developed accurately represent the science behind them.
  • Understands and applies advanced research and development practices, open source programming principles, community standards and department policies and procedures.
  • Serves as technical lead for research and development projects of moderate to broad Scope.
  • May represent the organization as part of a team at national and international meetings, conferences and committees.

Required Qualifications
    Advanced knowledge of data science/research software development. In depth skills and experience in independently and collaboratively resolving complex computing/data problems. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to people with various backgrounds both technical and non-technical and to external audiences. In depth experience assessing a broad spectrum of technical and research needs to establish priorities, delegate and/or lead development of solutions. Demonstrated research and technology project leadership and management skills. Experience or interest in developing applications with environmental impact. Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
    Master's or PhD degree in Computer/Computational/Data Science, or Domain Sciences with computer/computational/data specialization.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a PDF.

Referral Source info
This job is part of the Employee Referral Program. If a UC Berkeley employee is referring you, please ensure you select the Referral Source of "UCB Employee" and then enter the employee's Name and Berkeley email address in the Specific Referral Source field. Please enter only one name and email.
Other Information
    Ability to work at the DSE collaborative space on UC Berkeley campus, with flexibility in terms of timing, preferred, though fully remote candidates will also be considered. Candidates who would like to be considered for both senior and non-senior levels for this position are encouraged to submit applications to both openings. This is not a visa opportunity.

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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