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Computational Geophysicist


Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) has an opening for a Computation Geophysicist in our San Diego, CA office.  This is an exciting opportunity to use your scientific knowledge of geophysical principles in the modeling and simulation of geophysical signatures generated from various sources including earthquakes, explosions and other natural and artificial sources.  Projects include modeling and simulation, signal processing of collected data and algorithmic development support for implementations on embedded systems.

Primary Responsibilities

The computation geophysicist has responsibilities for modeling, analysis and algorithmic development of complex systems.  Responsibilities and routine daily activities includes

  • Modeling and simulation
    • Setting up, configuring, running and reviewing the results of established seismic and acoustic modeling and simulation codes
    • Modifying and extending the modeling codes to support new numerical experiments and simulations
    • Analyzing and interpreting simulations outputs, including quantitative assessments, e.g. by comparison with collected data
  • Data analysis and algorithmic development
    • Collecting, processing and interpreting reference data collects
    • Developing and applying algorithms from published sources and/or developing new algorithms to meet specific mission requirements
    • Working with hardware and software engineers to migrate algorithms onto embedded systems platforms

Basic Qualifications

Must have a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 2 year’s experience working with advanced seismic modeling and simulations, specifically finite element codes.  Must have a working knowledge and experience programming in MATLAB and Fortran.  Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in field collections of seismic or acoustic data, familiarity with geophysical inverse theory.


External Referral Bonus

External Referral Bonus:Eligible

Potential for Telework:No

Clearance Level Required:None

Travel:Yes, 10% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:40


Requisition Category:Professional

Job Family:Research Scientist

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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