Senior/Principal Storm Surge Scientist

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) is seeking an analytical and technically-minded scientist or engineer.

 

Date posted

Aug. 5, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 5, 2019 12:00 am

Organization

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI)

Location

  • United States

Job description

Senior/Principal Storm Surge Scientist

 

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) is seeking an analytical and technically-minded scientist or engineer with expertise in storm surge modeling to join the Catastrophe Engineering and Analytics (CAT E&A) team. CAT E&A team is an innovative and versatile technical team conducting catastrophe risk research and development, and providing complex quantitative metrics that inform underwriting decisions.

The successful candidate will work closely with other CAT E&A team members to fulfill the scientific, engineering, and analytical needs of BHSI. Specifically, the candidate will have a thorough understanding of tropical cyclone storm surge and be responsible for conducting research and developing innovative solutions for storm surge risk assessment. In addition, the candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of catastrophe modeling and experience developing catastrophe models. The duties required include hydrodynamic modeling, evaluating vendor models storm surge hazard, developing internal views of storm surge risk, consulting on account-specific risk analyses, and developing internal tools to facilitate account underwriting decision-making and other related activities. The Senior/Principal Storm Surge Scientist opportunity is available in our Boston, MA or San Ramon, CA locations.

Professional Requirements:

  • M.S./Ph.D. degree in oceanography, atmospheric science, civil engineering, or related field
  • Minimum of 2 years related work experience; 5 years of work experience required for Principal Scientist position
  • Strong understating of tropical cyclone storm surge and previous experience developing or running hydrodynamic models and assessing modeling output for scientific integrity
  • A thorough understanding of catastrophe models and a proven ability to critically evaluate model hazard output
  • Experience developing hydrodynamic model grids and a thorough knowledge of assessing and utilizing topographic and bathymetric datasets
  • General understanding of tropical cyclones and wind field modeling
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented, and a team player with the motivation to work on shared and multidisciplinary projects
  • Proficient programming and scripting skills (Fortran, C++, R, MATLAB, Python)
  • Familiarity with GIS software and performing geospatial analyses on large datasets
  • Advanced knowledge of probability and statistics
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills