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Karen Clark & Company Seismologist in Boston, Massachusetts

KCC seeks an earthquake hazard professional to join our growing team of catastrophe model developers. In this position, you will work closely with other scientists and engineers to build out our global suite of advanced earthquake models.

About KCC

Karen Clark & Company (KCC) is the innovation and technology leader in catastrophe risk modeling. KCC professionals are globally recognized experts in catastrophe modeling and risk management. From our headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, we provide advanced models, innovative software, and comprehensive consulting services to (re)insurance company executives nationwide. These services enhance business strategies, and the financial results put our clients at a competitive advantage. KCC catastrophe models currently cover tropical cyclones, extratropical cyclones, severe convective storms, floods, earthquakes, winter storms, and wildfires in over 50 countries. For more information, please visit (


  • Collect and analyze regional historical seismicity data

  • Research regional tectonics, including fault structures and rupture mechanisms

  • Develop magnitude-frequency relationships for seismic source zones and faults

  • Develop smooth and background seismicity models

  • Conduct post-event damage surveys for major global events


  • PhD in Seismology or Geophysics with research relevant to seismic source modeling

  • Knowledge of earthquake frequency parameters and experience with magnitude-frequency distributions

  • Knowledge and experience in advanced probability and statistical methods

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, keen orientation to detail, an eye for professional presentation, and recognized organizational abilities

  • Experience with Python desirable

  • Ability to travel within the US or internationally with little advance notice

  • Experience with GIS software (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.) is a plus

  • Experience in catastrophe modeling a plus

  • Knowledge of C# programming language a plus

  • Some work experience (≤ 5 years) a plus