Boston, MA/San Ramon, CA
Who are we?
A strategic and trusted insurance partner, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), provides a broad range of commercial property, casualty and specialty insurance coverages and outstanding service to customers and brokers around the world. Part of Berkshire Hathaway’s insurance operations, we bring our solutions to market with our stellar brand name, top-rated balance sheet, and the expertise of our global team of professionals, who exude excellent capabilities and strong character.
We are a values-based organization where respect, integrity, excellence, collaboration, and passion define who we are and how we do business. We value diversity of backgrounds, experience, and perspectives and strive to foster an inclusive environment that enables all our team members to bring their best selves to work. We are one team committed to building a culture where every teammate has the opportunity to contribute and be recognized. Want to be part of the team building the finest property, casualty and specialty lines insurance company in the world?
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has an exciting opportunity for 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.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Provide expert guidance and contribute to the development of the BHSI internal view of storm risk using hydrodynamic modeling, probabilistic hazard analysis, data analysis, claims/damage data evaluation, and other independent research tasks and incorporate the developed products into the risk methodology used by the CAT E&A team. Additional key responsibilities include:
- Manage and contribute to the development of internal storm surge analytics based on the SLOSH, ADCIRC, or similar surge models and data products available from NOAA
- Perform an in-depth evaluation of the storm surge hazard components of vendor models
- Use geospatial analyses to evaluate storm surge risk metrics and integrate results into underwriting tools and workflow
- Conduct training on the storm surge hazard and developed tools to team members
- Review accounts at risk for storm surge losses as part of the CAT E&A process and communicate findings to both internal and external stakeholders
- Provide operational assistance during real-time catastrophe events and contribute to real-time estimation of losses to the BHSI portfolio
- Conduct research on a wide range of natural hazard topics to develop risk management strategies
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- S./Ph.D. degree in oceanography, atmospheric science, civil engineering, or related field
- Minimum of 2 years related work experience; minimum 5 years of relevant work experience required for consideration for Principal Scientist position
- Strong understanding 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
- A competitive package and exciting growth opportunities for career-oriented teammates
- A dynamic, action oriented, and thoughtful environment centered on always doing the right thing for our customers, teammates and our other stakeholders
- A purposely non-bureaucratic organization that embraces simplicity over complexity and emphasizes individual excellence in a team framework
NOTE: Compensation will be commensurate with experience. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Team Member may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization
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