Job Description

Experience Level: Experienced Hire


  • Product Development


  • 7575 Gateway Blvd., Suite 300, Newark, California, 94560, US

At Moody's, we unite the brightest minds to turn today’s risks into tomorrow’s opportunities. We do this by striving to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome to be who they are-with the freedom to exchange ideas, think innovatively, and listen to each other and customers in meaningful ways. 

If you are excited about this opportunity but do not meet every single requirement, please apply! You still may be a great fit for this role or other open roles. We are seeking candidates who model our values: invest in every relationship, lead with curiosity, champion diverse perspectives, turn inputs into actions, and uphold trust through integrity. 

We have a position opening for a Catastrophe Risk Modeler to join our Global Earthquake Team in the Model Development group of Moody’s (formerly Moody’s RMS) in our Newark (CA), USA, office. The focus of this role is on the development of earthquake hazard and risk models with emphasis on understanding, developing, and implementing state of the art science and practices. Responsibilities include keeping pace with and contributing to research of the physical nature of earthquakes, reviewing and interpreting various geological, geodetic, and/or seismological ingredients of earthquake hazard models and implementation to our product suite. Technical support both internally within Moody’s as well as for our clients will be required.

You would join a highly skilled, motivated and collaborative team of earthquake scientists that is passionate about developing and using science to support building resilient societies around the world and educating our clients (mostly from insurance and financial industry) about earthquake science and risk.


  • Degree in Geophysics, Geology, Earth Sciences, Engineering with a research focus on one of the fields of fault physics, earthquake geology, seismology (statistical, observational or theoretical), and tectonophysics.
  • MS degree required. PhD degree preferred. Additional work experience in a related field a plus.
  • Knowledge and work experience in earthquake hazard assessment or earthquake simulator applications a plus
  • Knowledge in loss modeling a plus


  • Demonstrated good programming skills in high-level language (Python, R, C, C++) required
  • Working knowledge of QGIS or ARCGIS Software a plus, but not essential
  • Familiarity with applications of machine learning algorithms to earth science problems
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment: We are looking for a team player with a high-degree of self-motivation
  • Good project management skills: the ability and willingness to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Detail oriented, ability to learn quickly, strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, as evidenced by technical presentations at meetings and conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals

At Moody’s, we build simulation models that allow (re-)insurers, risk managers and investors to understand portfolio risks due to catastrophes: natural catastrophes (hurricane, earthquake, windstorm, and flood), wildfire, terrorism, pandemic, climate change and changes in life expectancy. For more information, visit

For US-based roles only: the anticipated hiring base salary range for this position is $135,800.00 - $196,850.00, depending on factors such as experience, education, level, skills, and location. This range is based on a full-time position. In addition to base salary, this role may be eligible for a completion bonus. Moody’s also offers insurance and a discounted employee stock purchase plan for limited duration employees.

Moody’s is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, citizen status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Moody’s also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities or based on a sincerely held religious belief in accordance with applicable laws. If you need to inquire about a reasonable accommodation, or need assistance with completing the application process, please email This contact information is for accommodation requests only, and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

For San Francisco positions, qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

This position may be considered a promotional opportunity, pursuant to the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

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