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Geotechnical Engineers (Ph.D. or M.S.)

About Exponent

Exponent is the only premium engineering and scientific consulting firm with the depth and breadth of expertise to solve our clients’ most profoundly unique, unprecedented, and urgent challenges.  


We are committed to engaging multidisciplinary teams of science, engineering, and regulatory experts to empower our clients with solutions that create a safer, healthier, more sustainable world. For over five decades, we've connected the lessons of past failures with tomorrow's solutions to advise clients as they innovate technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability.  


Join our team of experts with degrees from top programs at over 500 universities and extensive experience spanning a variety of industries. At Exponent, you’ll contribute to the diverse pool of ideas, talents, backgrounds, and experiences that drives our collaborative teamwork and breakthrough insights. Plus, we help you grow your career through mentoring, sponsorship, and a culture of learning. Thanks for your interest in joining our team!   


Key statistics: 

  • 950+ Consultants
  • 640+ Ph.D.s
  • 90+ Disciplines
  • 30+ Offices globally

Our Opportunity

We are currently seeking Geotechnical Engineers/Associates for our Civil Engineering Practice in Oakland, CA. We are also hiring in the following office locations: Irvine, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Natick, MA, Denver, CO. In this role you will work as part of a team responsible for the inspection, analysis, and evaluation of root causes of failures of geotechnical systems (e.g., foundations, retaining walls, excavation support systems, levees, dams, and slopes). 

You will be responsible for

  • Conducting field inspections
  • Assisting with peer review of geotechnical systems
  • Evaluating construction claims
  • Preparing conceptual designs for the repair/restoration of damaged geotechnical systems

You will have the following skills and qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering specializing in Geotechnical Engineering from an accredited university or M.S. plus 5 years' experience
  • Degrees, experience or related coursework in Geology/Geological Engineering, Groundwater/Surface Water Hydrology or Structural Engineering are a strong plus
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and potential to develop successful client relations
  • Attention to detail, dedication to quality and accuracy
  • Desire to work in a fast paced environment
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently or support multiple group projects and to interact with other engineers, administrative staff, and clients
  • Ability to gather information from a wide variety of sources (e.g., field investigations, document reviews, and interviews) and to synthesize and convey technical conclusions to individuals in engineering, business, and industry
  • Knowledge of geotechnical modeling software, graphing software and imaging software are a strong plus

Applicants are encouraged to submit a CV (Curriculum Vitae) with publications (feel free to include publications that are in review or pending) [not restricted to 1 page].

Life @ Exponent

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Attracting, inspiring, developing, and rewarding exceptional people with diverse backgrounds and expertise are central to our corporate culture. Our diverse team allows us to provide better value to our clients and enjoy an enriched work environment.  


Our firm is committed to offering a variety of programs and resources to support health and well-being. We believe that providing competitive benefits as well as compensation and recognition programs empowers our staff to do work that makes a difference. 


Our consultants are rewarded for their technical and business contributions and have an opportunity to plan for future success and career growth. Exponent's total compensation plan is consistent with its expectations of the quality and quantity of work performed and with the professional standards set by Exponent. At the Associate and Senior Associate level, total compensation includes base salary, bi-weekly bonuses for high-intensity efforts, annual bonus and 401(k) employer contribution of 7% of base salary.


The base salary range for this position is $105,000 - $115,000 dependent on experience and capabilities which will be assessed during the interview process.

Benefits you will enjoy

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Exponent is a proud equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status. 


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