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Job Title:  Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program-Research Opp.#14-46.Quantitative evaluation of landslide...
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Geological Survey
Job Announcement Number:  ATL-2013-0516

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$75,222.00 to $97,787.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to Friday, October 25, 2013
Temporary, - Full Time NTE 2 Years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Woods Hole, MA, USView Map
As the Mendenhall Fellowships are U.S. Government positions, the USGS must give preference to U.S. citizens. Citizens of other nations may be considered under certain circumstances. An example is when there are no qualified citizen applicants. In such a situation, the USGS may consider making an offer to a noncitizen. It is optional for the USGS to consider citizens of other nations, and various laws and regulations must be followed.


The USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program 
The mission of the USGS is to provide reliable scientific information to (1) describe and understand the Earth: (2) minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; (3) manage water, biological, energy, and minerals resources; and (4) enhance and protect our quality of life.

In Fiscal Year 2001 (October 1, 2000-September 30, 2001), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) started a new postdoctoral research program called the Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (now the Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program) in honor of Walter C. Mendenhall (1871-1957), the fifth Director of the USGS. President Hoover appointed Mendenhall as the Director in 1930 when the USGS's budget was $2.87 million. Today the total USGS budget is over $1 billion. Mendenhall joined the USGS in 1894 upon graduation from Ohio Normal University. He mapped Appalachian coal fields, did pioneering work on the geology of Alaska, and was one of the first ground water specialists in the Water Resources Branch in 1903. His study of the principles of ground water hydrology helped to establish it as a field of scientific endeavor. Mendenhall was also the Chief Geologist for 8 years prior to his appointment as the Director. Mendenhall's directorate was pivotal in the history of the U.S. Geological Survey. In spite of the difficult times during the Depression and the beginning of World War II, he encouraged the USGS, as he had the Geologic Branch, to emphasize the necessity of basic research and created an environment in which, in the words of the Engineering and Mining Journal, "scientific research, technical integrity, and practical skill could flourish."
This closing date of this vacancy announcement has been extended until Friday, October 25, 2013.


  • Background investigation will be required.
  • Selectee must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay.
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Determination of salary based on the geographic location of the position.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.


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Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program - Research Opp. #14-46. Quantitative evaluation of landslide tsunami hazard to the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts
Proposed Duty Station: Woods Hole, MA
Areas of Ph.D.: Geology, Geophysics, Engineering, or other related fields (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).
Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Geologist, Research Geophysicist, Research Engineer
(This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources Specialist.)


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In order to be considered for these opportunities, candidates must: (1) have successfully completed a Ph.D. in an area described in the Research Opportunity. The Ph.D. degree requirements must have been met no earlier than September 20, 2008, and must be completed by the time employment starts; (2) meet the qualification requirements described in the Research Opportunity. The Federal Government gives strong priority to U.S. citizens and nationals, but for these two-year excepted service positions, noncitizens may be considered under certain circumstances. Detailed information regarding the criteria for hiring noncitizens is available through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's website at Please contact the appropriate regional Personnel Office for questions about eligibility and further assistance. Foreign Education. You must provide proof, if the foreign education determines your qualifications for the position. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if the applicant can show that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide such evidence when applying for Federal jobs. If selected, you will be required to provide official proof that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position? A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


The Human Resources Office will provide the hiring official with application material for review and consideration. The Research Advisor and/or hiring official will review the application material and contact candidates for interviews as needed. A subject matter expert panel will be convened. If an applicant is chosen for an opportunity and meets the qualification requirements, the Human Resources Office will contact the applicant and make a firm job offer. For Research Opportunities with multiple duty stations, the selection of the official duty station will be made by the USGS. For some additional details, such as a description of the criteria used to evaluate applications, please visit the FAQ section.
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The person selected for this opportunity will automatically be covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System, and is eligible to elect coverage under the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. He/she will also earn annual and sick leave.


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Federal Government. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selectee. These research opportunities are in the excepted service and are being filled through a Schedule A noncompetitive appointing authority. Appointments do not confer competitive or permanent status in the Federal Government nor are they subject to competitive examining procedures. Mendenhall Fellow appointments are temporary not to exceed two years, are full-time, and may be terminated at any time. The appointment may, in certain circumstances, be extended for an additional two years depending on available funding with recommendation by Program Manager. Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the educational requirements. Applicants must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: Applicants claiming 10-point veterans' preference, must submit a DD-214, SF-15 and supporting documents (e.g., official statement from the Department of Veterans' Affairs). If applicants fail to provide supporting documentation, they will only be granted 5-point tentative preference if appropriate. Required documents may be faxed, mailed or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office. For more information on veterans' preference, visit: The Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify records from those of other applicants who have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, the SSN is used if information is needed from employers, schools, banks, and others. Please only include the last four digits of your Social Security Number once in your package of materials (preferably on the resume or cover letter). Do NOT put your Social Security Number on each page of your application package. The person selected for this opportunity will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine his/her suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Before being hired, selectees will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in the application package. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring the applicant, for dismissing the applicant after he/she begins work or taking other disciplinary action, and may be punishable under fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001). A background investigation will be required. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31,1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, or direct or indirect interest in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations. The person selected for this opportunity must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay. Application packages may contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361. Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competition and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or nonaffiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation, or age. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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Applications (required material) for this opportunity must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE 11:59pm Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online application, you will not be considered for this opportunity. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1) Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3) As a registered user, select a stored resume. 4) Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5) Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the Research Opportunity for this announcement. 6) Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact from the list below. Required documents may be: 1) uploaded directly from your desktop in PDF format only 2) Auto Requested Fax Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. PROGRAM CONTACTS Dr. Rama Kotra Office of Science Quality and Integrity 703-648-6271 - HR Specialist (See "Agency Contact Info" section within the Announcement.)


Applicants are to submit the following for each individual Research Opportunity for which they are applying.
  • Resume. Please ensure that the resume includes:
    1. number and title of the Research Opportunity;
    2. how the applicant became aware of the Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program;
    3. last four digits of the Applicant's Social Security Number;
    4. country of citizenship;
    5. veterans preference (if applicable);
    6. names of colleges and universities attended;
    7. type of degrees earned and the years they were received;
    8. names, phone numbers, and contact information of three references; and
    9. an e-mail address at which the applicant can be reached. (NOTE: If the e-mail address of an applicant changes after the closing date, it is his/her responsibility to send the new e-mail address to the following: and the appropriate Human Resources contact.
  • Educational Transcripts. Proof of successful completion of education must be provided. This includes copies of undergraduate transcripts and graduate transcripts. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts. If your transcripts are not in English, please also provide a listing of all course work with grade and credit hours information.
  • List of Publications. Include articles in journals, proceedings volumes, etc., and abstracts, reports, maps, etc. Please do not submit copies of publications unless requested. Abstracts of up to three papers, reports, etc., or a chapter from your Ph.D. dissertation may be submitted.
  • Foreign Education Documentation. You must provide proof, if necessary. Foreign accreditation information can be provided after an employment offer is made.
  • Supporting Veterans Preference Documentation (if necessary).
  • Research Proposal. Each research proposal should be a maximum of eight standard pages in length (single space, Times New Roman font, font size 12) and should contain:
    1. research objective(s);
    2. links to USGS science program strategy;
    3. how and where research is to be conducted;
    4. name of Research Advisor(s) -- the Research Advisors are listed in the description of the research opportunities;
    5. required scientific facilities.
    In addition to the eight-page proposal, a separate budget estimate is required. This estimate should detail anticipated operating expenses for fieldwork, access to specialized equipment/facilities, conference travel, publications, computer hardware/software, and so on. The Research Proposal is the most important part of the application package, and we strongly urge applicants to coordinate the development of the Proposal with the appropriate Research Advisor(s). USGS strongly encourages the electronic submission of applications. All materials should be submitted in PDF format through the USAJOBS web link. PDF files submitted should not be larger than 4 MB. If a file is larger than 4 MB, applicants must split the contents of the file so that no one unit submitted is larger than 4 MB. Applications should be prepared as follows: 1) First PDF file should contain ONLY the research proposal. 2) A second PDF file should contain: list of literature references cited in the proposal; budget estimate; and resumé. 3) A separate PDF file should contain: educational transcripts; supporting veterans documentation. Clicking on the "APPLY" button next to each Research Opportunity in the Table of Research Opportunities will take applicants to the USAJOBS application for that particular Opportunity. For technical assistance for submitting an application through USAJOBS, please contact the servicing HR Specialist listed as the Point of Contact within the body of this announcement. PDF conversion tools are readily available via the Internet. Some examples can be accessed at the following sites: Disclaimer: Hypertext links and other references to non-USGS products and services are provided for information only and do not constitute endorsement or warranty, express or implied, by the USGS, DOI, or U.S. Government, as to their suitability, content, usefulness, functioning, completeness, or accuracy. In addition, documents that do not easily lend themselves to conversion may be faxed. Please contact the appropriate Human Resources Office to make arrangements. If a complete application package is not submitted, the applicant will not be considered for the position. Requests for deadline extensions will not be granted. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the successful conveyance of the application package. Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt. Application packages must be received by 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of the announcement. It is against the law to submit applications for employment using Government paid postage envelopes or mail services (18 USC 1719). Such application packages will not be considered. Application material will not be returned.


    Junell L. Norris
    Phone: 303-236-9557
    Fax: 303-236-5973
    Agency Information:
    INTERIOR, Geological Survey
    Denver Federal Center - USGS - HR
    Bldg. 810, MS -612
    Box 25046
    Lakewood, CO
    Fax: 303-236-5973


    If an applicant is chosen for an opportunity and meets the qualification requirements, the Human Resources Office will contact the applicant and make a firm job offer.

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