Job Overview


About the Agency

*Are you a scientist interested in pursuing planetary science research? *Do you have experience in remote sensing and image processing as it applies to planetary geology studies? *Do you want to be part of the design and operation of new science instruments for the exploration of the planets and satellites? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!
Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This is an interdisciplinary position that may be filled as either a Geophysicist, Physical Scientist, Geologist, or Space Scientist, depending on the qualifications of the person selected.     

This vacancy is also posted for current government employees or other applicants with "status" under vacancy number: PAC-2014-0212.


As a planetary science researcher within the Astrogeology Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

-Conduct research in geologic surface processes and their history on the planets and satellites. 

-Research the origin and evolution of the interiors of the planets and satellites. 

-Develop remote sensing techniques to improve our study of the planets and satellites. 

-Provide scientific and operations support of human and robotic spaceflight missions.

-Design and operate new science instruments or missions for the exploration of the planets and satellites. 

-Incumbent is expected to obtain external funds for research programs in planetary science and will lead and manage their research projects from initiation to delivery of final products. 

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • 5 to 7 nights per month.

Relocation Authorized

  • No