Job Overview


About the Agency

Are you a Research Geophysicist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization? Do you want to support a seismic network and help mitigate earthquake hazards in the US?  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? There is one vacancy, however; this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.


As a Research Geophysicist within the Earthquake Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

- Analyze data recorded by dense, temporary seismic networks installed at sites of suspected induced seismicity to develop high-resolution images of velocity structure and determine locations and source parameters of earthquakes.

- Interpret these seismological observations, together with data from boreholes and surface geophysical surveys, to investigate the geologic and hydrologic structure and geomechanical properties of the crust at these sites.

- Use records of fluid injection and production in geomechanical and hydrologic computer models to test hypotheses for the physical processes controlling induced seismicity. 

- Combine results of the above analyses to develop general guidelines for the creation of improved mitigation protocols and quantitative assessments of seismic hazards due to induced seismicity.

- Publish results from same.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:  

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel of 3-5 nights per month may be required for the position.

Relocation Authorized

  • No