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    USGS Science for a Changing World. Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization? Would you like to work with a team of professionals committed to providing reliable scientific information and understanding our natural resources and environment? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this job is for you. Join the USGS and be on your way to a rewarding future.

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    Seattle, WA

    GS-13 $90,284 (Step 01) to $117,374 (Step 10);

    GS-14 $106,688 (Step 01) to $138,697 (Step 10);

    GS-15 $125,495 (Step 01) to $160,300 (Step 10);

    Menlo Park, CA

    GS-13 $100,246 (Step 01) to $130,325 (Step 10);

    GS-14 $118,460 (Step 01) to $154,000 (Step 10);

    GS-15 $139,342 (Step 01) to $160,300 (Step 10);

    NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

    There is one vacancy at each location; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

    This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled as a Research Geophysicist GS-1313-13/14/15; Research Civil Engineer GS-0810-13/14/15; or Research Geologist GS-1350-13/14/15.

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    As a Research Geophysicist/Civil Engineer/Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Earthquake Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

    -Develop new methods based on seismological principles to predict ground motion and/or ground failure caused by large earthquakes, including characterization of their uncertainty, at both local and regional scales.

    -Author definitive publications in peer­-reviewed journals that have a major impact on the science and present results as a recognized leader at professional meetings and workshops.

    -At the GS­13 and 14 levels, the researcher plans and conducts research as described above, and will progress to leading a team of scientists in this field.

    -At the GS15 level, the researcher leads a team of scientists and is responsible for planning and conducting research within the broad spectrum of scientific research aimed at characterizing earthquake ground motions and/or secondary effects.

    -Serve as a group leader responsible for planning and conducting research within the broad spectrum of scientific research aimed at characterizing earthquake ground motions and/or secondary effects.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment:

    Work is mostly sedentary. Occasional field work will require some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; and bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting equipment and supplies, or similar activities.

    Field work may be performed in heat, cold, inclement weather, and difficult or rough terrain. The work requires moderate physical ability and average agility and dexterity. Occasional travel for meetings or conferences will be required.

    USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.

    For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 3-4 nights per quarter may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/453100400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.