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    Santa Cruz, CA : $88,582 (Step 1) to $115,157 (Step 10)

    Woods Hole, MA : $81,077 (Step 1) to $105,400 (Step 10)

    St. Petersburg, FL : $73,375 (Step 1) to $95,388 (Step 10)

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

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

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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity # 17-8. Assessing coastal change hazards with remote sensing 

    Coastal regions face a multitude of new challenges with population growth, climate change, and sea-level rise.  The landscape and infrastructure on most beaches, wetlands and sea cliffs are expected to have land loss during the 21st century associated with increased sea levels and changing storm conditions (e.g., Vitousek, et al. 2017). As the frequency of these coastal hazards has increased, rapid advances have occurred in remote sensing technologies that can be used to track and better understand our coastal systems and hazards. These remote sensing technologies include both active and passive sensors (e.g., lidar, radar, and optical imagery) that can be deployed on a variety of platforms (e.g., fixed cameras, drones, aircraft, and satellites). The acquisition, processing, analysis, and interpretation of these increasingly large and rich datasets are an active field of research at the USGS (Sherwood et al., 2018).

    We seek a Mendenhall Fellow to conduct research focused on the innovative application of remote sensing techniques to make fundamental contributions in the understanding of coastal changes and hazards.  This solicitation for research proposals is broad in nature. We encourage the proposed use of new or developing technologies or the novel application of existing technologies in a science plan focused upon a local, regional or global scale. Topics for the proposals may include (but are not limited to) coastal morphodynamics, long-term change of coastal shorelines, dunes, wetlands or bluffs, interactions between human populations and coastal morphodynamics, or coastal water levels and flooding during storms. A range of approaches may be considered including (but not limited to) sensor development, acquisition of new data, synthesis of large data sets, real-time monitoring, and integration of novel techniques such as machine learning with remotely sensed data.

    The two-year Mendenhall Fellowship will allow the researcher to implement a research plan that provides new understanding and tests hypotheses related to coastal systems and hazards. The proposed work may be focused on collaborative efforts with any or all of the three Research Advisors, depending on interests, expertise and resources. Strong candidates are expected to possess demonstrated abilities in developing observations and theory of coastal systems and the use and application of remote sensing technologies and data.

    Proposed Duty Station: Santa Cruz, CA; Woods Hole, MA; St. Petersburg, FL. (The duty location will be determined when a selection is made.) 

    Areas of Ph.D.: Earth science, oceanography, ocean or marine science, geography, geology, engineering, or 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 Oceanographer, 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.)


    Physical/Environmental Demands: Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area:

    • Normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms; or
    • May involve occasional exposure to a laboratory that involves risks and hazards that require safety precautions.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/515816000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.