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    Closing Date has been updated to 2/19/2019.

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    St. Petersburg, FL Salary: $73,375 (Step 01) to $95,388 (Step 10)

    Santa Cruz, CA Salary: $88,582 (Step 01) to $115,157 (Step 10)

    NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. Salary will depend on duty location selected.

    There is ONE vacancy to be filled. This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity #17-11 Coastal Cliff Vulnerability Modeling

    On low-lying sandy coastlines, USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) investment in coastal change hazard research has successfully advanced our ability to generate regional-scale, coastal hazard vulnerability forecasts including real-time predictions of coastal impacts (see https://marine.usgs.gov/coastalchangehazards/). However, equivalent forecasts do not yet exist for portions of the nation’s highly populated coast where the geomorphology is dominated by coastal cliffs.

    We seek a Mendenhall Fellow to advance our fundamental scientific understanding in the field of coastal change hazards. Research is expected to result in the development of capacity and tools to make accurate predictions of coastal hazards on cliffed coasts, both for improved understanding of long-term trends and providing accurate, event-based responses. Research to identify critical parameters for accurate slope failure prediction, as well as to understand complex feedbacks between processes of groundwater-driven slope failure, geology, geologic structure (e.g, jointing, faulting), and marine forcing are an integral part of the development of the capacity and tools such as models.

    Proposed Duty Station: St. Petersburg, FL or Santa Cruz, CA

    Areas of Ph.D.: Coastal or marine geology, oceanography, civil engineering, or coastal engineering (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 Civil 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:

    1. 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.
    2. Work involves exposure to moderate risks and discomforts, such as those due to:
    • adverse weather conditions, such as high winds and low or high temperatures
    • travel in safety approved small air and water craft and off-road vehicles

    The employee applies a wide range of safety precautions when controlled conditions deteriorate due to unforeseen conditions or previously unknown risks.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 2 to 3 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/515820000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.