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

    Golden, CO Salary: $79,799 (Step 01) to $103,739 (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 at either St. Petersburg, FL or Golden, CO. This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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    The Closing Date has been updated to February 19, 2019.

    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity #17-13 Connecting coastal change hazards to societally important risk assessments 

    Addressing coastal hazards such as chronic erosion or extreme storm events and reducing risk—the potential loss of societally important assets caused by these hazards—is a high priority for policy makers, community members, emergency managers, resource managers, utility operators, business owners, and planners. The USGS supports stakeholder demand for usable, customer-centric information to support decisions for planning a resilient future and for responding to and recovering from unanticipated events in more adaptable and cost-effective ways (Ludwig et al., 2018).

    More specifically, The USGS Coastal-Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) maintains a wealth of physical process information that is the underpinning of assessments of risks and changes in risks associated with sea-level rise, sediment deficits, and storm impacts. Additionally, within the CMHRP, a new Coastal Change Hazards program prioritizes providing useful data and products to stakeholders, researchers, and federal partners, while maintaining high standards of scientific research. We are building program-wide capabilities with an initial focus on evaluating user and stakeholder needs, then developing easily accessible tools for sharing assessments and data (e.g. Coastal-Change Hazards Portal). In this context, a postdoctoral researcher has an opportunity to both utilize and guide our risk-assessment capabilities.

    Proposed Duty Station: St. Petersburg, FL; Golden, CO

    Areas of Ph.D.:  While understanding coastal hazards may be advantageous, the candidate is expected to have a strength in social sciences, economics, or geography that enables them to connect the oceanographic and geologic understanding to the problem of assessing societal risk from coastal hazards  (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 Geophysicist; Research Oceanographer; Research Economist; Research Social Scientist (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:

    Mostly sedentary, working with digital data. Travel to meet with collaborators and users will be required, perhaps monthly.

    Thus, 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/515820400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.