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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity #17-29 Data Mining for Critical Positions

    The USGS Mineral Resources Program is developing research projects to improve the Nation’s understanding of domestic critical mineral resources, as mandated by an Executive Order that led to the publication of a list of 35 critical minerals (Fortier and others,2018).One of the challenges for assessing the domestic potential for critical minerals is that many of these commodities occur as byproducts or coproducts of mining metals such as copper or zinc in a variety of deposit types. For many critical minerals, direct information about the mineral deposit type, mineralogical residence, definition of ore grade, recoverability, and presence in existing mine waste are scarce. However, different types of mineral deposits have characteristic mineral associations that can be used to classify mineral localities by their likely mineral deposit types and to identify regions that may contain new resources. Information for assessing these mineral associations, mineral deposit types, and localities of future mineral supplies can be found in various large mineral-related databases. Databases such as MINDAT, the Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS), and compilations of data for individual types of mineral deposits can be used in combination as tools to explore for potential new sources of mineral resources. MINDAT contains worldwide data on minerals, mineral localities, references, and other mineralogical information. Many localities are mine sites of known deposit type. Other databases on geochemistry of rocks, minerals, ores, and mine waste may contain information to identify important deposit types for future resources. Concepts and methods developed in big data studies would facilitate identification of new sources for critical mineral commodities.

    Proposed Duty Station: Reston, VA; Spokane, WA

    Areas of Ph.D.: Economic geology, mineralogy, or information science (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; Operations Research Analyst

    (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:

    The work is primarily sedentary and conducted in an office.

    The office assignments normally involve everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel up 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/518686600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.