Dear probeusers,

here is a job listing for those that are both Geologists as well as US citizens. It sounds like essentially running their EPMA/SEM lab. 

For details see below and the original job listing can be also found here:


Research Geologist, GS-1350-13 (CA-DEU)

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 preserving 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.

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

Salary: $105,335 (Step 01) to $136,936 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

This position is being advertised concurrently with SAC-2018-0247, open to current or former Federal employees.

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


As a Research Geologist within the Volcano Science Center’s (VSC’s) California Volcano Observatory, some of your specific duties will include:

Conduct scientific research principally using the electron-microprobe and scanning electron microscope (SEM) to understand volcanic events and magmatic processes.

Apply broad knowledge of geology, geochemistry, computer software, and microanalysis to determine the formation conditions (pressure, temperature, oxidation state, volatile abundances) of igneous materials produced by or related to volcanic eruptions.

Develop new electron-microprobe and (or) SEM/EDS analytical techniques to measure elemental concentrations and spatial distributions accurately and precisely. Results obtained using the newly developed analytical and imaging methods will be used to model the temperature, pressure, duration, and melt chemistry responsible for magmatic activity and products.

Manage electron-microprobe and SEM laboratory accounts, scheduling, and agreements with service technicians; perform day-to-day instrument setup and minor maintenance; advise, train, and assist inexperienced instrument users.

Prepare comprehensive scientific reports on the results of the research for publication or administrative use.

Author publications, peer-reviewed journal articles, and/or other products of considerable interest to science and/or technology in the area of specialization.

Present results of research at scientific meetings, professional societies, interagency meetings, and before the general public.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel on 1-5 nights per month may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

1350 Geology


Conditions of Employment

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position



Qualifications BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT : Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Geologist, all grade levels.


For the GS-13 level: In addition to the Basic Education Requirement listed above, applicants must have at least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level that is in or related to the duties described above, such as: planning, originating, and conducting original and creative research, both fundamental and allied, in petrology using electron-microprobe methods to assess volcanic hazards or (and) magmatic processes. This experience is typically performed at the post-doctorate level.

This experience must have shown creative and outstanding research that has led or can lead to major advances in a specific area of research. The work must have been creative in the sense that it developed a basic principle, product, concept, method, approach, or technique, or provided a body of basic information that opened the way for a major advance in the discipline or field of science. This work may have been achieved by providing a method of solving problems, opening areas of research or providing the means of exploring the application of science in a major area.



Additional information


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

-Basis of Rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given 10 calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position. You will be rated and ranked based on the information you provide in your resume as well as the responses you submit to the required KSAs. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are as follows:

-NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

- This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible.

- Auto-Requested Fax : allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


Dr. Anette von der Handt

Please note new address 
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Minnesota
NEW: 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Office phone: (612) 624-7370
Office fax: (612) 625-3819
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