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.

*Responsibilities *

*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

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

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

*Supervisory status *


*Promotion Potential *


*Who May Apply *

*This job is open to… *

U.S. Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

   - *Job family (Series) *

1350 Geology

   - Requirements

*Requirements *

*Conditions of Employment *

   - Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
      - Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background
      - Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
      - More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other

*Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position *

   - *Because this position requires travel for official business, the
      selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar
      days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account
balances from
      a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their
      existing obligation before a new card can be issued. *
      - *A background investigation will be required for this position.
      Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful
      completion of a background security investigation and favorable
      adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be
      grounds for termination. *
      - *Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be
      communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the
      email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active.
      Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact
      identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can
      update our system. *

*Qualifications *

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

   - *Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an
      accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree
      in geology. In addition to the geology course work included in
the degree,
      it must also have included or been supplemented by 20 additional semester
      hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological
      science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering,
      computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics,
      meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology,
      and cartography. *

*OR *

   - *A combination of education and experience-course work as shown in "A"
      above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in geology plus 20 additional
      semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of courses
as specified
      in "A" above), plus appropriate experience and/or additional
education for
      a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and
experience must
      be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through
      successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A"
      above. *

*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. *

   - *You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the
      position by the closing date of the announcement. *

*Education *

   - *Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer
      work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps,
      and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious;
      spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps
build critical
      competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and
      experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive
      credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. *
      - *Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United
      States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide
      acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that
      received in an accredited educational institution in the United
States. For
      more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:
      <> . *

*Additional information *

   - *Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language
      or information in their application package will be ineligible
for further
      consideration for this position. *
      - *The full performance level for a Research position is GS-15;
      however, promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific
      contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel. *
      - *Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and
      nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for
      civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in
      very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens
      for the position. *
      - *USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may
      not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands
      or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any
substantial personal,
      private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral
      enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute
surveys or
      examinations for private parties or corporations. *
      - *The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act
      (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine
      qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC,
      Section 3302 and 3361. *
      - *DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all
      newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including
your rights
      and responsibilities, please visit
      <> . *

*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:

   - *Produces accurate and precise compositional information of natural
      minerals and (or) glasses by electron-microprobe methods. *
      - *Conducts scientific research in the fields of igneous petrology
      and (or) mineralogy using the electron-microprobe to measure chemical
      compositions of minerals and (or) glasses. *
      - *Works and communicates effectively with research scientists at the
      duty station and regionally. *
      - *Manages laboratory accounts, contracting and scheduling with
      service technicians, and schedules instrument use. *

*-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. *

*To preview questions please click here . *

*Background checks and security clearance *

*Security clearance *

*Other *

   - Required Documents

*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. *

   - *-If you are claiming veterans' preference you must provide a legible
      copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from
Active Duty,
      member 4 copy or any official documentation or statement from the Armed
      Forces that confirms your dates of service and that your separation,
      discharge, or release from active duty was under honorable conditions
      (i.e., Honorable or General Discharge). Note: If you have more than one
      DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty, submit a copy for each period
      of service. *

   - *-If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide
      documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that
      verifies entitlement to veterans’ preference and that your character of
      military service is honorable. *

   - *-If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to
      the documents specified above, you must also submit documentation that
      supports your claim, e.g., an official statement from the Department of
      Veterans Affairs (dated 1991 or later) or from a branch of the
Armed Forces
      certifying the existence of a service-connected disability, or
the award of
      the Purple Heart, etc. The overall rating must be identified on your
      certification letter or separation orders. *

   - *-Documentation must be received by the closing date shown in this
      vacancy announcement. If you fail to submit any of the required
      documentation, you will not be granted veterans’ preference. Additional
      information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide . *

   - *-If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human
      Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this
      announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart
F for CTAP
      and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority
      consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your
most recent
      Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position,
      grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed,
      or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact
      Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be
      well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment
      of veteran's preference points). For more information on
      click here . *

   - *-Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see
      "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded
      directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the
      servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information'). *

*- 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. *

   - Benefits

*Benefits *

*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 . *

   - *The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this
      position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural
      disaster. *
      - *For additional information on our internal telework policy, please
      reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:
      <> . *
      - *Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive
      benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave , and holidays ;
      health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible
      spending accounts , and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement
      System . *

*Review our benefits *

*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
Lab phone: (612) 624-3539

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