Astrogeology Science Center

Current Openings

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is hiring a permanent interdisciplinary researcher in planetary science who can independently maintain a portfolio of externally funded projects related to NASA and international spaceflight missions.

At this time, the USGS is seeking to fill one of multiple vacancies in the Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, AZ for a "Permanent Interdisciplinary GS-1350/1313/1330-13/14/15 Research Grade Scientist." If you don't work for the US Office of Personnel Management, those words probably just confuse you! Here is a translation of what that means. This is a permanent position, roughly similar to having tenure in an academic position. It is open at the GS13, 14, and 15 grades which are roughly the equivalent to an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, respectively. Interdisciplinary" and "GS-1350/1313/1330" are an acknowledgement that planetary science cross-cuts traditional scientific fields but our work is most closely tied to geology, geophysics, and space science. Research grade employees focus on research with the primary metric of success being impactful publications. For this position, there are three key considerations. First is the influence you have had on the planetary science community through your professional publications and community activities. Second is your ability to maintain a diverse portfolio of funding for this type of work. And finally, we seek individuals with experience working with NASA and/or international space missions to solid surfaces across our Solar System. Applications are accepted through October 20, 2017.

Apply at one of the links below:
Interdisciplinary Research Scientist-GS-1350/1313/1330-13/14/15 (Open to current and former Federal employees)
Interdisciplinary Research Scientist-GS-1350/1313/1330-13/14/15 (Open to all qualified US Citizens)

 


 

At this time, the USGS is seeking to fill one of multiple vacancies in the Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, AZ for a "Permanent GS-13 Equipment Development Grade Evaluation Physical Scientist." If you don't work for the US Office of Personnel Management, those words probably just confuse you! Here is a translation of what that means. This is a permanent position with potential for advancement clear through GS15 and above - that is roughly the equivalent of an Assistant Professor with advancement potential through Full Professor and beyond - with tenure from start. An EDGE employee focuses more on the "development" side of "research and development," with creation of tools and products given consideration alongside peer-reviewed publications. "Physical Scientist" is the most generic of science/engineering classifications, providing an umbrella for cartographers, data scientists, photogrammetrists, geologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and more to apply to the same job. For this position, there are three key considerations. First is your technical expertise in creating planetary cartographic products or the tools needed to create them. This expertise is evaluated on the basis of not just your creations but also the impact of your professional presentations of these products. Second is your ability to maintain a diverse portfolio of funding for this type of work. And finally, we seek individuals with experience working with NASA and/or international space missions to solid surfaces across our Solar System.

Apply at one of the links below:
Physical Scientist, GS-1301-13 (Open to current and former Federal employees)
Physical Scientist, GS-1301-13 (Open to all qualified US Citizens)

 

Why it's great working for the Astrogeology Science Center?

  • Participate in space exploration, be the first to see new images of a planetary surface, command a remotely controlled vehicle, and more.
  • Flexible Work Schedule allows you to create personal time.
  • Tele-commute from home a few days a month to concentrate on complex projects.
  • Accrue annual leave, up to 5 weeks of paid leave per year.
  • Opportunities to travel to conferences, mission operations, and meetings.
  • Ability to publish not only in official USGS releases, but also professional journals.
  • Public Service by contributing to the public knowledge about our Solar System.
  • Work with world class scientists on unique and exciting projects.
  • Casual dress.
  • Training opportunities to learn and use new skills and technologies.
  • Great benefits, retirement, health insurance, holiday pay, and more!

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