Listserve – CZEN: Sediment Radionuclide Geochemistry Position

Greetings James King,

“Sediment Radionuclide Geochemistry Position” has been added by Katherine
Skalak to Listserve – CZEN on

Research Position in
Sediment Radionuclide Geochemistry, U.S. Geological Survey, National Center,
Reston, Virginia.

 The U.S.
Geological Survey seeks candidates for a full-time permanent research
in sediment radionuclide geochemistry at the GS-11 or GS-12 grades. This
interdisciplinary position in the National Research Program
( [1]) may be filled under these job series:
Chemist or Geologist.  Grade and salary ($63,000
to $98,000) will be based on education and experience. Prior to starting
employment with the USGS, a successful applicant will have demonstrated
educational and research accomplishments, through the obtainment of a Ph.D or
equivalent doctoral degree, or through equivalent experience and knowledge,
a field related to radionuclide geochemistry. 
Experience will include analyses
of radioisotopes in environmental samples (naturally-occurring or nuclear
cycle generated radionuclides), and additionally research in areas such as
metal geochemistry,   mineralogy, and
soil or sediment science.  The applicant will have demonstrated
scientific vision, leadership, and productivity in exciting,
societally-relevant, and collaborative inter-disciplinary research topics.

 The successful
candidate will lead  the development of laboratory
capabilities and research applications in the area of sediment radionuclide
geochemistry with the purpose of quantifying  the provenance and times
scales of sediment storage
and transport .  The scientist will
collaborate with hydrologists, geologists, chemists, ecologists and
microbiologists in the USGS and provide assistance and direction in methods
development for the Center for Sediment Dynamics and Forensics (CSDF), a
center of excellence. .

 The CSDF is expected to apply a full range of observational
and experimental techniques in both the laboratory and the field. Examples of
techniques to be used by the CSDF include: radiometric
techniques (14C, 137Cs, 7Be, 234U, 238U
and other radioisotopes), Optically Stimulated Luminescence, Electron Spin
Resonance, X-ray diffraction mineralogy, stable isotopes of light and
heavy elements), major-element analysis, geochemical phase analyses, organic
molecular markers, rare earth
and trace element distributions, and carbon and nutrient analyses.


To Apply:

 The position will be located in Reston, Virginia in the Eastern
Branch of the National Research Program. The NRP, a program in the USGS Water
Mission Area, offers a stimulating and collegial environment for research in
water-related earth science to meet current and anticipated national needs.
Researchers collaborate with USGS scientists nationwide as well as with other
scientists in government and academia, both nationally and internationally.

 The on-line vacancy announcement, which will be posted at
the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS website (
[2]) contains additional
information regarding qualification requirements. The vacancy will be open
starting on or about December 15, 2014 until January 28, 2015. Applications
(resumes and questionnaire responses) must be received
online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time on the closing date posted in the USAJOBS
Vacancy Announcement. It is important that candidates view the Vacancy
Announcement in their entirety to be sure that all required documents are
submitted. Incomplete application packages cannot be considered. For further
information, please contact: Harry Jenter, 703-648-5916,
[3], or
Pierre Glynn, 703-648-5823, [4] in the Eastern Branch of the
or Claire Ritter, 703-648-5786, [5], Human Resources

US Citizenship is
mandatory.  For any US Citizen, the
Vacancy Announcement number is: ATL-2015-0049.  For current or former US
Federal employees
who have competitive status, or for applicants who are eligible under a
appointing authority, the vacancy number is: ATL-2015-0050.  The USGS is an
Equal Opportunity Employer.


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