Job Posting: Federal Research Geologists, Postdoc, Director NTWC

1) Two Federal Research Geologist positions in Petrology and Mineralogy – Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

2) Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Geodynamics – University of Minnesota
3) Director GS-15 Supervisory Physical Scientist – National Tsunami Warning Center


1) Two positions in Petrology and Mineralogy at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

The Department of Mineral Sciences within the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, is advertising two Federal Research Geologist positions. Both positions are US Federal Civil Service positions; US citizenship is required. One position is in the field of PETROLOGY, with a focus on crustal rocks, including, but not limited to, metamorphic rocks, granites and intrusive rocks, ore deposits, and continental rocks. One position is in the field of MINERALOGY. Successful candidates will have strong publication records commensurate with level of experience. All application materials must be submitted through USA Jobs; materials sent to members of the Department, including the contacts below, will not be considered. Use the appropriate announcement number when submitting application materials through USA Jobs.  Applicants that wish to be considered for both jobs must submit two separate application packages.

Both positions are full-time 4-year term appointments with full Government benefits and are comparable to tenure-track positions.  GS-1350-12; US citizenship required.  The museum’s authorized salary range for these positions at this time is $79,720 – $85,035 per annum.  For complete requirements and application procedures go to or and refer to Announcement 18A-JW-303331-DEU-NMNH (Petrology) or 18A-JW-303332-DEU-NMNH (Mineralogy).  Applications must be received by Feb. 2, 2018 and must reference the announcement number. All applications will be notified by email when their application is received.  The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For questions regarding the Petrology position, please contact Benjamin Andrews (

For questions regarding the Mineralogy position, please contact Timothy McCoy (

For additional information about the Department and the National Museum of Natural History please visit


2) Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Geodynamics – University of Minnesota

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in geodynamic modelling at the University of Minnesota to participate in a project that focuses on the investigation of the geometrical evolution of subducting slabs. Candidates with experience in finite element analysis and programming in Fortran are desired. Positions are available for one year with possibility of extension. The appointment start date is flexible, but May 2018 is preferred. Applications should include a brief statement of research experience and interests, dissertation abstract, and curriculum vitae with a publication list and contact information for three references. Interested applicants should contact Ikuko Wada ( for more information. Applications should be submitted online at Position requisition number is 318079.”


3) Director GS-15 Supervisory Physical Scientist – National Tsunami Warning Center

The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center is seeking a Director, GS-15 Supervisory Physical Scientist.  We are a NOAA/NWS facility located in Palmer, Alaska, an outdoorsy town within easy driving distance of Anchorage. The NTWC is responsible for providing tsunami warning for the Canadian coasts and the coasts of all U.S. states except for Hawaii.  This involves rapidly characterizing major earthquakes, determining their tsunamigenic potential, forecasting tsunami arrival times and coastal inundation, and disseminating appropriate warning and informational products based on this information.

Unfortunately, the job is not open to the general public. It is open to multiple groups including current and former federal employees, veterans, Peace Corps alumni, and individuals with disabilities. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully if you are interested in applying.

Duties include:

–  Supervise the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) staff, which includes: assigning and evaluating work, counseling employees on work and administrative matters, interviewing candidates for positions, enforcing disciplinary matters, and identifying training for staff.

–  Oversee the administrative policy and operations of systems that disseminate tsunami warnings and watches at local, national, and international levels.

–  Execute research projects to test conceptual models and theories to improve tsunami warning system and forecast capability.

–  Make and maintain personal contacts with Federal agencies, international organizations, and foreign governments about seismic and tsunami data.

Payment of relocation expenses is authorized and a cost of living allowance is included.

For more details, qualifications, etc. please view the full announcement here:

Announcement #  NWS-AR-2018-0013

Please share with any others who may be interested! The announcement closes on January 24.


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