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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 for these positions. One position is in the field of PETROLOGY, and one is in the field of MINERALOGY. 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.

Research Geologist (Petrologist)

The Department of Mineral Sciences invites applications for the position of Research Geologist in petrology. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of published research focused on the petrology of crustal rocks, including, but not limited to, metamorphic rocks, granites and intrusive rocks, ore deposits, and continental rocks, commensurate with level of experience. The Department of Mineral Sciences houses the National Rock and Ore Collection that is used for a broad array of research and public programs both within and outside of the Smithsonian Institution. The selected candidate will play a significant role in the growth and curation of this collection and, as such, should have a broad knowledge of mineralogy and petrology attained through research and/or collections activities. Applicants should fully utilize the existing analytical strengths of the Department of Mineral Sciences, with instrumentation that includes a field emission electron microprobe, field emission variable pressure analytical SEM, XRD, FTIR, confocal Raman, fluid inclusion heating/freezing unit, cathodoluminescence microscope and spectrometer, biomineralogy laboratory, and experimental laboratories (gas-mixing, hydrothermal and MHC cold-seal, piston-cylinder, diamond-anvil cell). The ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including the public, is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in museum activities, such as exhibits programs, educational outreach activities, and to be involved with professional associations and other organizations within the scientific community.

Full-time 4-year term appointment with full Government benefits and is comparable to a tenure-track position. GS-1350-12; US citizenship required. The museum’s authorized salary range for this position at this time is $79,720 - $85,035 per annum. For complete requirements and application procedures the Smithsonian Institution Job Opportunites page or Announcement 18A-JW-303331-DEU-NMNH at USAJOBS. 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.

Research Geologist (Mineralogist)

The Department of Mineral Sciences invites applications for the position of Research Geologist in mineralogy. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of published research in the field of mineralogy commensurate with level of experience. The Department of Mineral Sciences houses a world-class collection of minerals and gems that are used for a broad array of research and public programs both within and outside of the Smithsonian Institution. The selected candidate will play a significant role in the growth and curation of this collection and, as such, should have a broad knowledge of minerals attained through research and/or collections activities. Applicants should fully utilize the existing analytical strengths of the Department of Mineral Sciences, with instrumentation that includes a field emission electron microprobe, field emission variable pressure analytical SEM, XRD, FTIR, Raman, fluid inclusion heating/freezing unit, cathodoluminescence microscope and spectrometer, biomineralogy laboratory, and experimental laboratories (gas-mixing, hydrothermal and MHC cold-seal, piston-cylinder, diamond-anvil cell). The ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including the public, is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in museum activities, such as exhibits programs, educational outreach activities, and to be involved with professional associations and other organizations within the scientific community.

Full-time 4-year term appointment with full Government benefits and is comparable to a tenure-track position. GS-1350-12; US citizenship required. The museum’s authorized salary range for this position at this time is $79,720 - $85,035 per annum. For complete requirements and application procedures go to the Smithsonian Institution Job Opportunites page or Announcement 18A-JW-303332-DEU-NMNH at USAJOBS. 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.




Postdoctoral Job Opportunity: Research Geologist (IS-11)

  • Posted: November 3, 2017
  • Salary: $66,510
  • Open Period: Accepting applications until a suitable candidate is found.
  • Duty Location: Washington, DC
  • PDF: Official Announcement

The Department of Mineral Sciences invites applications for the position of Research Geologist in support of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission on topics related to global geologic mapping and sample-site selection. The postdoctoral fellow will undertake a variety of short- and long-term science tasks throughout the mission in collaboration with mission Co-Investigators at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, and at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. Before the sample site selection process they will participate in building software to integrate maps of hazardous objects and regions, and to combine numerous geologic and imaging maps to aid the construction of global and local maps of “sample-ability”. Throughout the mission they participate in mapping the global geology of Bennu and in the interpretation of the observed geology. This position will require travel for proximity operations to Tucson and/or Boulder at one trip per month for the period July 1, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2019, travel to team meetings during the entire period of appointment, and travel to professional meetings.

Candidates should have some geologic mapping experience. Candidates should demonstrate strong programming skills (C, C++, statistical) and expertise in GIS, including ArcInfo and/or ENVI, to lead the effort translating data products between map formats and platforms. Expertise with JMars, JAsteroid, or Small Bodies Mapping Tool (SBMT) would be beneficial. Experience with irregular bodies, primitive bodies, or organic-rich bodies is preferred. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of published research commensurate with level of experience.

The Dept. of Mineral Sciences consists of experts in meteoritics, petrology, volcanology, and mineralogy, housing world-class collections in these areas. While the major focus of the fellowship is geologic mapping, the selected fellow will have access to instrumentation for the characterization of meteorites that may be relevant to understand lithologic variation on Bennu. The ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including the public, is essential. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in museum activities, such as educational outreach activities, and to be involved with professional associations and other organizations within the scientific community.

Full-time, temporary appointment to be filled initially for a period of one year beginning on or about July 1, 2018, renewable up to three (3) years upon satisfactory performance. Full Smithsonian benefits at the IS-11 level, equivalent to Federal GS-11. Proof of authorization to work in US required. The museum’s authorized salary for this position at this time is $66,510 per annum.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.
  • Must be able to travel and work independently as well as within a team environment.

Candidates may qualify for this position by demonstrating the experience outlined above, by completion of three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the position, or by a combination of experience and education.

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. For a complete description of benefits, please visit http://www.sihr.si.edu.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae (CV) (heavily annotated as explained below), names and contact information for three referees, and a cover letter that includes a research statement and other qualifications relevant to the position to mccoyt@si.edu. Please include the position title in the subject line of your e-mail. CVs should include a description of your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this job; starting and ending dates of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per week – please note that this information is required to be considered for this position. Reference letters will be requested from select candidates at a later date. Qualified candidates who are referred to the hiring official will be asked to submit educational transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. This is absolutely required in order to be considered.

To learn more about the Department of Mineral Sciences please visit https://mineralsciences.si.edu/.

For more information, contact Tim McCoy, Supervisory Research Geologist, 202.633.2206, mccoyt@si.edu.

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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