Physical Science Technician

Lab technician sought for operation and maintenance of equipment in the Rock Physics/Rock Mechanics and Gas Hydrates labs at the US Geological Survey. This is a full time, permanent position (GS9/GS11) to maintain and develop high pressure rock deformation and cryogenic equipment in laboratories at the USGS Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, California (soon to move to Moffett Field, CA). See for a description of the Rock Physics lab, and the link therein for a description of the equipment we use.

Candidates must be US citizens. The application deadline is July 12 (sooner if application quota is filled).

Interested applicants should go to to apply and receive consideration. Search for: 'Physical Science Technician' and location: 'Menlo Park, CA'. There are two vacancy announcements for this position. The vacancy announcement number USGS-RES-21-11094409-DE-DG is open to all U.S. Citizens. The vacancy announcement number USGS-RES-21-11116922-ST-DG is open to current and former Federal employees.

Please note that resumes of those who apply MUST include detailed information for current and past positions: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr (e.g., March 2012 - June 2013), number of hours worked per week, salary, supervisor's name and phone number (can include statements such as "can call/do not call/contact me before calling") and narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities. We suggest a resume of at least two pages with half a page devoted to each position. (There is a template at to follow.) Please note that supporting materials such as transcripts (unofficial is fine), etc., MUST be attached as required by the Vacancy Announcement. And please do not wait until the last day in case of computer issues.

Please contact Michelle Liu (HR Specialist) or David Lockner to answer questions regarding this opportunity.

posted: 28 June 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.