Research Geophysicist in Experimental Rock Physics/Rock Mechanics

This full time, permanent position (GS-13/14) is in the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC). Research is focused on experimental studies of earthquake physics at the ESC Rock Deformation laboratory in Menlo Park, CA (with relocation to new facilities at nearby Moffett Field, CA in approximately 16 months). The purpose of this position is to conduct laboratory and theoretical studies in rock mechanics aimed at improved understanding of failure processes under conditions expected at seismogenic depths, and to interpret how these failure processes relate to earthquake nucleation and magnitude, pore fluid/rock interaction, induced seismicity, wave speed, permeability, and other geophysical parameters. See for a description of the Rock Deformation labs, and the link therein for a description of the equipment we use.

The application deadline is March 25. Candidates must be US citizens. Access the job announcement (number USGS-SAC-22-11375079-DE-ML) through the link: USAJOBS - Job Announcement.

Please note that resumes of those who apply MUST include detailed information for current and past positions. Be sure to include: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr (e.g., March 2012 - June 2013) of each period of employment; 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. All required documents must be legible and must be submitted prior to the close of the announcement. Please note that supporting materials such as transcripts (unofficial is fine), SF-50s (for federal employees), PE License, etc., MUST be attached as required by the Vacancy Announcement. All applicants should submit ALL copies of their unofficial transcripts; and please do not wait until the last day in case of computer issues. More information regarding the application process can be found at or contact Paj Shua Cha or David Lockner

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