Physical Scientist Perm Cm Job in RESTON, VA

Vacancy No. DEN-2018-0161 Department Geological Survey
Salary $81,548.00 to $126,062.00 Grade 12 to 13
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 3/14/2018 Close Date 4/13/2018
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  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 03/14/2018 to 04/13/2018

  • Salary

    $81,548 to $126,062 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12 - 13

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Permanent

  • Appointment type

    Permanent - Full-Time


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Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Relocation Expenses have been approved for this position.

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    Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, USGS collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific information for understanding and characterizing natural resources, including resource quantity, quality, and related issues.
    The Eastern Energy Resources Science Center (EERSC) and Eastern Minerals and Environmental Resources Science Center is soliciting interest from qualified individuals to serve as a Quality Assurance Specialist (QA Specialist) to implement, maintain, and manage a comprehensive program-wide Quality Management System (QMS) in EERSC/EMERSC research laboratories. The successful incumbent is (1) recognized as an expert in laboratory quality assurance, (2) provides professional expertise and experience to successfully coordinate and maintain QMS policies and standard operating procedures, and (3) guides the deployment of all quality assurance processes and methods to ensure the validity, quality, integrity, reproducibility, and traceability of data in a laboratory. Additionally, the QA Specialist provides support and training for laboratory analysts and personnel regarding QMS requirements; works with Laboratory Managers on the documentation, monitoring, and proper use of analytical equipment; ensures and validates data integrity and quality assurance processes as they relate to petroleum research and performs root cause analysis, pre-audits, proficiency testing, and/or resolves corrective actions as needed to maintain the highest technical standards and scientific excellence in the EERSC/EMERSC research laboratories. The expertise and objectives of this position are critical to the successful operation of a research laboratory and production of high-quality, documented, and defensible analytical results in the Energy Resources Program. For more information about the USGS please visit
    What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
    GS-12 Salary: $81,548 (Step 01) to $106,012 (Step 10)
    GS-13 Salary: $96,970 (Step 01) to $126,062 (Step 10)
    NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01

    This position is being advertised concurrently with the following announcement: DEN-2018-0167, open to current or former Federal employees.

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    As a Physical Scientist within the Eastern Energy Resource Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Coordinates, implements, maintains a Quality Management System (QMS) and promulgates QMS policies, programmatic and laboratory-specific standard operating procedures, and quality assurance processess in a research laboratory; serves as the primary records coordinator for a QMS and manages all QMS-related controlled documents; documents, validates, and ensures analytical data quality, integrity, reproducibility, and traceability in the laboratory.
    • Provides training, day-to-day support, and performs root cause analysis, pre-audits, and corrective actions as needed to maintain a QMS and quality assurance program; documents and monitors proper use of analytical equipment, and maintains scientific and technical excellence in energy research laboratories.
    • Collaborates effectively and works as part of a multidisciplinary team of geologists, geochemists, physical scientists, and engineers. Excellent communication skills and the ability to present quality assurance findings and results in a clear and concise manner, either through written form or oral presentation, is also required.
    • Works with specialist(s) to conduct research and laboratory proficiency testing, create documentation of capabilities, and resolve internal and external audit deficiencies and develop corrective actions to remediate deficiencies in relation to a QMS.
    • Presents on the QMS and other topics related to quality assurance both at conferences and to review committees and/or in written form in technical journals and USGS publications. Reviews potential publications of other scientists in the field of petroleum geology, resource assessments, and quantitative methods.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Position requires overnight travel of an average of 2 nights per month.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. Citizens

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