[ES_JOBS_NET] Research technician in California with the USGS

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Apr 21 11:36:22 MDT 2014

*USGS Soil Biogeochemistry Research Technician, Menlo Park, CA*

The USGS Soil Biogeochemistry Group in Menlo Park, CA is looking for bright
and motivated candidates with soils and/or biogeochemistry experiences to
fill a term Physical Science Technician position. The opportunity is open
at the GS-5 and GS-7 levels and candidate placement is dependent upon
experience. The position is a 1-year term and is eligible for renewal,
contingent upon funding.

The incumbent will work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists to
quantify the influence of land use and climate change on soil carbon,
nutrient and water cycling. Duties will include: (1) Coordinating and
conducting fieldwork at several field sites in Northern California, (2)
Laboratory processing and analyses of a wide-range of environmental samples
and (3) Data reduction and management for several long-term research
experiments. Field duties will occasionally require extended overnight
travel and camping/work in remote field locations. Specific tasks include
the collection of soil, rock, water and gas samples and
installation/maintenance of environmental sensors. Specific laboratory
tasks may include solid sample digestions, mineral extractions, carbon and
nitrogen combustion analyses, radiocarbon sample preparation, x-ray
diffraction, and many other related measurements.

All candidates should have training in the fields of biology,
plant/microbial ecology, geology or soil science, demonstrated laboratory
and/or analytical experience, a drivers license, self-motivation, and the
capacity to work well both as a member of a team and independently.
 Minimum qualifications for the GS-5 level include a Bachelors degree in
science or engineering. Minimum qualifications for the GS-7 include a
Masters degree in Soil Science, Environmental Chemistry, Geology or a
related field. Candidates with experiences in mathematic/statistics
software (i.e. R and/or Matlab), computer programing, geographical
information systems, and/or reactive transport modeling will be strongly

The position will be posted soon on www.usajobs.gov. If you or someone you
know wishes to be notified when the position announcement goes live, please
email clawrence at usgs.gov to be added to the notification list.
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