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St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center Employment Opportunities

The Center's research programs have a primary focus of investigating processes related to coastal and marine environments and societal implications related to natural hazards, resource sustainability, and environmental change.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) is dedicated to developing a diverse scientific community through equal employment opportunity (EEO), honoring others' experience, perspective, and unique identity, and employment decisions made in accordance with merit system principles contained in 5 U.S.C § 2301 and in observation of DOI Prohibited Personnel Practices.



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Research Physical Scientist

Open & closing dates: 08/21/2023 to 08/25/2023

Salary: 98,496 - 128,043 USD per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Remote job: No


As a Research Physical Scientist within the St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Conduct fundamental scientific investigations, applied research, and stakeholder engagement on coastal change hazards focused on but not limited to the Caribbean Sea area.
  • Address scientific activities which require specialized fieldwork, collaboration, extended travel periods, and consultation with other scientists.
  • Conduct complex, novel scientific investigations relating to coastal morphologic and oceanographic processes in coral reef environments.
  • Plan and conduct independent research or lead a small team of scientists to develop projects requiring new or improved techniques and procedures.
  • Regularly conduct research/development studies.
  • Solve problems which are typically difficult to define, require unconventional or novel approaches and require sophisticated techniques.
  • Contribute to a team of research oceanographers, geologists, chemists, and biologists stationed at the science center.
  • Foster interdisciplinary partnerships representing a cross-center, cross-mission area effort that utilizes the expertise of researchers alongside science communicators to improve scientific products and access to products for communities traditionally under-served by USGS science.
  • Help to define the scope of the overall effort and to develop objectives for the team's research efforts.
  • Identify research or assignment needs, formulate hypotheses, develop and carry-out a research plan, analyzes and interprets results and prepare reports of findings.
  • Develop collaborative scientific ventures and keep the supervisor informed of general plans and progress of the work.
  • The incumbent is bilingual to engage with a Spanish-speaking population
  • Operate government vehicles as an incidental driver.

Physical Requirements / Work Environment - Work environment is typically in remote coastal areas and often requires working from a small watercraft, possibly in inclement conditions.


More information and application instructions


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Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Mendenhall opportunities associated with coastal systems are now available! Please see individual opportunity information for closing dates.

It is anticipated that these positions will start no later than March 2025. The person selected must have all PhD requirements completed and MUST submit proof of completion prior to receiving an official start date. Exceptions may be made for a later start date on a case-by-case basis.

Application deadline: November 1, 2024

Visit the USGS Mendenhall page for more information

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