Research Social Scientist

Website U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Hazards Science Center in Golden, CO has a vacancy for a research social scientist. The purpose of this position is to conduct fundamental social science research focused on human response to natural hazards including earthquakes, landslides, and geomagnetism. The position will lead to improved capabilities to deliver timely, accurate, actionable, equitable, and accessible natural hazard information in the U.S. and globally. This permanent position is offered at the GS-12 and GS-13 level, with full-promotion potential to GS-15.

Duty Station: Golden, CO (note: the position is not remote work eligible)

Applications will be accepted from 4 August to 1 September 2023.

Apply online at

Job Announcement Numbers: USGS-DEN-23-12042128-DE-AJG (open to the public) and USGS-DEN-23-12061478-ST-AJG (open to federal employees)

Contact: Aleecia Garcia ( ) with questions about the application process. For questions about the role of the position, please contact Ryan Gold (

The Geologic Hazards Science Center conducts research in geology, geophysics, seismology, engineering seismology, geomagnetism, and geomechanics in order to assess seismic hazards and risk, geomagnetic hazards, and ground-failure hazards on regional, national, and international scales. The Geologic Hazards Science Center is home to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center.

Here are a few reminders for interested applicants. Please read this guidance carefully to avoid inadvertent disqualification from further consideration:

- *IMPORTANT* Since this is a professional series position, there is a positive education requirement. Transcripts are needed to confirm that they have completed the required coursework for the basic education requirement. This means that if an applicant doesn’t demonstrate that they have completed the required coursework, they will be disqualified from further consideration. To meet this requirement, submit ALL copies of unofficial transcripts. This is especially important for applicants who attended multiple schools, because current schools don’t always list the transfer classes. ALL applicants regardless of whether they are current USGS employees, or whether they are currently in the job series MUST do this.

- If applicants have completed their degree requirements, but their transcripts have not yet been updated, applicants may submit a letter from their school indicating that they have completed their degree requirements along with a copy of their most recent unofficial transcripts.

- Employment history should be documented in resumes. Salient information required includes 1) month and year and 2) relevant work experience underneath each period of employment. Their resumes or CV’s should contain sufficient detail for HR to determine whether an applicant has the requisite specialized experience.

– If an applicant has current or prior federal service, they should list the grade levels. Including this information helps HR with applicant evaluation.

– Applicants MUST submit ALL required documentation prior to the close of the announcement.  All documents must be legible! Applicants are encouraged to e-mail the HR point-of-contact listed in the vacancy announcement to confirm that their documents all uploaded correctly.

Applicants may also access the HELP section of the USAjobs site. It goes into more detail regarding the federal hiring process.

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