U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)- Physical Scientist/Chemist (Quality Assurance Specialist)
The USGS Eastern Energy Resources Science Center (EERSC) and Eastern Minerals and Environmental Resources Science Center (EMERSC) in Reston, Virginia are soliciting interest from qualified individuals for a Physical Scientist/Chemist to serve as a Quality Assurance Specialist (QA Specialist) to implement, maintain, and manage a comprehensive program-wide Quality Management System (QMS) in EERSC and EMERSC Research Laboratories. The successful incumbent (1) has extensive experience with research laboratory quality assurance, (2) provides professional expertise and experience to successfully coordinate, promulgate, and maintain QMS policies and programmatic- and laboratory-specific 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 research laboratory. Additionally, the QA Specialist provides day-to-day 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, and/or creates corrective actions as needed to maintain the highest technical standards and scientific excellence in the EERSC and EMERSC research laboratories. The successful candidate serves as a knowledgeable resource and experienced liaison on QMS-related matters between laboratory personnel, Laboratory Managers, the QMS Manager, and Science Center management. 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 USGS Energy Resources Program.
Successful applicants must meet qualifying education requirements, and specialized experience criteria for QMS and quality assurance implementation and management in a research laboratory. Candidates must be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team of geologists, geochemists, physical scientists, and engineers. Excellent communication skills and ability to present scientific findings and results in a clear and concise manner, either through written form or oral presentation, is also required.
Applications for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete on-line resume and supporting documentation, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you, please speak to someone in the Servicing Personnel Office listed on the announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE. For assistance or questions, contact Carrie Marez at the Office of Human Resources at 303-236-9555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcement numbers are DEN-2018-0161 - Open to all U.S. Citizens or DEN-2018-0167 Open to current or former Federal employees. This is a full-time permanent position (Physical Scientist, GS-1301 GS-12/13) with a salary range of $81,548 (GS 12 Step 01) to $126,062 (GS 13 Step 10) depending upon qualifications and experience. Relocation expenses are being offered. The closing date for this announcement is April 13, 2018.
U.S. Citizenship is required. USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.