Physical Scientist

  • USGS
  • Woods Hole, MA
  • May 22, 2020
Full time Scientific

Job Description

As a PHYSICAL SCIENTIST within the Woods Hole Coastal & Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:


  • Prepare and analyze sediment samples to determine (including but not limited to) grainsize, carbonate content and mineral content
  • Prepare and analyze water and rock samples for sediment concentration and mineral compositions, respectively
  • Process derived analysis data via established laboratory standard operated procedures
  • Adhere to and improve laboratory safety processes
  • Calibrate and perform daily/weekly maintenance on laboratory instrumentation using established procedures

Data Reporting/Recording

  • Use productivity and specialized software to report data to laboratory management and data end users
  • Use knowledge of geology, marine sediments, rocks and other appropriate topics to critically evaluate the quality of analysis results and identify issues
  • Keep complete and accurate laboratory data records and laboratory notebooks, including those associated with individual analysis instruments in line with laboratory procedure and bureau Quality Management System guidelines.

Field Support

  • Assist laboratory and center science staff in collection of sediment samples, rocks, water and other scientific samples as appropriate
  • Assist laboratory staff in subsampling collected materials in preparation for later analysis



$48,159 to $62,603 per year