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USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Federal Government. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selectee.

These research opportunities are in the excepted service and are being filled through a Schedule A noncompetitive appointing authority. Appointments do not confer competitive or permanent status in the Federal Government nor are they subject to competitive examining procedures.

Mendenhall Fellow appointments are temporary not to exceed two years, are full-time, and may be terminated at any time.

The person selected for this opportunity will automatically be covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System, and are eligible to elect coverage under the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. He/She will also earn annual and sick leave.

Veterans who are preference eligibles must submit a copy of their DD-214, SF-15, or other proof of preference to the contact person listed in the announcement. Additional information on veterans preference is available in the Vets Guide that can be found at

The Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify records from those of other applicants who have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, the SSN is used if information is needed from employers, schools, banks, and others.

The person selected for this opportunity will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Before being hired, selectees will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in the application package. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring the applicant, for dismissing the applicant after he/she begins work or taking other disciplinary action, and may be punishable under fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31,1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.

USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, or direct or indirect interest in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.

The person selected for this opportunity must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay.

Application packages may contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competition and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or nonaffiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation, or age.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process is needed, please contact the appropriate Personnel Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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