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Physical Scientist

Job Summary

Responsible for studying any of the sciences, such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology, and analyzing the nature and properties of energy and living matter.

Primary responsibilities

  • Study, observe, and analyze the nature of energy and living matter.
  • Specialize in any of several branches of science, such as physics, chemistry, and astronomy, and study the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter.
  • Create and conduct experiments to collect observable physical evidence of natural phenomena.
  • Develop practical applications in the creation of new materials and devices.
  • Use thought experiments to increase knowledge of their subject.
  • Operate complex instruments.
  • Develop theories to explain physical phenomena.
  • Develop methods to improve existing products.
  • Ensure that the manufacture of new products and materials can be carried out without problems.
  • Collect samples in the field.
  • Study the way natural systems impact daily life.
  • Research a chosen field of science.
  • Provide oversight to multidisciplinary teams responsible for planning, programming, execution, integration, validation, and verification activities.
  • Collect environmental samples using a variety of sampling and data acquisition systems.
  • Analyze test results in conformance with approved methods and operating procedures.
  • Utilize knowledge of the principles and theories of hydrography, oceanography, geodesy, physics, geophysics, cartography and mathematics to perform duties.

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