Assistant Research Professor - 12920BR

Assistant Research Professor

Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
A-Unclassified Academic Staff

Position Overview

A primary responsibility of this position is collaboration on research projects for shallow anomaly detection using seismic methods (especially full waveform inversion and other numerically intensive approaches). In addition, the successful candidate will have the flexibility to advance their own research interests related to seismic imaging and characterization.

EXPLORATION SERVICES SECTION: The KGS Exploration Services (ES) section develops and uses several methods to provide information about the subsurface, using both invasive and non-invasive approaches with a focus on higher resolution and accuracy while reducing cost. This includes innovative methods of shallow seismic characterization.

The ES section provides drilling in support of water, energy, and basic subsurface research. It also runs a program designed to monitor changes and identify regional trends in the High Plains, Dakota, and alluvial aquifers, measuring about 1,380 wells in 47 central and western Kansas counties. As well, the ES section is responsible for installation, maintenance, and collection of data from earthquake recording stations in Kansas—both permanent stations and several temporary networks—to detect and analyze seismic activity.

KANSAS GEOLOGICAL SURVEY: The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) is a research and service division of the University of Kansas that investigates and provides information about the state's geologic and groundwater resources. The KGS has no regulatory authority and does not take positions on natural resource issues. More...

Job Description

Research (90%)

  • Oversee and advise seismic methodologies for shallow anomaly detection, especially application of original numerical developments.
  • Engage in all aspects of seismic investigations as reasonable to facilitate research program needs.
  • Implement and refine advanced techniques for shallow anomaly detection using seismic wavefield (e.g. full waveform inversion).
  • Collaborate on technical reports that effectively yet concisely communicate to the research sponsor detailed and often complex analysis procedures, results, interpretations, and implications for future studies with similar targets and objectives.

  • Conceive and develop original, creative research program related to seismic imaging and characterization with application to near surface imaging.
  • Seek and secure sponsors to support research program.
  • Publish significant research results in upper-tier peer-refereed journals.
  • Routinely present findings to peer community at national and international professional meetings.

Service (10%)

  • Support Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) efforts in the areas of technical service and communication, education, and public information.
  • Collaborate with other sections on projects where seismic imaging has utility and sponsorship.
  • Cooperate with other research organizations where funding is available.
  • Serve the profession through peer review.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctorate in geophysics or other discipline involving seismic imaging.
  2. Two years of experience as a postdoctoral researcher.
  3. Demonstrated experience adapting numerically intensive seismology techniques for near surface applications.
  4. Demonstrated experience with spectral element or finite difference seismic modeling methods.
  5. Demonstrated experience presenting research findings at national professional meetings.
  6. Demonstrated experience publishing in peer refereed journals.
Evaluation of position requirements will be made through (1) record of accomplishments in resume/curriculum vitae, (2) descriptions of research and educational experiences in cover letter, (3) information from professional references, and (4) college transcripts.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with full waveform inversion for shallow anomaly discrimination.
  2. Experience with SPECFEM3D seismic modeling software, or related advanced seismic modeling software.
  3. Experience working with scientists from other institutions; especially US Army Corps of Engineers.
  4. Research expertise in seismic inversion methods as evidenced by at least 2 peer-reviewed publications on modeling or inversion as lead author.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete the online University of Kansas Faculty profile, application, and upload the required material:
  1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications and position requirements.
  2. Curriculum Vita.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
  4. Unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts will be requested from the selected candidate.
A complete application will consist of all items above; incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Review begins October 21, 2018, and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is received.

Contact Information to Applicants

Annette Delaney
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas

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Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class:
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