Associate Director for Research - 15724BR

Associate Director for Research

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

Position Overview

The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) seeks an Associate Director for Research (ADR) to provide strategic research leadership that supports the KGS mission, The ADR will report to the Director and work collectively with a team of senior-rank academic staff with the primary goal of promoting and advancing research efforts/programs consistent with the KGS mission. The ADR will be responsible for approximately 14 KGS Assistant and Associate-rank academic and scientific research staff, and their research programs. The ADR is expected to align the strengths of current KGS research programs and early career scientists with research trends and new innovative research opportunities. The ADR will convey research visions and opportunities through regular collaborative interactions with research staff both individually and in groups as appropriate. The ADR must promote individual research accomplishments consistent with University expectations of rank-equivalent faculty while nurturing a collaborative and supportive environment. It will be essential that the ADR work with all research staff to seek new and innovative funding opportunities. The ADR also will be expected to lead an externally funded, active research program in an area relevant to the KGS mission and Kansas. The KGS is a research and service division of the University of Kansas, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with KU faculty and students in other departments and research groups.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

SALARY, EMPLOYMENT STATUS, AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time, permanent position with 12-month appointment to an Academic Staff position (Faculty-equivalent at the University of Kansas,, subject to annual review. The Associate Director for Research (ADR) reports to the Director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. Benefits include university staff privileges; sabbatical eligibility; 22 days of vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, life insurance, and retirement program options.

Job Description

70% Mentoring, Research Planning, and Service
  • Mentor early-career KGS academic and research staff.
  • Identify research trends and new innovative research opportunities that align with KGS strengths and needs for Kansas.
  • Work with research staff to seek external funding opportunities and develop proposals.
  • Conduct annual performance reviews of Assistant and Associate-rank KGS academic and research staff as designated by the Director.
  • Advise the Director on research-related matters and research directions for the KGS.
  • Review all project proposals authored/developed by those who report directly to the ADR before circulation outside KGS.
  • Oversee internal technical review of manuscripts authored by KGS researchers in advance of submission.
  • Represent the KGS as assigned by the Director.
  • Active engagement with professional scientific organizations as judged appropriate by the Director.

30% Research
  • Conduct and publish the results of fundamental and applied research of national and international stature with relevance to Kansas in geohydrology, geophysics, petroleum geology, Quaternary geology, sedimentology, or stratigraphy.
  • Communicate the results of research in peer-reviewed scientific publications and in presentations to both scientific and the general public.
  • Develop successful research proposals for securing external funding.

Required Qualifications

Qualifications will be evaluated by the content and quality of the written application materials and relevant experience. Oral communication skills will be evaluated by interviews and by reference checks.
  1. Ph.D. in geosciences or closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated management and supervisory experience in scientific programs or organizations.
  3. Demonstrated success in geoscience research supported by a strong record of refereed publications.
  4. Demonstrated record of success in obtaining external funding through competitive and/or merit-based processes.
  5. Demonstrated research experience/interests in subjects relevant to Kansas.
  6. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.
RANK: Position rank will be Associate or Senior Scientist (Faculty-Equivalent Academic Staff), depending on experience and qualifications. Rank will be determined by research and management experience. Additional information in regard to expectations, rank and title is available at:

Academic Staff Rank Expectations:

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Three or more years of supervisory/management experience in scientific programs or organizations with multiple scientific staff direct reports possessing a range of technical expertise.
  2. Experience in a research university setting, including management/supervisory experience.
  3. Experience working in a public policy setting, including work with legislators, state and local government officials, industry representatives, and the general public.
  4. Knowledge of natural resource issues related to Kansas geology.
  5. Demonstrated ability to explain technical topics to non-technical audiences, particularly in a public setting.
  6. Success in securing external funding from a diverse set of sponsors.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Application Instructions: Apply online at Complete the online faculty (academic staff) data form, and upload the following documents:
1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications.
2. Curriculum vitae (with publication record).
3. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and emails of three professional references.

A complete application will consist of all the material in the application instructions.

Review of application materials will begin December 16, 2019 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool is assembled.

Contact Information to Applicants

For further information about the position, or to recommend qualified candidates, contact Rolfe Mandel at or 785-864-2171.

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Commensurate with experience

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Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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