Asst. or Assoc. Scientist - Groundwater Hydrologist - 12289BR

Asst. or Assoc. Scientist - Groundwater Hydrologist

Department: 
Kansas Geological Survey
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
A-Unclassified Academic Staff

Position Overview

The Geohydrology Section of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) has an open position for an individual to develop and lead a groundwater-related research program on issues that are of great relevance to Kansas; potential areas include, but are not limited to, water-cycle investigations at the basin scale, subsurface characterization, recharge studies, remote sensing, and aquifer sustainability. The Geohydrology Section conducts both fundamental and applied research on hydrologic and hydrogeochemical systems ranging in scale from site-specific to the river basin and regional aquifer level. Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs that are of national stature and highly relevant to Kansas. Areas of research include: physical, stratigraphic, and geochemical characterization of sedimentary aquifer systems; surface-water/groundwater interactions; spatial data analysis/geostatistics; assessment of sustainable yields in complex hydrologic systems; simulation of flow and transport processes; technology for subsurface characterization; contaminant transport and source identification; and groundwater thermometry. Activities of the Geohydrology Section are complemented by researchers in other sections of the KGS whose interests include surface geophysical methods, geologic characterization, and petroleum generation/migration. The section maintains a program of public information and education, and has extensive interactions with water research and management entities at the state, local, and federal levels. The KGS is a research and service unit of The University of Kansas (KU), thereby providing opportunities to collaborate with KU faculty and students in other departments and research groups. Scientific staff may also have the opportunity to teach and serve as advisors of graduate research. Further information about section activities can be found at www.kgs.ku.edu/Hydro/hydroIndex.html.

RANK: Academic staff rank of Assistant or entry-level Associate Scientist, depending on qualifications. Rank will be determined based on educational background and research related experience within the field. Additional information regarding expectations in regard to rank and title is available at http://www.kgs.ku.edu/General/jobs/KGS_Academic_Promotion_Guidelines.pdf.

STARTING DATE: Position available late 2018; exact starting date negotiable.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin Oct 15, 2018.

SALARY, EMPLOYMENT STATUS, AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Starting salary negotiable depending on qualifications. Full-time, permanent position with 12-month appointment to faculty-equivalent staff at The University of Kansas, subject to annual review. Benefits include university staff privileges; sabbatical eligibility; 22 days vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, life insurance, and retirement program options.

Job Description

RESPONSIBILITIES:

85% - Develop and lead a hydrogeologic research program with an emphasis on unconsolidated aquifers:
Conduct fundamental and applied research on groundwater hydrology that is both of national stature and highly relevant to Kansas. Communicate the results of research in peer-reviewed publications and to both scientific and lay audiences. Develop research proposals for external funding.

15% - Support KGS efforts in the areas of technical service and communication, education, and public information.

Required Qualifications

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.

1) Ph.D. degree in natural sciences or engineering with an emphasis on groundwater hydrology. Degree must be completed prior to appointment start date.
2) Research/publications on hydrologic processes of relevance in sedimentary aquifer systems.
3) Strong quantitative theoretical training and demonstrated commitment to field-based investigations.
4) Demonstrated ability or potential to provide scientific leadership in research on groundwater hydrology.
5) Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

1) Strong background in stream-aquifer interactions.
2) Experience with the quantitative characterization of complex groundwater systems.
3) Experience with recharge processes in semi-arid environments.
4) Experience with groundwater sustainability assessments.
5) Experience with remote sensing and GIS for groundwater investigations.
6) Documented ability to publish in peer-reviewed outlets.

Section resources related to this position include direct-push equipment for hydraulic characterization of the shallow subsurface, fiber optic distributed temperature sensing equipment, a downhole camera system, dataloggers and sensing equipment, and an extensive network of wells with real-time monitoring capabilities.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete the online faculty (academic-staff) application profile, and upload the following information:
1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications.
2. Curriculum vitae (with publication record).
3. College transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable for application package. Finalists may be asked to submit official transcripts.
4. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and emails of three professional references.

The first review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is obtained.

Contact Information to Applicants

For further technical information about the position, contact Geoff Bohling at geoff@kgs.ku.edu or Don Whittemore at donwhitt@kgs.ku.edu.

For further information about other aspects of the position, contact Annette Delaney at adelaney@kgs.ku.edu or (785) 864-2152.

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Review Begins

15-Oct-2018

Anticipated Start Date

03-Dec-2018

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
12289BR
Department:
Kansas Geological Survey
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
A-Unclassified Academic Staff
Application Review Begins:
15-Oct-2018
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