Petroleum Geoscientist -- Energy Research Emphasis
Position #: 00008381
Position Title/Rank: Research Assistant to academic rank of Senior Scientist, depending on qualifications.
Determination of official university title and rank will be made based upon educational background and research related experience within the field. Additional information regarding expectations in regard to rank and title is available at:
-KGS Scientist expectations: http://www.kgs.ku.edu/General/jobs/scientist.html
-Research titles: http://www.hreo.ku.edu/files/documents/UnclResTitles.pdf
Position Overview: The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) is searching for a Petroleum Geoscientist to develop a research program in petroleum geology, with a special emphasis on Kansas energy resources. It is also expected that the successful candidate will interactively pursue outside funding with other KGS and University geologists to further the understanding of Kansas energy resources, geology, and the environmental effect of its utilization.
Energy Research Section: The Energy Research Section of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) conducts fundamental and applied research on petroleum geology, improved/enhanced oil recovery, linked energy systems, and CO2 sequestration. The section currently has four professionals with additional support personnel. Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs of national stature and relevance to Kansas. Present areas of research include: coalbed methane and shale gas; low-BTU gas; conventional and unconventional reservoir characterization/geomodeling/flow simulation; lithofacies controls on petrophysical properties, wireline-log petrophysics; seismic attributes of reservoirs; geologic sequestration of CO2 and CO2-enhanced oil recovery; regional stratigraphy/geomodeling; and spatial data analysis/geostatistics.
Activities of the Energy Research Section are complemented by researchers in other sections of the KGS whose interests include geophysics, hydrology, and stratigraphy/sedimentology. The KGS is a research and service unit of The University of Kansas. Opportunities to collaborate with faculty and students in other departments and research groups at KU and other state universities are available. Scientific staff may also have the opportunity to teach, serve as advisors of graduate research, or seek their own terminal degree. Further information about section activities and the KGS in general can be found at www.kgs.ku.edu.
Conduct and publish the results of fundamental and applied research in petroleum geology and related areas that is of national stature and relevant to Kansas. Develop externally funded, individual and cooperative research programs in petroleum geology focused on issues related to reservoir characterization, IOR/EOR, generation and accumulation of energy resources, the subsurface environment, and CO2 sequestration. (60%)
Interact with public, university, government, and industry in the areas of technical service, technology transfer, and communication, education, and public information. (20%)
Participate in and serve in leadership roles in professional and scientific organizations. Serve on University and KGS committees and organizations as assigned or in response to opportunities. Participate with other KGS personnel in professional and governmental organizations that deal with Kansas and US energy resources. (10%)
Optionally, teach and supervise graduate students and work with visiting scientists to complement and enhance the overall research program. (10%)
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) records of accomplishment in resume/curriculum vita, (2) descriptions of research and educational experiences in letters of application, and (3) references/letters of support.
1) Advanced degree in the geosciences.
2) Demonstrated ability, or potential, to develop/implement an applied technical research program related to the energy industry.
3) Demonstrated ability, or potential, to address applied technical challenges related to the energy industry.
4) Record of, or potential for, high-quality written and oral presentations, including peer-reviewed publications.
5) Demonstrated experience using subsurface data such as core, well logs, and geophysical data.
1) Terminal degree in the geosciences.
2) Leadership position in energy industry research and/or operations with emphasis on petroleum.
3) Experience working with computer applications related to mapping and modeling.
4) Record of, or potential for, securing competitive research funding for team-oriented multidisciplinary research projects.
5) Demonstrated ability, or potential, to develop relationships with external constituencies, including the public, university, government, and private sector organizations.
6) Background that complements and supplements existing strengths in energy research at the Kansas Geological Survey and the University of Kansas.
7) Knowledge of midcontinent geology, geography, and natural-resources issues.
8) Demonstrated ability, or potential, for scientific leadership at state, national, and international level.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Contact Information for Applicants:
Application Inquiries: Annette Delaney, Human Resources Manager, Kansas Geological Survey; email@example.com; 785-864-2152
Technical Inquiries: Dr. K. David Newell, Assistant Scientist, Energy Research Section, Kansas Geological Survey; firstname.lastname@example.org; 785-864-2183
Application Review Date: Review of applications will begin 01/14/13 and continue until filled; this review date has been extended and reviews will continue until filled.
Start Date: Exact starting date negotiable.
Special Application Instructions: Complete basic information on the online application and upload the required materials:
1) Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications.
2) Resume/curriculum vitae with publication record.
3) Names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.
A complete application will consist of all the material listed above; incomplete applications may not be considered. Contact email@example.com if assistance is needed uploading materials.Unofficial transcripts will be requested from finalists; official transcripts will be requested from the successful candidate prior to extending an offer of employment. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.