Postdoctoral Researcher - 11423BR

Postdoctoral Researcher

Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Department of Geology, University of Kansas, seeks a highly-independent postdoctoral researcher with experience in low-temperature carbonate mineral diagenesis. The successful candidate will enhance an existing research group consisting of faculty, graduate students, & undergraduate students by addressing geochemical and biological influences on low-temperature carbonate mineral diagenesis in laboratory & field settings.

Job Description

40% Conduct independent primary research on carbonate mineral formation in low-temperature marine environments using field investigations & controlled laboratory experiments involving active microbial communities.

30% Facilitate & support the group’s overall research program through (i) basic training of new students, (ii) supervision of the laboratory personnel, and (iii) maintenance of the laboratory.

20% Publish independent primary research results in appropriate journals.

10% Write competitive grant proposals to enhance funding of the group’s research program.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Geology or closely related field.
  2. One year experience in laboratory-intensive, low-temperature geochemical research as evidenced by application materials.
  3. One year experience with research in environmental microbiology or microbial geochemistry as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Demonstrable independence in ethical conduct of high-quality scientific research.
  5. Evidence of working well within a diverse group, including resolution of major or minor conflicts.
NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an Acting basis not to exceed 6-months.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in running controlled laboratory experiments in mineral precipitation kinetics.
  2. Experience characterizing microbial communities from natural environments.
  3. Experience conducting geochemical & microbiological fieldwork in modern marine & lacustrine environments.
  4. Experience with analytical & microscopy techniques for analyses of solid-phase materials.
  5. Independent management of a research laboratory or components thereof.
  6. Experience training students in standard analytical laboratory techniques.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae (including publications list), Statement of Research Interests and Skills and contact information for 3 references.
Review of applications will begin April 20, 2018. For first consideration, please apply before April 20, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Jennifer Roberts

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Commensurate with education and experience

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