Associate Director for Research - 13077BR

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 collaborative research leadership that supports the KGS mission. Details about the KGS mission can be found at The ADR will report to the Director and interact with Senior-rank academic staff. The ADR will oversee approximately 14 KGS Assistant and Associate-rank academic and scientific research staff, and their research programs. The ADR is expected to align the unique strengths of current KGS research programs with research trends and new innovative research opportunities. The ADR will convey research visions and opportunities through regular collaborative discussions with research staff. The ADR must promote a collaborative and supportive environment, and work with 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 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.

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 vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, life insurance, and retirement program options.

Job Description

60% Administration of Early Career KGS Researchers
  • Regularly collaborate with KGS academic and research staff about research programs.
  • Conduct annual performance reviews of Assistant and Associate-rank KGS academic and research staff.
  • Review project proposals and publications.
  • Represents the KGS at appropriate university, local, state, and national levels, as assigned by the Director.
  • Serve on committees of the KGS and professional scientific organizations as judged appropriate.
  • Advise the Director on research-related matters and research direction for the KGS.

40% Research
  • Perform technical reviews of manuscripts destined to become publications of the KGS.
  • Conduct and publish the results of fundamental and applied research of national stature and relevance to Kansas in geology, geohydrology, geophysics, petroleum geology, quaternary geology, sedimentology, or stratigraphy.
  • Communicate the results of research in peer-reviewed publications and to both scientific and lay audiences.
  • Develop research proposals for 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 supervisory/management experience in scientific programs or organizations.
  3. Demonstrated success in geoscience research supported by a strong record of refereed publications.
  4. Record of success in obtaining significant external funding through competitive and merit-based processes.
  5. Research interests in areas relevant to Kansas.
  6. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.

RANK: Position rank will be Associate or Senior Scientist (Academic Staff), depending on experience and qualifications. Rank will be determined by administrative experience, educational background, and related research experience within the field. Additional information in regard to expectations, rank and title is available at:

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Five or more years of supervisory/management experience in scientific programs or organizations.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work in a public policy setting, including work with legislators, state and local government officials, industry representatives, and the general public.
  3. Administration experience in a research university setting, particularly in terms of strategic planning.
  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.

Additional Candidate Instructions

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

A complete application will consist of all the material listed above.

Review of application material will begin January 15, 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.

For information about other aspects of the position, contact Annette Delaney, HR, at or 785-864-2152.

Advertised Salary Range

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

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Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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