Asst or Assoc Scientist - Petroleum Geoscientist (2 positions) - 9124BR

Asst or Assoc Scientist - Petroleum Geoscientist (2 positions)

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

Position Overview

POSITION: Petroleum Geoscientist (2 positions)
Position Overview:
The Energy Research Section of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) conducts fundamental and applied energy research significant to Kansas. The section currently has five professionals with additional support personnel and graduate students. Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs of national stature and relevance to Kansas. Present areas of research include: geologic sequestration of CO2; CO2-enhanced oil recovery techniques; injection-induced seismicity; provenance studies; thermochronology; regional stratigraphy/modeling; reservoir characterization/modeling/flow simulation; outcrop analog studies for improved subsurface characterization; reservoir and spatial data analysis/geostatistics; 3-dimensional attributes of karst reservoirs; wireline-log petrophysics; lithofacies controls on petrophysical properties; enhanced recovery techniques for transition zones; and coal-bed methane, shale gas, and low-BTU gas.

RANK: Academic staff rank of Assistant or entry-level Associate Scientist, depending on qualifications. Rank will be based on educational background and research related experience within the field. Additional information regarding expectations in regard to rank and title is available at

STARTING DATE: Exact starting date negotiable.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin September 1, 2017.

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

(70%) Research

Conduct, publish, and present the results of fundamental and applied research in petroleum geology and related areas that is of national stature and relevant to Kansas. (50%)

Develop and lead externally funded, individual and cooperative research programs focused on issues related to exploration, development, and extraction of energy and related resources. (15%)

Coordinate/oversee administrative, financial, personnel, planning, and reporting aspects of projects. (15%)

(30%) Service

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

Interact with public, university, government, and industry.

Participate in and serve in leadership roles in professional scientific and industrial 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.

Work with students and visiting scientists when it complements and enhances research programs.

Required Qualifications

RANK: Academic staff rank of Assistant or entry-level Associate Scientist, depending on qualifications. Rank will be based on educational background and research related experience within the field. Additional information regarding expectations in regard to rank and title is available at

Evaluation of the following 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. in Geoscience or related field.
  2. Experience in petroleum related research.
  3. Demonstrated experience working with subsurface data such as core, well logs, and geophysical data.
  4. Experience that demonstrates ability to lead and develop/implement a research program.
  5. Record of high-quality written and oral presentations, including peer-reviewed publications.
  6. Experience that demonstrates interest and ability for scientific leadership at state, national, and international levels.

Preferred Qualifications


1. Background that complements and supplements existing strengths in energy research at the Kansas Geological Survey and the University of Kansas.
2. Experience with field, laboratory, or model based petroleum research programs.
3. Demonstrated ability working on team-oriented multidisciplinary research.
4. Knowledge of U.S. midcontinent geology, geography, natural resources, and related issues.
5. Demonstrated experience or ability to establish industry partnerships.
6. Record of securing research funding.
7. Demonstrated experience or ability to develop relationships with external constituencies, including the public, university, government, and private sector organizations.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete the online faculty (academic-staff) application, 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 will be asked to submit official transcripts.
4. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and emails of three professional references.

Application review is ongoing and will continue until both positions are filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Annette Delaney

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Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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