Student Geological Research Assistant - POOL

Position Overview

The Student Geological Research Assistant (position located on the Lawrence campus) works at the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) with the Archivist/Core Library Manager and KGS Scientists to inventory, clean, organize, photograph, cut, and analyze samples for current and ongoing research.

Job Description

55% Assist with rock preparation, including sawing, drilling, slabbing, polishing, and photographing of samples.

35% Retrieve, process, inventory, and archive geological materials, which may include retrieval and re-stocking of already-archived materials. This involves moving geological samples, sorting, cleaning, possibly re-boxing, inventorying, and shelving. Transport samples by vehicle between core storage facilities. Retrieve requested items.

10% Searching databases or scientific literature for data on samples. Downloading and organizing data. Interacting with other KGS/KU geological researchers and students to meet project goals.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications
  1. KU student meeting enrollment requirements.
  2. Available to work up to 40 hours weekly between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, during summer and up to 20 hours per week during school year.
**During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments).**

Position Requirements
  1. Must have a current driver’s license.
  2. Ability to perform physical tasks of the job duties, either with or without reasonable accommodation, to include but not limited to,
  • Stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
  • Exposed to dust, dirt and mildew associated with stored geological samples
  • Frequently lift and move up to 30 pounds, and occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds with accommodation in temperatures affected by extreme outdoor Kansas weather.
  1. Comfortable with heights for forklift rock core/sample retrieval duties.
  2. Familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Coursework in geology or related field.
  2. Use of a tile saw and/or wet saws for cutting rock samples.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  4. Good communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete the student profile and upload the following:
  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter is recommended but not required
  3. Provide work references and relationship to the applicant

Contact Information to Applicants

Annette Delaney

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

Available to work up to 40 hours weekly between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, during summer and up to 20 hours per week during school year.

Anticipated Start Date

Monday May 22, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25114BR
  • Department:  Kansas Geological Survey
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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