Postdoctoral Scientist: Airborne LiDAR and Digital Terrain Analysis

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky (US)
Jul 27, 2017
Aug 26, 2017
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The Kentucky Geological Survey has an opening for an innovative postdoctoral researcher with experience in the use of high resolution digital topographic data to support geologic research. Completion of a PhD in an Earth science discipline (e.g., geology, geophysics, Earth or planetary science, physical geography, hydrology, civil or agricultural engineering) is required for employment.

The scientist who fills this position will work primarily on applications of airborne LiDAR and related data to help solve research problems related to quadrangle scale surficial geologic mapping, geomorphologic change detection, geohazard assessment, water resources evaluations, and/or geohealth issues in Kentucky. This person will collaborate with KGS geologists to identify research topics relevant to the KGS mission of geologic research in the public interest, coordinate and promote use of the newly established KGS Digital Earth Analysis Lab, develop learning opportunities for the UK earth science community, and submit manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals and the KGS publication series. The position includes support for research related travel and conference attendance.

Kentucky will have statewide airborne LiDAR topographic coverage by the end of 2017, complementing existing statewide 1:24,000 bedrock geologic map coverage, 1:24,000 surficial geologic map coverage of key areas, and a variety of derivative maps and geodatabases maintained by KGS.

A part of the University of Kentucky since 1948, KGS traces its history back to 1838 and is the primary source of geologic information for and about Kentucky. The KGS main office is on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, a vibrant city of 300,000+ people in the heart of the scenic Bluegrass region. Lexington and UK offer cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities as well as easy access to Louisville and Cincinnati. For additional information about KGS, visit

This is a limited term (temporary) appointment for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Application deadline is August 31, 2017. More information regarding position requirements can be found via the online posting here: To apply, please include updated curriculum vitae along with a cover letter that details your experience related to the required items listed on the online job posting. Please also include contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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