Hydrogeologists

Location
Lawrence, Kansas
Salary
Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Posted
Jul 20, 2018
Closes
Sep 17, 2018
Discipline
Hydrology
Education Level
PhD
Job Type
Full-time
Relocation Cost
Paid
Sector Type
Academia

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TWO POSITIONS

 

The Geohydrology Section of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) has two open research scientist positions. The first position is for an individual to develop and lead a field-based hydrogeochemical research program from the site- to regional-scale. The second position is for an individual to develop and lead a groundwater-related research program on issues that are of great relevance to Kansas; potential areas include, but are not limited to, water-cycle investigations at the basin scale, subsurface characterization, recharge studies, remote sensing, and aquifer sustainability.  The Geohydrology Section conducts both fundamental and applied research on hydrologic and hydrogeochemical systems ranging in scale from site-specific to the river basin and regional aquifer level.  Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs that are of national stature and highly relevant to Kansas.  Areas of research include:  physical, stratigraphic, and geochemical characterization of sedimentary aquifer systems; surface-water/groundwater interactions; spatial data analysis/geostatistics; assessment of sustainable yields in complex hydrologic systems; simulation of flow and transport processes; technology for subsurface characterization; contaminant transport and source identification; and groundwater thermometry.  Activities of the Geohydrology Section are complemented by researchers in other sections of the KGS whose interests include surface geophysical methods, geologic characterization, and petroleum generation/migration.  The section maintains a program of public information and education, and has extensive interactions with water research and management entities at the state, local, and federal levels.  The KGS is a research and service unit of The University of Kansas (KU), thereby providing opportunities to collaborate with KU faculty and students in other departments and research groups.  Scientific staff may also have the opportunity to teach and serve as advisors of graduate research.  Further information about section activities can be found at www.kgs.ku.edu/Hydro/hydroIndex.html.

General information about both positions is as follows:

RANK:  Academic staff rank of Assistant or entry-level Associate Scientist, depending on qualifications. Rank will be determined based on educational background and research related experience within the field. Additional information regarding expectations in regard to rank and title is available at  http://www.kgs.ku.edu/General/jobs/KGS_Academic_Promotion_Guidelines.pdf.

STARTING DATE: Positions available late 2018; exact starting date negotiable

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Review of applications will begin Oct 15, 2018.

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.

Evaluation of position 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.

POSITION 1: Hydrogeochemist (8370)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Lead and coordinate KGS activities focused on water quality and hydrogeology (75%):

Conduct fundamental and applied research on groundwater quality and hydrogeology that is both of national stature and highly relevant to Kansas. Communicate the results of research in peer-reviewed publications and to both scientific and lay audiences.  Develop research proposals for external funding.

Support KGS efforts in the areas of technical service and communication, education, and public information (15%).

Oversee laboratory and supervise laboratory assistant (10%).

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  1) Ph.D. degree in natural sciences with an emphasis on aqueous geochemistry related to groundwater resources.  Degree must be completed prior to appointment start date.  2) Research/publications on the application of geochemistry and hydrogeology to determination of sources, transport, and fate of natural and/or anthropogenic constituents in groundwater.  3) Strong theoretical training supplemented with practical field experience.  4) Demonstrated ability or potential to provide scientific leadership in research on water quality.  5) Excellent written and oral communication skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  1) Strong background in hydrogeochemistry applied to regional-scale groundwater investigations.  2) Experience with groundwater quality in unconsolidated and consolidated sedimentary aquifers.  3) Experience in groundwater – surface-water interactions controlling water quality. 4) Experience with reactive transport modeling.  5) Documented ability to publish in peer-reviewed outlets.

Section resources related to this position include a water chemistry lab, equipped for determination of inorganic constituents, and a part-time analytical assistant.

POSITION 2: Groundwater Hydrologist (8371)

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Develop and lead a hydrogeologic research program with an emphasis on unconsolidated aquifers (85%):

Conduct fundamental and applied research on groundwater hydrology that is both of national stature and highly relevant to Kansas. Communicate the results of research in peer-reviewed publications and to both scientific and lay audiences.  Develop research proposals for external funding.

Support KGS efforts in the areas of technical service and communication, education, and public information (15%).

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1) Ph.D. degree in natural sciences or engineering with an emphasis on groundwater hydrology.  Degree must be completed prior to appointment start date. 2) Research/publications on hydrologic processes of relevance in sedimentary aquifer systems.  3) Strong quantitative theoretical training and demonstrated commitment to field-based investigations.  4) Demonstrated ability or potential to provide scientific leadership in research on groundwater hydrology. 5) Excellent written and oral communication skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  1) Strong background in stream-aquifer interactions. 2) Experience with the quantitative characterization of complex groundwater systems. 3) Experience with recharge processes in semi-arid environments. 4) Experience with groundwater sustainability assessments. 5) Experience with remote sensing and GIS for groundwater investigations. 6) Documented ability to publish in peer-reviewed outlets.

Section resources related to this position include direct-push equipment for hydraulic characterization of the shallow subsurface, fiber optic distributed temperature sensing equipment, a downhole camera system, dataloggers and sensing equipment, and an extensive network of wells with real-time monitoring capabilities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR BOTH POSITIONS:  Apply online at:

http://employment.ku.edu/academic/12288br for the Hydrogeochemist, and

http://employment.ku.edu/academic/12289br for the Groundwater Hydrologist.

Complete the online faculty (academic-staff) application profile, 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 may be asked to submit official transcripts.

4. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and emails of three professional references.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

For further technical information about the position, contact Geoff Bohling at geoff@kgs.ku.edu or Don Whittemore at donwhitt@kgs.ku.edu.

For further information about other aspects of the position, contact Annette Delaney, HR, adelaney@kgs.ku.edu or (785) 864-2152.

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