Two research geologist positions

Lexington, Kentucky
Oct 18, 2018
Dec 18, 2018
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The Kentucky Geological Survey, a research center at the University of Kentucky, seeks applications for two research geologist positions:

Geologist III (Geohealth and Environmental Geochemistry). The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to perform applied research and outreach related to geologic controls on the origin, transport, and fate of contaminants and carcinogens in Kentucky. Work will include continuation of existing KGS collaborations to investigate geological controls on indoor radon concentrations, heavy metal anomalies, and cancer clusters in addition to new research topics identified by the candidate and consistent with the KGS and UK strategic plans. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in environmental or geohealth applications of geostatistics; development of innovative geochemical sampling or analysis methods; integration of geologic and epidemiological information; use of geologic information to support public policy decisions; and/or publication of geohealth research in major journals. This position will require CITI human subjects research certification (available through UK after employment begins).

Geologist III (Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology, and Geohazards). The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to perform applied research and outreach on Quaternary geology, geomorphology, and near-surface geologic hazards such as landslides, debris flows, sinkholes, liquefaction, and fluvial erosion/sedimentation in Kentucky. Work will include responsibility for day-to-day operation of the KGS Digital Earth Analysis Lab; geomorphological, geochronological, and geohazard research relevant to Kentucky; and continuation of ongoing research collaborations, all in a manner consistent with the KGS and UK strategic plans. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in LiDAR-based digital terrain modeling using large (e.g., statewide) data sets; geologic applications of structure-from-motion photogrammetry and/or UAV-based LiDAR data; Quaternary dating methods; use of geologic information to support engineering and/or public policy decisions; economic analysis of geohazards and mitigation strategies; and/or publication of research in major journals.

Both positions require:

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of appointment AND at least one degree in geology, geosciences, or geological sciences.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of modern computational tools such as Matlab, Mathematica, R, or Python, in addition to GIS, for advanced geologic data visualization, analysis, and/or simulation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work toward common goals as part of a high-performance team.
  • Demonstrated potential to (1) publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals, reports, and conference abstracts, (2) conceive and acquire outside funding for research projects relevant to Kentucky, (3) foster existing and develop new research collaborations within the University and the broader scientific community, and (4) engage in a program of continuous professional development leading to national or international stature in the candidate’s field(s) of specialization.
  • Ability to perform laboratory work, geological fieldwork, and general office work in support of KGS research and outreach objectives. This may include fieldwork in rough terrain or inclement weather, occasional lifting of 50 lb or more, and occasional overnight travel.

About KGS

The Kentucky Geological Survey is a research center within the University of Kentucky, with an organizational history stretching back to the first publicly funded geological reconnaissance of Kentucky in 1838. With main offices on the UK campus in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, KGS comprises approximately 50 FTE scientists and support staff engaged in a wide range of geological research and service activities beneficial to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This includes active collaborations with colleagues in the UK Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, Plant and Soil Sciences, Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, as well as the UK College of Nursing and other research centers such as the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and the UK Center for Applied Energy Research. Most KGS doctoral-level scientists have adjunct faculty appointments that offer optional opportunities for teaching and advising. UK, an R1 research university with 16 degree-granting colleges and more than 200 academic programs, is one of only eight institutions in the country with liberal arts, engineering, professional, agricultural, and medical colleges and disciplines on one contiguous campus. Lexington is a midsize city of about 320,000 people that offers a wide range of cultural, social, and recreational amenities in addition to easy commuting and an affordable cost of living. Please visit for additional information about KGS.

To apply for job #RE RE15944 Geologist III (Geohealth and Environmental Geochemistry), submit a UK Online Application at

To apply for job #RE15931 Geologist III (Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology, and Geohazards), submit a UK Online Application at

If you have any questions, contact HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555, then press 2. Application deadline is Dec. 31, 2018.

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.