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Geohealth Researcher

University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky campus, Lexington, KY
Salary Range: $61,693-101,795 per year + benefits
Closing date
Jan 1, 2023

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The Kentucky Geological Survey, a research center within the University of Kentucky, seeks applications for a research geologist position in geohealth and/or environmental geochemistry with human health applications.  The successful candidate will perform applied research, service, 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 and heavy metals in the environment 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 one or more degrees in geology or geosciences; demonstrated experience in environmental or geohealth applications of spatial statistics and/or biostatistics; 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).

This position would require:

  • A PhD in a relevant field at the time of appointment and at least three years of related experience.
  • 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 towards common goals as part of a high-performance team.
  • Demonstrated ability to 1) publish research results in peer reviewed scientific journals, reports, and conference abstracts, 2) foster existing and develop new research collaborations within the university and the broader scientific community, and 3) engage in a program of continuous professional development leading to national or international stature in the candidate’s field(s) of specialization.
  • Demonstrated potential to conceive and acquire outside funding for research projects relevant to Kentucky.
  • 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 lbs. 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 full-time equivalent (FTE) scientists and supports staff engaged in a wide range of geological research and service activities beneficial to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. KGS has ties with the university’s Earth and Environmental Science Department, Center for Appalachian Research on Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES), Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS), and Center for the Environment; its Colleges of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine; and other individual researchers across campus. An adjunct faculty appointment in a relevant academic department may be possible. Lexington is a mid-size city 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 # RE36892 Geologist IV (Geohealth Researcher), submit a UK Online Application at .

If you have any questions, contact HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555 press 2. Application deadline is January 8, 2023.

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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