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Postdoctoral Researcher

Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS:
$55,000 annually
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Mar 29, 2023

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Postdoc: Social-Agricultural-Hydrological Modeling, Kansas River Basin



The Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas is hiring a postdoctoral scholar with a passion for water sustainability and socio-environmental research to contribute to the USDA-funded Sustainable Adaptations to the Future Environment of Kansas’s Agriculture and Water (SAFE KAW) project - more info about the project here:


The postdoc will synthesize methods from hydrology, hydrogeology, biogeochemistry, crop modeling, and community resilience to explore the response of the Kansas River Basin to climate change and identify strategies for sustaining the linked social-agricultural-hydrological system in the 21st century. It is expected this work will lead to fundamental advances in human-water systems theory and applied research benefits for local water and land managers. Thus, the ideal candidate would have strong technical skills for working with and coupling environmental and social models, interest in advancing human-water systems theory, and a desire to engage with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and stakeholders.


This position will be part of the HydroEcology of Anthropogenic Landscapes group (HEAL@KGS) supervised by Sam Zipper ( and will work closely with project collaborators at the KGS (Erin Seybold), Kansas State University (Vaishali Sharda, Kate Nelson), project graduate students/interns, and stakeholders.


Starting Date: July 2023-January 2024 (flexible)


More info including eligibility and to apply:

Review begins March 15, 2023.



About the Kansas Geological Survey... A research and service division of the University of Kansas, the Kansas Geological Survey studies the geology of Kansas, develops new techniques for exploring and analyzing geologic data, and produces and disseminates maps, reports, and scientific papers. The KGS, created in 1889, now has an annual state budget of approximately $6 million and employs more than 90 scientific researchers, technical support staff, and students engaged in a variety of disciplines, including geology, geophysics, energy resources, geohydrology, stratigraphy, geoarchaeology, GIS and computer science, and public outreach. In addition to core and data repositories at its headquarters in Lawrence, the KGS operates a well-sample library in Wichita that is a repository for rock samples from oil and gas wells drilled in the state. The KGS is organized into four research sections--energy research, geohydrology, geophysical exploration, and stratigraphic research--and a number of service sections. KGS researchers have available a variety of tools and equipment for the applied geosciences, including a state-of-the-art shallow seismic-reflection system, ground-penetrating radar, a direct-push unit, three drill rigs, well-logging unit, a distributed temperature sensing system, and electromagnetometers, as well as a rock-preparation lab and an analytical-chemistry lab. Technical support includes editing, publishing, and cartographic services and full-service support for a diverse array of computing platforms and software, GIS, and web applications. The KGS also houses and operates the Kansas Data Access and Support Center, an important source of state geospatial data. Further information about KGS activities can be found at KGS scientists are internationally recognized for their work in the applied geosciences. The staff includes four Fellows of the Geological Society of America, a Near-Surface Honorary Lecturer of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and a Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer of the National Ground Water Association. Current staff members have received the Kirk Bryan Award for Excellence from the Geological Society of America, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the University of Kansas Research Achievement Award as well as numerous awards for technical presentations, achievements, and noteworthy service contributions. About the city of Lawrence... A city of approximately 90,000, Lawrence is located on a rolling landscape 35 miles west of the major metropolitan area of Kansas City and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the cultural and athletic events of a university setting. For more information on Lawrence, please visit the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau or the City of Lawrence web pages. Safety and Crime on Campus The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online at or on paper by contacting the Dean of Students, 133 Strong Hall, 785/864-4160. The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and retaliation in the University's programs and activities. Access to information regarding equal opportunity and diversity worksite posters is available at or you may contact 785-864-4946 or for alternate access options. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY
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