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Hydrologic Data Scientist

Kansas Geological Survey
Lawrence, Kansas
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Dec 1, 2023

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Hydrology, GeoHealth
Career Level
Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
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The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) at the University of Kansas (KU) is seeking a hydrologic data scientist to develop and lead a research program of international stature using cutting-edge data science and geostatistical techniques to investigate water resources questions of relevance to Kansas. Specific areas of research expertise may include, but are not limited to: machine learning, deep learning, or artificial intelligence approaches applied to investigations of water resources; work on water quantity and/or quality in groundwater and/or surface water systems; assessment of subsurface hydrostratigraphy; and data-driven investigations of hydrogeology, hydrology, or ecohydrology in human-dominated landscapes. While these are areas of potential focus, demonstrated research excellence and future research potential are more important than the candidate’s specific area of specialization.


Scientists at the KGS are hard-funded, faculty-equivalent academic staff with sabbatical eligibility. Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs that are of international stature and highly relevant to Kansas, with similar standards to academic faculty in terms of research productivity, obtaining external funding to support projects, and advancement through ranks. Scientific staff also can teach and serve as advisors of graduate research, and typically have courtesy appointments with one or more academic departments. A candidate at the assistant scientist level is preferred, but exceptional applicants at the associate or senior scientist levels will also be considered.


Review begins November 13, 2023 and continues until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. For priority consideration, please apply by the review date. Tentative start date is summer or fall 2024, exact start date is negotiable.  KU NonDiscrimination/EO/AA Policy. For addition information about the position contact Sam Zipper,, and for HR questions and information contact Annette Delaney, Full job description and application instructions at KU Employment.


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