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Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Scientific Programmer (00008290)

KU Title: Programmer I

Starting Date: Position available as soon as possible; exact starting date negotiable.

Application Deadline: Review begins March 31, 2014, and will continue until position is filled.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Annual salary $46,000 - $48,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Full-time, regular position with 12-month appointment to unclassified professional staff at the University of Kansas, contingent on funding; limited-term for one-year with the possibility of a second year. Position is subject to six-month probationary period and annual reviews. Benefits include 22 days vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, dental, life insurance, and retirement program options; and University staff privileges.

Section Overview

Exploration Services develops and uses several techniques to provide information about the subsurface, working to come up with less expensive, less invasive methods of providing images of the underground. This includes innovative methods of high resolution shallow seismic reflection and surface wave. The section also provides drilling in support of water, petroleum, and basic subsurface research. An active program in the maintenance and rehabilitation of wells drilled by the Kansas Geological Survey is also part of this section.

This section also runs a program designed to monitor changes and identify regional trends in the High Plains, Dakota, and alluvial aquifers. The Water Well Project annually measures about 1,380 wells in 47 central and western Kansas counties.

In addition, as part of their work, this section has developed WinSeis and SurfSeis software for processing data generated by seismic reflection and for monitoring wells in Kansas.


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Required Qualifications

  1. BS degree in computer science or related field.
  2. At least two years of current or previous proven experience programming in C/C++.
  3. Background in numerical methods.
  4. Proven experience in writing GUIs.
  5. Prior experience working unsupervised as evidenced by application materials.
  6. Good communication skills as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in programming using C++ Builder.
  2. Experience in critically reviewing existing scientific-algorithms implementations.
  3. Experience with Fortran and Linux.
  4. Knowledge of other programming trends such as VBA/VB and/or C#, and the possibility to use them with C++ Builder.
  5. Readable code writing skills.

Application Procedure

Apply online at, search by keyword Scientific Programmer (Quick Link). Complete the KU application and upload the following as one PDF document:

  1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications;
  2. Resume;
  3. Contact information for 3 professional references.

A complete application will consist of all items above; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application inquiries:

Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey
Phone: (785) 864-2152
Fax: (785) 864-5317

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Placed online March 15, 2014
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