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Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Petroleum Geoscientist (2 positions)

Rank: Academic staff rank of Assistant or entry-level Associate Scientist, depending on qualifications. Rank will be based on educational background and research related experience within the field. Additional information regarding expectations in regard to rank and title is available in the KGS Academic Promotion Guidelines (Adobe Acrobat PDF file).

Position Overview: The Energy Research Section of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) conducts fundamental and applied energy research significant to Kansas. The section currently has five professionals with additional support personnel and graduate students. Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs of national stature and relevance to Kansas. Present areas of research include: geologic sequestration of CO2; CO2-enhanced oil recovery techniques; injection-induced seismicity; provenance studies; thermochronology; regional stratigraphy/modeling; reservoir characterization/modeling/flow simulation; outcrop analog studies for improved subsurface characterization; reservoir and spatial data analysis/geostatistics; 3-dimensional attributes of karst reservoirs; wireline-log petrophysics; lithofacies controls on petrophysical properties; enhanced recovery techniques for transition zones; and coal-bed methane, shale gas, and low-BTU gas.

Starting Date: Exact starting date negotiable.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin September 1, 2017, and will remain open until both positions are filled.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Starting salary negotiable depending on qualifications. Full-time, permanent position with 12-month appointment to faculty-equivalent staff at The University of Kansas, subject to annual review. Benefits include university staff privileges; sabbatical eligibility; 22 days vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, life insurance, and retirement program options.


(70%) Research

(30%) Service

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) record of accomplishments in resume/curriculum vitae, (2) descriptions of research and educational experiences in cover letter, (3) information from professional references, and (4) college transcripts.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Geoscience or related field.
  2. Experience in petroleum related research.
  3. Demonstrated experience working with subsurface data such as core, well logs, and geophysical data.
  4. Experience that demonstrates ability to lead and develop/implement a research program.
  5. Record of high-quality written and oral presentations, including peer-reviewed publications.
  6. Experience that demonstrates interest and ability for scientific leadership at state, national, and international levels.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Background that complements and supplements existing strengths in energy research at the Kansas Geological Survey and the University of Kansas.
  2. Experience with field, laboratory, or model based petroleum research programs.
  3. Demonstrated ability working on team-oriented multidisciplinary research.
  4. Knowledge of U.S. midcontinent geology, geography, natural resources, and related issues.
  5. Demonstrated experience or ability to establish industry partnerships.
  6. Record of securing research funding.
  7. Demonstrated experience or ability to develop relationships with external constituencies, including the public, university, government, and private sector organizations.

Application Procedure

Apply online at Complete the online faculty (academic-staff) application, and upload the following information:

  1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vitae (with publication record).
  3. College transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable for application package. Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts.
  4. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and emails of three professional references.

Further Information

For further technical information about the position, contact Eugene Holubnyak at or Tandis Bidgoli at

For further information about other aspects of the position, contact Annette Delaney at or (785) 864-2152.

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 and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.

Placed online June 8, 2017
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