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Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Hydrogeochemist (00008370)

Rank: Academic staff rank of Assistant or entry-level Associate Scientist, depending on qualifications. Rank will be determined based on educational background and research related experience within the field. Additional information regarding expectations in regard to rank and title is available at

Position Overview: The Geohydrology Section of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) is seeking an individual to lead hydrogeochemical investigations. The Geohydrology Section conducts both fundamental and applied research on hydrologic and hydrogeochemical systems ranging in scale from site-specific to the river basin and regional aquifer level. The section has six full-time professionals with additional support personnel. Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs that are of national stature and of great relevance to Kansas. Areas of research include: physical, stratigraphic, and geochemical characterization of sedimentary aquifer systems; surface-water/groundwater interactions; spatial data analysis/geostatistics; assessment of recharge and sustainable yields in complex hydrologic systems; simulation of flow and transport processes; technology for subsurface characterization; contaminant transport and source identification; and groundwater thermometry. Section resources related to the position include a water chemistry lab, equipped for determination of inorganic constituents, and a part-time analytical assistant. Activities of the Geohydrology Section are complemented by researchers in other sections of the KGS whose interests include surface geophysical methods, geologic characterization, and petroleum generation/migration. The section maintains a program of public information and education, and has extensive interactions with water research and management entities at the state, local, and federal levels. The KGS is a research and service unit of The University of Kansas (KU), thereby providing opportunities to collaborate with KU faculty and students in other departments and research groups. Scientific staff may also have the opportunity to teach and serve as advisors of graduate research. Further information about section activities can be found at

Starting Date: Position available January 2018; exact starting date negotiable.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin September 30, 2017.

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.


Lead and coordinate KGS activities focused on water quality and hydrogeology (75%):
Conduct fundamental and applied research on groundwater quality and hydrogeology that is both of national stature and highly relevant to Kansas. Communicate the results of research in peer-reviewed publications and to both scientific and lay audiences. Develop research proposals for external funding.
Support KGS efforts in the areas of technical service and communication, education, and public information (15%).
Oversee laboratory and supervise laboratory manager/chemical analyst shared with KU Department of Geology (10%).

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. degree in natural sciences with an emphasis on aqueous geochemistry related to groundwater resources. Degree must be completed prior to appointment start date.
  2. Research/publications on the application of geochemistry and hydrogeology to determination of sources, transport, and fate of natural and/or anthropogenic constituents in groundwater.
  3. Strong theoretical training supplemented with practical field experience.
  4. Demonstrated ability or potential to provide scientific leadership in research on water quality.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Strong background in hydrogeochemistry applied to regional-scale groundwater investigations.
  2. Experience with groundwater quality in unconsolidated and consolidated sedimentary aquifers.
  3. Experience in groundwater-surface-water interactions controlling water quality.
  4. Experience in assessment of aquifer sustainability.
  5. Documented ability to publish in peer-reviewed outlets.

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 Geoff Bohling at or Don Whittemore 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 May 1, 2017
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