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Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Geospatial Analyst (.75% FTE)

Official KU Title: Assistant Researcher (000534)

Tentative Start Date: Start August 13, 2018, or as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: Review begins July 30, 2018, position will remain open until filled.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Salary range is $28,000 - $30,000 for a .75 FTE appointment, depending on qualifications and experience. Part-time position, contingent on funding, subject to annual review. Benefits include university staff privileges; 22 days of vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, dental, life insurance, and retirement program options.

Position Overview: Research support work involves collection and analysis of geospatial data to (1) assess the effectiveness of streambank stabilization projects in eastern Kansas, including assessing the spatial patterns of erosion and deposition, and to (2) assist in the production of geologic maps in south-central Kansas, including identifying surface faults and lineaments from aerial imagery, generating and maintaining geospatial databases, and cartographic editing.

Job duties

50% Actively participate in the monitoring of streambank erosion and evaluating the effectiveness of streambank stabilization projects in eastern Kansas. Research involves (1) data collection in the field with KGS Unmanned Aerial Systems and RTK GPS total station and (2) data analysis, including creation of georeferenced orthomosaic imagery and 3D models. Some publication and presentation of findings to peer community will be necessary. Interaction with other state agencies and local landowners may be necessary.

40% Assist with field-based surficial geologic mapping of Harper, Sumner and Cowley counties by the Stratigraphic Research section as needed. Actively participate in the identification of surface faults and lineaments in south-central Kansas using geospatial data, including LiDAR and other aerial imagery, and GIS software in support of surficial geologic mapping and Energy section research associated with induced seismicity as needed.

10% Assist Cartographic Services with the editing/populating geology databases and production of surficial geologic maps as needed.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of position requirements will be made through information provided (1) in resume/CV, (2) in cover letter, (3) in the interview, and (4) from professional references.

  1. Bachelor's degree in geosciences or related field.
  2. Advanced skill level in the use of GIS software; primarily those tools and operations comprising the ArcGIS system platform.
  3. Previous academic or professional experience with geo-rectifying geospatial data for the purposes of use in GIS analysis.
  4. Previous academic or professional experience manipulating and analyzing LiDAR imagery.
  5. Previous academic or professional experience with Unmanned Aerial Systems, including planning and executing flight missions.
  6. Previous experience with the production of surficial geologic maps.

Position Requirements

  1. Valid Class "C" driver's license at onset of employment.
  2. Ability to travel away from home-base for extended periods of time.
  3. Ability to work outside in possibly extreme conditions.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Research or fieldwork experience in the geologic units comprising the physiographic provinces of the Flint Hills, Wellington-McPherson Lowlands, Arkansas River Lowlands and the Osage Cuesta regions of Kansas.
  2. Prior experience using Agisoft Photoscan and Applied Imagery Quick Terrain Modeler software.

Application Procedure

Apply online at Complete the University of Kansas Unclassified Professional Staff profile and upload the required material:

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

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

Further Information

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

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Placed online July 6, 2018
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