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Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Associate Director for Research/Associate or Senior Scientist (00065958)

Rank:Position rank will be Associate or Senior Scientist (Academic Staff), depending on experience and qualifications. Rank will be determined based on administrative experience, educational background, and research related experience within the field. Additional information in regard to expectations, rank and title is available at:

Starting Date: Position available October 1, 2014; exact starting date negotiable.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin June 15, 2014.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The associate director/associate scientist or associate director/senior scientist position is a full-time fiscal year appointment that reports to the Director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. The position is 'serve at the pleasure' under the authority of the Director of the Kansas Geological Survey. 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.

Position Overview: The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) seeks an Associate Director for Research/Associate or Senior Scientist who will be an integral part of the KGS administration. Primary responsibilities will be to provide advice and direction on research-related issues and assist in day-to-day operations of the KGS. The individual will be expected to lead an externally funded, active research program in an area relevant to Kansas. The KGS is a research and service division of the University of Kansas, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with KU faculty and students in other departments and research groups.


60% Administration
Assist in the day-to-day operations of the KGS. Represent the KGS at appropriate university, local, state, and national levels, as assigned by the Director. Advise the Director on research-related matters and direction for the KGS.
40% Research
Conduct and publish the results of fundamental and applied research of national stature and relevance to Kansas in geology, geohydrology, geophysics, petroleum geology, quaternary geology, sedimentology, or stratigraphy. Communicate the results of research in peer-reviewed publications and to both scientific and lay audiences. Develop research proposals for external funding.

Qualifications will be evaluated by the content and quality of the written application materials and relevant experience. Oral communication skills will be evaluated by interviews and by reference checks.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in geology or closely related geoscience field.
  2. Five years supervisory/management experience in scientific programs or organizations.
  3. Demonstrated success in geoscience research supported by a strong record of refereed publications.
  4. Record of success in obtaining significant external funding through competitive and merit-based processes.
  5. Research interests in areas relevant to Kansas.
  6. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. More than five years of supervisory/management experience in scientific programs or organizations.
  2. Administrative experience in a research university setting, particularly in terms of budgeting, human resources, and strategic planning.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work in a public policy setting, including work with legislators, state and local government officials, industry representatives, and the general public.
  4. Knowledge of natural resource issues related to Kansas geology.
  5. Demonstrated ability to explain technical topics to non-technical audiences, particularly in a public setting.

Application Procedure

Apply online at Complete the online faculty (academic staff) data form, and upload the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vitae (with publication record).
  3. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and emails of three professional references.

A complete application will consist of all the material in the application instructions.

Further Information

For further information about the position, or to recommend qualified candidates, contact Rex Buchanan at or 785-864-2106. For 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 April 2, 2014
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