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Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Associate Director for Research (00065958)

Official University Title: Associate or Senior Scientist

Starting Date: June 3, 2019

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin January 15, 2019.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time, permanent position with a 12-month appointment to an Academic Staff position (Faculty-equivalent at the University of Kansas,, subject to annual review. Benefits include university staff privileges; sabbatical eligibility; 22 days of vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, life insurance, and retirement program options.

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

Position Overview: The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) seeks an Associate Director for Research (ADR) to provide strategic collaborative research leadership that supports the KGS mission. Details about the KGS mission can be found at The ADR will report to the Director and interact with Senior-rank academic staff. The ADR will oversee approximately fourteen KGS Assistant and Associate-rank academic and scientific research staff, and their research programs. The ADR is expected to align the unique strengths of current KGS research programs with research trends and new innovative research opportunities. The ADR will convey research visions and opportunities through regular collaborative discussions with research staff. The ADR must promote a collaborative and supportive environment, and work with research staff to seek new and innovative funding opportunities. The ADR also 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 of Early Career KGS Researchers

40% Research

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in geosciences or closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated 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. Five or more years of supervisory/management experience in scientific programs and organizations.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work in a public policy setting, including work with legislators, state and local government officials, industry representatives, and the general public.
  3. Administration experience in a research university setting, particularly in terms of strategic planning.
  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 application profile and upload the following:

  1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications and position requirements.
  2. Curriculum vitae (with publication record).
  3. Contact information for three professional references.

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

Contact Information

Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey
Phone: (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 Oct. 31, 2018
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