Hydrogeochemist/Water Quality Modeler

Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas | Posted Oct 12, 2023

Deadline: Nov 13, 2023

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The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) conducts fundamental and applied research significant to Kansas. Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs of international stature and relevant to Kansas. The individual in this position will develop and lead a research program centered around studying subsurface hydrogeochemical processes from the site- to regional-scale using numerical modeling approaches, potentially complemented by field- and laboratory-based study. Areas of research could include, but not be limited to: hydrogeochemical characterization of sedimentary aquifer systems; simulation of groundwater flow and solute transport processes; surface-water/groundwater interactions; contaminant transport and source identification. While these are areas of potential focus, demonstrated research excellence and future research potential are more important than the candidate’s specific area of specialization.

Scientists at the KGS are hard-funded, faculty-equivalent academic staff with sabbatical eligibility. Scientific staff are expected to develop research programs that are of international stature and highly relevant to Kansas, with similar standards to academic faculty in terms of research productivity, obtaining external funding to support projects, and advancement through ranks. Scientific staff also can teach and serve as advisors of graduate research, and typically have courtesy appointments with one or more academic departments. A candidate at the assistant scientist level is preferred, but exceptional applicants at the associate or senior scientist levels will also be considered.

About the KGS and KU:
The KGS is a research and service center at KU that conducts fundamental and applied research significant to Kansas. Within the KGS, the Geohydrology program conducts research on hydrologic and hydrogeochemical systems ranging in scale from site-specific to river basin and regional aquifers. The Geohydrology program has ~20 individuals including five full-time scientists, technical support personnel, graduate students, and postdocs. Current areas of research include: physical, stratigraphic, and geochemical characterization of sedimentary aquifer systems; surface-water/groundwater interactions; solute fate & transport in river networks; spatial data analysis/geostatistics; assessment of sustainable yields in complex hydrologic systems; simulation of flow and transport processes; technology for subsurface characterization; quantifying impacts of withdrawals and conservation strategies on water resources; and human-water interactions. KGS maintains an analytical laboratory that is equipped for measuring core water quality constituents and is staffed by a part-time lab director. The group 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 located on the KU campus amidst the rolling hills of Lawrence, Kansas. KU is an international, R1 research university, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Big 12 conference, and the flagship university for the state of Kansas. KU has a large water and environmental research community spread across campus with many opportunities for collaboration, including with the Departments of Geology; Geography and Atmospheric Science; Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; and the Kansas Biological Survey. Lawrence is an eclectic town of ~100,000 people along the banks of the beautiful Kansas River with an excellent cultural scene, historic downtown, cutting-edge library, farmers market, and many delicious restaurants. Outdoor opportunities around town including biking, hiking, and boating.

Review begins November 13, 2023. Start summer or fall 2024, exact start date is negotiable.