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KGS Water Resources Section Head Vacancy Posted by UK Jobs

The Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky is seeking a person to lead the Water Resources Section as head and senior scientist. This person will direct research and service programs, develop programs, seek grant opportunities, coordinate with other agencies, supervise staff, manage budgets and equipment, and publish reports.

Responsibilities: The Water Resources Section is responsible for research on groundwater, including karst, fracture and granular aquifers, and water quantity and quality. KGS maintains the Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository and participates in the Kentucky Groundwater Monitoring Network (a consortium of State agencies). Groundwater researchers in the section investigate groundwater in Kentucky in a variety of geologic settings. The section utilizes field equipment to detect and investigate groundwater and collaborates with outside agencies involved in groundwater research.

Qualification: The minimum requirements for this position are a Ph.D. and 6 years of experience (10 years preferred) in hydrogeology, groundwater research, karst hydrology, geochemistry and/or geophysical technique or an equivalent combination of education and related experience. It is highly desired that the person be eligible for professional geologist registration in Kentucky. Applicant must have knowledge of one or more areas, including: hydrogeology, groundwater research and testing, aquifer and well testing, karst hydrology, geochemistry, and/or geophysical techniques applied to groundwater research, and demonstrated ability to collect and compile hydrogeologic data, perform analysis, develop working hypotheses, and produce scientific results. Applicant must have leadership skills, experience supervising and managing researchers and research projects, writing grant proposals, creating budgets, and presenting results of research to scientific and professional audiences, and good communication skills to foster cooperative, open, and productive relationships with coworkers, subordinates, superiors, outside experts, and government and industry officials. The work of this position takes place in both office and field settings. The applicant must be able to sit for extended periods and operate computers using mouse and keyboard and routine office and specialized software. The applicant must be able to drive and travel to field work and conferences requiring overnight stays of up to a week. The applicant must be familiar with field equipment, including pumps, samplers, and groundwater tools of various kinds and advise staff in safety and operation procedures. Applicant must have experience supervising and managing researchers and research projects.

Position: This is a regular, full-time professional position. The start date is negotiable after the close of this search. Apply online for requisition number SC541199 at The deadline to apply is Sunday, 9/30/2012. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of application that details qualification noted above, resume, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. Upon offer of employment, successful applicant for certain positions must undergo a national background check and pre-employment drug screen as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources. The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from minorities and women.