Geologist IV

Lexington, KY
Sep 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Kentucky Geological Survey is seeking a highly motivated and experienced hydrogeologist to work independently, and in collaboration with other researchers, to investigate and characterize groundwater occurrence and quality in karst and fractured-bedrock aquifers, and to successfully undertake and conduct research into other areas of hydrogeology or hydrology pertinent to water resources and environmental issues in Kentucky, and of regional, national, and international scientific-technical interest and relevance.
As a KGS representative, the hydrogeologist is expected to develop close working relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and other non-governmental stakeholders involved with Kentucky water resources management and environmental protection. Principle duties are expected to include: 1) design and execution of scientifically advanced hydrogeologic investigations, particularly in karst and fractured-sedimentary bedrock terrane, including the development of new initiatives via grant proposals; 2) project data collection, analysis, and management, including implementation of proper quality assurance and archival methods; 3) communication of research results through timely publications and public presentations to diverse audiences; and 4) serving as a student research or thesis/dissertation committee advisor. Necessary field skills include, but are not limited to, conducting water-tracing tests and other aquifer tests, collecting groundwater and surface water samples for water-quality or geochemical analysis, installing and maintaining hydrological monitoring equipment, and collecting spring discharge or water-level measurements.

Please attach the following required documents:
(1) Resume
(2) Cover Letter
(3) At least 1, or up to 3, publications you were a contributing author on (upload under Writing Sample)
(4) Names and contact information for 3 references who can address skills relevant to this position (upload under Specific Request 1)

Job Title
Geologist IV

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
40520:KY Geological Survey

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

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Required Related Experience

3 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting at a computer workstation for extended periods of time and performing repetitive motion tasks.Ability to lift objects up to 50 lbs. on occasion, to independently navigate rough terrain, and to work under variable and inclement weather or field conditions. Intermittent job-related travel.


Monday -Friday; 8:00 am -5:00pm; additional hours as needed.


Eligibility to obtain a Kentucky PG or PE license is strongly preferred.

Driver's license preferred.

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Preferred Education/Experience

Minimum of PhD degree in geology, civil engineering, or related field, specializing in hydrogeologic or hydrologic research, and with particular expertise in the investigation and characterization of karst and fractured-bedrock aquifers. A demonstrable record of successful research project development and management, scientific publication, and research team collaboration, is required. Experience in conducting water-tracing tests, especially using fluorescent dye tracers, and groundwater or water-quality sampling is essential. Expertise in hydrologic field instrumentation and use of advanced methods of numerical or statistical hydrogeological data modeling and analysis is highly desirable. A valid driver's license is also required for this position.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Geological Society of America)
    • (American Goephysical Union)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Specific Request 1
Optional Documents


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