Geologist III

Job description

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to perform applied research and outreach on Quaternary geology, geomorphology, and near-surface geologic hazards such as landslides, debris flows, sinkholes, liquefaction, and fluvial erosion/sedimentation in Kentucky. Work will include responsibility for day-to-day operation of the KGS Digital Earth Analysis Lab; geomorphological, geochronological, and geohazard research relevant to Kentucky; and continuation of ongoing research collaborations, all in a manner consistent with the KGS and UK strategic plans. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in LiDAR based digital terrain modeling using large (e.g., statewide) data sets; geologic applications of structure-from-motion photogrammetry and/or UAV based LiDAR data; Quaternary dating methods; use of geologic information to support engineering and/or public policy decisions; economic analysis of geohazards and mitigation strategies; and/or publication of research in major journals.

Job Title
Geologist III

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
40520:KY Geological Survey

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

No experience required.

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting for long periods of time; and field work.


Monday-Friday; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Demonstrated proficiency in the use of modern computational tools such as Matlab, Mathematica, R, or Python, in addition to GIS, for advanced geologic data visualization, analysis, and/or simulation.

Demonstrated ability to work towards common goals as part of a high performance team.

Demonstrated potential to 1) publish research results in peer reviewed scientific journals, reports, and conference abstracts, 2) conceive and acquire outside funding for research projects relevant to Kentucky, 3) foster existing and develop new research collaborations within the university and the broader scientific community, and 4) engage in a program of continuous professional development leading to national or international stature in the candidate's field(s) of specialization.
Ability to perform laboratory work, geological fieldwork, and general office work in support of KGS research and outreach objectives. This may include fieldwork in rough terrain or inclement weather, occasional lifting of 50 lbs or more, and occasional overnight travel.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

PhD; and Driver's license preferred.

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?
    • GSA (Geological Society of America)
    • AGU (American Geophysical Union)
    • AWG (Association for Women Geoscientists)
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents





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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/15/2018
    Application Due: 2/13/2019
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