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Sample Processing Research Aide - Located in Wichita, KS

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Receive and process rock cuttings from oil and gas wells as submitted by Kansas Oil and Gas operating companies. For more information about the KGS Kansas Geologic Sample Repository (KGSR), visit

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe BenefitsFull-time position with benefits, subject to a six-month probation and annual performance reviews. Position is contingent on funding with a one-year appointment, subject to renewal. Salary $31,200 ($15.00 per hour). KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 22 days of paid vacation earned per year, 12 days of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options, and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work! The University actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groupsKansas Geological SurveyA research and service division of the University of Kansas, the Kansas Geological Survey studies the geology of Kansas, develops new techniques for exploring and analyzing geologic data, and produces and disseminates maps, reports, and scientific papers. The KGS, created in 1889, employs more than 90 scientific researchers and technical support staff, and approximately 35 students, engaged in a variety of disciplines, including geophysics, energy resources, geohydrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, petroleum geology, Quaternary geology, geoarchaeology, GIS and computer science, and public outreach. In addition to core and data repositories at its headquarters in Lawrence, the KGS operates a facility in Wichita that is a repository for rock samples from oil and gas wells drilled in the state.The KGS is organized into four research areas — energy research, geohydrology, geophysical exploration, and stratigraphic research — and a number of service sections. KGS researchers have available a variety of tools, equipment, and labs for the applied geosciences, including a state-of-the-art shallow seismic-reflection system, ground-penetrating radar, a direct-push unit, three drill rigs, well-logging unit, a distributed temperature sensing system, and electromagnetometers, as well as a core storage facility, the W. Lynn Watney Core Laboratory, a petrophysical core analysis lab, a soil and sediment laboratory, and an analytical chemistry lab.For more information about the KGS, visit our website: Job Description50% Sample Inspection & Processing:
  • Process and label samples according to depth, circulation, and skips.
  • Record depth interval, interval feet, circulations, and skips on sample processing form. Accuracy is of great importance; errors render samples un-locatable and negate the value of the well samples. Unless directed by Geology Research Technician or KGSR manager, all samples are processed on the production line conveyor belt.

20% Sample Labels:
  • Accurately enter sample and well data using assigned workstation, print labels, and attach labels to sample envelopes.

15% Library Sample Box Maintenance:
  • Utilize a database to record information on library sample box maintenance.
  • Replace damage sample boxes, insuring the replacement sample box ID is the same ID as the damaged box, and replace the new box in the original location on the warehouse bulk storage racks. When sample envelopes in the damaged box are also damaged, the sample envelopes will be replaced with new envelopes and labels duplicating well sample data on old envelopes. When re-boxing or re-enveloping any wells samples, the original labels must be checked for accuracy against the well sample database and when necessary another source may be used, such as completion cards, drillers' logs, wireline log headers, etc. and any corrections made to the labels will be reported to the Geology Research Technician or the Administrative Assistant to update the well sample database.
5%: Storage & Placement:
  • Place filled sample boxes sequentially in appropriate location on warehouse bulk storage racks.
  • Maintain confidential status for samples approved by the Kansas Corporation Commission and label confidential.

5%: Requested Samples:
  • Retrieve and replace sample boxes per loan requests.
  • Prepare sample boxes for customers and give identification to the Geology Research Technician or Administrative Assistant to record in database and invoice customer. When needed, query the database to obtain sample box identification of samples for specific oil or gas well.
  • Remove sample boxes requested for examination from warehouse bulk storage rack and place on pickup table in KGSR entryway or take to examination room if samples are to be examined on site. Prepare and package wells samples for shipping to clients.
  • Place all boxes returned to the library on the sample intake table located in the sample processing room for Geology Research Technician to check in. Once checked in, return boxes to the proper location on the warehouse bulk storage racks.

5%: Maintenance, Supply, & Repair:
  • Cut and trim grass using tractor lawn mower and cordless trimmer/edger.
  • Remove snow from sidewalk, driveway, and parking lot.
  • Pick up materials from Kansas Geological Society, Wichita State University and other places using state-owned vehicle.
  • Perform preventative maintenance within capability of assigned equipment and facilities to include touch-up painting of walls, repairing minor faucet leaks, etc. and driving vehicle to and from dealer repair shop. Report needed repairs to Geology Research Technician or manager prior to performing repairs.
  • Dust, mop, clean floors, restrooms, and empty waste baskets.
  • Assist in loading or unloading state and commercial vehicles and placing received items on shelves or pallets using electric forklift or manual labor.
Position Requirements
  1. Valid driver's license at onset of employment for ability to drive state vehicle, as needed.
  2. Stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, frequently lift and move up to 30 pounds with or without accommodation, and occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation.
  3. Exposure to wet or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and outside weather conditions.
  4. Exposure to moving mechanical parts, extreme cold, extreme heat, slight risk of electrical shock, and occasional vibration.
  5. Low to moderate noise level in the work environment.
  6. Use of protective clothing or gear and specific safety standards or procedures as necessary.
Required Qualifications
  1. High School Diploma/GED Equivalency
  2. Related Experience or classroom study.
  3. Good written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
  4. One year of computer experience, including PC experience with internet browsers and software applications similar to Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Knowledge of basic geological and oil and gas terminologies.
  2. Basic map-reading skills and working knowledge of public land survey system.
Additional Candidate InstructionsOnly complete applications are accepted. A complete application consists of the online application and the following attachments:
  1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications and position requirements.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for two professional references.
Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin September 13, 2021, and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is received. Contact Information to ApplicantsAnnette Delaney
[email protected]
785-864-2152 Advertised Salary Range$15 per hour Work Schedule8-5, M-F Application Review Begins13-Sep-2021 Anticipated Start Date20-Sep-2021


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