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Applied Carbonate Geologist, University of Kentucky

The Kentucky Geological Survey, a research center within the University of Kentucky, is looking for an applied carbonate geologist.

The person who fills this position will lead our research and service efforts in industrial minerals geology and provide carbonate geology expertise to other KGS scientists working in areas such as karst hydrogeology, petroleum geology and carbon sequestration, geologic hazards, geologic mapping, and 3D database development. In the course of developing an active research program, he or she will be responsible for acquiring, organizing, and interpreting geological, geochemical, geophysical, economic, and engineering data to better understand the history, spatial variability, physical and chemical properties, and beneficial uses of limestone and related rocks in Kentucky. He or she will develop productive working relationships with industry, academic, and community stakeholders; perform research on the geology, economics, environmental impacts, and sustainability of limestone and other industrial mineral resources in Kentucky; and maintain the KGS limestone database. Preference will be given to applicants with documented experience in industrial mineral economics; mine or quarry planning and development; environmental and sustainability analyses; commercial uses of carbonate and non-carbonate industrial minerals and resources; applied geostatistics; and/or modern methods of engineering rock mass characterization applicable to sedimentary rocks in Kentucky.

This position requires:
• A Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of appointment AND at least one degree in geology, geosciences or geological sciences.
• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of modern computational tools such as Matlab, Mathematica, R, or Python—as well as GIS, remote sensing, and/or mine planning software—for advanced geologic data visualization, analysis, and/or simulation.
• Demonstrated ability to work towards common goals as part of a high performance team, including development of productive working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
• 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.

About KGS
The Kentucky Geological Survey is a research center within the University of Kentucky, with an organizational history stretching back to 1838. With main offices on the UK campus in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, KGS comprises about 50 FTE scientists and support staff engaged in a wide range of geological research and service activities beneficial to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This includes active collaborations with colleagues in the UK Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, Plant and Soil Sciences, Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, as well as the UK College of Nursing and other research centers such as the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and the UK Center for Applied Energy Research. Most KGS doctoral-level scientists have adjunct faculty appointments that offer optional opportunities for teaching and advising. UK, an R1 research university with 16 degree-granting colleges and more than 200 academic programs, is one of only eight institutions in the country with liberal arts, engineering, professional, agricultural, and medical colleges and disciplines on one contiguous campus. Lexington is a midsize city of 300,000+ people that offers a wide range of cultural, social, and recreational amenities in addition to easy commuting and an affordable cost of living. Please visit for additional information about KGS.

To apply for job #RE17838 Geologist III (Applied Carbonate Geologist), submit a UK Online Application at

If you have any questions, contact HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555, then press 2. Application deadline is June 2, 2019.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.