Hydrologic Data Scientist (Geohydrology Program)
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Develop and lead a research program with an emphasis on data-driven
investigations of water resources. Conduct fundamental and applied
research on hydrologic data science/geostatistics that is both of
international stature and highly relevant to Kansas. Communicate
the results of research in peer-reviewed publications and to both
scientific and lay audiences. Develop research proposals for
Service to the institution, university, and discipline such as:
support KGS efforts in the areas of technical service and
communication and public information; interact with public,
university, government, and industry; participate in in
professional scientific and industrial organizations; serve on
University and KGS committees and organizations as assigned or in
response to opportunities; participate with other KGS personnel in
professional and governmental organizations that deal with Kansas
and US water resources; work with students and visiting scientists
when it complements and enhances research programs.
Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)
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- Ph.D. degree in natural sciences, engineering, or data science
with a focus on water resources and/or hydrogeology. Degree must be
completed prior to appointment start date.
- Experience applying advanced data science techniques to
investigate water resource problems, including working with and
interpreting hydrologic or hydrogeologic data.
- Strong quantitative theoretical training and demonstrated
commitment to collaborative research.
- Demonstrated ability or potential to provide scientific
leadership in research on hydrologic data science.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, evidenced by a
record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
A-Unclassified Academic Staff
Advertised Salary Range
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
- Experience working in interdisciplinary collaborative research
- Experience with human-dominated landscapes such as agriculture,
rangeland, or urban areas.
- Experience interacting with stakeholders such as water
managers, state agencies, NGOs, or the public.
The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) at the University of Kansas (KU)
is seeking a hydrologic data scientist to develop and lead a
research program of international stature using cutting-edge data
science and geostatistical techniques to investigate water
resources questions of relevance to Kansas. Specific areas of
research expertise may include, but are not limited to: machine
learning, deep learning, or artificial intelligence approaches
applied to investigations of water resources; work on water
quantity and/or quality in groundwater and/or surface water
systems; assessment of subsurface hydrostratigraphy; and
data-driven investigations of hydrogeology, hydrology, or
ecohydrology in human-dominated landscapes. While these are areas
of potential focus, demonstrated research excellence and future
research potential are more important than the candidate’s specific
area of specialization.
Scientists at the KGS are hard-funded, faculty-equivalent academic
staff with sabbatical eligibility. Scientific staff are expected to
develop research programs that are of international stature and
highly relevant to Kansas, with similar standards to academic
faculty in terms of research productivity, obtaining external
funding to support projects, and advancement through ranks.
Scientific staff also can teach and serve as advisors of graduate
research, and typically have courtesy appointments with one or more
academic departments. A candidate at the assistant scientist level
is preferred, but exceptional applicants at the associate or senior
scientist levels will also be considered.
About the KGS and KU:
The KGS is a research and service center at KU that conducts
fundamental and applied research significant to Kansas. Within the
KGS, the Geohydrology program conducts research on hydrologic and
hydrogeochemical systems ranging in scale from site-specific to
river basin and regional aquifers. The Geohydrology program has ~20
individuals including five full-time scientists, technical support
personnel, graduate students, and postdocs. Current areas of
research include: physical, stratigraphic, and geochemical
characterization of sedimentary aquifer systems;
surface-water/groundwater interactions; solute fate & transport
in river networks; spatial data analysis/geostatistics; assessment
of sustainable yields in complex hydrologic systems; simulation of
flow and transport processes; technology for subsurface
characterization; quantifying impacts of withdrawals and
conservation strategies on water resources; and human-water
interactions. The group maintains a program of public information
and education and has extensive interactions with water research
and management entities at the state, local, and federal
The KGS is located on the KU campus amidst the rolling hills of
Lawrence, Kansas. KU is an international, R1 research university, a
member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Big 12
conference, and the flagship university for the state of Kansas. KU
has a large water and environmental research community spread
across campus with many opportunities for collaboration, including
with the Departments of Geology; Geography and Atmospheric Science;
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering; Ecology &
Evolutionary Biology; and the Kansas Biological Survey. Lawrence is
an eclectic town of ~100,000 people along the banks of the
beautiful Kansas River with an excellent cultural scene, historic
downtown, cutting-edge library, farmers market, and many delicious
restaurants. Outdoor opportunities around town including biking,
hiking, and boating. The big-city vibes and international airport
of Kansas City are less than an hour away.
Review begins November 13, 2023. Start summer or fall 2024, exact
start date is negotiable.
Application Review Begins
Anticipated Start Date
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete online application consists of:
- Cover letter detailing research experience, interests, and how
the candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications (not
to exceed 3 pages)
- Full C.V.
- A peer-reviewed publication the applicant believes showcases
their research interests and expertise.
- Contact information for 3 professional references.
Review begins November 13, 2023 and continues until a qualified
pool of applicants is identified. For priority consideration,
please apply by the review date. Tentative start date is summer or
fall 2024, exact start date is negotiable.
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