Kansas Geological Survey Associate Director for Research

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The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) seeks an Associate Director for Research (ADR) to provide strategic collaborative research leadership that supports the KGS mission.

The ADR will oversee approximately 14 KGS Assistant and Associate-rank academic and scientific research staff, and their research programs.  The ADR is expected to align the unique strengths of current KGS research programs with research trends and new innovative research opportunities.   The ADR will convey research visions and opportunities through regular collaborative discussions with research staff.   The ADR must promote a collaborative and supportive environment, and work with research staff to seek new and innovative funding opportunities.  The ADR also will be expected to lead an externally funded, active research program in an area relevant to Kansas.  The KGS is a research and service division of the University of Kansas, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with KU faculty and students in other departments and research groups.

*Required Qualifications

Qualifications will be evaluated by the content and quality of the written application materials and relevant experience.  Oral communication skills will be evaluated by interviews and by reference checks. 


Ph.D. in geosciences or closely related field.

Demonstrated supervisory/management experience in scientific programs or organizations.

Demonstrated success in geoscience research supported by a strong record of refereed publications.

Record of success in obtaining significant external funding through competitive and merit-based processes.

Research interests in areas relevant to Kansas.

Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.

*Preferred Qualifications

Five or more years of supervisory/management experience in scientific programs or organizations.

Demonstrated ability to work in a public policy setting, including work with legislators, state and local government officials, industry representatives, and the general public.

Administration experience in a research university setting, particularly in terms of strategic planning.

Knowledge of natural resource issues related to Kansas geology.

Demonstrated ability to explain technical topics to non-technical audiences, particularly in a public setting.

*Contact Information to Applicants

For further information about the position, or to recommend qualified candidates, contact Rolfe Mandel at mandel@ku.edu or 785-864-2171. 

For information about other aspects of the position, contact Annette Delaney, HR, at adelaney@ku.edu or 785-864-2152.

Review of application material will begin January 15, 2019 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool is assembled. 




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