Geoscience Communication and Outreach

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Geoscience Communication and Outreach
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Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
July 14, 2019


The Kentucky Geological Survey seeks applications for a position emphasizing geoscience communication, outreach, policy support, and economics within the context of our state mandated mission and our internal vision to be the primary source of geoscience information for and about Kentucky. We are looking for someone who will, in addition to excelling at day-to-day communications and outreach responsibilities at the survey, develop an active and collaborative research program on geoscience communication; the use of geoscience information for policy, planning, or engineering decision support and risk minimization; and/or the economic value of publicly available geoscience information.

The position requires:

A PhD in a relevant field and at least three years of professional experience.

Demonstrated ability to (1) perform publishable research leading to papers in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at major scientific conferences, (2) collaborate towards common goals as part of a diverse high performance team, (3) prepare complex proposals and budgets for scientific or engineering projects, and (4) perform general office work in support of KGS research and outreach objectives (this may include occasional lifting of 50 lb or more and occasional overnight travel).

Demonstrated potential to (1) conceive and acquire outside funding for research projects relevant to Kentucky and the KGS mission, (2) develop and foster mutually beneficial collaborations within the University of Kentucky and the broader scientific community, (3) engage KGS stakeholders in conversations about the value of publicly available scientific information and their information needs (including social media), and (4) embark on a program of continuous professional development leading to national or international stature in the candidate's field of specialization.

Preferred qualifications are (1) professional experience in marketing and/or public/government/client relations within a scientific or technical organization and/or (2) one or more degrees in some aspect of geoscience or significant professional experience working in a geoscience organization.

About KGS

The Kentucky Geological Survey is a research center within the University of Kentucky, with an organizational history stretching back to the first publicly funded geological reconnaissance of Kentucky in 1838. With main offices on the UK campus in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region, KGS comprises 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 about 300,000+ people that offers a wide range of cultural, social, educational, and recreational amenities in addition to easy commuting and an affordable cost of living. Please visit for additional information about KGS.

To be considered for this position, individuals must submit a UK Jobs application through the following quicklink:

The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 14th, 2019.

For questions, contact University of Kentucky HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555 press 2.

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.