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Fellow (Post Doc) (Geology)

Apply now Department: 3670020120 Geology
Job no: 509667
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Natural / Quantitative Sciences
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Geology at Kansas State University invites applications for a 12-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, term appointment, Fellow (Post Doc) position beginning February 2021. We are seeking an enthusiastic and versatile geophysicist/geodynamicist to contribute to our growing research in the broad area of mantle dynamics. It is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to new and exciting research avenues that complement existing research efforts, participate in the development of a vigorous, externally funded research program in support of those activities and publish results in peer-reviewed journals. 

Mantle convection is at the origin of numerous processes occurring at the surface of the Earth (plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes). We are offering a postdoctoral position to conduct numerical modeling of mantle convection based on recent seismic tomography models. The outputs of the geodynamical model will be compared to surface observations such as topography, geoid and gravity anomalies, and to indicators of lithospheric stress, such as the seismicity (focal mechanisms, and orientation of the T and P-axis), GPS velocities, stress, and strain. The position may be renewed beyond one-year pending availability of funds.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Geology (http://www.ksu.edu/geology) currently includes 10 tenure-track/tenured faculty, 25 M.S. students, and around 50 undergraduate majors.  Existing research strengths include: petroleum geology, geophysics, sedimentary geology, groundwater and surface-water hydrology, geomicrobiology, isotope geochemistry, geochronology, surficial processes, and igneous petrology.

We currently occupy an attractive older building and continue to implement an ongoing program of renovation to modernize laboratory and classroom space. However, the university is also actively pursuing funding for a new Geosciences building (http://www.k-state.edu/geology/) that will provide the space our department needs to continue to grow.  Analytical and computational resources exist within the department and across campus. See for example, http://www.ksu.edu/directories/research-facilities.html .  We have a supportive alumni group that helps to provide research and travel funds for our students. Opportunities for collaboration within the university exist with faculty members in the departments of Geology, Agronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Agronomy, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Geography.

The programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are central to K-State’s historic and present missions.  The College contains more than 20 departments and offers several special programs and secondary majors.  With more than 7,000 students, it attracts the largest enrollment of any K-State college.  It also offers approximately 85 percent of all freshman courses and 65 percent of all credits taught.  The University is aggressively implementing a plan to be nationally recognized as a top 50 public research university by 2025. K-State is a Land Grant University and has been ranked among the top state and private institutions of higher education in Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986. The current enrollment is over 22,000 students.

Kansas State University is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. K-State is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. Kansas State University is an EOE of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

The Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks to foster diversity in a commitment to recruit, retain and resource peoples historically under-represented in university education in the United States. Fostering diversity goes beyond increasing the numbers of under-represented students, faculty and staff. It also includes a commitment to substantial curricular offerings, resources, and programming that foregrounds the knowledge, perspectives, cultures, and histories of marginalized communities. A truly diverse college culture and structure will benefit all members of the university community to better serve and excel in an increasingly global and multicultural world.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Geoscience or related field at the time of hire

  • Experience in geodynamical modeling either with software designed to model mantle convection (ASPECT, Citcom, ConMan, ConvRS, or others), or with software designed to study the deformation of the crust and lithosphere (PyLith, LithoMop, RELAX, or others)

  • Excellent hands-on aptitude with computational numerical techniques

  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated publication record

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in physics (solid and/or fluid mechanics)

  • Experience in working with one of the following data types: geoid, gravity anomalies, focal mechanism, T and P-axis, GPS velocities

  • Excellent computer programming and parallel computational skills

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae: to include the list of publications and conferences presentations
  2. Three professional references with contact information

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins on December 1st, 2020.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$47,476 - $50,000 annually

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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