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Apply now Department: 3670020120 Geology
Job no: 517710
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Education / Instructional
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Geology at Kansas State University invites applications for a Instructor position for one academic year beginning in August 2024.  We seek enthusiastic and versatile geologists able to contribute to our growing research in Hydrogeology. It is expected that the successful candidate will teach two introductory geology course sections during the Fall 2024 term, and during the Spring 2025 term, one section of introductory geology and one section of Hydrogeology. In addition, the lecturer will contribute to new and exciting research avenues that complement existing research efforts and publish results in peer-reviewed journals. Engagement in graduate and undergraduate mentoring and graduate-level instruction may also be possible.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Geology ( currently includes 8 tenure-track/tenured faculty, 25 M.S. students, and 35 undergraduate majors.  Existing research strengths include: economic geology, mineral exploration, geophysics, sedimentary geology, groundwater and surface-water hydrology, geomicrobiology, isotope geochemistry, geochronology, petroleum geology, 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, we are currently working on plans to relocate into newly renovated spaces that will provide the modern infrastructure our department needs to continue to grow.  Analytical and computational resources exist within the department and across campus. See for example,  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.

College Information

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 a number of special programs and secondary majors.  With more than 5,000 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. 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. Background check required.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must possess a Master’s degree in Geology or related field from an accredited university by August 31, 2024.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Geology or related field from an accredited university by August 31, 2024.
  • Previous teaching activities and experiences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to contribute to the development of an active, externally funded research program.
  • Laboratory or field expertise relevant to the area of his/her research focus.
  • Proven record of publications in peer-reviewed journals in one or more of the areas mentioned above.

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. A letter of application that describes qualifications and background.
  2. Statements outlining research plans; teaching activities/experience, if any, need to be highlighted.
  3. A curriculum vita.
  4. Names and addresses of at least three individuals willing to provide a reference. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Pamela Kempton.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until the position is filled.


Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$48,000- $54,000 annually

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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