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Search extended. The Indiana Geological Survey, a research institute of Indiana University, seeks applications for a research geologist/stratigrapher to perform geologic mapping and basic and applied research related to the bedrock stratigraphy of the State of Indiana. Significant duties include participation in the USGS-sponsored STATEMAP projects. Masters degree (Ph. D preferred), publications record, and 3 years’ experience required. Salary range $50-60 K with ample University benefits package. Complete job posting is on the IGS Website ( Application deadline is April 30, 2015. Starting date negotiable but after July 1, 2015.


The University of Kentucky seeks a Ph.D.-level geoscientist to serve as the Director of the Kentucky Geological Survey in Lexington, Kentucky and the 13th State Geologist of Kentucky. KGS is a research and public service organization with strong programs in energy, water resources, geologic mapping, and geologic hazards. Its location at Kentucky’s flagship university provides a vibrant environment for research collaboration. The Director reports to the UK Vice President for Research. If qualified, the successful candidate can hold a joint appointment as faculty member in Earth and Environmental Sciences. KGS enjoys an excellent reputation within the University, among state agencies it supports, the Kentucky Legislature, and with practicing geologists in the state.

For more information about the position go to: To apply for this position (requisition # RE00309), submit a UK application online at: Contact HR/Employment for questions at: (859) 257-9555, selection 2. Application deadline is April 30, 2015, but may be extended as needed.

The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.



The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.  

We are seeking an individual to provide leadership, clear scientific vision, and direction to the subdisciplines and staff members that comprise the Advanced Energy Technology Initiative (AETI) at the ISGS. The leadership skills of the individual will encourage multidisciplinary, project-based research within AETI and throughout ISGS, other Surveys, and University related to energy issues; develop, implement, and administer research and service programs of the AETI; and facilitate coordination, communication, and teamwork throughout the PRI and the University. As the Director of AETI, the individual will promote AETI services and capabilities to a variety of stakeholders including government funding agencies, corporations, and legislative representatives. The individual will continue to maintain AETI’s domestic and international reputation as a global leader in addressing energy issues.

Ph.D. in geological science, engineering, or related discipline with career emphasis related to energy resources and 15 years of combined research and managerial experience beyond the completion of master’s degree. Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address challenges facing society related to the advanced energy fields, such as carbon capture and storage, mitigation of fossil fuel emissions, water for energy resource development and power generation, public engagement and education on energy issues, unconventional oil and natural gas resource assessment, natural gas geologic storage, and enhanced oil recovery.

Applications must be received by May 15, 2015. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for your application to be considered. An incomplete application will not be reviewed. 

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at or 217-244-2401.

The University of Illinois is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled


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EARTH Science Writing Externship

EARTH’s externship is an opportunity for select students and inexperienced writers to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story about recent scientific research, and to get professionally edited and published clips. Most of our externs have backgrounds studying science — particularly geoscience-related fields relevant to EARTH's typical content — and are interested in potentially pursuing science writing as a part- or full-time career option. But EARTH welcomes applicants of all backgrounds who are interested in sharing what's new in earth science with a broad audience. We typically work with three or four externs at any given time, but we regularly rotate in new writers as positions come open.

If you are selected as an EARTH extern, the position is essentially an as-you're-available writing opportunity. In any given week or month when you have time to write, you'll email us and say, "Hey, I have time to write." Then, either we can assign you a story or you can pitch stories to us — it's up to you. If you've got a great idea for a story and would like practice pitching your idea to an editor, you're encouraged to do so. On the other hand, if you'd prefer that we provide you with an assignment — as is the case with many first-time externs, for example — that's fine too.

Our extern-written stories typically cover a recent, peer-reviewed scientific study or report, and include quotes about the study from multiple expert sources — obtained via first-person interviews — just as a professional news story would. Before your first assignment, we'll provide guidance about the general style, tone and structure of the news stories we publish in EARTH to help get you started. And then we'll work with you through the writing and editorial process. You're encouraged to ask questions, and you're welcome write as frequently or infrequently as works for you and the magazine's editorial staff.

The externship is a remote position; you can work from any location and at your leisure. Once a story is assigned, you’ll generally have one to two weeks to research, report and write it before turning it in. (We do ask that you stick closely to deadlines, so please keep that in mind when determining your availability to write.) Once edited and finalized, extern-written stories are posted on EARTH's website as soon as possible. Select extern-written pieces may also appear in a print issue of the magazine. Publication, either online and/or in print, is subject to the discretion of the editorial staff and is not guaranteed. The externship is unpaid.

If you're interested in the experience, email a cover letter discussing your interest in the geosciences and why you'd make a great extern at EARTH, your resume or CV, and at least one writing sample to to apply.


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