New Tenure Track Faculty Position

Petroleum Geology and Basin Analysis

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-track (nine-month) faculty position in the broad field of petroleum geology, to begin January 2015 or soon thereafter. Exceptional candidates at all ranks will be considered. We seek candidates who will expand the department’s growing program in petroleum geosystems, and complement existing strengths in sedimentary geology, tectonics, geophysics, and paleontology. Collaboration with the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) and UK Center for Applied Energy Research expands opportunities for research and resources. A Ph.D. is required; post-doctoral and/or industry experience is essential.         

The research specialty for this position will focus on basin analysis and petroleum exploration. Expertise in one or more of the following will be deemed highly desirable: subsurface mapping, formation evaluation, exploration seismology, reservoir characterization, geological modelling, seismic stratigraphy and/or structural geology. Candidates who emphasize computational methods and actively integrate seismic reflection and well-log data into research and teaching will be given preference. 

We welcome applications from scientists that possess a record of publication in high quality, peer-reviewed journals, and who have developed, or show the potential for developing, a nationally recognized research program. A record of, or a demonstrable capacity for collaborating with partners in the energy industry is critical to the mission of this position. The successful candidate will have the ability to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and must be committed to field and classroom-based instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

The department maintains well-equipped stratigraphy, sedimentology, radiochemistry, near-surface geophysics, stable isotope geochemistry, electron microprobe and detrital provenance laboratories. The KGS, housed on the UK campus, maintains an active petroleum research program, complete with a visualization laboratory and core repository, as well as facilities for XRD, XRF, organic geochemistry, and organic petrography.    

Interested applicants should submit a merged PDF to the Petroleum Search Committee, c/o Ms. Adrianne Gilley ( The document should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statements of research and teaching interests, copies of relevant research publications, and contact information for at least three references. We will begin review of applications on September 1, 2014; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity university that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. The University also supports family-friendly policies. Additional details of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the University of Kentucky may be viewed at our web pages: and

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