Research Geologist (Surficial), Indiana Geological Survey

Bloomington, Indiana 

Organization:  Indiana Geological Survey

Type of opportunity: Full-time


  • Surficial geologist performs geologic mapping and basic and applied research relating to the geology of Indiana’s unconsolidated deposits and associated resources
  • Participates in externally funded programs such as the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (STATEMAP and Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition)
  • Applies specialized geological and related training to the sedimentology and geomorphology of Indiana’s surficial deposits
  • Uses GIS, database, remote sensing, and other software for analysis and depiction of Indiana’s surficial geology
  • Prepares proposals for external funding
  • Serves as critical reviewer for professional papers and abstracts and presents papers at professional meetings
  • Responds to external geological service requests, including government officials, consultants, and citizens
  • Coordinates and conducts research with federal, state, and local agencies and other universities
  • Communicates basic scientific findings in lectures, field trips, geologic maps, professional reports, and other publications

Desired qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required, PhD preferred, with course work in surficial processes and the stratigraphy and sedimentology of depositional systems
  • Three years of related experience is required
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate a research project, obtain funding, and bring it through to publication
  • Working knowledge of surficial processes and the sedimentology and stratigraphy of sedimentary sequences
  • Must have excellent communication skills, be well organized, and able to direct and supervise support staff
  • Requires outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability and desire to communicate geological information
  • Ability to communicate scientific findings in lectures, field trips, maps, professional journals, and other publications
  • Must be able to use the laboratory and field equipment that characterizes the physical and chemical properties of earth materials
  • Uses GIS, database, statistical, remote sensing, and other geological software for the analysis and depiction of earth materials
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and walk over rough terrain
  • Must be willing to travel both in Indiana and out of state and present findings at conferences.

Start date: July 1, 2016

Salary: $55,000 – $65,000

Link to more information: View the job announcement and apply online.

Application deadline: April 28, 2016