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Research Associate II, Delaware Geological Survey

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College / VP Area: College of Earth & Ocean Envir
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

PAY GRADE:  29E

CONTEXT OF THE JOB:

The program of the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) includes research, exploration, and service. Statutory charges include systematic investigation of the geology of Delaware; exploration and research pertaining to the water, mineral, and other earth resources; preparation of reports and maps presenting its findings; and provision of information and advice to the officials and citizens of Delaware.

Under general direction of an Associate Scientist or Scientist, the Research Associate II conducts geologic research related to geologic mapping in Delaware, specifically surficial geologic mapping in support of USGS State map-funded and other geologic mapping projects. This position will be at the Delaware Geological Survey at the University of Delaware. This is a grant-funded position.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists the Principal Investigator with geologic mapping projects related to the geology of Delaware.
  • Collects and compiles data including, but not limited to, sediment cores, outcrop descriptions and geophysical logs.
  • Assists the Principal Investigator with preparation of proposals for external funding and develops and implements a research plan for geologic mapping subject to approval by the Delaware Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee.
  • Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, creates, acquires, analyzes, and manages complex GIS data to produce publication-quality map products, illustrations, and data reports. Develops methods for analysis and presentation of data including configurating files for online web applications.
  • Assists with metadata creation and management for DGS spatial data and publications, spatial analysis, digital image processing, and entering DGS publication metadata into the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB) to ensure compliance with federal guidelines for STATEMAP projects.
  • Along with the Principal Investigator, supervises and directs students, hourly employees, and interns in laboratory and field settings.
  • Assists the Principal Investigator with selecting drill sites and independently coordinates with the DGS driller in carrying out the field coring program.
  • Manages work plans, calendars, and budgets related to the program of research.
  • Manages and populates databases and creates metadata.
  • Anticipates and/or identifies issues related to complex problems and situations and works with staff to solve problems. Seeks and builds upon ideas of colleagues to improve -GIS capabilities and efficiency. Identifies the nature/source of GIS-related problems and implements changes necessary to achieve goals which have an impact on unit.
  • Interacts with University of Delaware faculty and researchers as well as academics at other institutions, along with Federal, State, and private partners in geologic interpretations, training, data sharing, and data transfer.
  • Makes public presentations on project progress and findings and prepares contract reports as required. Publishes reports and findings of research in referenced publications such as journal or DGS publications.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in geology, Earth science, or related fields and two years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with stratigraphic analysis, geologic sample description, construction of geologic maps, and in use of GIS and database management.
  • Experience in Atlantic or Gulf Coastal Plain geology preferred.
  • Field experience in collection of split-spoon samples and assisting in drill rig operations preferred.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards, and experience with spatial and relational databases. Familiarity with GeMS metadata a plus.
  • Ability to write, compile, and display data for technical reports and communicate effectively with DGS staff, research collaborators, and the public.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • The position requires fieldwork in an outdoor setting collecting core with the DGS drill rig and with hand-auguring, work at a computer workstation in an office setting and in a sample processing and examination laboratory.
  • Job requires physically demanding work outside in hot/cold/wet conditions, including lifting samples and equipment up to 50 pounds.
  • Travel to attend meetings with collaborators, perform field work, and present research in professional forums is required.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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