Monday, January 28, 2013

Candidates sought for Director of Michigan Geological Survey

 Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Seeks Candidates for Director of Michigan Survey

The Michigan Geological Survey (SGS) has been recently relocated to Western Michigan University Department of Geosciences ( This is a terminal, two year appointment.  Appointment to the position beyond two years will be on a year-to-year basis and contingent upon the incumbent’s achievement and receipt of external funding.  Responsibilities of the Director include:  (1) administering MGS as an entity of WMU Department of Geosciences; (2) supervising the activities of various operational units within the MGS including mapping, subsurface geology, energy and mineral resources, geologic hazards, research and education, and water resources; (3) developing strategic long term plans for the MGS, developing new programs and funding initiatives, and developing and implementing budgetary plans, (4) writing annual proposals for STATEMAP and Great Lakes Mapping Coalition grants, supervising field work, and producing maps meeting standards of the U.S. Geological Survey. (5) writing research proposals and reports, publishing research findings, and presenting at local, regional, national and international venues, (6)  attending relevant national meetings for Survey Directors, (7)  leading and/or collaborating on various research projects with colleagues at MGS and the Department of Geosciences, with other WMU departments and programs, and with external entities at the local, state and national levels, and (8) acting as a liaison between MGS and other WMU committees and programs, as well as external entities at the local, state and national levels interested/involved with MGS related research, repository or outreach initiatives.  Minimum qualifications include: MS Degree in Geology, or an equivalent geosciences discipline, and significant experience in industry, academia or a state geological survey. The appointments will begin in December 2012. Applicants should submit on-line a cover letter, curriculum vitae using the following website: and names and contact information for three references. Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Mohamed Sultan ( Review of applications will begin October 31, 2012 and continue until position is filled. Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law.

Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.

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