UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Jobs and research positions

Job/research positions and other career opportunities

The Carbonate Aquifer Characterization Laboratory (CACL) was initiated to promote collaborative research on carbonate aquifer characterization between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Florida Water Science Center (Davie office) and other governmental scientific agencies and academia. And, also to provide applied research for local, state, and federal agencies, and private industry, when research needs are within the scope of the USGS mission.

The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Area in the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position to work in the development of fate and transport models in karst groundwater systems. The successful candidate will investigate the effect of extreme hydrologic events on fate and transport of contaminant mixtures in these systems, and will undertake collaborative research within a multidisciplinary team to assess and minimize potential exposure to superfund contaminants.  The research will involve integration of data collection and analysis at the field level.  Groundwater, water quality, statistical, and geospatial analysis will be important components of this work.

The postdoctoral position is supported by a NIEHS grant (PRoTECT), and offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled multidisciplinary team focused on establishing potential relationships between environmental contaminants and adverse reproductive outcomes. The team includes faculty and research associates from a range of science, engineering, and biomedical disciplines, and academic institutions. The postdoctoral position will also provide opportunities for the candidate to develop other research activities.

A Ph.D. in civil/environmental engineering, chemical engineering, water resources, hydrology, geosciences, environmental science, or related fields is required at the time of appointment. Required qualifications include strong oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge and experience in groundwater systems, contaminant hydrology and remediation, fieldwork, and GIS modeling are highly desirable.  The successful candidate will: plan, coordinate, and conduct field research work; collect and analyze field samples and historical contamination data; establish correlative processes at different scales; collaborate in the integration of multidisciplinary work among researchers and institutions; prepare manuscripts for publications; and present research work at meetings.

The initial appointment will be for 1 year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance, and will commence as soon as possible.  Evaluation of applications and interviews of applicants will begin immediately and continued until the position is filled. The annual salary rate for this position is $40,000/yr + a substantial benefit package (medical, retirement, etc.).     Applicants should send a cover letter, a full CV, a statement of research interest, transcripts, and the names of three references to Dr. Ingrid Padilla, Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PO Box 9000, Mayagüez PR 00681; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information can be found at this website.

The University of Puerto Rico is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  

Edwards Aquifer Authority has a number of internships this year.  The Job Postings are available at these links:

Intern - Communications & External Affairs

Intern - Environmental Science

Intern - Communications & External Affairs (2013)

Any questions should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Geary Schindel, PG
Chief Technical Officer
Edwards Aquifer Authority
San Antonio, Texas 78215

The William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science

Administered by the Karst Waters Institute

The William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science was established in 2002 to recognize the significant karst science contributions of the late William (Bill) L. Wilson.  Bill Wilson used a variety of techniques, and unusual creativity, to tackle some of the most difficult karst science questions in Florida and elsewhere.  He developed a leading karst consulting company in the United States, Subsurface Evaluations, Incorporated.  To stimulate the development of new, energetic, motivated, and creative karst scientists, and to remember the person of Bill Wilson and his dedication to karst science, the scholarship has been established in his memory.  The value of the scholarship as a one-time award is $1,000.

To apply for the William L. Wilson Scholarship, the following conditions exist:

  1. The applicant must be currently enrolled in, or have been accepted into, a masters degree program at an institution of higher education in the United States.  PhD students are not eligible.
  2. A written proposal of the planned karst study must be submitted.  It is limited to 1000 words or less for the narrative, not counting figure captions and references.  The research topic should be one concerning karst science, from the field of geochemistry, geology or hydrology.   A very simple budget indicating how the funds would be used should also be included (it does not count in the 1000 word limit).  Applicants are requested to not recycle master’s thesis proposals as applications.
  3. Academic transcripts of undergraduate, and any graduate work, should be submitted.  Copies issued to the student by their institution are preferred.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, with one of them from the student’s advisor or mentor, should be submitted.  It is requested that these letters be submitted as e-mails by the letter writers.
  5. Applications are due by February 15, 2013.  They should be submitted electronically as a single pdf file (application, transcripts, etc.) to:
    Dr. John E. Mylroie
    Department of Geosciences
    Mississippi State University
    Mississippi State, MS  39762
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    Questions regarding the scholarship should be addressed to Dr. Mylroie.
    Applicants will be notified in early March of the decision of the Scholarship Committee.
    Publications derived from supported research should acknowledge the Karst Waters Institute and the William L. Wilson Scholarship.

    For more information, go to this webpage

Crawford Hydrology Laboratory is pleased to announce a new initiative to help support student research. The Laboratory will provide an award two times per year of up to $1,000 each through a proposal competition to offer undergraduate and/or graduate research support for fluorescence laboratory products and services used in groundwater tracing investigations.

Awards will cover up to $700 for laboratory analytical costs, up to $300 applied to dye tracing supplies such as charcoal receptors, fluorescent dye, and mailing of samples.

Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an accredited university with an endorsement from a full-time faculty member of that university is eligible. Proposals from high school students may be considered with additional supporting documentation as described in the application. Applicants are eligible for the award once per calendar year. Applications can be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by regular post to 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY, 42101.

Proposals should be limited to projects that can be completed within 12 months from the start of the project. Awards are limited to a maximum of $1,000 per project.

For application details please see the official Request for Proposal. Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1.