Environmental Toxicologist

Reno, Nevada
The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary.
Nov 07, 2018
Dec 07, 2018
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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the area of Environmental Toxicology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  This position will be an integral component of the University of Nevada, Reno, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

We seek an environmental scientist who will maintain a productive, high-impact, nationally-competitive research program that addresses aspects of the transport, transformation, bioaccumulation, and effects of toxic substances in the environment. Preferred candidates will have the aptitude and ability to interact with ongoing research foci within the department and elsewhere on campus, including biogeochemical cycling, forest and rangeland ecology, surface and groundwater resources, wildlife population dynamics, conservation and management of western landscapes, chemical ecology, soil science, and water engineering/sustainability. We seek candidates with the demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across disciplines and with environmental agencies, Cooperative Extension, and various stakeholder groups.

Potential areas of expertise sought for this position include, but are not limited to:

1) transport and fate of toxic substances and their effects on organisms

2) uptake and sequestration of toxic substances by plants (including applications for phytoremediation)

3) effects of toxic substances on vertebrate populations, pollinator networks, or other key plant-animal interactions

4) transfer of toxic substances through food webs and impacts on ecosystem components

5) quantitative assessment of toxic substances in organisms and ecosystems, including in wildland, agricultural, and urban environments

6) application of state-of-the-art technologies in studying the toxicity of pollutants and ecosystem responses.

In addition to developing a robust, collaborative, and externally-funded research program, this new faculty member will offer classes in environmental toxicology and help to strengthen our undergraduate and graduate programs emphasizing environmental contaminants. The candidate will be expected to teach 2 courses per year, with at least one offered at the undergraduate level.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in environmental toxicology, ecotoxicology, environmental geochemistry, environmental assessment and management, or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience; teaching or mentoring experience at a college/university; strong publication record.

Compensation Grade

Assistant Professor – II

Associate Professor - III

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit: https://www.unr.edu/hr/benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Department Information

NRES is a multi-disciplinary department offering programs in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Environmental Science, Forest Management and Ecology, and Ecohydrology.  The Department currently has 20 full-time faculty and will conduct searches for 3 - 5 tenure-track faculty positions within the next two years.  Departmental faculty are engaged in basic and applied interdisciplinary research programs that address local, national, and international issues, and collaborate with a broad spectrum of agency and community partners.  Faculty are committed to high quality education programs that prepare students for natural resource careers or graduate school.  NRES has experienced recent increases in undergraduate enrollment (70% increase from 2012-2016 >450 undergraduates).  In addition to its departmental MS graduate program, NRES faculty participate in three interdisciplinary graduate programs and support an average of 35 MS and 25 PhD students per academic year.  NRES receives an average $3 million in research awards per year.  There are multiple field sites in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin that are ideal for research and teaching, including UNR’s Whittell Forest, UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station and the Porter Canyon Experimental Watershed, among other locations.

Contact information for this position

Dr. Peter Weisberg, Search Chair, pweisberg@cabnr.unr.edu




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Required Attachment(s)

Attach the following attachments to your application

(1) a cover letter of application; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research interests; (4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy; (5) a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying; and (6) contact information for three references (references will not be contacted prior to candidates advancing in the selection process).

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

For full consideration of applications, all materials must be submitted by December 17, 2018.


Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

 HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.


References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

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    Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.