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Groundwater Modeler, Associate/Senior Scientist or Associate/Full Professor

Desert Research Institute
Las Vegas, Nevada
Closing date
Jun 30, 2019

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The Desert Research Institute is accepting applications for a mid-career to senior groundwater modeler in the area of numerical groundwater flow and/or contaminant transport modeling. This position is designed to complement and expand existing expertise within DRI's Division of Hydrologic Sciences in regard to quantitative analysis of groundwater flow and contaminant transport in a wide range of hydrogeologic environments. The position will be located at DRI’s Las Vegas campus and will be an integral part and leader of DRI’s groundwater modeling team, a portion of which is focused on groundwater contamination at underground nuclear test areas at the Nevada National Security Site. Within this team, the position has the opportunity to collaborate with hydrogeologists, hydrogeochemists, and numerical modelers developing flow and transport models as part of hydrogeologic investigations in complex natural systems often coupled with unique contamination issues.

The appointee will work in an interdisciplinary environment and collaborate with faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in ongoing research programs while establishing a research program in their own area of interest. Candidates are encouraged to review DRI’s research in hydrologic sciences ( and as well as information about groundwater characterization programs at the Nevada National Security Site ( to identify links with existing research activities.


  • U.S. citizenship is required and the ability to obtain and maintain a US government security clearance is mandatory.  Please note that subsequent re-investigations may be required.
  • Ph.D. or M.S. degree from an accredited institution in hydrology/hydrogeology, engineering, or other related discipline
  • Broad understanding and experience in hydrogeologic processes and the application of groundwater flow and transport models to both research and regulatory problems
  • Background in applied or theoretical groundwater flow and/or contaminant transport modeling
  • Evidence of innovation and success in building, leading, and completing collaborative research programs in governmental, private sector, or university settings
  • Experience in competitive funding environments, with demonstrated success in conceiving and pursuing research programs and obtaining grants and/or contracts to support them
  • Ability to effectively analyze and report research findings to sponsors, at professional meetings, and in the peer-reviewed scientific literature
  • Research focus that is complementary with existing DRI programs
  • Excellent oral and written English-language communication skills


Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  Candidate will be hired at the rank that is comparable to candidate’s education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.  DRI offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, 14.5% retirement match, 24 annual leave days, a beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, tuition reduction at NSHE institutions for employee, spouse and dependents, and the option to participate in a flexible spending account or health savings account. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. This position is eligible for relocation assistance. 

Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at

This posting is open until filled. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

For more detailed information about DRI and DRI faculty, research projects, and publications, please visit us at For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 702-862-5548.


Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world. Research at DRI calls on the expertise and methods of multiple scientific disciplines. More than 500 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and students are collaboratively focused on understanding and answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more.

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