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Associate Professor, Economic Geology

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada (US)
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Feb 3, 2023

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The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) seeks a renowned individual for a tenure-track faculty position at the Associate Professor level to lead our Economic Geology program.  We are looking for individuals with field and lab experience, including research studies related to the genesis, transport, and distribution of metals in the crust, critical minerals, fluid-rock interaction and circulation of fluids, magmatic and/or hydrothermal processes, and/or exploration methods. Research must integrate one or more of the following disciplines: economic geology, structural geology, igneous petrology, and geochemistry.  NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and serves as Nevada’s state geological survey.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty.  Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to do research in the geosciences and one of the best in the U.S. for the study of mineral deposits, especially critical minerals.  The successful applicant will have access to many state-of-the-art facilities at UNR, including a new electron microprobe, two SEMs, new fluid-inclusion and Raman facilities, and laser ablation ICP-MS.  For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (   

Responsibilities for this position will include: 1) managing the industry-funded, Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology; 2) research on mineral deposits, focusing on the western US and Nevada’s enormous mineral wealth; 3) education via supervision of graduate students and teaching courses in Economic Geology; 4) serving as a spokesperson for the Economic Geology program at UNR, requiring effective communication with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada and its mineral resources; 5) working independently as well as collaborating with NBMG faculty-staff, other geoscience units at UNR and in the region, and others in industry and government in developing funded projects and conducting research; 6) contributing to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s mineral resources; and 7) public outreach and service within the University and community. 

Interested applicants must have a doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to mineral deposits as indicated by peer-reviewed publications and/or industry-related reports.  Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials; public service; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential. 

The position will be a tenure-track, Associate Professor faculty appointment with an academic-year base salary that is competitive with other research universities.  Starting date will be July 1, 2023 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

To apply, please visit: Please complete the online application and upload a resume/CV, cover letter, statement of research interests and plans, statement of teaching interests, contact information for five professional references, brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment, and electronic copies of up to three of your publications/reports. To ensure full consideration, all information must be submitted by March 3, 2023

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


The University of Nevada, Reno is one of the top 120 universities in America for funded research, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; it is a doctoral-granting research university ("high research activity"), and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as "National University, Doctoral (Tier I)".

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