Research Scientist, Geologic Mapping

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada (US)
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

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The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno, seeks applicants for a research faculty position focused on geologic mapping and field-oriented research in Nevada. Primary responsibilities include research focused on the geologic framework and tectonic evolution of Nevada, utilizing innovative approaches to detailed geologic mapping, sedimentologic analysis, structural analysis, geochronology (e.g. U/Pb, detrital zircons, or 40Ar/39Ar), and/or paleomagnetism. Position responsibilities and expectations include: 1) utilizing detailed geologic mapping to conduct basic and applied research; 2) working independently as well as collaboratively with NBMG faculty-staff, faculty in other geoscience units in the Nevada system of higher education, and others in industry and government in developing funded research projects; 3) contributing to the understanding of natural resources and geologic hazards in the region; and 4) the publication of research results. The ideal candidate will work closely with the Cartography / Geographic Information System (GIS) staff within NBMG. Additional duties include writing proposals for external funding, project management of grants and contracts, as well as identifying new research ideas. The position’s first project will be a compilation of a 30’x60’ map sheet in Clark County, southern Nevada with funding secured form the USGS STATEMAP program. The position will be a non-tenure-track faculty appointment with a 12-month salary. Salary funding has been secured for the first 18 months, with support after 18 months coming from external grants including the USGS STATEMAP program. The position is based on the UNR campus in Reno, Nevada.  

Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a Master’s degree OR a Doctoral degree in geology or a related geoscience field. In addition, a demonstrated record of field research and/or industry investigations on topics related to: structural geology, economic geology, and/or Quaternary geology, and may include experience with sedimentology, tectonics, or volcanology.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with academic, government, or industry experience in field-oriented research.  Expertise in geologic mapping, sedimentologic analyses, structural analyses (e.g. fault kinematics), geochronology, and/or paleomagnetism will be valued.  Familiarity with ArcGIS software in the preparation of geologic map publications and compilation of geologic datasets is preferred. The successful candidate will be competing for funding from a variety of sources, including federal agencies (e.g. NSF, USGS STATEMAP program, U.S. Department of Energy, and Bureau of Land Management) and industry.  Therefore, preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of funded research as well as project and budget management experience. In addition, preference will be given to candidates whose research interests align with NBMG’s role as the state geological survey of Nevada.

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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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