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Assistant Research Scientist Snow Hydrology or Soil Science

Desert Research Institute
Reno, Nevada
Minimum annual starting salary is $79,597, salary is commensurate with experience and education
Closing date
Dec 16, 2023

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The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is accepting applications for an Assistant Research Scientist in Snow Hydrology or Soil Science within the Division of Hydrologic Science (DHS). The incumbent will contribute to a multi-institute funded project that focuses on the snow-soil interface. Candidates should have a background in snow hydrology, soil science, geotechnical engineering, or numerical modeling of snow or soil processes. We are particularly interested in candidates with a combination of field and modeling experience.


The position will be based at DRI’s Reno, NV campus. Travel will be a significant component of the project, and will include travel to field sites, collaborators’ offices, and conferences. This position is eligible for relocation assistance.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution plus three years’ experience in environmental research, or a Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience relevant to the funded project (including but not limited to snow hydrology, snowmelt, heat transfer, soil science, vadose zone hydrology, and numerical modeling).
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal English communication skills.

Apply through the DRI website at


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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