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Professor/Director, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology - University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada (US)
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Feb 23, 2024

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Applications are invited for Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). NBMG serves as the geological survey for the state of Nevada.  This tenure-track faculty position at Full Professor level reports directly to the Dean of the College of Science.  The Director of the NBMG serves as the Nevada State Geologist and will lead a strong research organization focused on the geologic framework, natural resources, and geologic hazards of Nevada. The successful candidate should have the vision and initiative to enhance innovative research and educational programs within NBMG in collaboration with other departments at UNR and other institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education. NBMG has programs in economic geology, geothermal energy, Quaternary geology, geological mapping, structural geology, geodesy, GIS-cartography, and data management.  The primary responsibilities of this position will be to 1) manage the overall operations of NBMG, including leading a diverse team of academic and administrative faculty, research scientists, technical and support staff, and graduate students, 2) contribute to and facilitate new research opportunities related to the geologic framework, natural resources (e.g., minerals, geothermal, and groundwater), and geologic hazards (e.g., earthquakes and floods) of Nevada, 3) facilitate and enhance external funding opportunities for important components of NBMG, including the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (the state repository for geologic information and specimens), GIS-Cartography, and geological mapping, 4) serve as spokesperson for the amazing geology of Nevada through outreach and effective media engagements, and 5) promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of NBMG’s activities, creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all members of the NBMG community. The position could also involve occasionally teaching courses in the applicant’s area of expertise and advising graduate students. We seek geoscientists with interest in both applied and basic research on the geology of Nevada, experience in leading and securing major external funding for research programs relevant to state geological surveys (e.g., natural resources, geologic hazards, geological mapping, and data management-preservation), and enhancing/developing partnerships with other state and federal organizations. Candidates who appreciate and can promote the value of all NBMG programs will be particularly valued.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in geology or a related field, with significant experience in research, education, and/or organizational leadership.  Valid Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications (optional):

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Extensive experience in program development and project management, including building collaborations and partnerships with academia, state and federal agencies, and industry.
  • Collaborative leadership skills that foster a culture of teamwork and innovation among NBMG faculty and staff.
  • Broad background in the geosciences.
  • Knowledge of the primary mission of state geological surveys, including societally relevant applied research on natural resources, geologic hazards, and the regional geologic framework.

Department Information: The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno and serves as the state geological survey of Nevada.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as both an academic unit and statewide agency.  Its principal scientists (including the Director) are tenure-track or administrative faculty members. NBMG’s primary mission is to provide Nevada citizens with information on geology, natural resources, and geologic hazards to protect the public and facilitate, diversify, and enhance Nevada’s economic future.  NBMG applies its expertise to the entire state while also enhancing and complementing the educational mission at UNR.  NBMG faculty contribute to education at UNR by teaching classes and advising graduate students in collaboration with the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering.  Geological information managed by NBMG, including both physical collections and digital databases, helps government officials make informed decisions on the use of Nevada’s lands.  To accomplish its mission, NBMG has nearly 30 employees of which nearly half are partially to fully supported by external funding.  These positions fall into the following components: 1) NBMG administration, 2) Geologic Mapping program, 3) Geologic Framework Studies, 4) Economic Geology program, including the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology, 5) Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, 6) Geologic Hazards, 7) Nevada Geodetic Laboratory, 8) Cartography/GIS/Graphics Design, and 9) the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library, an off-campus facility that serves as Nevada’s repository for geological information and specimens while focusing on data preservation and dissemination.  For further information about NBMG, please consult our website ( 

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EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans 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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