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Postdoctoral Fellow Quaternary Geology/Soil Science/Geomorphology
Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Rank 1
Position #30-060  

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an environmental sciences research organization within the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the general areas of Soil Science, Geomorphology, and Quaternary Geology to support currently funded projects.  Project efforts are focused on developing systematic relations among landform type, soil properties, surface conditions, and vegetative cover that can provide realistic prediction or estimation of basic soil properties (surface and subsurface) including dominant profile features, and soil physical properties (e.g., soil thickness, texture, degree of soil development) across various glacial landform features. We are especially interested in scientists with knowledge and expertise in the geomorphology and soils associated with areas having a history of late Quaternary continental glaciation and related deposits and landforms. The position is based at DRI's Northern Nevada Science Center in Reno, Nevada.

We seek scientists with knowledge, experience, or interest in more than one of the following technical areas as applied to the soils and geomorphology associated with late Quaternary continental glaciation:

  1. Quaternary geologic/geomorphic mapping and terrain analysis of areas impacted by continental glaciation.
  2. Soil properties, processes of soil development, and soil mapping of areas impacted by continental glaciation.
  3. Knowledge of North American and European landscapes where late Quaternary continental glaciation has occurred.
  4. Laboratory experience in the analysis of soils including soil texture, pH, XRF, XRD, bulk density, and related physical and chemical parameters.
  5. Knowledge of basic soil morphology and experience in the field description of soil profiles, especially in glacial deposits.
Required QualificationsPreferred QualificationsConditions of EmploymentOrganizational Summary
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. 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.  

Salary / Benefits
Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of three years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview:  https://www.dri.edu/wp-content/uploads/Post-Doc-Benefits-Summary-FY20.pdf  

Application / Review Process
Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/DRI-External.  

Please upload the following documents in the specified section of your application in Workday: 
  1. A cover letter detailing your research experience, career goals, and project interests;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. Contact information for three professional/work-related references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission.
Qualified individuals who meet all qualifications and requirements are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. 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, please visit us at www.dri.edu.

For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 775-673-7319.  

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. DRI employs only U.S. citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States.   May 2020  

Location: Reno, NV
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