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. Current 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:
Quaternary geologic/geomorphic mapping and terrain analysis of areas impacted by continental glaciation.
Soil properties, processes of soil development, and soil mapping of areas impacted by continental glaciation.
Knowledge of North American and European landscapes where late Quaternary continental glaciation has occurred.
Laboratory experience in the analysis of soils including soil texture, pH, XRF, XRD, bulk density, and related physical and chemical parameters.
Knowledge of basic soil morphology and experience in the field description of soil profiles, especially in glacial deposits.
PhD in soil science, geoscience, or geography and related fields (e.g., environmental science) from an accredited institution
Experience in two or more of the research areas above as related to late Quaternary continental glaciation
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Evidence of the ability to participate in collaborative, team-based oriented research
Self-starter who can take direction but does not require it
Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines
Able to work extended hours in the field (often in remote locations) and travel as required
Able to hand carry field equipment (up to 40lbs) and collect samples across variable terrain, conduct field data collects using shovels, picks, augers, and technical equipment to measure soil properties related to morphology, strength, and moisture
Valid driver’s license and driving record that allows the ability to access a US instillation
Additional Salary Information: DRI salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance.