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:
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.
Ph.D. in soil science, geoscience, or geography and related fields (e.g., environmental science) from an accredited institution.
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.
Valid driver’s license and driving record that allows the ability to access U.S. instillations.
Well-established knowledge of soil science, geomorphology, and geospatial aspects of terrain analysis.
Experience in one of the research areas above as related to late Quaternary continental glaciation.
Demonstrated abilities in using ArcGIS to map, model, and evaluate continental glacial terrain features and soils.
Ability to design, set up, and run novel field and laboratory experiments in support of above research areas.
Excellent communication skills and ability to develop oral/poster presentations and write peer reviewed papers with limited supervision.
Ability to participate in the development of research proposals.
Strong quantitative and modeling skills.
Strong interest in developing research proposals for extramural funding.
Conditions of Employment
Due to security requirements associated with accessing essential project sites and information, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States.
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
Must be able to work extended hours in the field (often in remote locations) and travel as required.
Must be 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.
The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Additional Salary Information: 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
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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.