Assistant/Associate Research Professor – Ecosystem Modeler, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada

The Desert Research Institute (DRI), Reno, Nevada, is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated scientist in the area of Ecological Modeling at the level of Assistant Research Professor. For exceptional candidates hiring at the Associate Research Professor level will be considered. The appointment is expected to begin 1 September 2010 and the successful candidate will participate in or lead individual research tasks, develop new directions in ecological research, and supervise post-doctoral fellows and graduate students within ongoing and planned ecological experimental studies. The individual selected is expected to interact with a diverse group of scientists, including plant physiological ecologists, soil scientists, remote sensing/GIS specialists, climate modelers, hydrologists and atmospheric scientists. The initial focus of this position will be to assess the response of Great Basin ecosystems to future climate change scenarios. It is expected that the candidate will participate in analysis of observational and model data, and take a lead in publication writing and reporting. All candidates will be evaluated on past experience, communication skills, proposal and publication record, grant and contract activities, ability to work both collaboratively and independently, supervision experience, and personal area of expertise that complements existing staff. The successful candidate may have an opportunity to teach classes relevant to climate change at the University of Nevada, Reno if desired but this is not a requirement of the position.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in Ecology with a strong background in Mathematics or vice versa or related field.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively in an interdisciplinary environment and advise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a lead of a scientific team to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines.
  • Record of peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations at professional meetings appropriate for the candidate’s professional rank
  • A record of program development or other demonstrated ability to obtain and complete research grants and contracts appropriate for the candidate’s rank.
  • Evidence of potential to secure and maintain adequate funding through federal, state and local agencies.

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