Assistant / Associate Professor, Drylands Ecohydrology at the University of Nevada, Reno

Assistant / Associate Professor, Drylands Ecohydrology

Job Description

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member working in the area of ecohydrology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level (rank commensurate with qualifications). We seek an ecohydrologist who will maintain a productive research program focused on plant-water-human interactions in dryland systems, with potential research foci related to plant water use and water demand at the basin-scale, surface-groundwater interactions and wetland hydrology, or ecophysiology and drought response of dryland ecosystems.  Candidates that address research questions by combining field or remote sensing observations with modeling are particularly encouraged to apply.  The candidate is expected to develop a robust, collaborative, and externally-funded research program that helps to meet the land grant mission of the University.  Preferred candidates will enrich ongoing research foci within the department and elsewhere on campus, including mountain and groundwater hydrology, water conservation and management, forest and rangeland ecology, wildlife population dynamics, soil science, and fate and transport of environmental contaminants. UNR’s location at the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada and the western edge of the Great Basin provides an unparalleled opportunity to study ecohydrology across diverse ecosystem types and hydrological gradients.

This new faculty member will instruct classes in hydrology and/or ecophysiology and help to strengthen our undergraduate and graduate teaching programs emphasizing hydrology, including the Ecohydrology undergraduate concentration and the Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. by hire date with demonstrated quantitative skills and specialization in ecohydrology with a strong publication record in high-impact journals.  Demonstrable commitment to educational equity in a multicultural setting and commitment to advancing the participation of diverse groups and supporting diverse perspectives.

Preferred Qualifications

Academic training in hydrology, environmental science, natural resources, or engineering. Postdoctoral experience; teaching or mentoring experience.  Demonstrable ability to develop a nationally-competitive and externally funded research program.  Potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Potential to develop interdisciplinary collaborations. Expertise that complements and expands the research capacity of the department.  Ability to collaborate productively with environmental agencies, cooperative extension, and/or various stakeholder groups. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Proficiency in oral and written English.

Department Information

NRES is a multi-disciplinary department offering programs in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Environmental Science, Forest Management and Ecology, and Ecohydrology.  The Department currently has 20 full-time faculty and will conduct searches for 3 - 5 tenure-track faculty positions within the next two years.  Departmental faculty are engaged in basic and applied interdisciplinary research programs that address local, national, and international issues, and collaborate with a broad spectrum of agency and community partners.  Faculty are committed to high quality education programs that prepare students for natural resource careers or graduate school.  NRES has experienced recent increases in undergraduate enrollment (70% increase from 2012-2016 >450 undergraduates).  In addition to its departmental MS graduate program, NRES faculty participate in three interdisciplinary graduate programs and support an average of 35 MS and 25 PhD students per academic year.  NRES receives an average $3 million in research awards per year.  There are multiple field sites in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin that are ideal for research and teaching, including UNR’s Whittell Forest, UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station and the Porter Canyon Experimental Watershed, among other locations.

For questions, please contact: Search Chair, Adrian Harpold,