Desert Research Institute (DRI) is seeking an Assistant Research Professor

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Expiration date: 10/27/2021

Contact: Rachael Solano at or (775) 673-7319

The Division of Hydrologic Sciences of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) is seeking an Assistant Research Professor to conduct ice and lake sediment core, climate change, and atmospheric research in its Reno facility. The research involves NSF-funded projects in the Arctic and Antarctic that are related to documenting and understanding natural and anthropogenic changes in climate and climate forcing during recent years, decades, centuries, and millennia.  

The successful candidate will assist (and in some cases take the lead) in developing and applying new laboratory methods primarily based on sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SF-ICP-MS) for analyses of snow and ice cores.  The candidate will also be expected to participate in data analysis and in the interpretation and publication of the results. 

DRI maintains a unique laboratory for trace and ultra-trace chemistry measurements including two Element2 SF-ICP-MS instruments. This research is highly interdisciplinary and the successful candidate will bring skills that will include expertise and interest in analytical chemistry.  In addition to research duties, the candidate will also pursue grant writing and proposal development activities. The research mostly will be based in Reno although personnel exchanges with collaborating partner laboratories in the U.S. and abroad are anticipated. Fieldwork also will be required.

Required Qualifications

·Ph.D. in hydrology, chemistry, atmospheric or environmental science, or a related field from an accredited institution. 

·Strong analytical chemistry background.

·Experience with continuous flow analysis (CFA) systems.

·Experience with operating and maintaining ICP-MS and/or SF-ICPMS instruments.

·Experience with operating and maintaining a Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2) instrument.

·Experience in scientific programming and data analysis.

·Excellent English-language communication skills (oral and written).

·Ability to define, conduct, and externally fund high-quality research as part of an interdisciplinary, international research group.

·Experience in writing successful NSF and other research proposals.

·Experience in writing and publishing peer-reviewed articles.

·Ability to pass physical/dental exams required for NSF-funded polar research.

·Demonstrated organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications 

·Experience in operating, maintaining, and repairing the Element2 SF-ICP-MS specifically.

·Field and/or laboratory research experience in snow, ice, and/or atmospheric chemical measurements.

Conditions Of Employment

Ability and willingness to occasionally work in the laboratory during non-standard hours while ice core and other analytical campaigns are ongoing.  

Ability and willingness to undertake fieldwork often in harsh alpine and polar setting, often for extended periods (weeks to months).


Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  Candidate will be hired at the track and rank that is comparable to candidate’s education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.  

DRI offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 15.5% retirement match, 24 annual leave days, a beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, tuition reduction at NSHE institutions for employee, spouse and dependents, and the option to participate in a flexible spending account or health savings account. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. This position is eligible for relocation assistance, and DRI allows for flexibility in remote working arrangements.  

Required Attachments 

To be fully considered you must apply within DRI’s applicant tracking system ( and include the following attachments:

A cover letter detailing how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to succeed in this role at DRI.

A current curriculum vita. 

Contact information for three professional references who will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission.

This posting is open until filled. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. 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 and DRI faculty, research projects, and publications, please visit us at For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 775-673-7319.