[unav_all] Neotectonics Job Posting

William Hammond whammond at unr.edu
Fri Feb 6 14:19:58 MST 2015

Dear Colleagues --

Please see the following about a new job opportunity in Nevada.

-Bill Hammond

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Neotectonics (tenure-track)

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants with expertise in neotectonics and Quaternary geology. Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to conduct research in the geosciences, particularly in the fields of neotectonics and geologic hazards.

Position Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of this position will be to develop programs in research and education in the field of neotectonics with emphasis on paleoseismic and earthquake hazard research in Nevada and the surrounding region. Research will focus on landscape evolution primarily as it relates to Quaternary faulting, utilizing innovative approaches, such as LiDAR, to conduct detailed geologic mapping and dating of Quaternary units and surfaces. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s Quaternary faults and seismic activity, including periodic assessments and syntheses of hazards facing its major cities and infrastructure. Education will include teaching courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise, such as neotectonics, geologic hazards, and Quaternary geology in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering and supervising graduate students. Research and educational efforts will involve integrated multi-departmental (e.g. Nevada Seismological Laboratory) and multi-institutional efforts, with scientists from academia, industry, other institutions, and government labs. The successful candidate will be asked to communicate effectively with the public and community leaders regarding natural hazards in Nevada and coordinate mitigation and response efforts with local and federal emergency management agencies.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to neotectonics as indicated by dissertation research, industry experience, and/or peer-reviewed publications. Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials; commitment to public service; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential. The successful candidate must also have the ability to develop and coordinate programs and work in teams to accomplish major goals.

Preference will be given to candidates with academic or industry experience in neotectonics. Expertise in paleoseismology (e.g. trenching), surficial processes, Quaternary dating techniques, LiDAR, and/or InSAR will be valued. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated research productivity with publications in peer-reviewed literature. The successful candidate will compete for funding from a variety of sources, including federal agencies interested in fundamental and applied geoscience research (e.g., NSF, USGS, Department of Energy, and Bureau of Land Management) and industry. Therefore, preference will be given to candidates who explain achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in neotectonics in their letters of interest. In addition, preference will be given to candidates who understand the role of NBMG as the state geological survey of Nevada and can articulate how NBMG can better serve stakeholders (citizens, government, and industry) on issues related to geologic hazards.

Salary and Date of Appointment: The position will be a tenure-track faculty appointment at the assistant professor level with an academic-year base salary that is competitive with other research universities. Starting date will be July 1, 2015 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.  

To apply, please visit: https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/16813. Please submit a letter expressing your interest in the position and research plans; names, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references; a complete curriculum vitae; and electronic copies of up to three of your publications to http://jobs.unr.edu/. Application deadline is March 10, 2015. For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (http://www.nbmg.unr.edu).  For questions about the position contact search committee chair Bill Hammond (whammond at unr.edu).

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. The University of Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

 Dr. William C. Hammond
 Associate Professor Geodesy and Geophysics
 Nevada Geodetic Laboratory
 Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
 University of Nevada, Reno
 Reno NV, 89557-0178  USA

 Phone: 775-784-6436
 Fax: 775-784-1709

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