Assistant Professor Position: Soil Science, University of Nevada – Reno

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks an innovative soil scientist to conduct research, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and to provide outreach in forest, rangeland and ecosystem soil sciences. Position is 9-month tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level.

The successful applicant for the Soil Scientist position is expected to:

  • establish a nationally-recognized, competitive research program, preferably with interdisciplinary, interdepartmental collaboration,
  • publish in peer-reviewed journals,
  • obtain extramural grant support,
  • teach undergraduate and graduate courses in soil sciences that are required for the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) academic programs,
  • teach additional courses within area of specialization,
  • advise undergraduate and graduate students in the Department and in appropriate interdisciplinary graduate programs, and
  • provide outreach service and leadership to academic, State, professional, and public stakeholders.

Qualifications: Candidates should articulate the following qualifications:

  • An interest in collaborating broadly across disciplines and University academic units to explore questions relating to: climate change or other global change processes; interactions among soil, plants, animals, or water; movement of water, nutrients, and contaminants in the vadose zone; altered fire regimes; plant invasion; or restoration of disturbed ecosystems.
  • Ability to establish a strong field-based research program with complementary analytical skills.
  • Experience in research and teaching programs that are focused on below-ground physical or biological processes and that contribute towards our understanding of ecosystem structure, function, or soil morphology and genesis in forests, rangelands, other wild lands, or agronomic systems.

In addition to the qualifications above, the Soil Scientist must have a Ph.D. with specialization in soil science, plant-soil-water interaction, soil biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling or modeling, or closely-related fields.

To apply: submit application materials, online including (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of research interests; (4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and (5) contact information for three references.

Deadline: Applications received by 1/31/14 will receive full consideration.

About the University: The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences has 275 undergraduates, 55 graduate students, 16 full-time faculty, and an annual average of $3 million in awards from state, regional and national funding competitions. The Department maintains a Masters of Science program and offers doctoral degrees through three interdisciplinary programs managed by the University of Nevada. Reno is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe and was recently rated one of the best small cities in the US for outdoor recreation and overall quality of life.

For more information: contact the search committee coordinator (Diana Arrendale, or the search committee chair (Dr. Elizabeth Leger,

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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