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Associate Professor, Economic Geologist

University of Nevada


The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) seeks a renowned individual for a tenure-track faculty position at the Associate Professor level to lead our Economic Geology program.  We are looking for individuals with field and lab experience, including research studies related to the genesis, transport, and distribution of metals in the crust, critical minerals, fluid-rock interaction and circulation of fluids, magmatic and hydrothermal processes, and/or exploration methods.

NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and serves as the state geological survey of Nevada.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as both an academic unit and statewide agency.  Its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty members.  Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to conduct research in the geosciences and one of the best in the U.S. for the study of mineral deposits.  The successful applicant will have access to many state-of-the-art facilities at UNR, including a new electron microprobe, two SEMs, new fluid-inclusion and Raman facilities, and laser ablation ICP-MS.  For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (   

Aufgaben und Einsatzfelder

Research must integrate one or more of the following disciplines: economic geology, structural geology, igneous petrology, and geochemistry.  Responsibilities for this position will include: managing the industry-funded, Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology; research on mineral deposits, focusing on the western US and Nevada’s enormous mineral wealth; Education via supervision of graduate students and teaching courses in Economic Geology; serving as a spokesperson for the Economic Geology program at NBMG-UNR, requiring effective communication with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada and its mineral resources; working independently as well as collaborating with NBMG faculty-staff, other geoscience units at UNR and in the region, and others in industry and government in developing funded projects and conducting research; contributing to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s mineral resources; and Public outreach and service within the University and community. 

Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Geology or a related Geoscience field and a demonstrated record of research on topics associated with mineral deposits as indicated by peer-reviewed publications and/or industry-related reports. 
  • Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials; public service; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to candidates with academic or industry experience in analyzing mineral deposits, particularly research that blends both quantitative analytical and field-based approaches; and achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in economic geology, as described in the applicant’s letter of interest.

  • Additional preferred fields of expertise include: critical minerals, precious metals, magmatic/hydrothermal processes, and/or geochemistry.


The position will be a tenure-track Associate Professor faculty appointment with an academic-year base salary (9 months), competitive with other research universities.  Starting date will be July 1, 2023 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

Compensation Grade:  Associate Professor, 9-month

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Academic Faculty (Nine-month), Assistant Professor. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.




Please attach the following documents to your application:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Five Professional references

4) Statement of research interests and plans (limit three pages)

5) Statement of teaching interests (limit two pages)

6) Electronic copies of up to three of your publications/reports

7) Brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying

Application Review

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2023.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

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