Research Scientist: Geothermal Data Manager

Position Description: The Great Basin for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE) is seeking applications for a geothermal data manager. This position will be responsible for collecting, compiling, cataloguing, maintaining and publicly-disseminating information related to Nevada's geothermal resources, including geotechnical reports, well datasets, geological, geophysical and hydrological data, and core samples from geothermal drilling in Nevada. This will include new geothermal data generated by ongoing geothermal exploration, development, and research. A major goal of this position is to facilitate future scientific breakthroughs, resource exploration, and sustainable development of Nevada's geothermal resources by ensuring that various user groups can access the most up-to-date, quality-controlled geothermal geoscientific datasets and information. This involves: 1) the diligent curation, electronic conversion, and image capture of legacy and new materials and physical samples, 2) development and maintenance of digital, interoperable databases to store Nevada's geochemical, geophysical and geological data as related to geothermal resources, and 3) delivery of information on the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG)/GBCGE/National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) websites, through various interactive and ArcGIS web interfaces to ensure that the data are discoverable and accessible.

Position Duties:

  • Design, develop, and maintain geothermal databases to store digital geoscientific data for the GBCGE and NBMG;
  • Systematically update core geothermal datasets, via liaison with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada Division of Minerals (NDOM), and the geothermal industry to obtain new data;
  • Develop innovative web-interfaces for effective, reliable delivery of our geoscientific data;
  • Manage the secure storage of confidential industry geoscientific data in the GBCGE, and ensure such data are used in accordance with existing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs);
  • Assist with the development of seamless, automated data update protocols between the databases, and web-delivery systems.
  • Coordinate the systematic digitization of legacy physical collections (reports etc.).

Required Qualifications: A Bachelors or Masters degree in computer science, IT, geology, geophysics, engineering, or related field, as well as substantial experience in managing and/or developing relational database management systems, and SQL (structured query language).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A good understanding of geological, geochemical, hydrological and reservoir engineering geoscience data architecture, and experience with databases.
  • Experience with programming languages to support database querying, development of forms, and online data delivery, such as Java, Microsoft Visual Basic, and Python.
  • Experience in development of web delivery platforms for scientific and/or geospatial datasets.

Application instructions:

To apply, please visit

Applications Materials: Please submit the following materials with your application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter addressing your interest, qualifications, and experience relevant to this position
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Academic transcripts of relevant degrees

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, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

published: 17 July 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.