Associate Professor / Director - Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for a tenure-track Associate Professor position that will serve as Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE). The primary responsibilities of this position will be to develop broad programs in research and education in the field of geothermal energy. Research will include innovative approaches to understanding the complexities of fluid flow in the crust and must be focused on Nevada and the surrounding region. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada's geothermal resources. Education will include teaching courses in geothermal related topics in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering (DGSE), supervising graduate students, developing a geothermal curriculum, and administering the National Geothermal Academy. Research and educational efforts will involve multi-departmental 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 the geothermal resources of Nevada.

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. The GBCGE resides within NBMG and fulfills one of the primary missions of NBMG, which is to assess natural resources across the state and disseminate data for use by state and federal agencies, industry, and academia. Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to conduct research in the geosciences and one of the best for the study of geothermal energy. 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, as well as a fleet of field vehicles. For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (

Applicants must have a doctorate in geology, geologic engineering, geophysics, or a related geoscience field and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to geothermal energy as indicated by dissertation research, industry experience, and/or peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate must have at least 5 years of postdoctoral experience in geothermal research in such areas as rock mechanics, 3D modeling, geophysical techniques, reservoir engineering, and/or geochemistry. Excellent communication skills are required, as demonstrated in written application materials, publications, public outreach, and presentations. Experience in attracting and managing outside funding are essential. The successful candidate must also have demonstrated ability to develop/coordinate programs and work in teams to accomplish major goals. Preference will be given to candidates who, in their letters of interest, explain achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in geothermal energy and who understand NBMG's role as the state geological survey of Nevada.

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published: 02 June 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.