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Job advertisement Associate Professor, Economic Geology - Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno

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Associate Professor, Economic Geology - Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno

Associate Professor, Economic Geology - Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno

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University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public research university that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Nevada’s historic land-grant university founded in 1874, the University serves 20,000 students. The University is a comprehensive, doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and also earned the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. More than $800 million in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

The University’s main campus is located in Reno, Nevada, immediately adjacent a vibrant and growing downtown region, and has a satellite campus in south Reno. Currently underway is the acquisition of a 20 acres residential campus at Lake Tahoe which will complement the University’s presence in each of Nevada’s 17 counties. The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which includes two research universities, one state college, four community colleges and an environmental research institute, and endeavors to create and develop strong partnerships with each institution. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the state and around the world.


Reno, Nevada, United States of America


Full time


USD, Commensurate with experience. Salary information located at application link

Required education

Application deadline
3 March 2023

6 January 2023

Job description

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/or hydrothermal processes, and/or exploration methods. Research must integrate one or more of the following disciplines: economic geology, structural geology, igneous petrology, and geochemistry. NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and serves as Nevada’s state geological survey. Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty. Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to do research in the geosciences and one of the best in the U.S. for the study of mineral deposits, especially critical minerals. 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 (

Responsibilities for this position will include: 1) managing the industry-funded, Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology; 2) research on mineral deposits, focusing on the western US and Nevada’s enormous mineral wealth; 3) education via supervision of graduate students and teaching courses in Economic Geology; 4) serving as a spokesperson for the Economic Geology program at UNR, requiring effective communication with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada and its mineral resources; 5) 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; 6) contributing to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s mineral resources; and 7) public outreach and service within the University and community.

Interested applicants must have a doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to 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.

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

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

How to apply

To apply, please visit:—-Main-Campus/Associate-Professor—Economic-Geologist_R0134587-1.

To ensure full consideration, all information must be submitted by March 3, 2023.