Research Scientist or Professor/DOE TREDS Program Manager

Las Vegas, NV, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Description

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) seeks a mid-career or senior research scientist capable of developing an independent research program centered on their area of expertise while simultaneously performing the duties of program manager for one of DRI’s largest research contracts.  The contract is the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Field Office, Technical Research, Engineering, and Development Services (TREDS) contract.  This position is located at the Las Vegas, NV campus.

The successful candidate will have a ten-plus year record of successfully promoting, and conducting research within one or more of the following disciplines:  archaeology, atmospheric sciences (particulates), civil engineering (water resources), environmental sciences, geology, geophysics, health physics, hydrology, hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, remote sensing, seismology, or related disciplines.  Preference will be given to candidates with a successful record of promoting and obtaining funding for large multi-investigator research projects.  The successful candidate will be encouraged to integrate their research interests with the programmatic needs of the TREDS contract, if the opportunities exist.

The TREDS contract is a six million dollar per year, multi-year contract with the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Field Office.  DRI has held this contract for the last several decades.  Work conducted under this contract can consist of research, development, engineering, and operational support in the following areas: (a) nuclear test safety; (b) non-proliferation research; (c) radiation safety; (d) geology; (e) hydrology; (f) paleohydrology; (g) soil physics and soil sciences; (h) meteorology, (i) climatology; (j) environmental protection, remediation and monitoring; (k) environmental regulatory compliance; (l) biology and ecology; (m) cultural resources and historic preservation; (n) atmospheric sciences; (o) radioactive and non-radioactive transport mechanisms; and (p) community outreach and assistance in support of DOE activities on the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and surrounding areas. The DRI TREDS Program Manager manages the business, reporting, and compliance requirements of the contract and has ultimate responsibility for safety, security, and quality assurance for all work conducted under the contract.  The TREDS Program Manager is directly supported in these endeavors by a team consisting of a Facility Security Officer, a Project Control Administrator, a part time program specialist and the Division of Hydrologic Sciences Business Manager.  The TREDS Program Manager is further supported by a group of five project managers responsible for the technical aspects of the program, and approximately 100 DRI faculty, postdocs, hourlies, and grad students who conduct work on the projects.  The latter personnel are not direct reports to the TREDS Program Manager.

The successful candidate is expected to spend approximately one-half to two-thirds of their time conducting independent research and one-third to one-half their time serving as program manager for the TREDS contract. Preference will be given to candidates who have managed large research programs for 5 years or longer. U.S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain a Q clearance are requirements for this position.

The primary functions of the Research Scientist or Professor/DOE TREDS Project Manager are as follows:

  • Research Scientist or Professor
    • Develop an independent research program within their area of expertise through successful development, promotion, and funding of research proposals to external sponsors,
    • Lead research projects and participate in the conduct of research,
    • Document research results through publication writing and reporting,
    • Collaborate with other DRI researchers and research programs.
  • TREDS Program Manager
    • Be the primary point of contact between DRI and the National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Field Office (NNSA/NFO) upper management and contracting personnel.
    • Foster and maintain excellent professional relationships with both senior NNSA/NFO management and management of other contractors working at the NNSS.
    • Address contract requirements to include management and oversight of the following programs: quality assurance, health and safety, monthly reporting, security, occupational medicine, and random drug testing.
    • Identify and pursue business development opportunities to generate new projects as part of the TREDS umbrella contract.
    • Establish and maintain program processes and procedures that foster top-quality research and engineering products.
    • Ensure compliance with directives, orders, and regulations. Respond to federally requested data calls, inquiries, and events as needed.
    • Oversee development of scope, schedule, and budget for tasks as requested by the federal contracting officer and work with support staff and project managers to submit annual task plans.
    • Be highly responsive to requests from NNSA/NFO management and contracting personnel.


  • Masters or Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in archaeology, atmospheric sciences (particulates), civil engineering (water resources), environmental sciences, geology, geophysics, health physics, hydrology, hydrogeology, seismology or related field if the latter had an emphasis of, or direct application to, activities described above.
  • Ten or more years of experience conducting an independent research program within one or more of the previously mentioned areas of expertise.
  • Evidence of potential to secure and maintain adequate funding through federal, state and local agencies.
  • Demonstrable experience in project management, to include the management of personnel, budgets, schedules, compliance, etc.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


  • Five or more years of experience with the contractual management of a large interdisciplinary research project.
  • Demonstrable experience in project management of large multi-year projects.
  • Record of peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations at professional meetings.


  • Employment is contingent upon a successful completion of a background check.
  • U.S. citizenship is required and the ability to obtain and maintain a US government security clearance is mandatory. Please note that subsequent re-investigations may be required.
  • The successful candidate will be offered the position contingent upon passing a mandatory test for the absence of any illegal drugs (as defined in 10 CFR 707.4) as well as satisfactory credit, criminal and background investigations. Participation in an ongoing random drug testing program is also required. The position is also contingent upon a medical clearance to perform the field duties described.
  • Some travel is required for this position, particularly to the Nevada National Security Site.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  Candidate will be hired at the rank that is comparable to candidate’s education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.  DRI offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, 14.5% retirement match, 24 annual leave days, a beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, tuition reduction at NSHE institutions for employee, spouse and dependents, and the option to participate in a flexible spending account or health savings account. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. This position is eligible for relocation assistance.


The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing technologies aimed at assessing a changing planet. For 60 years, DRI research faculty, students, and staff have applied scientific understanding to support the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada's needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities. With more than 400 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI is one of eight institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education.



Full-Time Equivalent 


Required Attachment(s)

Please upload the following documents in the specified section:

  • A cover letter detailing how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to succeed in this role at DRI
  • A current curriculum vita
  • Contact information for three professional references who will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission
  • Include a statement answering the below questions. Applications submitted without answering the required questions will be incomplete.
    What is your country of citizenship?

    Do you foresee any restrictions from being able to obtain and maintain the required security clearance for this position?

This posting is open until filled. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

For more detailed information about DRI and DRI faculty, research projects, and publications, please visit us at For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 702-862-5548.

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. DRI employs only U.S. citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

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References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant notification and permission.

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