Local recruitment: Graduate Research Assistant(s) - Hydrology (MS or PhD)

Desert Research Institute (DRI)

Reno, NV, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description

Graduate Research Assistantship positions (PhD and MS) for NSF and USGS funded projects on flow and transport modeling

The Desert Research Institute (DRI; www.dri.edu) in Reno, NV, in partnership with the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS; www.hydro.unr.edu) at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR), invite applications for graduate studies beginning in Fall of 2022.The student will do his/her research at DRI, but coursework, academic advisement, and degree will be provided through UNR.

We seek highly motivated individuals with strong quantitative skills to contribute to: 1) an NSF funded project on flow and transport modeling in fracture networks using quantum computing and genetic algorithms; and 2) a USGS funded project to study transport of enteric viruses in groundwater reclamation systems. The first is a collaborative project between DRI, UNR, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The second is a collaborative project between DRI and UNR.

Required Qualifications

  • To be eligible for an assistantship, students must be admitted to the Hydrologic Sciences graduate program and be in good academic standing at the University of Nevada, Reno. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and must be continuously enrolled in at least 6 graduate level credits throughout the duration of the assistantship.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research

Conditions of Employment

  • All positions are contingent upon available funding from your DRI advisor’s research projects and may be terminated for lack of funding or performance.
  • Due to the current health and safety emergency declaration, anyone hired must receive a complete (and verified) COVID-19 vaccination series or an approved medical or religious waiver request as a term and condition of employment prior to any start date at any Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution.


DRI offers a competitive support package, which includes a monthly stipend of $1750 for MS students and $1950 for PhD students and access to student health services. A grant-in-aid waiver covers a portion of tuition/per credit costs. Assistantships are 20 hours a week.


Full-Time Equivalent 50.0%

Required Attachment(s)

Prospective students will need to upload the following documents in the specified section:

  • A cover letter
  • A current curriculum vitae

For more detailed information about DRI and DRI faculty, research projects, and publications, please visit us at www.dri.edu. For questions regarding this position contact Dr. Rishi Parashar at rishi.parashar@dri.edu or 775-673-7496, and for assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 775-673-7332.

This position will stay open until filled

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.  

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

Newly hired faculty and postdoctoral fellows must assure that their official transcript is submitted to the Human Resources Office within 30 calendar days from the effective date of employment.  Academic degrees must have been awarded by regionally accredited institutions.

This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

DRI employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. DRI only sponsors aliens applying for research faculty or postdoctoral fellow positions (J-1 or H-1B Visas).

All applicants hired by the Desert Research Institute are subject to E-Verify.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Desert Research Institute.  We want your  application process to go smoothly and quickly.  We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

  • Once you start the application process you cannot save your work. Please ensure you have all required attachment(s) available to complete your application before you begin the process.
  • Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments.
  • Please see the application instructions under each posting for information on submittal deadlines.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, contact Human Resources Hotline at (775) 673-7431 or recruit@dri.edu.





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