U.S. nationals: Assistant Research Scientist (Hydrologist)

Desert Research Institute (DRI)
Reno, NV, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Description

The position of rank II, Assistant Research Scientist, Hydrologist will be primarily responsible for analyzing remote sensing and climate data sets for estimating evapotranspiration, vegetation status, and trends in agriculture and groundwater dependent ecosystems across the southwestern U.S. The position requires strong background in remote sensing, statistical methods, environmental modeling, and excellent data management and computer programming skills. The ability to engage with federal, state, and local management agencies and other stakeholders to communicate research results and identify new collaborative research needs is also preferred. Responsibilities include working with numerous DRI researchers to support projects at the interface of climate, hydrology, ecology, agriculture, and remote sensing.

Required Qualifications

  • U.S Citizenship - due to funding specifications of the position;
  • Master of Science degree with a focus on hydrology from an accredited institution, with a strong interdisciplinary background across fields remote sensing, agriculture, ecology, or climatology;
  • Experience using satellite remote sensing and spatial climate data together to solve problems;
  • Strong evidence of data management and analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets;
  • Expertise in one or more computer programming languages (e.g. Python, R, JavaScript);
  • Advanced skills using ArcGIS, QGIS, and the Google Earth Engine cloud computing platform;
  • Experience with application of technical skills in agriculture and/or groundwater dependent ecosystem problems in the western U.S.;
  • Experience conducting field work, such as weather station installation and maintenance, conducting vegetation surveys, conducting crop and pumpage inventories, etc.;
  • Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Possess a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA;
  • Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines;
  • Ability to effectively analyze and report research findings to sponsors, at conferences, and during professional meetings;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of management partners and stakeholders, and to co-develop applied research initiatives;
  • Ability to coordinate collaborative research and work collegially in a group setting.

Conditions of Employment

  • Due to funding specifications of this position, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States;
  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Organization Summary

Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world. Research at DRI calls on the expertise and methods of multiple scientific disciplines. More than 500 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and students are collaboratively focused on understanding and answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more.


DRI’s starting salary is competitive and commensurate with education, experience, and aligns with similar public academic research institutions. DRI provides excellent benefits that include:

  • Health insurance options including medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability;
  • 15.25% tax-deferred retirement contribution with matching by DRI;
  • Thirty (30) days of sick leave provided upon start date and two (2) days of sick leave accrued per full month after the first year of service, two (2) days of annual leave accrued each full month, 11 paid holidays;
  • Tuition reduction at NSHE institutions for employee and dependents;
  • No state income tax and no Social Security deduction;
  • Relocation assistance.



Full-Time Equivalent 


Required Attachment(s)

Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/DRI-External. To ensure full consideration, your application must include:

  • A cover letter detailing how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to succeed in this role;
  • A current resume or CV;
  • Contact information for three professional references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission.

Qualified individuals who meet all qualifications and requirements are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Recruitment will be open for a minimum of 15 days and close without notice after that period when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

For more detailed information about DRI, faculty, research projects, and publications, please visit us at www.dri.edu. For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at (775) 673-7319.

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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.