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Senior research position

Jim Coleman jcoleman at dri.edu
Sat Dec 5 11:23:20 EST 1998

Position:       Research Director, Frits Went Laboratory
                	Biological Sciences Center
               	Desert Research Institute
               	University and Community College System of Nevada
                	Reno, NV

Position Description:

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is seeking a senior scientist to help
build research programs that can link organismal, ecosystem  and landscape
ecology and to direct DRI's newly completed Frits Went Laboratory (FWL).
The FWL houses a unique EcoCELL (Ecologically Controlled Environmental
Lysimeter Laboratory) facility that allows for the assessment of the mass
balance of materials at the mesocosm level (see Griffin et al. 1996. Plant,
Cell and Environment 19, 1210-1221).  Additionally, DRI plays a major role
in the Nevada Desert Face Facility in the Mojave Desert, as well as in the
construction of a long-term ecological research study adjacent to the
Nevada Desert Face Facility. Furthermore, DRI plans to begin an extensive
research effort in montane and alpine ecosystems of the Sierras,
particularly at Lake Tahoe.

The successful candidate will be expected to build a successful research
program in some subset of physiological ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem
ecology, landscape ecology or ecosystem modeling and to oversee the
day-to-day operations of the state-of-the-art controlled environments,
associated laboratories, and greenhouse facilities.  The Director is
expected to develop his or her own research program and to work closely
with other DRI faculty and collaborators to produce a quality research
enterprise.  The FWL Director is also expected to work with the Director of
the Biological Sciences Center in formulating a scientific vision for the

The Desert Research Institute is an independent, research-oriented campus
of the University and Community College System of Nevada.  The successful
candidate will have the opportunity to participate in graduate programs,
and advise graduate students, through the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).
There may also be possibilities for teaching graduate or undergraduate
courses at UNR.  However, graduate student advising and university teaching
are not requirements of the position.

Education/Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or
related discipline, have at least five years research experience beyond the
Ph.D., and have demonstrated experience in the use and operation of
controlled environment facilities.  The successful candidate will also have
an established record of scientific achievement including:  publication in
peer-reviewed journals, demonstrated ability to obtain research funding,
and successful management of multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional
research programs.

Salary and Benefits: The position is aimed at senior faculty (Rank 4;
Research Professor) or outstanding mid-career faculty (Rank 3; Associate
Research Professor).  The annual salary for the position will start within
a range of $90,000 - $120,000 depending on qualifications and experience
with three-year renewable contracts.  The successful applicant will be
expected to fund a relatively small portion of their salary on grants and
contracts (call for details). DRI offers an excellent benefits package.
The position will be located at DRI's facility in  Reno, NV.

Application Deadline:  Screening of applications will begin on March 1, 1999

To Apply:  Submit a curriculum vitae, a letter describing how your
qualifications meet the position requirements, a statement of your research
interests, and the names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of five
references.  For additional information concerning this position contact
Jim Coleman, Executive Director and Research Professor, Biological Sciences
Center.  Phone: (702) 673-7322; email jcoleman at dri.edu

Jim Coleman, Executive Director and Research Professor
NSF EPSCoR Project Director for Nevada
Biological Sciences Center
Desert Research Institute
P.O. Box 60220  (fed ex address is 7010 Dandini Blvd, 89512)
Reno, NV  89506
702-673-7485 (FAX)
jcoleman at dri.edu

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