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Sustainability in Arid Lands, Assistant/Associate Professor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Closing date
Feb 12, 2022

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Teaching-Graduate, Teaching-Undergraduate
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Full time
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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Sustainability in Arid Lands, Assistant/Associate Professor, College of Sciences [R0128140]

The College of Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level as part of an interdisciplinary cluster in Sustainability in Arid Lands. We seek an outstanding scholar who will establish an innovative research program that strengthens current expertise in the College of Sciences. The position will be housed in: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geoscience, Life Sciences, or Physics; however, a split appointment will be considered. The successful candidate will complement existing strengths in the home unit and demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

The successful candidate is expected to investigate scientific questions related to the broad field of Sustainability in Arid Lands, possible research topics include, but are not limited to: solar energy materials and devices; water resources and hydrological processes in arid environments; climate change and variability; groundwater resource sustainability and management; watershed studies; emission and migration of radionuclides in the vadose zone; aerosols and fugitive radionuclide emissions and links to climate change; spatial analysis of ecological change; and linkages between regional climate, landscape change, and environmental quality in the arid Southwest. The start of the appointment is anticipated to be August 2022.  

The candidate is also expected to develop (Assistant-level), or show evidence of (Associate-level) a rigorous externally funded research program and to supervise graduate students at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels. Demonstrated teaching experience is desirable.

This position requires a PhD from a regionally accredited college or university. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment. Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding. 

Application materials must include a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) proposed research plan (three-page limit), 4) statement of teaching philosophy and interests (two-page limit), 5) a statement of past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (one-page limit), 6) 1-4 representative publications, and 7) contact information for at least four referees.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on February 15, 2022. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Matthew Lachniet, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online at For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or

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