Assistant Research Engineer/Scientist
Desert Research Institute - Reno, NV

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Starting salary is commensurate with experience and education. DRI offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance; 12.25% matching retirement by DRI with retirement options through TIAA-CREF, VALIC, and/or Fidelity; paid annual and sick leave, 11 holidays; tuition reduction at NSHE institutions for employee, spouse and dependents; and relocation allowance. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction.
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Job Summary / Basic Function:
The Environmental Analysis Facility (EAF) of DRI's Division of Atmospheric Sciences has an opening for an Assistant Research Engineer/Scientist in the area of chemical and physical analysis of carbonaceous aerosols. A person with interdisciplinary skills is needed to apply and further the development of the next generation of the carbon analyzer that quantifies organic carbon (OC), brown carbon (BC), and elemental carbon (EC). The person selected will contribute to the development and testing of thermal optical instruments and their use in field studies including the integration between hardware and software and validation of the analyses of large data sets. Within a few years, the person selected will be expected to lead or substantially participate in writing proposals for additional funding and begin developing his or her own research programs.

As the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), Desert Research Institute (DRI) conducts cutting-edge research in air, land, life, and water across Nevada, the nation, and world. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates nearly $50 million in total annual revenue. As part of a non-teaching, research- and product-driven organization, DRI's faculty members are entrepreneurial, and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high quality environmental science in a professional fashion.

Required Qualifications:
  • MS in Chemistry, Atmospheric Sciences, or Chemical or Environmental Engineering
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in an analytical aerosol laboratory
  • Demonstrable proficiency in aerosol chemistry/physics, carbonaceous aerosols, air quality research studies, data analysis techniques, instrument/method development, and thermal/optical analysis for organic carbon and elemental carbon
  • Demonstrated ability to calibrate, maintain and troubleshoot analytical laboratory instruments including, but not limited to: HPLC, IC, GC/MS, CHNSO, TOC, and organic/elemental carbon analyzers
  • Demonstrated proficiency in instrument design, hardware and software integration, and characterization
  • Previous supervisory or mentor responsibility
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in Chemistry, Atmospheric Sciences, or Chemical or Environmental Engineering
  • Experience with MS and NDIR detectors
  • Experience with optical spectrum analysis, light source modulation, and signal processing
  • Experience with Matlab and Labview
  • Experience programming and designing program interfaces to view and retrieve analytical data
  • A record of peer reviewed journal articles as well as presentations at professional meetings appropriate for the candidate's professional rank

    Ability to lift and move objects in excess of 50 lbs; work with hazardous chemicals and must be familiar with and follow MSDS.

    The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  • Posting Date:

    Closing Date:
    Open Until Filled

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    The following materials will be required to submit or attach when you apply on-line at :

    1) current curriculum vitae;
    2) description of prior research experience;
    3) statement of research interests and career goals;
    4) names and contact info for three professional references.
    Applicants not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

    Review of applications will start February 11, 2013 and continue until semi-finalists are determined. To learn more about DRI, visit our Web site at or call the recruitment office at 702-862-5390.

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