Staff Research Scientist, Analyst/Programmer
Desert Research Institute - Reno, NV

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Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications. DRI offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance; 13.25% in retirement contributions with matching by DRI; 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. (See faculty benefits at: )

Job Summary / Basic Function:
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an environmental sciences research organization within the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI is seeking multiple staff scientists to support the newly launched Applied Innovation Center for Advanced Analytics (AIC). The new AIC will partner with business within and outside Nevada to help translate scientific ideas into practical solutions using fee-based business model called contract innovation services. The AIC environment is similar to a technology start-up, requiring both teamwork and individual contributions on simultaneous projects. AIC will specialize in growth areas for technological innovation and economic impact: information technology, data science, and engineering for intelligent systems and operations. The hired individual will also help maintain and support a computing and visualization infrastructure that includes a graphics cluster, immersive virtual reality systems and advanced computing systems.

  • Assist in the development of software solutions and tools
  • Assist clients with programming and computing problems
  • Become knowledgeable of different software applications and tools considered vital to the project
  • Contribute to design, development, testing, maintenance, and support of developed software
  • Work both as part of a team and on individual projects
  • Manage multiple programming projects simultaneously
  • Assist in systems administration and business development activities
  • Prepare and conduct training and user education
  • Learn new technologies considered important to the project

    As the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research on land, air, life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States, and on every continent. With more than 550 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI generates nearly $50 million in total annual revenue. DRI's faculty members are untenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high-quality environmental science in a businesslike fashion.

  • Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, science, mathematics, engineering, or information systems from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 1 year full-time professional experience in programming
  • Proven experience as an application programmer
  • Knowledge of Linux and Windows systems programming (e.g., compiling, scripting, debugging, installing)
  • Experience with the design, installation and configuration of Linux clusters
  • Demonstrable excellence in C, C++
  • Excellent knowledge of graphics programming, OpenGL programming, socket programming
  • Experience with virtual reality and knowledge of stereographics technology
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills to interact with clients and collaborators
  • Ability to work well individually and in a team environment
  • Ability to manage, prioritize, and complete multiple projects/tasks in an efficient and timely manner meeting strict timelines, project deadlines and objectives
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information/data
  • US Citizenship required

  • Preferred Qualifications:
    Greater consideration will be given to those who possess one or more of the following skills:
  • Master's degree in a technical/quantitative field from an accredited institution
  • Experience working with development tools and software applications
  • Experience with contract software development and developing reusable software assets
  • Experience with Java
  • Experience with an interpreted language such as Python
  • Familiarity with issues of software reuse related to licensing
  • Experience in three or more of: user interface development, web design, 2D graphics, parallel programming, network programming, shell programming, SQL, database administration, numerical analysis, 3D printing, virtualization, computational accelerator programming, Android programming, iOS programming, systems administration, CAD applications, statistical applications.

    Due to project oversight duties and access of this position to restricted sponsor data, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States and the finalist will be required to submit to a finger print background check due to the position being security sensitive.

    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 she/he 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:
    Review of applications will start the beginning of December and continue until semi-finalists are selected. Qualified individuals interested in this position must submit an online faculty profile at . In addition to a complete profile:
    1. a cover letter describing a) your background, b) examples of project participation and/or innovative thinking, and c) preferred work style interests
    2. curriculum vitae
    3. current contact information for three professional references
    Submissions failing to meet these requirements will not be considered.

    Further information on DRI and the Applied Innovation Center for Advanced Analytics can be obtained at: and or call the recruitment office at 702-862-5390.

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