Position Announcements

Staff/Assistant Research Scientist, Geobiology Logistics/Laboratory Manager

The Desert Research Institute’s Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (DEES), in cooperation with the University of Southern California, is accepting applications for a Staff Research Scientist Rank I or Assistant Research Scientist Rank II in Geobiology. The successful candidate will have responsibility for logistical support of NASA’s newest Astrobiology Institute (NAI, https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/): Life Underground, a unique 5-year project that started in January of 2013, and serving as Lab Manager for DRI’s Environmental Microbiology Laboratory. The Life Underground team takes advantage of rare access to terrestrial and marine deep subsurface sites to develop non-invasive in situ life detection technologies, cultivate “intraterrestrial” life, and explore novel metabolic strategies and the thermodynamic limits of subsurface life.

The successful candidate will be based at the DRI in Las Vegas, NV (Duane Moser, Supervisor) and be part of a distinguished interdisciplinary team composed of researchers from, in addition to DRI, USC (Jan Amend, Katrina Edwards, Moh El-Naggar, Ken Nealson), Caltech (Victoria Orphan), JPL (Rohit Bhartia), and RPI (Yuri Gorby). Specific responsibilities will include: coordination of site access and field logistics, laboratory oversight and record keeping, sample distribution and curation, and assistance with training, reporting, and proposal development. Field activities will be centered around Death Valley, CA, the Nevada National Security Site, and various underground locations, including the Sanford Underground Laboratory in South Dakota.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need:

  • US citizenship and ability to pass a criminal background check to comply with U.S. Government contract requirements for controlled area access
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in the natural sciences or engineering from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrable productivity (field and laboratory) in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate the activities of others
  • Ability to maintain detailed field/laboratory notes and chain of custody documentation
  • Ability and desire to direct and sometimes mentor students and other workers
  • Valid drivers' license

If this sounds like the job for you, visit our website at http://www.jobs.dri.edufor a complete description, required qualifications, and how to apply online. Review of applications will start August 1, 2013.

Further information on DRI and the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences can be obtained at: http://www.dri.edu and http://www.dees.dri.edu or call the recruitment office at 702-862-5390.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Duane Moser, Chair, Geobiologist – Search Committee, tel: 702-862-5534; or e-mail (duane.moser@dri.edu). DRI is an EEO/AA employer.