Assistant Professor, Seismology

  • Job Opening
  • Reno, NV

Website Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications to fill an Assistant Professor position in earthquake seismology. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track, continuing appointment with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. NSL faculty have academic appointments with research, teaching, mentoring, and service obligations. We seek to hire an observational seismologist who specializes in research topics including, but not limited to: earthquake source processes, active crustal deformation, multi-hazard early detection algorithm development, ground motion prediction, seismic hazard assessment, and artificial intelligence/machine learning applications. Ideal candidates will pursue cutting-edge research using NSL’s earthquake catalog, waveform archive, and complementary datasets to understand earthquake processes and characterize earthquake hazards in Nevada. Additionally, NSL faculty participate in leadership to operate and expand NSL’s real-time multi-hazard monitoring networks. Current initiatives include designing and building an earthquake early warning sensor network within Nevada; expanding NSL’s communications and sensor network in rural Nevada; and integrating new multi-hazard monitoring sensors into NSL operations. Applicants must have a PhD at the time of appointment and demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in seismology and the development of an externally funded research program. Teaching responsibilities include one class per year that benefits undergraduate and/or graduate students in the UNR Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering geophysics programs. We encourage candidates to explain achievable plans for funded research that contribute to NSL’s seismological and multi-hazard monitoring mission in their letters of interest.

Department Information

NSL is a state-funded public service unit at UNR that serves as both the state seismological laboratory and a research department in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering within the College of Science. The Mackay School includes three teaching departments, Geological Sciences and Engineering, Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, and Geography, and one other state-funded Earth Science unit, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. NSL faculty have tenure-track academic appointments with both research and teaching obligations. NSL faculty advise students and teach classes within the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering which offers: BS degrees in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology and Geological Engineering; MS degrees in Geology, Geophysics, and Geological Engineering; and PhDs in Geology, Geophysics, and Mineral Resource Engineering (joint with Mining). Opportunities exist to participate in the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences (MS and PhD in Hydrology and Hydrogeology) and collaborate with the Desert Research Institute. More information about NSL can be found at

NSL is recognized for excellence in seismological research and earthquake monitoring, with a growing emphasis on real-time multi-hazard monitoring and detection that includes earthquake early warning, early fire detection and situation awareness, and extreme weather monitoring that leverages our real-time, privately operated, microwave telemetry network. NSL operates a network of more than 200 seismic stations that contribute to the Advanced National Seismic System and ShakeAlert through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey and regularly participates in Department of Energy National Laboratory based research programs on the Nevada National Security Site in southern Nevada. In addition, NSL is the founding member and technical operations manager of ALERTWildfire (, a rapidly growing network of more than 900 real-time, mountain-top, wildfire monitoring cameras in Nevada, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in geophysics with a specialization in seismology, or in another closely related field, awarded prior to the time of appointment, July 1, 2022.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Established record of peer-reviewed publication commensurate with applicant’s career stage.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring in a diverse and inclusive university setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an externally funded research program and manage grants.
  • Experience in seismic network operations or other real-time geophysical monitoring applications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, communication, and scientific outreach.

Compensation Grade

Assistant Professor

Salary Schedules

Contact Information: Sharee Williams at (775) 682-8795 or

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Attach the following attachment(s) to your application

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV, including a list of publications
  3. Statement of research plans and interests contributing to NSL’s state service mission
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy
  5. Complete contact information for at least 3 professional references
  6. A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

Posting Close Date and Time

11/1/2021 11:59 pm Pacific Time

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