Archive | February 2018

New Position Opening at NBMG!

Geoscience Data Manager
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for a Geoscience Data Manager. The NBMG is a public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno, and serves as the state geological survey for Nevada.  NBMG’s mission is to obtain, maintain, and broadly disseminate geologic information from Nevada, including data on the geologic framework, natural resources, and geologic hazards of the state to facilitate public safety and sustainable development.  NBMG houses the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL), which is a unique collection of information and physical samples from Nevada mining activity; geothermal, oil, and gas exploration; engineering geology; hydrology; historical aerial photography; and much more.

The duties of this position include building and maintaining databases and other delivery mechanisms to make over 300,000 items in NBMG’s digital and physical collection available to the public, UNR researchers, and NBMG faculty and staff. The manager will organize and update large data sets as needed, manage the conversion of legacy hard-copy information to digital formats, design and maintain relational database management systems that integrate with existing data systems, develop access control mechanisms for core NBMG databases, update our web delivery systems to ensure effective data discoverability and accessibility, and educate the many user groups on the reliability and availability of the data sets.

The position requires a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree and one or two years of related work experience, respectively.  Successful candidates will have demonstrated relevant coursework or work experience in Computer Science, Geoinformatics, Database Administration, Geology, Geography, or a related field.  Preference will be for candidates with experience in developing and/or using relational database management systems (e.g. Oracle), data preservation, developing custom web applications, working with geographically diverse data locations or co-location (Enterprise Data Center) experience, programming languages (e.g. Python, Java), ARC-GIS, and public communication.

To apply for this position, candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter including a description of qualifications and prior experience, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3 professional references.  Applications should be submitted online through:—Main-Campus/Manager–Geoscience-Data_R0107805-1.  Contact the UNR Human Resources Department with specific questions about the application process (  Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee ( with any questions.

Review of application materials will begin April 1, 2018.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be completed by this date.

EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.—Main-Campus/Manager–Geoscience-Data_R0107805-1



UNR Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences Spring 2018 Colloquium Series

Speaker: Kristen Averyt, Ph.D., President, Desert Research Institute
Topic: Climate and the Energy-Water Nexus
Date: Friday, February 9 (45 PM)
Location: DMS 105 at University of Nevada, Reno

Abstract: Energy production requires water, and water treatment and distribution require energy. In recent years, the United States has seen collisions at this energy-water nexus, where insufficient resources in one sector impact the reliability of the other. Further, climate change and population growth are beginning to impact the supply and demand balance for both energy and water resources, creating additional difficulties. As the challenges of rising temperatures, declining water availability, drought, growing energy demands, and escalating water needs shift the connections at energy and water, it becomes clear that solutions to each problem must consider cascading effects on the others. This seminar will outline the core concepts of the energy-water nexus, how this issue has manifest in different parts of the United States, and recent research evaluating US electricity system optimization under different climate conditions.