Job Opening at NBMG! Cartographic/Graphics Technician III

Job Description: The Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking applications for a Cartographic/Graphics Technician III. This position does not offer layoff rights and is contingent upon funding. The position will be responsible for providing services and expertise in the areas of graphic design, publications, cartography, and web design, as well, as ensuring high-quality digital production and design of publications and other products, including books, reports, maps, figures, photos, posters, and other materials. Additional duties include assisting with maintenance and accessibility compliance of the Bureau’s web content, coordinating printing of new publications and reprints, management of individual projects and requests, and occasional outreach activities.

Apply today!

Contact Information:
Jennifer Vlcan / mauldin@unr.edu / 775-682-8759

Posting Close Time: This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date: 03/6/2020

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

Two New Positions at NBMG!

ASSISTANT PROFESSOREconomic Geology
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Job Description: The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position focused on hydrothermal mineral deposits. NBMG is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and serves as the state geological survey.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty members.  The primary responsibilities of this position will involve conducting field-based research and teaching mainly in the field of Economic Geology, particularly hydrothermal mineral deposits, and to a lesser extent in structural geology.  Research will involve both independent work and collaboration with other NBMG faculty and staff, as well as faculty in other geoscience departments at UNR and in the Nevada System of Higher Education.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s mineral and energy resources, including resource assessments. The successful candidate will be asked to communicate effectively with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada and its mineral and energy resources.  Research conducted by the successful candidate must be focused on mineral deposits in Nevada.  The successful candidate will be expected to supervise graduate students and teach classes in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at UNR.

Required Qualifications:Doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with industrial or academic experience in hydrothermal mineral deposits and with experience in field-based studies in a wide variety of geological settings, especially studies that required geologic mapping.  Expertise in structural geology, geologic mapping, and active hydrothermal systems (geothermal activity) will be valued.

Contact Information
Sharee Williams at (775) 682-8795 or shareew@unr.edu

Required Attachment(s)
Please attach the following documents to your application.
1) Resume/CV.
2) Cover letter expressing interest in the position and research plans.
3) Contact information for three professional references.
4) Word document containing a link to three publications.
5) Examples of geologic mapping related to mineral deposits that you have conducted.
6) Please write 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.

For more information about the position, and to apply, please visit the job posting on the UNR Workday website.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on February 21, 2020.

EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Administrative Assistant 2
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Job Description: The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for an Administrative Assistant 2 with a line of progression into an Administrative Assistant 3 for Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology. The position will be responsible for general office duties, which includes managing the front desk and customer service, ordering and maintenance of supplies, co-managing building maintenance, creating memos and flyers, managing shipping and receiving, and managing fleet vehicle logs, vehicle and equipment check out, and mileage billing.

Additional duties include administrative support to faculty and the Director by entering personnel transactions, reconciling purchasing cards, assisting with travel transactions and travel arrangements, arranging visits for prospective students and visitors, and organizing and scheduling meetings and events.

Required Qualifications: Graduation from high school or equivalent education and two years of clerical and administrative support experience which included experience in one or more of the following areas: maintaining records and files; preparing a variety of materials using a personal computer or word processor; assisting customers in completing forms and applications; and/or performing secretarial duties in support of professional staff; OR one year of experience as an Administrative Assistant I in Nevada State service; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Schedule: The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; this is subject to change based on organizational needs.

Compensation Grade: 25, Classified Compensation

Classified Benefits: PERS retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with other benefits. For more information, please visit: Classified Benefits

Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit: For more information about the Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit, please visit: Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit

Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program: Additionally, we offer a Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents of classified employees (working at least a 50% full-time equivalent).

For more information, please visit: Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program

Contact Information
Lora Robb at (775) 682-8762 or lorarobb@unr.edu

Exempt: No

Full-Time Equivalent: 100.0%

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 review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at jobs@unr.edu

Attach the following attachment(s) to your application:

  • Resume/CV – (required) List a detailed description of the major duties that you performed as part of each job. You must demonstrate that you qualify for the position and your education and experience must be clearly documented.
  • Cover Letter – (optional)
  • Contact Information for Three Supervisory References – (required) – Please make a note if you do not want your present employer contacted unless necessary to determine your qualifications for the position.
  • Transcripts – (optional) – If you have not graduated, please attach your transcripts to receive education credit for classes you have taken. Credit is given for classes relevant to the position.
  • Veteran Interview Consideration – (optional) – To receive interview consideration for veterans and veterans with a service-connected disability, proof is required at the time of application.  Please attach proof electronically to your application under the Veteran Document(s) section. (Examples of acceptable documents include DD-214, disability letter from Veteran’s Administration, etc.).

Posting Close Time: This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date: 01/17/2020

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on January 16, 2020.

More information can be found through the job posting website.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

DGSE Geoscience Seminar—Monday, Sept. 9

Carrie MeisnerBroader Impacts in NSF Proposals

Abstract: “The Broader Impacts Criterion in National Science Foundation grants encourages scientists to actively engage both the public and policy makers in their scientific discoveries. Traditional broader impact strategies incorporating undergraduate science majors and graduate students in the scientific process provides crucial experiences for future scientists, and innovative strategies such as citizen science projects successfully involve larger audiences. However, these broader impact activities generally target people already interested in and knowledgeable about science. We need to do more. We need to insert science in unexpected places in our educational system and society to reach a more diverse audience, engage citizens who may not identify as scientists, and broaden interest and support for science education and research funding.

Our approach embeds a local community college professor familiar with the field area as a PI to design and manage the broader impacts of an NSF grant focusing on the exhumation and uplift of the Ruby Mountain Metamorphic Core Complex in northern Nevada. This strategy increases efficacy – researchers focus on data collection, analysis and interpretation, while the community college professor focuses on communicating the science to a diverse audience and measuring reach through clickstream analytic tools. Importantly, all of the PI’s benefit from one another’s work in a truly symbiotic way. Key to this approach is recruiting and including a multi-disciplinary team of undergraduates in the development and dissemination of instructional materials and establishing the RuGGED (Ruby Mountains Geology, Geochron, and Education) YouTube channel with an interactive geologic map to host filmed-in-the-field tutorials and interviews with noteworthy scientists. In addition, the incorporation of a co-PI with an extensive web of local connections facilitates sharing educational resources with local companies and organizations, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, and the University of Nevada, Reno.”

All regular Monday Seminars are in DMS 102 at 4:00 PM.
https://www.unr.edu/around-campus/davidson-math-and-science-center
https://www.unr.edu/geology/geoscience-seminars

Nevada Today Article

Machines being trained to enhance geothermal exploration in Nevada:
College of Science geologists are successful with new exploration methods for renewable energy
By: Mike Wolterbeek (from Nevada Today, 5/29/2019)

Read story here (also copied below):
https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2019/machine-learning-geothermal-exploration?utm_source=newsletter053019

“After a successful new method of geothermal exploration found two new geothermal systems in Nevada, the Department of Energy has awarded a major new grant to the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology to research and expand the use of machine-learning to make the exploration process even more effective.

The two successful discoveries in the Great Basin by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology used a previously untried method for finding unknown, hidden geothermal resources, called blind systems, where there are no surface indications of hot water.

There had been no exploration previously in one of these areas and only minor previous exploration in the other. University of Nevada, Reno geologists in the Bureau of Mines and Geology used a number of other surface and subsurface clues in their methodology developed as part of their Department of Energy funded Play Fairway project that has been underway since 2014.

As part of their analysis, James Faulds, director of the Bureau and principal investigator on both the play fairway and machine learning projects, and his team used a few basic machine learning techniques, and now have plans to step up this effort with this newly funded project from the DOE. The project is intended to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to geothermal exploration to identify previously unrecognized connections between the various datasets.

“This is like icing on the cake of our very successful geothermal play fairway project,” Faulds said. “This new project is aimed at facilitating additional discoveries of geothermal systems in Nevada using machine learning methods and builds on our previous efforts on geothermal play fairways in the region.

“This machine learning project is hopefully the first phase of a long-term, multi-phase program. This first phase is funded at $500,000.”

While the Play Fairway project relied to some degree on expert opinion where machine training data might be used, this new grant will fund the introduction of an additional approximately 100 training sites and the addition of an industry partner with extensive applicable datasets.

For this project, Faulds has assembled a team of scientists from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, USGS and experts in machine learning from MIT and the oil industry. Machine learning is a technique that teaches computers to analyze data, learn from the data and improve their performance through adaptation. The hope is that there will be higher success rates in geothermal exploration leading to greater efficiency and lower costs for geothermal exploration and development.

In a statement released by U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), they applauded the DOE for selecting the University’s geothermal exploration technology project as one of 10 national projects chosen for funding.

“Thanks to these funds, the University of Nevada, Reno will be able to apply machine learning techniques to geothermal exploration and production,” said the Senators. “This technological investment will help to develop renewable energy technology to create a cleaner future for Nevada and our entire country.”

The mission of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology is to provide the citizens of Nevada with geologic information on geologic hazards and natural resources both to protect the public and facilitate, diversify and enhance Nevada’s economic future. NBMG is a statewide public service unit that applies its expertise to the entire state. It is a division of the University of Nevada, Reno and resides in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science. Since its inception in 1929, it has served as the State Geologic Survey of Nevada and a Bureau of information and analysis for geologic data throughout the state.”

NBMG Biennial Report 2016–2017

Biennial Report of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, 20162017
Author: James E. Faulds
Year: 2018
Series: Open-File Report 2018-08
Format: 52 pages, 8.5×11, color
View/download/purchase:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Biennial-report-NBMG-2016-2017-p/of2018-08.htm

Nevada is a unique state whose opportunities and challenges stem from its distinctive geologic, geographic, economic, and demographic heritages. It is richly endowed in natural resources but is also prone to earthquakes, floods, and other natural hazards. The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) is the state geological survey of Nevada and is tasked with analyzing and characterizing these resources and hazards for the benefit of Nevada’s citizens.

As defined by state statutes, NBMG serves as the state’s official locus of data, analysis, and exchange on Nevada’s geology, natural resources, and geologic hazards. We disseminate this information to local, state, and federal agencies, major industries, engineers, educators, and to the general public. Our primary mission is to provide geologic information to enhance the safety of Nevada’s citizens and to facilitate environmentally sound and sustainable economic development of Nevada’s mineral and energy resources, applying geologic research for the public good throughout the state. We are a statewide public service unit that resides in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Since its inception in 1929, NBMG has produced geologic maps for much of the state and catalogued more than 320,000 geologic specimens and reports. This report summarizes NBMG activities, programs, and accomplishments for 2016 and 2017.

To fulfill its mandate, NBMG employs about 28 individuals, including geoscientists, GIS (geographic information systems) and cartographic professionals, technicians, and staff. NBMG conducts research and publishes reports on mineral, geothermal, and oil and gas resources, engineering geology, geologic hazards, hydrogeology, geologic mapping, and Nevada’s overall geologic framework. NBMG cooperates with numerous state and federal agencies in conducting this research and in providing geologic and resource information. Research results are published as NBMG bulletins, reports, maps, and special publications, as well as in federal publications and scientific journals. In the 2016–2017 period, NBMG produced dozens of publications on Nevada’s geology, natural resources, and geologic hazards, including 15 NBMG geologic maps, 11 NBMG reports and other publications, and more than 75 papers in nationally and internationally recognized scientific journals. Geologic research conducted by NBMG has benefited many industries in Nevada (e.g., the gold, lithium, silver, copper, and geothermal industries) and enabled the state to become leading producers of gold and geothermal power. Geologic information managed by NBMG also helps government officials make informed decisions on the use of Nevada’s lands. To preserve and provide public access to this information, NBMG manages and operates the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL), whose staff catalogues and archives geologic reports, rock and mineral samples (including cuttings and core from geothermal and oil-gas wells), mining district files, aerial photographs, and geologic and topographic maps. About half of the NBMG staff are supported by State funding, with the other half supported by external grants. NBMG has been very successful in acquiring external grants and expended ~$3.36M in external funds on statewide projects in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

Continued rapid population growth in Nevada has resulted in increasing needs for mineral, energy, and groundwater resources, land-use and infrastructure planning, and assessments of geologic hazards. NBMG’s major programs are geared toward applying the forefront of technology to satisfy these needs. NBMG’s major activities are described in the following chapters of this report: 1) Geologic Mapping; 2) Mineral Resources; 3) Geothermal Resources; 4) Tectonic Setting; 5) Geologic Hazards; 6) Data Dissemination; and 7) Education and Outreach.

This report was prepared for the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

New Economic Geology Position at NBMG!

Application Deadline February 22

Assistant or Associate Professor Economic Geologist (Hydrothermal Geochemistry)
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Description of Position: The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in Economic Geology focused on the hydrothermal geochemistry of mineral deposits. Position responsibilities and expectations include: 1) working independently as well as collaborating with NBMG faculty-staff, faculty in other geoscience units at UNR and UNLV, and others in industry and government in developing funded projects and conducting research; 2) focusing research on mineral deposits in Nevada, though some research can be conducted outside Nevada; and 3) supervising graduate students and teaching courses related to hydrothermal geochemistry.  The position will be a tenure-track faculty appointment with an academic-year base salary (9 months) that is competitive with other research universities.  Starting date will be July 1, 2019 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must have a doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to hydrothermal mineral deposits as indicated by dissertation research or peer-reviewed publications.  Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials; commitment to public service; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential.  Previous research must include one or more of the following disciplines: economic geology or hydrothermal geochemistry with a focus on mineral deposits.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with: 1) academic experience in hydrothermal minerals deposits, particularly research that blends both quantitative analytical and field-based approaches; 2) demonstrated research productivity with publications in the peer-reviewed literature; and 3) achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in economic geology, as described in the applicant’s letter of interest. Additional preferred fields of expertise include: 1) geochemistry of metal solubility and transport; 2) geochemical modeling, 3) fluid inclusions, 4) stable isotopes, and/or 5) geochemical microanalyses.

Department Information: NBMG is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and serves as the state geological survey of Nevada.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as both an academic unit and statewide agency.  Its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty members.  Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to do research in the geosciences and the best in the U.S. for the study of hydrothermal mineral deposits.  For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (http://www.nbmg.unr.edu).

Contact information for this position: Dr. John Muntean, Search Chair – munteanj@unr.edu

To express interest, please apply online at: https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UNR-external/job/University-of-Nevada-Reno—Main-Campus/Assistant-or-Associate-Professor—Economic-Geologist_R0113408-1

Please attach the following attachments to your application:
1) Resume/CV
2) Statement expressing your interest in the position and research plans
3) Name, e-mail, postal address, and telephone number of at least three professional references
4) A Word document containing links to at least three of your publications
5) Please write 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 Time
This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date: 02/22/2019
EEO/AA: Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

AAPG 2018 Annual Meeting—Highlights from NBMG

“NBMG geologists Mike Ressel and Chris Henry presented posters about the Eocene Elko Formation, Elko Basin, and oil potential in northeast Nevada at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists 2018 Annual Convention and Exhibition in Salt Lake City.  Chris’ poster was about the regional setting and geographic extent of the Elko Formation and basin. Mike’s poster was prepared with his graduate student Elizabeth Hollingsworth and grew out of their work on the geology of the southern Carlin trend, where many rocks previously mapped as Paleozoic conglomerates turn out to be Eocene.  Consulting geologists Jerry Walker and Bill Ehni, along with Chris Henry, also displayed core from Noble Energy’s recent drilling in the Elko Basin at the meeting.  Noble drilled four wells to depths of 9,100 to more than 11,000 feet and produced oil from two wells.  Although Noble backed away from exploration because of low prices at the time, their work demonstrates significant oil potential in the Elko Basin.  Noble submitted core and cuttings from these wells to the Bureau, which curates them at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library under a program with the Nevada Division of Minerals.  Showing the Noble – Elko core was part of AAPG’s overall “Core Like Never Before” display at the meeting, which presented core from lacustrine hydrocarbon plays worldwide.  We thank the Utah Geological Survey and Utah Core Research Center for extensive help in transporting and displaying the core.  Along with lots of talks and posters, the meeting had numerous exhibits including a spectacular showing of dinosaur skeletons by the Natural History Museum of Utah.  Chris’ grandson Vaughn thought the dinosaurs were great.” (from Chris Henry)

Poster by Elizabeth R. Hollingsworth, Michael W. Ressel, and Christopher D. Henry (Abstract 2857261)
Early Coarse Clastic Deposition in the Western Elko Basin, Piñon Range, Northeastern Nevada: Implications for Basin Evolution and Petroleum Potential
http://data.nbmg.unr.edu/public/freedownloads/misc/posters/Hollingsworth_etal_AAPG_2018May20poster.pdf

Poster by Christopher D. Henry (Abstract 2857031)
The Eocene Elko Basin and Elko Formation, NE Nevada: Paleotopographic Controls on Area, Thickness, Facies Distribution, and Petroleum Potential
http://data.nbmg.unr.edu/public/freedownloads/misc/posters/HenryAAPGPoster_20180530.pdf

View photos of the AAPG 2018 Annual Convention and Exhibition here. 

View core and cuttings at GBSSRL:
If you would like to view the Noble core—or any core or cuttings located at NBMG’s Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library, please contact David Davis for an appointment:
Phone: 775-682-8767
Email: ddavis@unr.edu