The Environmental Microbiology and Astrobiology Labs of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas, NV, in partnership with the School of Life Sciences (SoLS) at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), invite applications for graduate studies beginning in Fall of 2019. These joint positions will based at DRI, but coursework, academic advisement, and degrees will be provided through UNLV.


We seek highly motivated individuals to contribute to NASA- and NSF-funded research at the interface between environmental science, cultivation-based microbiology, and genomics. The successful applicant will join a dynamic research team with primary collaborators from the Single Cell Genomics Center (Bigelow Lab, ME), the Universities of New Hampshire and New Mexico, and NASA in Silicon Valley (NASA Ames). Major field activities will focus on caves at Lava Beds National Monument, deep boreholes associated with Death Valley, and other (often) extreme desert environments.


The ideal candidate will be independent, possess strong English communication skills, and enjoy fieldwork. Individuals with demonstrable research and academic productivity and backgrounds in microbiology, environmental chemistry, bioinformatics, geology, or related fields are particularly relevant. Candidates must complete an application to UNLV SoLS; which will include a statement of interest, transcripts, and contact information for three professional references. DRI offers a competitive support package, which includes a monthly stipend and access to student health services. Hourly employment opportunities are also possible, including for graduate students prior to enrollment.


Prospective students should email their CV and statement of interest to Dr. Duane Moser prior to applying., 702-862-5534


Open until filled, UNLV application deadline – January 15, 2019


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Application deadline:
Start date: Flexible
Location: Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA