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Research Scientist II

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution SD School of Mines
Working Title Research Scientist II
Posting Number NFE00066P
Department SDSMT-Civil & Environmental Engineering
Physical Location of Position (City) Rapid City
Posting Text

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is seeking a Research Scientist II in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a strong genome editing background and skills in bioelectrochemistry experiments. The BuG ReMeDEE (Building genome-to-phenome infrastructure for regulating methane in deep and extreme Environments) researcher will use microbial and molecular techniques to develop genome-to-phenome approaches for investigating extracellular electron transfer mechanisms of previously unexplored wild-type and recombinant methanotrophs. The Research Scientist will use these methanotrophs for converting methane into value-added products. The candidate is expected to have an ability to carry out independent research, provide an expert guidance to the juniors, and collaborate with peers in the team. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Venkata Gadhamshetty (

The successful candidate will have strong genome editing background and skills in bioelectrochemistry experiments. A Ph.D. degree in molecular biology (or related field) or a biological, environmental or chemical engineering degree (or related degree) by the start date is required. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to carry out research studies using genetic engineering/metabolic engineering, have experimental skills in bioelectrochemistry, guide undergraduate and graduate students, and have an excellent publication record in the relevant fields.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 96% placement rate and an average starting salary of nearly $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,800 students from 44 states and 30 countries. Rapid City is the state’s second, largest city (with an urban population of 74,048 and metropolitan population of 199,656) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: and

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 2, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

Posting Date 12/19/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 01/02/2018
Advertised Salary
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
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Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Other, Travel
If other, please indicate Occasional travel for collecting samples from deep biospheres and hot springs
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South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. Attach a cover letter, resume, the name, address, phone number and email address of three professional references, research statement and three sample publications (attach research statement and publications as Other).

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  1. Resume
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