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2 Postdoc (with possible transition to faculty) in any field of the Geosciences (Earth, Planetary, Climate and Environmental Sciences)
Austin, Texas, USA
University of Texas
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

The Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas - Austin invites applicants for two (2) Postdoctoral Fellow positions in any field of the Geosciences (Earth, Planetary, Climate and Environmental Sciences) as part of the University of Texas Provost’s Early Career Cohort Fellowship program. We are seeking excellent recent PhD, postdoctoral, and other early-career candidates with career goals of entering into a tenure-track faculty position. Fellows will pursue independent Earth Science research in any area that complements or expands upon existing research programs in the Department. Fellows may also choose to teach or co-teach a course of their design. Candidates whose practice emphasizes improving accessibility, equity, or justice connected to Earth Science topics are particularly encouraged to apply.

The aim of this program is to invest in the career and professional growth of the Fellows, to both prepare them for academic positions and further UT’s critical goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. This includes cohort activities that support the professional advancement of these scholars. Mentorship for the incoming postdoctoral fellows is a key component of these positions and the Provost’s Early Career Fellows will participate in a postdoctoral mentoring program in both the Jackson School of Geosciences and UT Provost’s office. For more information about the UT Provost Early Career Cohort Fellowship program see (

The Department, the University, and the City of Austin are in the midst of exciting opportunities and growth. World-class research in the Department is broadly clustered in three programs: (i) Water, Climate, and the Environment; (ii) Lithosphere and Deep Earth; and (iii) Subsurface, Surface, and Life. The Department has strong and active collaborations among and within these programs as well as with researchers at the UT Institute of Geophysics (UTIG), and the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), as part of the Jackson School of Geosciences. We are fully engaged in the University's mission to foster a community that values diversity and inclusion as necessary elements of a world-class educational environment. For a review of the Department’s recent efforts to promote belonging, accessibility, inclusiveness, and justice, please see our webpage ( Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values.

The appointment is for two years at a salary of $70,000 per year, plus benefits, and includes relocation funds, travel funds, and discretionary funds of $5,000 per year. The award is open to recent Ph.D. recipients in the Earth, Environmental, Climate, Oceanic, Planetary Sciences or related fields; degree conferral must be within the past 3 years but in exceptional cases due to the pandemic, up to 5 years will be considered. A review of applications will begin June 15, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled. The start date is flexible but can begin as early as September 1, 2022, but no later than January 1., 2023. UT-wide Provost’s Fellows cohort activities begin in early September.

To be considered, applications must include: (1) a one-page statement of research interests and background; (2) a two-page proposed research plan (references excluded), including a description of how the research will integrate with and add to existing research in the Department of Geological Sciences; (3) a one page statement on the candidate’s diversity, equity, and inclusion vision and efforts; (4) a Curriculum Vitae that includes employment history, publications, service/DEI work, and any record of awards or extramural funding; (5) a list of names and contact information for three references; (6) an optional COVID impact statement.

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Questions concerning the application process can be sent to dgs-front_desk[at] Applicants should also feel free to reach out to Departmental Chair, Daniel Stockli and Associate Dean, Julia Clarke with questions about the program or other faculty about collaborative opportunities.

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