Computational Geoscientist

Austin, Texas
Apr 10, 2018
Jun 05, 2018
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Purpose of position

The Computational Geoscientist will provide technical leadership and expertise to develop, optimize, and deploy software and workflows that enable new Earth and planetary science research utilizing high performance computing, visualization, and big data approaches.

Essential functions 

The candidate is expected to work with a number of computationally oriented research scientists and their graduate students at UTIG. She/he is to lead and assist in tasks such as adaptation of existing codes, algorithm and software development for multi-scale, multi-physics problems, implementation and deployment of software, optimization of software for high-performance, massively parallel computing platforms, optimization of workflows including high throughput data processing, construction of adjoint models, and other computational and data science tasks. The successful candidate will have the scientific and interpersonal skills to interface with diverse and heterogeneous teams of scientists as well as to work independently. She/he has to be self-motivated and is encouraged to bring in their personal scientific interests and expertise into collaborative projects.


We seek an individual with a Ph.D. in the Earth sciences, computational sciences, applied math, engineering, physics, or a related field; three years' experience working in a computational research position; proficiency in at least one common programming language, such as scientific Python, C/C++, or F90; ability to work independently under established deadlines and as part of a team; strong oral presentation and interpersonal communications skills; ability to travel to partner and collaborator institutions, relevant conferences, etc. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

The following qualifications are also desired: Peer-reviewed publications; five or more years working at computational research positions in academic institutions or government laboratories; demonstrated research experience in the Earth and planetary sciences (e.g., geodynamics, climate dynamics, seismology and exploration geophysics, or dynamo studies); demonstrated success in preparing proposals in competitive funding environments; and proficiency in more than one programming language.

About UTIG

UTIG ( is a world leader in expeditionary-scale and theoretical geophysical research in climate; energy; marine geosciences, seismology and geodynamics; and planetary and polar geophysics. UTIG is home to more than 50 research scientists and postdocs who interact with the Jackson School of Geosciences and UT Austin’s other units, including the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). Austin is consistently ranked one of top cities to live in the U.S. and is home to a thriving art, music, and IT community.

How to apply

Application material should include a CV with list of publications or other products, a maximum two-page statement of research achievements and interests, and a list of three potential reference letter writers. Review of material will start on April 15, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. Questions should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Thorsten Becker, at

UTIG is interested in building a culturally diverse intellectual community; we strongly encourage applications from like-minded people.  UTIG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.