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Assistant Professor in Structural Geology

Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas (US)
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Dec 18, 2021

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Assistant Professor in Structural Geology

The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire a faculty member in the field of structural geology at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) level.  Extraordinary candidates at the Associate Professor (tenured) level may also be considered.  We seek a scholar with outstanding potential who will establish an innovative, world class, externally funded research program and will play an integral role in both undergraduate and graduate student teaching and supervision.

The successful applicant is expected to develop a robust research program that addresses compelling questions about Earth processes and contributes to the fundamental understanding of structural geology and tectonic processes.  Expertise in field and/or other observational techniques is desired.  The area of research specialization is unrestricted and could complement and/or expand existing expertise in topics including dynamics and timescales of crust and mantle deformation, fault and/or shear zone processes, thermomechanical structural modeling, magmatism, orogen and basin analysis, natural resources and the energy transition, active tectonics and geohazards.  

The Department of Geological Sciences is part of the Jackson School of Geosciences (JSG), which includes two closely allied research units, the Institute for Geophysics and the Bureau of Economic Geology.  The Jackson School of Geosciences has a community of over 190 research scientists and faculty with a broad range of specialties and access to outstanding research facilities and support. We seek a faculty member who will develop new and/or expand collaborations among faculty, researchers, and students within the JSG and other units on campus.   The university is located in the thriving Austin metropolitan area with a vibrant community of over 2 million people.

A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. The JSG is committed to expanding our culturally diverse intellectual community, and we strongly encourage applications from all underrepresented groups and from persons with a commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion in the geosciences.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit: a cover letter; CV; research statement; teaching statement; statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and or service; and a list of at least three individuals who would be able to provide letters of reference. Submit copies of these materials through Interfolio's 'Apply Now' option:  Questions concerning the application process should be sent to Rosanna D’Souza


The Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin is among the most established and well regarded geoscience programs in the world, uniting the University’s Department of Geological Sciences, one of the country’s oldest geoscience departments in the country, with two world-renowned research units, the Institute for Geophysics and the Bureau of Economic Geology. The school is home to one of the world’s largest academic geoscience community with 5,700 alumni, 130 research scientists and faculty members, and one of the largest combined graduate and undergraduate enrollments (647) of any major earth science program. The Jackson School is both old and new. It traces its origins to a Department of Geology founded in 1888 but became a separate unit at the level of a college only on September 1, 2005. The school’s formation resulted from one of the most generous gifts in the history of higher education when the late John A. and Katherine G. Jackson bequeathed endowments and assets to the university presently valued at over $300 million.

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