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Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas (US)
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Feb 19, 2022

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The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Geological Sciences invites applicants for its Excellence in Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellows program. As part of our renewed commitment to foster a more inclusive and diverse Earth science community, we are seeking candidates who would enhance the diversity of representation and contribute to equity and inclusion in the Department of Geological Sciences. To review the department’s recent efforts to promote JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion), please see our webpage (, as well as our school code of conduct (

Fellows are expected to pursue independent earth science research in any area that complements or expands upon existing research programs in the department. Successful mentorship of the incoming postdoctoral fellow is a key component of this position. Applicants are required to identify potential mentors and research groups in the Department with whom they would collaborate and are strongly encouraged to reach out to those researchers from DGS to discuss potential areas of collaboration.

The appointment is for two years. Salary is $60,000 per year, plus benefits and includes discretionary funds of $5000 per year. The award is open to recent PhD recipients (degree conferral within the past 5 years) in the Earth, Atmospheric, Oceanic, Planetary Sciences or related fields. The start date is flexible but can begin as early as May 1, 2022.

To be considered, applications must include: (1) a one page statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; (2) a Curriculum Vitae that includes employment history, publications, and any record of awards or extramural funding; (3) a one-page statement of research interests and background; (4) a one-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; (5) a list of names and contact information for three references; (6) an optional COVID impact statement.

Applicants should apply via the following LINK, and attach all requested applicant material into one single combined PDF format document.

A review of applications will begin February 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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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