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Assistant Professors in Earth and Planetary Sciences

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas (US)
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Jan 5, 2023

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Assistant Professors in Earth and Planetary Sciences


The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire innovative scholars in Earth and planetary sciences who will advance our mission to conduct world class research and provide an exceptional education to our students.

The specific area of research specialization within the Earth and planetary sciences is unrestricted. We are interested in novel approaches to understanding fundamental processes occurring within and among the various ‘spheres’ of Earth and/or other planets. Candidates are encouraged to describe how their work may address topics of acute scientific interest and/or critical societal importance. We are especially interested in candidates who demonstrate an ability to think across traditional disciplinary boundaries and forge collaborative research endeavors within and beyond the Department of Geological Sciences.

The Department of Geological Sciences (DGS) is part of the Jackson School of Geosciences (JSG), which includes two other closely allied research units: the Institute for Geophysics and the Bureau of Economic Geology.  Altogether, the JSG has a large outstanding community of faculty and research scientists with a broad range of specialties and access to outstanding research facilities and support. In DGS there is a vibrant blend of basic and applied research organized into three programs: Surface Subsurface and Life; Lithosphere and Deep Earth; and Water, Climate and the Environment. We seek faculty members who will develop new and/or expand collaborations among faculty, researchers, and students within the JSG, across campus and around the globe.

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 vibrant and culturally diverse intellectual community, and we strongly encourage applications from all groups including those historically-underrepresented in the Geosciences. The university, school and department are interested in and value candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations and have demonstrated a commitment through their actions to improving the diversity, equity and inclusivity of their academic communities. The university is located in the thriving Austin metropolitan area with a rapidly growing community of over 2 million people.

Review of applications is planned to begin January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter; CV; research statement that articulates scientific questions and a plan for addressing them including a collaborative research vision; teaching and mentoring statement that describes a philosophy and a plan for enacting it; and a statement addressing past and/or planned efforts and actions that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. Contact information for at least three individuals who would be able to provide letters of reference should be supplied on a separate document.  Submit copies of these materials through Interfolio's 'Apply Now' option: Questions concerning the application process should be sent to Dan Breecker at


The Jackson School of Geosciences is among the most established and well-regarded geoscience programs in the world. The school includes the Department of Geological Sciences, one of the country’s oldest geoscience departments, and two world-renowned research units, the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics and the Bureau of Economic Geology. The school is home to the world’s largest academic geoscience community with 58 faculty, 150 research staff, and one of the largest combined graduate and undergraduate enrollments of any major geoscience program.

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