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Associate/Full Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas (US)
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Apr 2, 2023

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Associate/Full Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire an outstanding scholar in the general field of Earth Resources. Applicants with interest and experience in the role of geosciences in the energy transition, including Economic Geology, Critical Earth and Mineral Resources, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Energy Storage, Geothermal Energy, and Geophysical Monitoring, are encouraged to apply. The search is for a tenured Associate or Full Professor in a joint appointment between the Department of Geological Sciences and the Bureau of Economic Geology.

The Department of Geological Sciences (DGS) and the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) are both parts of the Jackson School of Geosciences (JSG), a large community of faculty and research scientists with a broad range of specialties and access to outstanding research facilities and support. The mission of BEG is to serve society by conducting objective, impactful, and integrated geoscience research on relevant energy, environmental, and economic issues. BEG is the State Geological Survey of Texas and has been an integral part of the development of the state’s economic success through the years. The mission of DGS is to advance our understanding of the Earth and to educate the next generations of geoscientists. DGS is one of the leading Geoscience programs in the world, with 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. In addition to programs in Geosciences, JSG hosts a multidisciplinary graduate program in Energy and Earth Resources.

We seek an individual with an established research and mentorship record who will develop new and expand existing collaborations among faculty, researchers, and students within the JSG, across campus, and around the globe. Candidates are encouraged to describe how their work will address topics of acute scientific interest and critical societal importance related to the dual challenge of supplying the world with affordable, reliable energy while also reducing the environmental impacts of all forms of energy. 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 JSG.

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 and the school seek 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 two million people.

Review of applications is planned to begin January 20, 2023 and will 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. Both statements should address past and planned actions that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. 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 Sergey Fomel at



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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