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The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University is inviting applications for the Pan Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. We are seeking candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculty within our department and who contribute positively to the diversity of the department through outreach or other means. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome. By the time of their start date at Rice, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degree and be within the first three years of degree conferral.

The research fellowship will be supported for two years --- pending satisfactory progress during the first year --- and includes an annual stipend of $62,000 with a benefits package, an annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500, and an allowance for reasonable re-location expenses. Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence, the applicant’s record of research productivity, a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of their field of study, research synergies with at least one faculty, and a commitment to fostering diversity. The proposed research should encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant’s Ph.D. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.

Applicants are required to submit:

1. A current CV, including a list of publications

2. A brief synopsis of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation (no longer than one page). 

3. A brief diversity statement that explains the applicants’ interest in, experience with, and/or planned commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (no longer than one page) 

4. A concise research proposal (no longer than three pages, including figures, excluding references) describing the applicants research interests, specifically the research that the applicant would like to pursue at Rice 

5. The names of potential Rice faculty who could serve as postdoctoral mentors

All five documents should be submitted as a single PDF file to the fellowship search committee ( by 13 November, 2023. In addition, letters of reference should be submitted by two referees to the same email address and by the same deadline.

The highest ranked applicants will be invited for an interview. Following acceptance, the appointment may begin anytime before 1 January, 2025. For further information or questions contact the search committee at

Rice University is located in Houston, Texas, and is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university that aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. Rice fulfills this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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