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Associate/Full Professor in Critical Material and Mineral Resources

UT Austin, Geology dept
Austin, Texas (US)
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Nov 27, 2023

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The Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire an outstanding scholar in the general field of Critical Material and Mineral Resources. We are looking for scholars whose research addresses the properties, distribution, mobilities, exploration, extraction and geological occurrences or potential recycling of elements and materials that are critical for energy transition, information and infrastructure technologies using laboratory, field and/or computational approaches. The search is for a tenured Associate or Full Professor who will hold a joint appointment between the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Bureau of Economic Geology

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) 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 EPS is to advance our understanding of the Earth and educate the next generation of geoscientists. EPS 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. The successful candidate will have a reduced teaching load relative to full-time faculty and is expected to develop funding at BEG for multidisciplinary team research in the area of Critical Earth and Mineral Resources.

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. Candidates should describe how their research can be developed into a multidisciplinary research program in critical minerals and energy transition at the BEG.

The Jackson School of Geosciences embraces its place within Texas’ academic flagship, The University of Texas at Austin, a large, bold, and ambitious top-ten public research university. UT Austin’s cutting-edge research and top-quality, diverse student body contribute to the state’s vibrant growth and diverse economic base, which powers the ninth-largest economy in the world and creates a myriad of opportunity for impactful and entrepreneurial research. The university sits at the heart of Austin, the “live music capital of the world,” with a vibrant mix of culture, sports, entrepreneurship, higher education, and politics which make it one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Austin lies within the beautiful Hill Country of Texas, which provides extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation, with extensive parks, trails, and waterways.

Application Instructions

Review of applications is planned to begin September 10, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter; CV; a research statement that articulates scientific questions and a plan for addressing them, including a collaborative research vision; a teaching and mentoring statement that describes a philosophy and a plan for enacting it. 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 Charlie Kerans at

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