Here is a list of our current openings for research and support staff.
Details on how to apply are included under each job description.
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Posted: May 18, 2020 | Location: UT main campus, Pickle Research Campus
Posted: Feb. 21, 2020 | Location: UT main campus
Posted: Feb. 14, 2020 | Location: Pickle Research Campus
Postdoctoral Fellow: Geomechanics
The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in computational or experimental Geomechanics.
What We’re Looking For
Successful applicants will have expertise in:
- laboratory experimental design and experimentation with a focus on deformation and fluid flow in Earth materials;
- computational approaches applied to problems of coupled deformation and fluid flow; or,
- analysis and modeling of geodetic or seismological data.
About the Position
This individual will be expected to contribute to, and help lead research within a vibrant and diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and laboratory staff working on problems in geofluids, geomechanics, and tectonics.
The appointment is for up to three years, contingent on performance, with a start date as early as September 1, 2020.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a brief (1-2 page) statement of interest, and the names of three references.
Materials will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2020 and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Research Engineering Scientist Associate III
UTIG is hiring a research engineering scientist associate (RESA) to manage the UT Pressure Core Center (UT PCC).
About the Position
To develop and perform engineering and/or scientific research requiring special qualifications or attainment, with wide latitude for independent action and decision. Work with the laboratory director to operate, maintain, and oversee the UT Pressure Core Center (UT PCC).
What We’re Looking For
The UT PCC is a refrigerated laboratory facility used for the experimental analysis of methane hydrates at low temperature and high pressure. Perform disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly of high-pressure mechanical systems. These jobs require significant mechanical skills. A working knowledge of high-pressure seals, including their selection and installation is desired.
Receive and store pressure core, oversee transport into UT PCC, and prepare cores for manipulation. Assist the Laboratory Director and researchers to extract cores from storage vessels, sub-sample cores, and perform experiments. Operate, maintain, and respond to laboratory environmental monitoring systems. Work with the laboratory director to facilitate health and safety standards, standard operating procedures, and user training for all Flemings Group laboratories. Assist in the management of Flemings group laboratories including performing or contracting maintenance as needed. Build experimental components, calibrate sensors, and DAQ systems. Perform occasional refinement of experimental designs as weaknesses or defects arise. Guide students on lab experiments related to their thesis work. Collaborate with internal and external researchers, students, and visitors. Other related functions as assigned.
For more information, please visit our methane hydrates page.
Master’s degree and two years of related experience, or bachelor’s degree and four years of related experience. Thorough knowledge of special equipment used in the field of research.
Education and experience higher than the required field.
$42,228 + depending on qualifications
How to Apply
The Computational Geoscientist will provide technical leadership and expertise to develop, optimize, and deploy software and workflows that enable new Earth and planetary science research utilizing high performance computing, visualization, and big data approaches.
The candidate is expected to work with a number of computationally oriented researchers and their graduate students at UTIG. She/he is to lead and assist in a range of computational tasks. These could include
- adaptation of existing codes as well as new algorithm and software development for multi-scale, multi-physics problems,
- implementation and deployment of software, optimization of software for high-performance, massively parallel computing platforms,
- optimization of workflows including high throughput data processing, development of platforms to analyze large model outputs, construction of adjoint models, as well as other computational and data science tasks.
The successful candidate will have the scientific and interpersonal skills to interface with diverse and heterogeneous teams of scientists as well as to work independently. She/he has to be self-motivated and is encouraged to bring in their personal scientific interests and expertise into collaborative projects.
Master’s Degree in Earth or computational sciences, applied math, engineering, physics, or a related field; experience working in a computational research position; proficiency in at least one common programming language, such as Python, C/C++, or F90; ability to work independently under established deadlines and as part of a team; strong interpersonal communications skills; ability to travel to partner and collaborator institutions, relevant conferences, etc. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Ph.D. in Earth or computational sciences, applied math, engineering, physics, or a related field; Peer-reviewed publications; demonstrated research experience in the Earth and planetary sciences (e.g., climate dynamics, geodynamics, seismology and exploration geophysics, or dynamo studies); and proficiency in more than one programming language.
$50,000 + depending on qualifications
How to Apply
Visit this job’s posting on the University’s job board to apply.
Questions about the position may be addressed to Thorsten Becker.
Applications must include:
- Three work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
- Letter of interest
Note: Review of applications will begin June 1, and the position will remain open until filled.
The University of Texas at Austin is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All positions are security sensitive, and conviction verification is conducted on applicants selected.