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DGS Postdoctoral Fellow, Aero-Climate Group

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

DGS Postdoctoral Fellow, Aero-Climate Group


Hiring Department:

Department of Geological Sciences


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Dec 31, 2024





Job Details:

General Notes

The Persad Aero-Climate Group is seeking a highly organized and enthusiastic early career scientist for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher position in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. The Postdoctoral Researcher will lead development of climate datasets under the new Southeast Texas Urban Integrated Field Lab (SETx-IFL) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and will have the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers at multiple Texas universities and at DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as with stakeholder groups across Southeast Texas.

The position has an anticipated start date of early January 2023 and is expected to be 2 years in duration. We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong background in the downscaling and bias-correction of global climate model data for local applications. Core goals of the SETx-IFL project include equitable co-development of scientific outcomes with stakeholders and broadened participation of underrepresented faculty and student groups in science and engineering to undertake community engagement in culturally and ethically appropriate ways. We seek applicants who have a demonstrated ability to contribute to this mission. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have access to mentorship, networking, and professional development resources offered through the Jackson School for Geosciences and the University of Texas at Austin.

The Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin is steadfast in our commitment to fostering a diverse community of scientists and lifelong learners and to providing an equitable and enriching educational and research experience for every member of our community.


To lead development of climate datasets under the new Southeast Texas Urban Integrated Field Lab (SETx-IFL) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and to interact with scientists and engineers at multiple Texas universities and at DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as with stakeholder groups across Southeast Texas.


  • Develop statistically downscaled and bias-corrected climate projection datasets for the Southeast Texas (Beaumont-Port Arthur) region based on publicly available high-resolution climate model datasets and observations.

  • Coordinate with hydrologic and air quality modelers to supply the climate projection datasets as inputs to hydrologic and air quality models.

  • Present methodology and outcomes to collaborators in other disciplines and to stakeholders.

  • Lead 1-2 peer-reviewed publications on downscaling and bias-correction techniques and/or projected climate impacts on the Southeast Texas region, with scope for the Postdoctoral Researcher to define areas of research interest within those topics.

  • Train a graduate student in generation and application of the climate projection datasets.

Required Qualifications

PhD in atmospheric science, climate science, or a related field received less than 3 years prior to date of hire. Prior research experience with statistical downscaling and bias-correction of climate projection data.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong written and oral presentation skills. Prior experience working on multi-disciplinary projects and engaging with diverse stakeholders. Prior experience mentoring graduate or undergraduate students.

Salary Range


Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Occasional weekend, overtime and evening work to meet deadlines

  • Occasional interstate or intrastate travel

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information
  • Letter of interest detailing how the candidate satisfies required and preferred qualifications and their ability to fulfill the position responsibilities

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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