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Job Posting Title:Postdoctoral Fellow
Hiring Department:Department of Geological Sciences
Position Open To:All Applicants
Weekly Scheduled Hours:40
Earliest Start Date:Immediately
Position Duration:Expected to Continue Until Mar 31, 2025
Location:UT MAIN CAMPUS
The UT Austin Planetary Surface Processes (PSP) Group, headed by Dr. Tim Goudge, is advertising an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow. This position is primarily funded by a NASA grant entitled “Constraining the nature of Noachian surface environments and climates using clay stratigraphies on Mars ”. This grant is led by PI Dr. Briony Horgan (Purdue University), and there will be opportunities for collaboration with Dr. Horgan’s research group, as well as other proposal team members. The overall goal of this project is to use clay mineral-bearing stratigraphies (commonly Al-bearing clay minerals overlying Fe/Mg-smectites) that outcrop in Noachian terrains across Mars to constrain the paleoclimate of the early martian surface environment.
The PSP Group Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to this project through analysis of satellite remote sensing data aimed at constraining the paleolandscape on which these clay mineral-bearing stratigraphies formed. This will involve integrated analyses of spectroscopic (e.g., CRISM), image (e.g., CTX, HiRISE) and topographic (e.g., HiRISE stereo-derived DEMs) data. The available funding also provides room for the Postdoctoral Fellow to pursue other topics of interest in the broad field of planetary surface processes. Applicants are encouraged to discuss/formulate specific research projects with Dr. Goudge. More information about research of the PSP group can be found here: https://www.jsg.utexas.edu/goudge/ .
The position will be for two years, with a preferred start date between May and July of 2023. Applicants should submit: (1) a 1–2 page cover letter outlining their interest in the position, their relevant qualifications, and any additional research topics they would like to pursue as part of this appointment; and (2) their current CV (including abstracts/publications and names/email addresses for 3 professional references). Documents should be submitted as a single PDF via Workday prior to Feb 15, 2023 for full consideration. Please feel free to contact Dr. Goudge (email@example.com) with any questions about this position.
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.
The overall goal of this project is to use clay mineral-bearing stratigraphies (commonly Al-bearing clay minerals overlying Fe/Mg-smectites) that outcrop in Noachian terrains across Mars to constrain the paleoclimate of the early martian surface environment.
Contribute to this project through analysis of satellite remote sensing data aimed at constraining the paleolandscape on which these clay mineral-bearing stratigraphies formed.
Pursue other topics of interest in the broad field of planetary surface processes.
Discuss/formulate specific research projects.
Ph.D. must have been received within three years from date of hire. Experience in analysis of remote sensing data, particularly topography, visible to near-infrared spectroscopy, and/or planetary mission data; interaction between physical sediment transport and chemical weathering processes (on Earth and/or Mars); and/or quantitative data analysis, including familiarity with one or more computer coding language(s) (e.g., Python, ENVI/IDL, MATLAB).
Researchers with experience in any of the required qualifications will be preferred for this position.
May work in all weather conditions
May work around standard office conditions
Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
Occasional weekend, overtime, and evening work to meet deadlines
- 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
- Letter of interest
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.
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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.
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.
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