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Postdoctoral Fellow - Keitt Lab

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow - Keitt Lab


Hiring Department:

Department of Integrative Biology


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:

Jan 09, 2023


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Jul 09, 2023





Job Details:

General Notes

This position ends 6-months from initial hire date. Possible renewal based on job performance, funding acquisition and research goals. The position will include a full-time benefits package.

Security sensitive; criminal background check conducted on selected candidate. Hiring decision is contingent upon applicant clearing background check requirement.

Interested candidates should submit a summary of qualifications (one page), curriculum vitae, available start date, and contact information (name and e-mail addresses) for three reference writers.


The Keitt Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Associate (postdoc) with expertise in electrical engineering or a related field at the time of hire. The selected candidate will assemble and program ten waterproof biosensors designed to record and process bird calls, ambient temperature, soil moisture, ambient light, and send data files over WiFi. Successful applicants will have knowledge of Linux systems, proven system integration and software architecture skills as well as familiarity with Raspberry Pi computers. As a key senior team member, the candidate will also be expected to aid in the training of junior lab members and testing biosensors in the field.


  • Building sensors

  • Programming

  • Training of students and research assistants in the lab to foster a truly interdisciplinary learning environment across biology, computer sciences, and engineering.

  • Publish and present findings in peer-reviewed scientific outlets

Required Qualifications

PhD in electrical engineering or related fields. PhD must have been received or completed all qualifications and degree requirements within three years prior to the effective date of the initial assignment.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. electrical engineering or related disciplines and experience with open-source deployment on Raspberry Pi single-board computers or similar systems.

Salary Range

$47,500 - $65,000

Working Conditions

  • Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished)

  • May work in all weather conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • May work around electrical and mechanical hazards

  • Use of manual dexterity

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Climbing of stairs

  • Climbing of ladders

  • Lifting and moving

Work Shift

  • Flexible: 40 hours/week is required, and most of this time should be during normal business hours (e.g., 9:00am-5:00pm), although numbers of hours/day and days/week can be negotiated and may change depending on what projects are being pursued.

Required Materials

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • One-page summary of qualifications, including research interests and career goals

  • PhD verification (Example of official documentation of the degree include: Copy of diploma (preferred) or official English translation of diploma, Copy of a letter of completion on letterhead from the office of the registrar or graduate office confirming completion of degree requirements, Copy of official transcript in English with "degree awarded" information.)

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.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.

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