The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Research Scientist - Sedimentary Petrographer

Hiring department Bur Economic Geology
Monthly salary $8,333 - $10,000+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 18-02-20-01-0702
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin - J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Selected candidate to be appointed as Research Associate or Research Scientist based on review of accomplishments, professional experience, and qualifications.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Lead a research program in sedimentary petrography with focus on silicilastic rocks and deposits. Interpret petrographic observations in context of provenance and depositional environment.

Essential Functions

Conduct general research in petrography. Apply petrography to regional projects. Seek and obtain funding to support and develop research and laboratory activities. Integrate data and research findings with other researchers and research programs at the Bureau of Economic Geology and Jackson School of Geosciences. Publish research findings. Support Bureau of Economic Geology activities.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Ph.D. with six years post-doctoral experience in interpreting petrographic observations in the context of provenance and depositional environment. Expertise in petrographic characterization using microscopy, SEM and other techniques. Proven ability to work as a member of a research team and to present research to professional peers. Willingness to work independently. Interest and ability in integrating research results with other scientists. Strong record of scientific publication, research performance, professional achievement, leadership, and recognition. Willingness to adapt to changing research programs and project needs. Proven ability to develop funding for new projects, to coordinate and direct ongoing research, and to meet reporting and project deadlines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Established leader in field in Industry or Academia with five years experience post-graduate. Ability to work at regional- and reservoir-scale. Interest in "source to sink" phenomena. Experience in applications of burial and/or diagenetic modeling to support interpretive work. Ability to do the same in a new research and funding environment. Interest in supervising and mentoring students in petrography and interpretation.

Working conditions

May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals May work around electrical and mechanical hazards Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Occasional weekend, overtime and evening work to meet deadlines. Occasional interstate, intrastate and international travel. Field work as necessary.

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