The Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin (UTIG), one of the three principal units in the Jackson School of Geosciences, seeks applications for the position of Director, which may include a concurrent faculty appointment in the Department of Geological Sciences (qualifications for faculty position must be commensurate with rank). UTIG is a world leader in expeditionary-scale geophysical research, numerical modeling and computational-enabled discovery, conducting research in four broad themes: climate; energy; marine geosciences, seismology and tectonophysics; and polar and planetary geophysics. It has a staff of about 75 research scientists and support staff. Both graduate and undergraduate students play important roles in the UTIG research mission. The Institute’s science vision is described in more detail at https://ig.utexas.edu/utig-science-vision-plan.
Purpose of position
An accomplished leader is sought to provide strategic vision and outstanding operational management, to foster high-quality research programs, and to guide the UTIG community to the next level of accomplishment and impact.
The UTIG Director will maintain and strengthen the culture of collaboration and innovation in the Jackson School of Geosciences, expand the reputation of the institute, promote diversity within the institute and demonstrate commitment to a high-quality student experience.
The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field (e.g. geology, geophysics, oceanography, planetary sciences, etc.) and will have experience in the administration of complex organizations and research programs, a demonstrated record of high-quality research and publications, and excellence in people management and communication skills. Involvement in international and/or large federal programs, and leadership in academic and professional activities is desired.
How to apply
An applicant should submit a letter of interest, a vision statement (including your perspectives on how to advance both scholarly excellence and diversity in the workplace at UTIG), CV and list of four references (with titles and email addresses) electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/56029 Additionally a resume must be submitted at the UT Austin Jobs website: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180920010382.
Questions should be directed to Dr. Gail Christeson or Dr. Sean Gulick, co-Chairs, UTIG Director Search Committee at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. References will only be contacted with permission of the candidates.
Review of applications will commence on January 15, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The desired target date for the new director to assume duties is September 1, 2019.
UTIG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. UTIG welcomes applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways.
2) Computational Geoscientist
Purpose of position
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 research scientists and their graduate students at UTIG. She/he is to lead and assist in tasks such as adaptation of existing codes, 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, construction of adjoint models, and 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.
We seek an individual with a Ph.D. in the Earth sciences, computational sciences, applied math, engineering, physics, or a related field; three years’ experience working in a computational research position; proficiency in at least one common programming language, such as scientific Python, C/C++, or F90; ability to work independently under established deadlines and as part of a team; strong oral presentation and interpersonal communications skills; ability to travel to partner and collaborator institutions, relevant conferences, etc. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
The following qualifications are also desired: Peer-reviewed publications; five or more years working at computational research positions in academic institutions or government laboratories; demonstrated research experience in the Earth and planetary sciences (e.g., geodynamics, climate dynamics, seismology and exploration geophysics, or dynamo studies); demonstrated success in preparing proposals in competitive funding environments; and proficiency in more than one programming language.
How to apply
Application material should include a CV with list of publications or other products, a maximum two-page statement of research achievements and interests, and a list of three potential reference letter writers. To directly apply for the position, please go to https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180411010708.
Review of material will start soon, and the position will remain open until filled. Questions should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Thorsten Becker, at email@example.com.
UTIG is interested in building a culturally diverse intellectual community; we strongly encourage applications from like-minded people. UTIG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.