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Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Texas at Austin
paid holidays, sick time, retirement plan
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
May 01, 2024

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow


Hiring Department:

Oden Institute


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Mar 20, 2023





Job Description:

Collaborate on research in the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences under the supervision of Dr(s) John-Paul Clarke, Ufuk Topcu and/or Karen Willcox. Will help lead research efforts in a project aiming to establish an algorithmic foundation that will support the development, deployment, and adoption of advanced air mobility systems for autonomous cargo operations at scale. The project is funded by NASA through its University Leadership Initiative. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with teams from University of Texas at Austin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University and a range of additional partners from academia, industry, and government.


Job Details:

General Notes

The Oden Institute is an organized research unit that fosters interdisciplinary programs in computational sciences and engineering, computational medicine, computational geosciences, mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, data science, software engineering, and computational visualization. PhD must have been received within the past three years. The position is funded for a year with possibility of continuation based upon performance review, progress towards research goals, and continuation of funding. The appointment is initially for one year and renewable up to 3 years.

Candidates will need to upload a letter of interest, resume/CV, copies of 2-3 publications written by the candidate and list of three references.

UT Austin offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • 100% employer-paid basic medical coverage
  • Retirement contributions
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid holidays


  • Conduct research in areas related to the project.
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate research assistants.
  • Participate in technical conferences,
  • Support project reporting.
  • Support the organization of workshops.
Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree received within past 3 yearsin any field of engineering or computer science as long as their expertise can be related to the overall goals of the project.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and management skills.
  • While the priority is on the novelty of the candidate's past work and potential for professional growth, the following topics are of particular interest: controls, formal methods, optimization, machine learning, engineering risk analysis, and system safety.
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Solid publication record.

Salary Range

$60,000+ depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
  • Regular office environment.
  • May work around standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
  • Travel as required to project meetings or conferences.
Required Materials
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume/CV
  • Copies of 2-3 publications written by the candidate
  • Three references
  • Arrange at least two (2) confidential reference letters be sent to Kay Brown (kay@oden.utexas.edu)
  • Proof of Ph.D. in field of engineering or computer science.

Importantfor 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 thatALLRequired 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 questionspresented 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.


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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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