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UTIG - Postdoctoral Fellow - Flemings

The University of Texas at Austin
flexible benefit account, sick time, tuition assistance, 403(b), retirement plan, employee discount
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
May 01, 2024

Job Posting Title:

UTIG - Postdoctoral Fellow - Flemings


Hiring Department:

Institute for Geophysics


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2027





Job Details:

General Note:

The Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to study methane hydrates in geological systems. UTIG is one of the three research units of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Scientists and students at UTIG conduct expeditionary research in Earth Science in all parts of the world, and are also involved in planetary missions and climate modeling. These research projects produce large data sets and require computational analysis and visualization.

Your skills will make a difference.

You will be working for a university that is internationally recognized for our academic programs and research. You will be part of an international effort at the forefront of advancing the energy transition. You will be part of a vibrant university experience that interweaves students, engineering and support staff and senior scientists. You will be part of a team, launching young people on their careers and advancing fundamental and applied science. UT Austin provides an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Competitive health benefits (employee premiums covered at 100%)

  • Voluntary Vision, Dental, Life, and Disability insurance options

  • Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays

  • Hybrid work schedule

  • Teachers Retirement System of Texas, a defined benefit retirement plan, with 7.75% employer matching funds

  • Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs: Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) and a Deferred Compensation program 457(b)

  • Flexible spending account options for medical and childcare expenses

  • Robust free training access through LinkedIn Learning plus professional conference opportunities

  • Tuition assistance

  • Expansive employee discount program including athletic tickets

  • Free access to UT Austin's libraries and museums with staff ID card

  • Free rides on all UT Shuttle and Austin CapMetro buses with staff ID card

For more details, please see: https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits and https://hr.utexas.edu/current/services/my-total-rewards


The candidate will be part of a research team composed of geoscientists and engineers analyzing the material behavior of both hydrate-bearing porous media and permafrost. This individual will help define the experimental direction of the Pressure Core Center at The University of Texas at Austin. We look for a creative individual with a knack for experimental analysis and a passion for quantitative analysis of flow and geomechanics of ice-bearing systems. This position is for one year and potential second year extension with satisfactory progress. For more information, please go to: https://ig.utexas.edu/energy/genesis-of-methane-hydrate-in-coarse-grained-systems/


  • This individual will explore the petrophysical state and evolution of hydrate reservoirs and permafrost through geomechanical and/or geochemical analysis of conventional and pressurized core samples.

  • Work collaboratively with scientists from a multi-disciplinary team composed of geoscientists and engineers from the University of Texas, Sandia, NETL, USGS, and other international institutions.

  • Present results to the scientific community and broader public.

  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals.


Qualified individuals should have a Ph.D. in Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, or a related field at the time of appointment.


Ability to perform independent laboratory research and collaborate effectively. Experience in high pressure equipment and experimental analysis. Passion for quantitative analysis of geomechanical properties and ability and enthusiasm to be part of a multi-disciplinary effort.




  • May work around standard office conditions.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.



  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Brief(1-2 page) statement of interest

  • Three references

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.


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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