Research Position in Clastic Sedimentology, The University of Texas at Austin

The Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas in Austin invites applicants for a full time research position in clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy. We seek an experienced candidate to conduct cutting edge research and lead the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL), a consortium-funded research group focused on the description, analysis, and quantification (morphometrics) of clastic depositional systems that are potential reservoir analogues.

This is a senior-level position. Requirements include a PhD in geology or closely related field, five to ten years of post-PhD experience, a strong record of publishing, evidence of successful leadership, as well as the ability to acquire and retain industry sponsors.

The candidate’s research focus could include, but would not be limited to, source-to-sink dynamics, process sedimentology, evolution of complex continental margin settings, basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, and application of seismic geomorphology to reservoir characterization.  The candidate should be motivated to work with colleagues in developing improved understanding of scaling issues from the core to seismic level, including the roles of outcrop description and physical modeling. A strong desire and ability to successfully sponsor PhD and Master’s level students is also highly valued.

Success in this position requires a desire to lead a small team, and to craft a long-term vision that will result in growing and sustaining the QCL. Abundant opportunities exist for collaborating with industry researchers, interacting with other researchers and faculty of the Jackson School, advising graduate students, and acquiring or sharing laboratory and field equipment.
Preference will be given to candidates with deepwater clastics systems expertise, and those who have an appreciation of energy industry needs and challenges.

The Bureau of Economic Geology, with a staff of 250 including approximately 60 graduate student research assistants, is the oldest research unit of The University of Texas at Austin. The Bureau hosts ten research consortia, strongly supported by industry. We enjoy outstanding IT resources and support. The Bureau has a diverse workforce, extensive laboratory facilities, and operates the largest rock-core collection in the U.S. (~1500 miles of core). The Jackson School of Geosciences is highly ranked and is the largest U.S. geoscience program.
Austin is a thriving city of about 1 million, renowned for live music and Texas Hill Country ambiance.

Candidates can apply at the Research Scientist or the Senior Research Scientist level, depending upon qualifications.  Go to for complete description and to apply for posting number 141111010702 (Research Scientist) or 141111010701 (Senior Research Scientist).

The University of Texas at Austin is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All positions are security sensitive, and conviction verification is conducted on applicants selected.