Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Wiess Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Close Date: 1 December 2020

Position Summary

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. We are seeking candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculty within our department and who contribute positively to the diversity of the department through outreach or other means. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment, but candidates must have received their Ph.D. no more than 3 years before their start date at Rice.

The research fellowships will be supported for two years, pending satisfactory progress during the first year, and covers an annual stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500.

Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence, a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of their field of study, research synergies with at least one faculty, and a commitment to fostering diversity in their field of research. The proposed research should encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant's Ph.D. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.

Education Required

  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate
  • Earth, environmental and planetary sciences or related field.

Skills Required

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as oral presentation skills
  • Organization and time management skills
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analyses
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline (Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences)
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to work in an office and/or laboratory environment
  • Must be able to work in a lab environment, often at a computer workstation or bench for much of the working day
  • Should be able to lift up to 15 pounds

Working Conditions

  • May require long hours and availability outside normal working hours depending on experiments and/or work on major projects
  • The lab environment is fast-paced and sometimes stressful due to interruptions that require the successful candidate to have good multi-tasking skills
  • Punctuality and regular attendance expected
  • Smoke free environment

Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2020.

The application should include the following documents as a single PDF:

  • A current CV, including a list of publications
  • A brief synopsis of the applicant's doctoral dissertation (no longer than one page)
  • A brief diversity statement that explains the applicants' interest in, experience with, and/or planned commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their field of research (no longer than one page)
  • A concise research proposal (no longer than three pages, including figures, excluding references) describing the applicants research interests, specifically the research that the applicant would like to pursue at Rice
  • The names of potential Rice faculty who could serve as postdoctoral mentors

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Essential Functions

  • Performs and disseminates research at the forefront of their field of study
  • Documents, analyzes, and maintains research data
  • Mentors, oversees, and/or trains junior research team members
  • Publishes and presents research findings
  • Designs and implements research protocols; adapts new procedures, methods or instrumentation relative to research procedures
  • Provides academic services (ie. teaching classes) to the department as required
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

posted: 14 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.