Job Posting: Faculty Positions, Postdoc Fellowship, Science writer/Communicator Position


1) Wiess Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship – Department of Earth Science, Rice University
2) Data Science Faculty Position – Department of Earth Science, Rice University
3) Science Writer/Communicator – Department of Earth Science, Rice University
4) Wiess Visiting Professor – Department of Earth Science, Rice University
5) Tenure-track assistant or Associate Professor appointment in Invertebrate paleontology – Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science, Drexel University
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1) Wiess Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship – Department of Earth Science, Rice University

The Department of Earth Science at Rice University is inviting applications for the Wiess Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the broad fields of Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. awarded within three years of the time of appointment.

The research fellowship will be supported by the Department of Earth Science for two years pending satisfactory progress in their first year. The fellowship 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 and a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of Earth science, broadly defined. Applicants are encouraged to explore possible research synergies with faculty in the Department of Earth Science (http://earthscience.rice.edu), but the proposed research should encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant’s Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth Science.

Candidates are required to submit:

A cover letter addressed to the search committee chair
A research proposal of no more than 3 pages (single-spaced) including figures
A current CV, including a list of publications
All documents should be submitted as a single PDF file by 15 November, 2016, to the chair of the fellowship search committee (esci-postdoc@rice.edu). In addition, three letters of reference should be submitted separately by each referee to the chair of the fellowship chair committee (esci-postdoc@rice.edu) by 15 November, 2016.

The highest ranked candidates will be invited to visit Rice in early 2017. Following acceptance, the appointment may begin anytime before January 1st 2018. For further information or questions contact the chair of the search committee at esci-postdoc@rice.edu.

Rice University, located in Houston, Texas, is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university that aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. Rice fulfills this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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2) Data Science Faculty Position – Department of Earth Science, Rice University

https://datascience.rice.edu/faculty-position-announcement

As part of Rice University’s recently announced $150 million investment in research excellence, Rice intends to hire multiple faculty members whose research focus is in data science. We seek two distinct kinds of specialists: (1) data scientists who can make fundamental contributions to the theory, algorithms, and systems aspects of data science, and (2) scholars who work on emerging applications of data science to problems in health and medicine, urban analytics, and high-volume or high-velocity data-intensive science. A successful candidate might have demonstrated capacity in either of these specialties, or in both of them.

The Data Science initiative seeks candidates at all ranks, for employment as early as July 1, 2017. All new hires will have an appointment in one or more relevant department. Assistant Professors will have a single primary department that will be responsible for their mentoring and promotion. At higher ranks, appointments across multiple departments are desirable.

Individual departments at Rice also have active faculty searches this year. Those searches are distinct from the Data Science search and may include research areas beyond those included in the Data Science search. Interested candidates should consider applying to both the Data Science search and any appropriate departmental search.

Applicants to the Data Science search should submit the following: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research statement which describes how the candidate’s work fits with Rice’s data science initiative (not to exceed three pages including figures); (4) teaching statement; and (5) the names, professional affiliations, and email addresses of three references. For full details and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/8141. These positions require a PhD, or PhD requirements fulfilled by November 1 of the year employment commences. Applications will be evaluated beginning on October 1, 2016 and will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. Recommendation of candidates or questions regarding this opportunity can be directed to Cin-Ty Lee at ctlee@rice.edu.

Rice University, located in Houston, Texas, is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university that aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. Rice fulfills this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. From its beginning in 1912, Rice has been dedicated to excellence in all regards.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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3) Science Writer/Communicator – Department of Earth Science, Rice University

The Department of Earth Sciences at Rice University is seeking a full time science writer/communicator. The science writer would be expected to spend 50% of her/his time promoting research in the department through news writing of current research, helping maintain content in departmental magazines and webpages, and serving as a public interface between the department and public. For the other 50%, the science writer would be free and encouraged to develop her/his own creative portfolio (such as popular science articles/books, peer-reviewed scientific papers, science blogs, graphic novels, etc.) and help faculty develop innovative methods for teaching and outreach. Opportunities available in the department include interaction with museums, participation in various institutes (Baker Institute of Public Policy), departmental/alumni field trips to every corner of the world, teaching of courses, science communication/policy research, scientific research, raising funds/salary for their own projects, etc. The ideal candidate should have good interpersonal skills, creative writing abilities, an appreciation for design, good oral communication skills, and a deep curiosity and passion of everything related to the Earth and environment. Familiarity with geology (from the deep Earth to the atmosphere), planetary sciences, energy, environment, and policy is required. Degree in Earth sciences or related subject along with some demonstrated experience in science communication is desired. Salary is dependent on experience level. To apply, submit one pdf document containing your CV and examples or links to your creative portfolio (blogs, webpages, popular science articles, podcasts, art, etc.).

Please go to the Rice-works to apply: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/8261

Information about the department can be found at earthscience.rice.edu. Contact Cin-Ty Lee (ctlee@rice.edu) for more information.

Applications received by Oct 1, 2016 will receive full attention. Position will remain open though until suitable candidate is found.

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4) Wiess Visiting Professor – Department of Earth Science, Rice University

We are soliciting applications for the Wiess Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Science at Rice University. Our department has lively research programs in

Carbonate and Clastic Sedimentology and Coastal Processes
Paleoclimatology
Atmospheric Chemistry
Biogeochemistry
Geobiology
Low and High Temperature Geochemistry
Petrology
Rock Physics and Geomechanics
Environmental, Exploration, Solid Earth and Theoretical Seismology
Crustal and Mantle Structure and Geodynamics,
Planetary Science
We invite applications from established scientists whose research falls in any of these areas, and request that you identify one or more of our faculty whose research interests overlap yours. The department is characterized by collegiality and interdisciplinary research. Our faculty have ties to the Rice Departments of Biosciences, Chemistry, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy. We also have strong ties to the local petroleum industry, the NASA Johnson Space Center, and the Lunar Planetary Institute.

The Wiess Visiting Professorship provides travel expenses to and from Rice, and living expenses while in residence, details are negotiable. Visiting Professors are typically in residence from a few months to a full academic year. Ideally Wiess Visiting Professors interact at a high level with members of our department, often through topical seminars. We particularly encourage women and minority geoscientists to apply.

For more details about our Department, and see: http://earthscience.rice.edu

and http://earthscience.rice.edu/directory/wiess-visiting-professor/ for a list of previous Wiess Visiting Professors.

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5) Tenure-track assistant or Associate Professor appointment in Invertebrate paleontology – Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science, Drexel University

The Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science at Drexel University seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor appointment in invertebrate paleontology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, Paleoecology, Climatology and Conservation Paleobiology, with the aim of deploying paleontological data to understand patterns of global change. The successful candidate will develop a research program in their subject area; will teach courses in Invertebrate Paleontology and Stratigraphy, and other potential courses; and will be Curator of the Invertebrate Paleontology collection at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences. The ability to collaborate with other research groups at the university, such as Environmental Biogeochemistry and Environmental Engineering, is a plus. Drexel University emphasizes experiential learning and field-oriented candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Geology, Invertebrate Paleontology, or a related field, a record of scientific achievement, a strong interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and must be able to develop a high-quality, externally-funded research program. For the Associate level, the candidate must demonstrate extramural funding. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, a summary of research experience, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three or more references with postal address, email address, and telephone number. Applicants should apply online at drexeljobs.com (Position # 7849). Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquires may be sent to Dr. Gary Rosenberg, Search Committee Chair, at gr347@drexel.edu.

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