Job Posting: Dean & Staff Scientist Positions

1) Dean – UT Jackson School of Geosciences

2) Staff Associate position – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University


1) Dean – UT Jackson School of Geosciences

The University of Texas at Austin invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences Effective September 1, 2019.

The Jackson School is one of the largest and most respected geoscience programs in the country. The school ( includes the Bureau of Economic Geology, the Department of Geological Sciences, and the Institute for Geophysics. It employs approximately 150 full- time faculty and research scientists who work together with 100 technical staff members and postdocs to address fundamental questions in geosciences, foster a diverse community of collaboration, and provide world-class education for approximately 200 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students. With an endowment of approximately $450 million and an average annual income of $88 million, the school provides an unprecedented opportunity for its leader to have a major impact on the field of geoscience well into the future.

We seek a visionary leader with proven scientific and administrative skills who will work with the faculty and research scientists to develop the Jackson School to its full potential and who will represent the school effectively to the university administration, to the state and national political leadership, and to the public. At UT Austin, all academic deans report to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the university.

Preferred qualifications include: (1) creative leadership capable of growing synergies within the school and interfacing with other programs within the university; (2) distinguished scholarship with a strong research record and experience in academia, including teaching; (3) administrative and financial experience that demonstrates vision, managerial ability, and communication skills; (4) commitment to balancing academic and research excellence with the diverse missions of the three units within the school; (5) commitment to creating and retaining a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace, and (6) ability to engage alumni and donors and increase philanthropy.

Additional information regarding the position can be found at:

Applications and nominations should include a curriculum vitae and a list of administrative accomplishments. Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing an inclusive educational environment in which all students, faculty, and staff can learn, research, create, work and thrive free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and misconduct. As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UT Austin 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.


2) Staff Associate position – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for a Staff Associate.  The Staff Associate will provide technical support for the Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network

(LCSN, URL:  Activity includes preparation, installation, operation and repair of seismic equipment used to monitor earthquakes.  Field work to average 25-35% of the time, seasonally (that is, 5-10 days a month, less in winter, more in summer) in the eastern United States.  Plan network service trips to determine priorities as a member of a team.

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, geophysics or related field and four years of related experience required, or a Master’s degree in engineering, physics, geophysics or related field and two years of related experience required. Experience in Internet communication and Linux is required.  Hands-on experience will include broad range of electronics with good theoretical capability leading to understanding of equipment function.  Adequate soldering skill to make various cables for radios, seismometers and GPS receiver required. Good command of spoken and written English required.  Must be physically capable of working in the field in isolated locations – to walk up and down steep hills while carrying up to 50 pounds. Must be able to load/unload, and to drive a pickup truck for field work, and operate generator and other simple machinery.  We value ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1, contingent upon performance and funding.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

Please visit our online application site at:

for further information about this position and to submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references.

Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer — Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

We accept online applications only.


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