Wiess Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Job TitleWiess Postdoctoral Research FellowDepartmentEarth, Environmental, and Planetary SciencesFull Time/Part TimeFull-TimeRequisition NumberP21024Open Date10/08/2020Close Date12/01/2020Benefits EligibleYesPosition 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.

Education PreferredExperience Required

No experience required

Experience PreferredSkills 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

Skills PreferredPhysical 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.

Essential Personnel

Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2020.

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

  1. A current CV, including a list of publications
  2. A brief synopsis of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation (no longer than one page)
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. The names of potential Rice faculty who could serve as postdoctoral mentors
Quick Link for Postinghttp://jobs.rice.edu/postings/24599Essential 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

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Other Document
Optional Documents
    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Have you completed all the requirements of a PhD or foreign equivalent in earth, environmental and planetary sciences or closely related discipline including defense and final submission of thesis? (degree must have been awarded recently - within last three years at the time of appointment)
      • Yes
      • No
      • Will have degree conferred before the start of the appointment
    2. * If you have not completed all the requirements of a PhD or foreign equivalent, when do you expect to have your degree conferred?

      (Open Ended Question)




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    Posted: 10/10/2020
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