Postdoc Fellowship, Earth sciences - Houston, TX, USA

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University in Houston, TX, USA, is inviting applications for a Wiess Postdoctoral Research Fellow.


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.


The department seeks candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculties within the department. They seek candidates who can contribute positively to the diversity of the department through outreach or other means.

Both domestic and international applicants are welcome.

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 PhD.

Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculties in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.


A PhD is required at the time of appointment, but candidates must have received their PhD no more than three years before their start date at Rice.


- 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.


Applications close 1 December 2020 and should include the following documents in one 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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