The Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for its 2014-2015 school-wide Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows Program. This highly competitive institutional award is open to recent doctorates (degree within the past 3 years) in geosciences. We welcome applicants with research interests across the full range of geosciences disciplines. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue their own independent research interests. The appointment is for 2 years with a salary of $60,000 per year plus health and dental benefits. Research support of $10,000 per year is also provided. Successful applicants can begin their program as early as September 1, 2014, but no later than December 31, 2014.

To apply, submit the following materials via email in Adobe PDF format: current CV that includes education, employment history, awards, publications, and extramural funding record; a short (2-3 page) statement of research interests and proposed research; and the names and contact information for 3 references. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2014. Applicants should send applications electronically (in PDF form) as an email attachment to

Please note that the Jackson School has many postdoctoral fellows in addition to the Distinguished Postdoctral Fellows. To apply for other postdoctoral opportunities, applicants are encouraged to make direct contact with Jackson School scientists they are interested in working with.

Recent and Current Jackson School Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows

For a complete list of our postdoctoral researchers, see the “Postdocs” tab on our People page.

Owen Anfinson received his Ph.D. at the University of Calgary. He specializes in the use of heavy mineral geochronology and thermochronology to understand the geologic evolution of sedimentary basins and their source regions. Past research topics include new insights into Arctic tectonics: U-Pb, (U-Th)/He, and Hf Isotopic data from the Franklinian Basin, Canadian Arctic Islands.

Elizabeth Cassel received her Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 2010. Most recently, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College. By combining field stratigraphic, pedogenic, geochronologic, and isotopic research, Dr. Cassel proposes to study the topographic and climatic history of the region that is now the Basin and Range (the proposed ‘Nevadaplano’) through the early-middle Cenozoic – a time period of global climate change and significant tectonism affecting topographic change across the western US.

Jeffrey Marsh received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Maine in 2010. Most recently, he was a Faculty Fellow at Colby College. Marsh’s research project aims to precisely define the P-T-t-d path recorded by metamorphic core packages and their overlying units using detailed geologic mapping, integrated microstructural, petrological, and geochronological analysis, and phase equilibrium modeling.

Ryan McKenzie received his Ph.D. in paleontology at the University of California at Riverside.

Andrew Smye specializes in exhumation mechanisms, isotope systematics of metamorphic rocks, thermal models of crustal evolution, and phase equilibria calculations.

Jakob Vinther received his Ph.D. in paleontology and molecular biology from Yale University in 2011. Vinther is a molecular paleobiologist who seeks to understand broad scale patterns of body plan evolution. As a postdoc at the Jackson School, he plans to further explore the fossil record of early Paleozoic invertebrates by the integration of molecular biology and the fossil record. He has been studying fossil color patterns along with the Jackson School’s Julia Clarke. See this National Geographic/UT Austin video on some of his recent work.