Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Position in Mineral Physics Lab

The mineral physics lab at the Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for graduate student positions towards a Master's or Ph.D. degree in mineral physics. The Jackson School of Geosciences has exceptionally well-funded research programs and offers a number of scholarships to support graduate students for an extended period of time. Candidates with strong background and/or interest in physics (solid state physics), math, and geophysics/geochemistry are strongly encouraged to apply. Our mineral physics research programs focuses on high pressure-temperature experimental studies on materials properties using synchrotron X-ray and optical spectroscopies in a diamond anvil cell. Information about the graduate student programs at the Jackson School is available at:
Please contact Dr. Jung-Fu Lin at for further information.

Posted by: Jung-Fu Lin

Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunities

I regularly work with from 2-5 undergraduates and am open to co-advised honors theses and other. I feel undergraduate research is one of the most important aspects of undergraduate education.

I will be accepting several graduate students over the next two years (I average from 2-5 total).

I am particularly interested in PhD students with prior experience in systematic methods, an interest in phylogenetic or anatomical (evolution of morphology) questions concerning the evolution of birds.

I am also interested in highly motivated MS candidates with an interest in studying avian evolution. Although I have advised theses on non-avialan dinosaurs in past years, given current funded research projects, I am presently interested in advising students interested in working on birds (origin and evolution of).

Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions.

Posted by: Julia Clarke

General Opportunities in Field and Laboratory Based Studies

My position does not permit sole supervision of graduate student theses, but I co-supervise or serve on graduate student theses committees, particularly those involving aspects of GIS, GPS, structural geology, tectonics and petrology/mineralogy. I have supervised several undergraduate student honors thesis, both lab- and field-based, and look forward to continuing to do so.

Posted by: Mark Helper

Graduate research opportunities in computational seismology

Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology is looking for Ph.D. students interested in computational research. Our group works on a broad range of topics in exploration geophysics, from wave-equation seismic imaging and inversion to computational algorithms for seismic data processing and seismic interpretation. The work is supported by industrial sponsors. We use open-source software tools and high-performace computing resources.

Posted by: Sergey Fomel

Graduate and Post-Doctoral opportunities in GeoFluids Research Group

The GeoFluids Research Group has immediate opportunities for graduate and post-doctoral study. Dr. Flemings is most enthused by students who have a commitment to a doctoral program because that allows time to delve deeply into research. However, he also regularly accepts exceptional M.S. students into our research group. If you are interested, please e-mail, Peter Flemings (

Current Research Opportunities:

1. Hydrate Melting:
Examine the melting of methane hydrates in Arctic systems. DOE funded effort will examine the impact of warming over human time scales and longer. The project description is found here. We are looking for students and post-doctoral scientists with a fascination for marine geology and a yen for quantitative analysis of fluid flow.

2. Mass Transport in Shales:
Study transport processes in shale systems! You will perform permeability testing of shales (e.g. the Barnett, the Marcellus) and develop multi-scale numerical models to describe mass transport within these systems. The work will include both laboratory analysis and sample characterization. This project is supported by Shell.

3. GeoPressure Analysis:
Study geopressure in sedimentary basins through our industry funded consortium UTGeoFluids. Dr. Flemings is always looking for students with a yen to characterize and model overpressure in sedimentary basins.

4. Mudrock Geomechanics:
Study the geomechanics of mudrocks through experimental analysis. This research is supported by UTGeoFluids. In this research, we analyze both intact samples (from industry and the ocean drilling program) and we synthetically create mudrocks. We ask fundamental questions such as:
How to mudrocks compact?
What is the permeability of mudrocks and how does it evolve?
What is the strength of mudrocks?

Posted by: Peter Flemings

PhD Student

I am accepting applications for a new PhD Student in my lab. This student must be interested in paleontological or carbonate sedimentology research (both would be best), and should be aware of the current/recent projects in the Martindale Lab. Exceptional MSc students will be considered, but preference is for a doctoral student (prior research experience at the undergraduate or MSc level is desired).

Posted by: Rowan Martindale

Lab Assistant

Laboratory Assistants typically work in 3-5 hour blocks, helping researchers collect and process data on all techniques across the lab, as well as occasionally perform some of the few routine lab activities like carbon or gold coating, touch-up polishing, and billing.

Posted by: Phil Orlandini

Student Opportunities

I am always interested in adding motivated new students to my Earthquake Science research team in the Jackson School. For prospective graduate students, please review the application guidelines and expectations listed on the Jackson School website (see orange link above). We do not accept "off track" admissions in the Jackson School, so the standard Fall application season is your best bet. I strongly encourage prospective students to reach out to me via email during this time with your CV and research interests. I highly value diversity in thought and experience, and students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posted by: Daniel Trugman

Mapping Air Quality and Climate Impacts from the Major World Economies

Duration: 10 hours/week through Fall and Spring semester, full time during Summer semester.

Particle aerosol pollution has negative impacts on both the climate system and on air quality and human health. This project works to map the strength and geographic distribution of climate and societal impacts of aerosol emissions from the major world economies. The student working on this project will use high-resolution climate projection data to analyze the impact of regional air pollution on global weather patterns and air quality conditions. The student will have the opportunity to define their own research question, present research at an international scientific conference, and engage with project collaborators at other institutions.

Helpful skills:
- Basic experience navigating a Linux-based system using the command line
- Interest in climate and/or air quality issues
- Familiarity with opening and plotting gridded data files in a programming language like Matlab or Python
- Eagerness to self-teach any new programming skills necessary
- Thoroughness with documenting code and research activities

Posted by: Geeta Persad

Hydrogeochemical investigations in urban riparian zones

Hydrogeochemical investigations in urban riparian zones

Posted by: Darrel Tremaine

Speleothems and cave monitoring

Speleothems and cave monitoring

Posted by: Darrel Tremaine

Dendrochronology and dendrochemistry

Dendrochronology and dendrochemistry

Posted by: Darrel Tremaine

Sustainable Urban Systems

Sustainable Urban Systems

Posted by: Darrel Tremaine

Electromechanical instrumentation design

Electromechanical instrumentation design

Posted by: Darrel Tremaine

PhD/MS/Internship opportunities

My group welcomes new students with strong motivations on understanding how solid Earth and planets operate and its impacts on shaping habitable surface environments. Prospective students are expected to have a STEM background. If these describe you, feel free to contact me through email for position openings in my group.

Posted by: Chenguang Sun