For Postdocs

Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunities

The Jackson School of Geosciences offer a number of opportunities for postdoctoral scholars to join a welcoming and inclusive academic and research community in all three units – the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Institute for Geophysics and Bureau for Economic Geology. Check the employment opportunities page often for updates.

For questions on the Jackson School’s postdoctoral programs and opportunities, email

Current JSG Postdoctoral Fellows

UT Postdoctoral Office

The Office of the Vice President for Research supports a Postdoctoral Office that provides valuable information and resources for both current and incoming postdoctoral scholars:

  • Visit the Postdoctoral Office website for info about employment benefits, funding opportunities, professional development, and other resources.

JSG Email Listserv

The Jackson School maintains an email listserv for postdocs, with information about upcoming events and activities specifically for postdocs. Sign up for the Jackson School postdoc email listserv here. Type “JSG-Postdocs” into the search bar to find and subscribe to

Student/Postdoc Mentoring

Postdoctoral Mentoring Plans

NSF requires proposers who request postdoc support in their budgets to include a one-page Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan with their grant applications. Refer to the NSF Grant and Proposal Guide (Chapter II.C.2.j) to see the requirements for an NSF Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan.

 We recommend creating a postdoc mentoring plan by referring to the National Postdoctoral Association’s six Core Competencies that postdocs should seek to develop in their training:

  • discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
  • research skill development
  • communication skills
  • professionalism
  • leadership and management skills
  • responsible conduct of research

A good postdoc mentoring plan outlines activities and resources that will provided to a postdoc during their training to allow them to develop their competency in each of these six areas. Consider what your department or research centers offer (seminars, travel opportunities, collaborations with external researchers, industry interactions, etc.) that could serve as a resource to provide a postdoc with skill development opportunities.

 The National Postdoctoral Association also provides some additional guidance for developing postdoctoral mentoring plans.

Individualized Development Plans (IDPs)

NIH has announced that in annual progress reports received on or after October 1, 2014, grantees must describe how or whether they are using IDPs to help manage the training and career development of NIH-supported graduate students or postdocs. Read the August 4, 2014, Guide notice for details on this policy.

If you have questions about utilizing IDPs to help your students or postdocs (NIH-funded or otherwise) outline their career development goals, and to track their progress toward achieving those goals, email  

Teaching Resources

UT Support Services

  • International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
    Facilitates visa paperwork for faculty and scholars and provides advice, programs, information and service to the international community.
  • The Office of the Faculty Ombuds
    Is an independent, neutral and informal problem-solving resource for both faculty and postdoctoral scholars. The office can assist postdocs with work-related difficulties, such as interpersonal conflicts or misunderstandings, and academic or administrative concerns.
  • The Employee Assistance Program
    Provides personal consulting services to promote emotional health and wellness for UT-Austin employees.
  • The Behavioral Concerns Advice Line
    Is a campus-wide service that allows any member of the university community the opportunity to report or discuss their concerns about another individual’s behavior.

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