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Job Description

The Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenured

Associate Professor in the area of Complex Systems Modeling of Human Infrastructure and Natural

Systems. The successful candidate will develop a high-quality research program that integrates models

for urban and/or natural systems to provide information for decision-making. This research area is a key

component of a new, campus-wide initiative, called Planet Texas 2050, which is addressing the

challenges to Texas’ resiliency in the 21st century given the projected driving forces of population growth

and climate change. This initiative will address processes and feedbacks across the breadth of natural

resources in Texas (and elsewhere) and how future demands and global change will impact regions and

municipalities. In natural systems, these processes and feedbacks include those within and between

climate and hydrologic systems, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles. In human systems, the design

and development of resilient cities will require research that effectively accounts for rapidly changing

cities and the complex connections between various components of urban and social infrastructure.

Projections for future change in complex urban infrastructure systems and their connections to and

impact on changing natural systems will bear on the design of resilient cities, forensic analyses of

disasters, and understanding challenges to public health in the 21st century. Texas is a sentinel region in

terms of these driving forces and impacts, and integrated models developed here will have wide

application beyond the state.

The successful candidate will have strong modeling and/or data analytics skills, and demonstrated ability

to develop and apply models such as those described, integrate research across disciplines, and build

interdisciplinary research teams. The academic home for this position will be in either the Department

of Geological Sciences (DGS) or the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

(CAEE), with potential affiliations and collaborations with UT Austin’s Institute for Computational

Engineering and Sciences, the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the Center for Sustainable

Development, the Environmental Science Institute, the Energy Institute and the Dell Medical School.

As part of the Jackson School of Geosciences, DGS has over 50 faculty and a community of research staff

with a broad range of specialties, as well as access to outstanding research facilities and support. The

department has one of the largest combined graduate and undergraduate enrollments of any Earth

science program in North America, and is ranked #1 in Geology graduate programs. In the Cockrell

School of Engineering, CAEE has over 55 faculty and several research centers and related staff, as well as

state-of-the-art research labs. The CAEE department is ranked #2 in graduate programs in Civil

Engineering, and #4 at the undergraduate level.

Applicant Instructions: Applicants must have an earned PhD degree or equivalent. Interested and

qualified individuals should submit materials in electronic form to

Requested application documents include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research,

statement of teaching, statement outlining your contributions to diversity, and contact information for

at least 3 references. Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2018.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all

applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is

committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of

race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender

expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities,

and admissions.