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Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
 
 
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Date Posted 07/22/2021
Category
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Hiring Department:

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Position Open To:

All Applicants

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Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

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FLSA Status:

Exempt

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Earliest Start Date:

Immediately

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Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Dec 31, 2022

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Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

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Job Description:

Investigate the micro-to-macro systems modeling challenge by increasing understanding of how to apply existing micro-to-macro scale modeling approaches (within any discipline) to applications in energy-economic modeling. This position will expand the range of expertise and capabilities at UT that are relevant to the micro-to-macro systems modeling initiative being spearheaded by the UT Energy Institute.

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Job Details:

This is one of two Postdoctoral Fellow opportunities focused on the theme of micro-to-macro systems modeling to inform applications in energy. For information about the other Postdoctoral Fellow position available through this initiative, please see R_00013895.

Researchers in many fields develop mathematical models to study phenomena and decisions that occur across vastly different scales of space and time. Bottom-up models represent specific micro-scale phenomena in detail, but tend to feature narrow scopes that may omit important factors and interactions with other systems. Top-down models provide broader coverage and make analyses of macro-scale systems more tractable, such as by including system-wide boundary conditions that might be inapplicable at micro-scales. Researchers in numerous fields often contend with the common challenge of bridging micro- and macro-scale modeling approaches to create models that are consistent with observable phenomena at all scales, are practical to analyze, and are capable of informing important public and private sector decisions.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will have the opportunity to interact with all of the following faculty and research staff of the Micro-to-Macro initiative:

  • Carey W. King (Energy Institute, Research Scientist and Assistant Director)
  • Charles Jackson (Jackson School of Geosciences, Research Associate Professor)
  • Kasey Faust (Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor)
  • Benjamin Leibowicz (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Assistant Professor)
  • Zoltan Nagy (Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor)
  • Michael Marder (Physics, Professor)
  • Larry Lake (Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Professor)
  • Varun Rai (LBJ School of Public Affairs, Professor; Energy Institute, Director)
  • Erhan Kutanoglu (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Associate Professor)
  • Peter Stone (Computer Science, Professor)
  • Timothy Keitt (Department of Integrative Biology, Professor)
  • John Hasenbein (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Professor)
  • Eric Abelson (Department of Integrative Biology, Research Scientist)

Responsibilities:

  • Exploring how modeling methods and concepts can be applied to energy system modeling.

  • Developing how to apply known techniques of translating micro- and macro-scale phenomena across temporal and spatial resolutions to applications in energy and thermodynamic systems modeling.

  • Work with and facilitate communication among the Micro-to-Macro Faculty and Staff, including the other Postdoctoral Researcher, via meetings, seminars, presentations, and one-on-one discussions as needed

  • Write peer-reviewed journal and/or lay publications to disseminate research findings

  • Participate in writing grant proposals

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. received within the past three years in a field related to: engineering (any field, including those related to operations research, optimization, and controls); physical sciences (e.g., physics, biology, ecology); computer science; computational and data science and engineering, network science; mathematics; economics; or other related discipline.  Experience in one or more of the following areas: operations research/industrial engineering/systems engineering; optimization, game theory, optimal control theory; or statistics or applied mathematics.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful candidates will have interest in conceptual and interdisciplinary research, and a desire to use overarching mathematical principles to explain common drivers of phenomena across disciplines. Other details are included in this posting and are specific to each of the two open Postdoctoral Researcher positions.

Salary Range

55,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • Work in an academic research environment

  • Conduct theoretical and computational research in a standard office environment

  • Substantial use of a computer work station

  • Will not require any experimental laboratory space or equipment

Required Materials:

  • 1-page cover letter of interest

  • CV

  • Contact information for 2 professional references

  • Proof of Ph.D. received within the past three years

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

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.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.



Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow

----

Hiring Department:

Department of Mechanical Engineering

----

Position Open To:

All Applicants

----

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

----

FLSA Status:

Exempt

----

Earliest Start Date:

Immediately

----

Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Dec 31, 2022

----

Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

----

Job Description:

Investigate the micro-to-macro systems modeling challenge by increasing understanding of how to apply existing micro-to-macro scale modeling approaches (within any discipline) to applications in energy-economic modeling. This position will expand the range of expertise and capabilities at UT that are relevant to the micro-to-macro systems modeling initiative being spearheaded by the UT Energy Institute.

----

Job Details:

This is one of two Postdoctoral Fellow opportunities focused on the theme of micro-to-macro systems modeling to inform applications in energy. For information about the other Postdoctoral Fellow position available through this initiative, please see R_00013895.

Researchers in many fields develop mathematical models to study phenomena and decisions that occur across vastly different scales of space and time. Bottom-up models represent specific micro-scale phenomena in detail, but tend to feature narrow scopes that may omit important factors and interactions with other systems. Top-down models provide broader coverage and make analyses of macro-scale systems more tractable, such as by including system-wide boundary conditions that might be inapplicable at micro-scales. Researchers in numerous fields often contend with the common challenge of bridging micro- and macro-scale modeling approaches to create models that are consistent with observable phenomena at all scales, are practical to analyze, and are capable of informing important public and private sector decisions.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will have the opportunity to interact with all of the following faculty and research staff of the Micro-to-Macro initiative:

  • Carey W. King (Energy Institute, Research Scientist and Assistant Director)
  • Charles Jackson (Jackson School of Geosciences, Research Associate Professor)
  • Kasey Faust (Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor)
  • Benjamin Leibowicz (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Assistant Professor)
  • Zoltan Nagy (Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor)
  • Michael Marder (Physics, Professor)
  • Larry Lake (Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Professor)
  • Varun Rai (LBJ School of Public Affairs, Professor; Energy Institute, Director)
  • Erhan Kutanoglu (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Associate Professor)
  • Peter Stone (Computer Science, Professor)
  • Timothy Keitt (Department of Integrative Biology, Professor)
  • John Hasenbein (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Professor)
  • Eric Abelson (Department of Integrative Biology, Research Scientist)

Responsibilities:

  • Exploring how modeling methods and concepts can be applied to energy system modeling.

  • Developing how to apply known techniques of translating micro- and macro-scale phenomena across temporal and spatial resolutions to applications in energy and thermodynamic systems modeling.

  • Work with and facilitate communication among the Micro-to-Macro Faculty and Staff, including the other Postdoctoral Researcher, via meetings, seminars, presentations, and one-on-one discussions as needed

  • Write peer-reviewed journal and/or lay publications to disseminate research findings

  • Participate in writing grant proposals

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. received within the past three years in a field related to: engineering (any field, including those related to operations research, optimization, and controls); physical sciences (e.g., physics, biology, ecology); computer science; computational and data science and engineering, network science; mathematics; economics; or other related discipline.  Experience in one or more of the following areas: operations research/industrial engineering/systems engineering; optimization, game theory, optimal control theory; or statistics or applied mathematics.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful candidates will have interest in conceptual and interdisciplinary research, and a desire to use overarching mathematical principles to explain common drivers of phenomena across disciplines. Other details are included in this posting and are specific to each of the two open Postdoctoral Researcher positions.

Salary Range

55,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • Work in an academic research environment

  • Conduct theoretical and computational research in a standard office environment

  • Substantial use of a computer work station

  • Will not require any experimental laboratory space or equipment

Required Materials:

  • 1-page cover letter of interest

  • CV

  • Contact information for 2 professional references

  • Proof of Ph.D. received within the past three years

----

Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

----

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

----

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

----

Equal Opportunity Employer:

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.

----

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

----

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

----

E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.


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