Wiess and Pan Postdoc Fellowships - Houston, TX, USA

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, is inviting applications for the Wiess and the Pan Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.


They seek candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculty within their department. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome, but applicants must have a PhD awarded within three years of the time of appointment.

The research fellowships will be supported for two years, pending satisfactory progress during the first year, and covers an annual stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500.

Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence, a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of their field of study, and research synergies with at least one faculty.

The proposed research should, however, encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant’s PhD. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.


Applications for both fellowships are due 1 November 2018. The highest ranked applicants will be invited to visit Rice in early 2019. Following acceptance, the appointment may begin anytime before 1 January 2020.

Applicants are required to submit one application only at http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/15058

The application should include the following documents:
- A cover letter
- A research proposal of no more than three pages (not counting references) of single-spaced text and figures
- A current CV, including a list of publications.

As part of the online application, the applicant will also have to provide the names and contact information of three or more people who will be asked to submit reference letters by the same deadline.

Further information

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