Friday, September 18, 2015

Job opening: Associate Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin

The Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a leadership position overseeing the Energy Division. The Associate Director, Energy Division, at the Bureau is responsible for a broad research portfolio comprising over 70 scientists, engineers, and economists with an international reputation for conducting objective, basic, and applied research. For additional information, please go to:

The Energy Division conducts approximately two-thirds of the current Bureau research effort. This component of the Bureau focuses on research involving energy resources, primarily oil and natural gas. It includes 10 Industrial Associates programs for basic research, as well as numerous sponsored-research projects funded by the State of Texas, the DOE, and individual companies or groups of companies.

Main areas of focus include salt tectonics, carbonate and clastic reservoir characterization, mudrock systems, fracture characterization and prediction, multicomponent seismic applications, computational seismology, geofluids, and energy economics. We are noted for bringing insight and innovation from outcrop and core studies to the evolving science of reservoir characterization. With 70% of in-place reserves typically remaining in the ground at the time of oil field abandonment, this research has enduring economic and societal importance.

The Bureau of Economic Geology, with a staff of 250 including approximately 60 graduate student research assistants, is the oldest research unit of The University of Texas at Austin. We enjoy outstanding IT resources and support. The Bureau has a diverse workforce and extensive laboratory facilities, and operates the largest rock-core collection in the United States (~1500 miles of core). The highly ranked Jackson School of Geosciences is the largest U.S. geoscience program.

Associate Director for Energy
Job Posting # 15-06-24-02-0381
SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience
TYPE OF POSITION: Permanent, Full-time
LOCATION: Austin, Texas
CLOSES: September 25, 2015
(Note: It is to your advantage to submit your material sooner than later as this recruitment may close at any time without prior notification.)

Coordinate and manage research in the Energy Division of the Bureau, staying aware of current research progress, identifying areas of potential synergies between projects, and ensuring that necessary collaboration occurs. Coordinate with Bureau Environmental Division, seeking staffing synergies and collaboration opportunities. Identify new research directions and plan for appropriate staffing by internal transfer or recruiting and hiring. Work with staff and the directorate to seek and develop new funding opportunities consistent with Bureau strategies, skills and budgetary needs. Develop in-depth contacts in industry, federal and state governments, and selected foundations. Develop broad collaborative efforts with other units in the Jackson School, across UT, in other universities, national labs and beyond. Promote the Bureau through presentations to external audiences, interactions with the media, outreach to the education community, hosting industry and governmental guests, and participation in Bureau events. Optimize organizational structure to ensure good supervision and timely identification of performance issues and promotional candidates. Supervise approximately 10 direct reports and a 70 member Division. Participate in discussions with Bureau Directorate regarding tactics and strategies for the Bureau and support the Director broadly. Work with administrative support staff on routine matters including payroll; recruiting; proposals for funding; travel, access, and external employment approvals; information technology; infrastructure improvements; etc. Track budget status in each major project (Industrial Associates Programs, Sponsored Research Projects etc.) and work with PIs to resolve issues with budgets or deliverables.

Master’s Degree in geosciences or closely related subject; at least 10 years of supervisory or managerial experience; evidence of commitment to research and publication; enthusiasm for collaboration with industry; excellent communications skills; and a track record of multi-tasking. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

PhD in geosciences, 15 or more years energy industry experience, leadership role in energy industry.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident. May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Occasional weekend, overtime, and evening work to meet deadlines. Occasional travel intrastate, interstate, international. Occasional fieldwork as necessary. Occasionally drive UT vehicle.


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