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Richard T. Buffler Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), The University of Texas at Austin

A post-doctoral fellowship is being established within The Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), Jackson School of Geosciences (JSG), The University of Texas at Austin for the purpose of honoring Dr. Richard (Dick) T. Buffler, whose scientific research into the geology of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) underpins our current rich understanding of this prolific hydrocarbon basin and the unique confluence of structural and stratigraphic processes related to its formation and fill.

Dick worked at UTIG from 1975 until his retirement in 2002, collecting and interpreting new seismic data from the Gulf basin. He participated in 12 GOM cruises (including co-chief scientist of DSDP Leg 77), and he authored or coauthored over 83 publications related to the Gulf. He also mentored 73 students many of whom produced Masters or PhD theses related to the Gulf (33), and he helped lead a major UTIG research effort in the GOM, the Gulf Basin Depositional Synthesis (GBDS) project, which has enjoyed 19 years of continuous industry support under Dr. William E. Galloway and now its current director, Dr. John W. Snedden.

The successful applicant for this new position should have the following skills:
1. Demonstrated research interest in basin-scale depositional systems, ranging from alluvial to deep-water, siliciclastics and carbonates, Pleistocene to base Mesozoic
2. Competence in seismic interpretation, including experience with 2D or 3D seismic workstation software
3. Competence in geological interpretation of well logs
4. Knowledge of biostratigraphy and use of fossil datums for correlation
5. Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
6. Experience with ArcGIS and other computer software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)

Essential job Functions
1. Identify and lead new research avenues in Gulf of Mexico depositional systems that support existing and future exploration efforts of the GBDS Industrial Associates
2. Generate scientific publications that enhance the technical reputation of UTIG, JSG, and The University of Texas at Austin
3. Conduct and present research to industrial associates with clarity and a deep understanding of their oil and gas industry challenges
4. Collaborate with UTIG and JSG researchers and faculty, where appropriate
5. Mentor undergraduate and graduate students as appropriate
6. Domestic travel as needed

The position will have two years of support and will be based in Austin, Texas. Interested persons should submit a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes academic and professional experience, statement of research interests, and names and contact information of three references to For full consideration, applications must be received no later than February 1, 2019.