University of Texas at Austin 

Job Title

Bullard Research Fellow


School of Information


Opening Date: 03/01/2020
Closing Date:  05/01/2020

Job Description

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for up to four new full-time post-doctoral Bullard Research Fellows research positions to start in 2020, with the exact start date depending on applicant availability and completion of doctoral studies.

The salary for successful candidates will be $54,000 per year, plus a standard package of benefits. These are 12-month positions that can be renewed for a second year contingent upon performance.

Applications will be accepted until each available position is filled. We will begin to review applications and interview candidates starting on May 1st, 2020.

Job Duties

We are seeking applicants with active research plans in any of the following areas:

BRF1. Archives and Memory Institutions
BRF2. Search as Learning
BRF3. Impacts of Emerging Technologies and Social Informatics
BRF4. Neuro-Information Science / NeuroIR
BRF5. Designing Fair Al and Algorithms
BRF6. Designing Human-Centered AI to Fight Misinformation
BRF7. Datasets and Machine Learning / AI
BRF8. AI in Health
BRF9. Innovation and Collaboration

Please see for full descriptions of available positions.


On the start date of the position, candidates must hold a doctoral degree. That degree must be in a field relevant to their area of research and will normally have been awarded no more than three years prior to their start date.

Exceptions to the three year limit will be considered on a case-by-case basis, particularly for candidates who have taken positions outside academia and wish to return to academic research.

Candidates must articulate clearly in their application materials what independent project they propose to work on during their fellowship in addition to their time working on iSchool faculty projects.

Supplementation Information

The UT Austin iSchool is a premier research and education leader in the field of information, changing the future by engaging the present and preserving the past. The iSchool is committed to making a difference in the lives of all people by enabling and supporting the organization and experience of information in ways that make the world a better and fairer place. We are changing how people interact with information and technology, and the ways that we protect and preserve our collective memories. At the iSchool we are discovering new and vital knowledge about information, educating the next generation of leaders in the information professions, developing new scholars who will advance knowledge, improving society through service and collaboration, and applying human-centered values to all of our work. 

UT Austin is one of the world’s leading research universities, with an internationally distinguished faculty. UT Austin embraces interdisciplinary research, and is the home to more the 200 dedicated research units and centers. For more information on UT Austin, see our About UT Austin page.

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.

How to Apply

These post-doctoral positions are for academics in the early stages of their career who demonstrate exceptional potential as a scholar and researcher. Applicants should either have completed a doctoral degree, or be able to convincingly demonstrate that they will complete the degree before they intend to start this post-doctoral fellowship (e.g. by documenting a scheduled viva/final defense). Required materials:

  1. Current CV
  2. Cover letter, approximately 2-4 pages (1,000 – 2,000 words). Required elements of your cover letter include:
    • which position you are applying for (e.g. BRF1 or BRF9)
    • when you would be available to start your fellowship
    • a clear articulation of your fit with the UT Austin iSchool, addressing how your expertise overlaps with, enhances, or expands upon the research area indicated for your position of interest. Please include names of mentors that you would like to work with.
    • a research statement that includes a description of the focus of your planned independent research and publications during the fellowship, what sort of resources would you need to do that work, and an explanation of how the research builds on and goes beyond work you have already done.
  3. Writing sample (1), preferably a pre- or post-print of a first-authored publication
  4. References (4), including names and contact details (we may contact your references at any stage in the hiring process unless candidate requests otherwise).

Questions about these positions can be sent to [email protected].

Please apply via Interfolio's Faculty Search solution. If you do not have a Dossier account with Interfolio, you will be prompted to create a free account prior to applying for the position.


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