Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Job Opportunities

The department regularly posts employment opportunities for students, administrative and technical staff, postdocs, and faculty.

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Cobb)

The Cobb Lab at DEEPS is looking for an undergraduate research assistant to support ongoing research and lab operations. The student will assist with lab management duties and conduct analyses for lab research projects. Ideally, the student has experience with Microsoft Excel and an interest in tropical hydroclimates and/or carbonate geochemistry.

  • Req # 189683
  • Hiring Manager: Melissa DeAugustinis
  • Scheduled Weekly Hours: 10
  • Grade: E

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DEEPS_Student Project Assistant (EGF Lab Facility)

Student project assistant for DEEPS will assist the EGF Lab Manager with general laboratory tasks in Geochem and Macmillan Hall 

Req # 190106

Duties: Assist the EGF Manager with labware cleaning, sample preparation, analysis, and basic maintenance and organization of EGF labs in Geochem and Macmillan Hall. 

Tasks include (but not limited to):

  • Prepare samples for organic compounds, trace elements and nutrients analysis using standard lab procedures and instrumentation.
  • Labware cleaning for organic samples, trace elements, standards, and nutrients analysis. 
  • Restock labs with clean labware, gloves and kimwipes as needed.  
  • Cycle desiccant in desiccators, fill DI water containers and flush eyewashes in EGF labs.
  • Assist lab manager and technicians in general lab cleanup and organization.   

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Large Eddy Simulation and Direct Statistical Simulation Modeler 

An interdisciplinary group of physical scientists and engineers at Brown University are searching for one postdoctoral researcher to study air-sea interaction in the marine boundary layer with applications to offshore wind energy. 

The researchers will join a team of oceanographers, climate modelers, physicists, and fluid dynamitists working to: 

  • Study key aspects of the fluid mechanics of offshore wind farms, including waves, winds, oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers, and wind farm wakes,
  • Develop multiscale and direct statistical simulations of turbulent flow in and around floating offshore wind farms embedded within the marine atmospheric boundary layer enabling the optimized extraction of energy, 
  • Study potential offshore sites and dynamics with observations and laboratory experiments. 

Successful candidates will have demonstrated expertise in large eddy simulation modeling, wave modeling, high-performance computing, and geophysical fluid dynamics or boundary layer dynamics. 

The successful candidate will be directly supported by a broad team spanning New England. They will have leeway for scientific exploration and self-directed research. 

The position salary is $70,000 for two years, with the possibility of extension. Hosting or traveling to research visits will be supported, though not required. Start dates can be as early as 10/1/23, though there is some flexibility. Significant additional research, computing, and travel support is available to facilitate this work. The successful candidate will be based at Brown University. 

Please direct questions to Baylor Fox-Kemper: 


A PhD in Climate, Atmospheric, or Oceanic Science; Physics; Fluids Engineering; Applied Mathematics or related fields, or at least 3 years of relevant work experience. 

Experience with running large scale (> 10 million grid points) models including analysis and interpretation of model and observational data.

Knowledge of boundary layer and air-sea processes, numerics and subgrid schemes, offshore or onshore wind energy systems, and experience with model development are a plus. 

Application Instructions 

Please send a CV, 1 page cover letter, and contact information for three references. In their cover letter applicants should address their experience or ideas for contributing to an open and inclusive laboratory environment. The project is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. 

Candidates can apply at All applications received before Sept 15 will be considered together. The positions will remain open until filled. 

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Assistant Professor in Planetary Science

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Planetary Science.  Ideal candidates are those working on fundamental geological processes applicable across multiple Solar System bodies and who would broaden and enhance existing departmental strengths in remote sensing, geophysics, planetary materials, climate and environmental science, and geochemistry. We encourage candidates from all fields of planetary science to apply. 

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active, externally-funded research program, enjoy a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to the academic community of the department and university. Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the mission of the Department and University. Accordingly, the Department seeks qualified candidates who can contribute to racial and gender equity, diversity, and inclusion through service, mentorship, teaching, and/or scholarship. The Department is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

The appointment will begin on July 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by time of appointment. To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statements describing your planned activities in research, teaching, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for  three references via interfolio. To apply, visit:

Review of applications will begin on Sept. 25, 2023. To receive full consideration applicants should submit all materials by that date. For further information contact the search committee chair, Ralph Milliken (

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Lunar Science And Evolution Postdoctoral Positions

The LunaSCOPE NASA SSERVI Team hosted at Brown University Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (DEEPS) invites applications for multiple Postdoctoral Research Scholars that complement and enhance existing research into the Moon on topics of (1) magma oceans, (2) magnetism, (3) volcanism and tectonism, (4) volatiles, (5) regolith and impacts, and (6) Earth-Moon orbital, stress, and tidal evolution. Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to LunaSCOPE and Brown University, and thus LunaSCOPE seeks qualified candidates who can contribute to equity, diversity and inclusion through service, mentorship, teaching and scholarship. 

Interested individuals should have a Ph.D. in Planetary Science, Geophysics, Physics/Astronomy, Statistics, Mathematics, or a related field. Start dates are negotiable. LunaSCOPE is interested in diversifying planetary science and encourages applications from diverse candidates. Candidates from historically underrepresented group(s) in higher education are encouraged to apply.

If interested, please upload a CV and brief statement of research interests and future research goals that highlights any previous experience related to LunaSCOPE research topics at  

Any questions can be directed to Alex Evans ( More information about  LunaSCOPE and NASA SSERVI can be online at and

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Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Box 1846
324 Brook Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3339