miércoles, julio 17, 2019

PhD position on Size reductions during hyperthermal events

We seek a motivated and talented graduate student for a PhD position in the DFG founded project on “Size reductions during hyperthermal events: Early warnings of environmental deterioration or signs of extinction?”. The position is temporary for 36 months (TV-L E13, 75%) and is anticipated to start in Oktober 2019. Place of work is the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen.

This project is one of eight new projects embedded in the successful prolongation of the interdisciplinary Research Unit FOR 2332 TERSANE: Temperature-Related Stresses as a Unifying Principle in Ancient Extinctions. The research unit combines high-resolution geological field studies with meta-analyses, physiological studies and sophisticated analysis of fossil occurrence data on ancient hyperthermal events to reveal the rate and magnitude of warming, potential causes, impact on marine life, and the mechanisms which led to ecological change and extinction. Geochemistry, analytical paleobiology and physiology comprise our main toolkits. More information on Tersane is available at: http://tersane.palaeobiology.de/

Tasks: The successful candidate will focus on paleobiological – ecological analysis of Pliensbachian-Toarcian and Permian-Triassic mollusks and brachiopods but also be involved in meta-analyses of stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental controls on size and morphology of Phanerozoic invertebrates more generally. The project will largely focus on previously collected data in high-stratigraphic resolution, but will include supplementary field work to cover within- and between facies differences before and across extinct events. Statistical analyses should be carried out, in particular in view of body size distribution and in relationship with environmental perturbations, extinction and facies changes (stratigraphic paleobiology). Fieldwork and analyses occur in connection with other projects within the Research Unit. Applicants are expected to participate in weekly informal seminar, annual workshops and international summer schools with others members of the research unit.

Mandatory requirements are
M.Sc. degree in geology or biology
Experience in fieldwork
 High degree of initiative and motivation
 Ability to work as part of a team
Very good English skills
Good knowledge of statistics and R programming
Desirable are
Background in invertebrate palaeontology
Driving license

Please submit your application as a single pdf (including curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research interests; keyword "EarlyWarn") by the 14th of August 2019 to kenneth.debaets@fau.de

Full-time Senior Paleontologist

Location: Pasadena, CA
Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (Æ) has an immediate opening a full-time Senior Paleontologist / Project Manager in our Pasadena, CA office. The Senior Paleontologist / PM will identify paleontological services needed for specific projects, discussing these services with Æ’s Paleontology Program Manager and clients; recognize staffing needs and collaborate with Æ’s Paleontology Supervisor; and prepare scopes of work, cost proposals, and schedules for services. The successful candidate also will assist with business development and marketing Æ’s paleontology services.


Typical job duties will include: oversee technical specifications and ensure the accuracy and timeliness of teams executing work; prepare scopes of work and budgets to ensure they properly align services with project needs and meet/exceed best management practices; prepare or review technical reports, management plans, and other compliance documents prepared by junior staff; oversee proactive tracking and oversight of project status, resourcing and priorities for projects; and assist all members/roles in prioritizing workflow.

Comprehensive understanding of geology, paleontology, biology, paleoecology, stratigraphy, and biostratigraphy.
Ability to identify regulatory compliance needs based on project descriptions, regulatory context, and construction design.
Experience writing technical reports, management plans, and other documents at all levels of compliance.
Strong written and verbal communication skills with clients and staff.

Must meet the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists (SVP) qualifications for Principal Investigator/Project Paleontologist. Candidates must have:
M.A. or Ph.D. degree in paleontology or geology and/or a publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
Demonstrated competence in field techniques, preparation, identification, curation, and reporting in California.
At least two full years of professional experience as assistant to a Project Paleontologist with administration and project management experience, as supported by a list of projects and referral contacts.
Proficient in recognizing fossils in the field and determining their significance. Expertise in western geology, stratigraphy, and biostratigraphy. Experience in field collection and laboratory processing of fossils, preferably a range of biota.
Preference will be given to candidates with prior paleontological and project management experience in an environmental compliance setting, including successful authorship of past CEQA and/or NEPA documents, in Southern California.

Interested applicants may submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, a technical writing sample and list of three professional references to Human Resources at info@appliedearthworks.com. Please reference “Senior Paleontologist” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

viernes, julio 05, 2019

Collections Manager – Invertebrate Paleontology

The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute seeks a collection manager to oversee its world-class research collections in invertebrate paleontology.  The collections consist of extensive invertebrate fossil and micro-fossil specimens, along with archives and library holdings.  The collections have strengths in Cambrian, Carboniferous and Cretaceous fossils, microfossils, echinoderms, brachiopods, and arthropods, and fossils from Antarctica.  University curators and students, and national and international scholars, use the collections extensively for research and education.  The collection manager is responsible for day-to-day activities in the collection and reports to the curator-in-charge.  This is a full-time (12-month appointment), non-tenure track position.

Duties include:

·         Collection management and conservation of the various collections.
·         Acquisition and collection development in conjunction with curators and students.
·         Museum operational service including day-to-day care and use of the collections.
·         Continue development and enhancement of collection database.
·         Supervision and training of graduate and undergraduate research assistants and students, and volunteers.
·         Professional development to maintain currency in and advance the field.
·         Other duties as appropriate.
Required qualifications include:

·         Master's degree or Ph.D. in museum studies, geology, systematics, or paleontology from an accredited university, or a bachelor’s degree plus 5 years experience working with museum collections in a position with similar responsibilities.
·         Working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of invertebrate fossils.
·         Demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections.
·         Familiarity with biodiversity informatics.
And preference will be given to applicants with:

·         Expertise in one or more taxa that constitute divisional strengths and programmatic priorities.
·         Field experience collecting invertebrate fossil specimens.
·         Experience preparing invertebrate fossil specimens.
A complete application will include (1) a letter of application addressing qualifications, (2) CV, (3) statement of collection management philosophy, (4) names and email address of three individuals who can write a letter of recommendation, and (5) representative publications (the latter is optional). More information and a complete position description may be obtained by contacting:

·         Bruce S. Lieberman, Biodiversity Institute, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Senior Curator, blieber@ku.edu
·         Jaime Keeler, Biodiversity Institute Business Coordinator, jrkeeler@ku.edu

Application review begins 3 September 2019.  EO/AA.  We celebrate diversity in all life forms and minorities, women, veterans and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically under-represented minorities. ​

To apply go to: http://employment.ku.edu/staff/14823BR

The Paleontological Society seeks to support undergraduate students interested in a career in paleontology who plan to attend the Geological Society of America meeting

The Paleontological Society seeks to support undergraduate students interested in a career in paleontology who plan to attend the 2019 Geological Society of America meeting in Phoenix, Arizona (Sept 21-25, 2019).

A limited number of grants are available to offset travel costs: $1,000 if the undergraduate is presenting original research at GSA and $500 if the undergraduate is just attending the meeting.

In addition to travel support, students will participate in mentoring opportunities with professional paleontologists and graduate students while at the meeting and receive a free 1‐year student membership to the Paleontological Society

In exchange, PS‐SAP students will be expected to volunteer at the PS booth for at least 5 hours during the meeting, and to use social media (e.g., blogs, Facebook, Twitter) to communicate to the Society about their experience at the meeting. In this way, students will serve as “ambassadors” for the Society.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at an institution of higher education, have a stated interest in learning more about careers in paleontology, and be willing to use social media to promote PS activities at the conference. Students with diverse backgrounds (including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, accessibility, first-generation college, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

All documents must be received by Thursday, August 1, 2019.

For more info, please see:

martes, julio 02, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, University of Queensland

Robert Day Postdoctoral Fellowship in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia

Posting Date: 29 June 2019
Closing Date: 25 July 2019

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivers practical solutions to the complex issues that affect our physical environment and how we interact with it. Our interconnected teams of earth scientists, physical and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts, and urban planners work together to address the increasingly critical global challenges of a growing population, climate change, urbanisation, food security, conservation and natural resource management. Researchers, teachers and students from around the world are drawn to our vibrant academic environment at UQ’s stunning St Lucia campus. We house world-class research facilities and have access to unique fieldwork locations in Australia and abroad. UQ’s research excellence in earth and environmental sciences is world renowned, and is reflected by our consistent high ranking in respected global league tables. The School also has an excellent success rate in nationally competitive grants and a strong record of high quality publications.

The role
The successful appointee will engage in original research in the field of palaeontology or stratigraphic palaeontology. Research should be relevant to Queensland and the appointee will be encouraged to apply for his/her own research funding. The successful candidate will be part of a diverse team of research professionals and students aimed at fundamental and applied palaeontological research.

The person
Applicants should possess a PhD in relevant disciplines. You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in palaeontology/stratigraphy, good general research skills, a strong methodological background, excellent statistical and analytic skills, very strong writing abilities, and the capacity to work within multidisciplinary research teams.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage (https://staff.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/human-resources/diversity) for further information and points of contact if you require additional support. 

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au. 

This is a full-time, fixed term (12 months) appointment at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $84,878 - $90,982 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $99,307 - $106,449 p.a.).

The University of Queensland also offers other competitive options including salary sacrificing, on campus childcare, leave packaging and discounted private health insurance as well as many other benefits.

Position Description

PhD Research Fellowship in Marine ecology/geology is available at University of Oslo

A position as PhD Research Fellowship in Marine ecology/geology is available at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. Starting date no later than 1st October 2019.

The position is part of the research project The Nansen Legacy. The Nansen Legacy (http://nansenlegacy.org ) is the Norwegian Arctic research community's joint effort to establish an understanding of a changing marine Arctic climate and ecosystem. The project will provide a scientific knowledgebase needed for future sustainable resource management in the transitional Barents Sea and the adjacent Arctic Basin. It is a collaborative project between ten Norwegian research institutions, and will run from 2018 to 2023. Activities in the project will include international cooperation, and several cruises with the new, ice-going research vessel Kronprins Haakon.

The PhD project is part of Research Foci RF3 (The living Barents Sea) and RF1 (Physical drivers).  RF3 focuses on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and environmental forcing of the northern and central Barents Sea. The candidate will characterize living benthic foraminifera (protists) in contrasting environments in the northern Barents Sea and adjacent slope in terms of biodiversity, abundance, biomass, distribution patterns etc. This includes analyses of how physical and chemical characteristics of the substrate and water masses may impact benthic foraminiferal community structure, possible migration patterns and abundance change of species in relation to retreating sea-ice, and identification of major drivers along a south-north transect and between seasons in high latitudes. The outcome of RF3 will be used in RF1 to interpret changes in sea-ice distribution, paleoproductivity, and related environmental conditions during the past 2 kyrs. The candidate will attend cruises, collect sediment cores for past and present-day ecological analyses, and perform experiments on trophic aspects of benthic foraminifera.

Application deadline: 15th August 2019.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link "apply for this job". Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

For further details, please see

miércoles, junio 12, 2019

Museum Specialist (Paleontology). American Museum of Natural History



Date: June 11, 2019

Job Title: Museum Specialist (Paleontology)

Responsibilities & Duties:
The responsibilities and duties of the position include preparation and restoration of invertebrate fossils, including detailed microscope-based
preparation using a full range of mechanical and chemical methods as
well as digital preparation, such as SEM and CT image post-processing;
creating molds and casts; thin-section preparation; laboratory
operations management, including equipment and supply maintenance;
research support, including data collection; interaction with and
support of students and visiting scientists as appropriate; and other
divisional tasks as assigned. May have opportunities to participate in
field work.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience (typically at
least 4 years of specimen preparation) required. Demonstrated high level
of professional skill, innovation, and cooperativeness. Outstanding
manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, attention to detail, and
patience. Good organizational skills and ability to work independently.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in related field plus at least one full year of
practical experience in preparation, molding and casting. Knowledge of
invertebrate fossils desired.

Interested parties should apply online:

Review of applications will begin as early as July 15th; position
remains open until filled.

Applications cannot be accepted via email or snail mail.

lunes, junio 10, 2019

VIII Jornadas Internacionales sobre Paleontología de Dinosaurios

Nos ha llegado información de las

Las VIII Jornadas Internacionales sobre Paleontología de Dinosaurios y su Entorno que se celebrarán del 5 al 7 de septiembre próximos.

Se acaba de publicar la tercera circular e información relacionada de las Jornadas (normas de resúmenes y plantilla,l formulario de inscripción), que se pueden consultar en los enlaces siguientes: