miércoles, enero 16, 2019

A postdoc position for studying archosaur eggshell growth

Dear colleagues, we are hiring!

A postdoc position for studying archosaur eggshell growth and function is now open at NOVA school of Lisbon. It is a 30 month contract, and deadline for the call is February 13th. More info here:


lunes, enero 14, 2019

Curator Natural History Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) seeks a Curator (Assistant preferred, but open to all ranks) to lead its research on invertebrate paleontology and paleoecology, to oversee the growth and care of collections of NHMLA’s Department of Invertebrate Paleontology (IP), and to provide content for a variety of public programs.  More specifically, the successful candidate will conduct collection-based research in late Cenozoic marine paleoecology, with the aim of contributing to NHMLA’s program of long-term ecological change in Southern California.

NHMLA’s vast IP collection (> 7 million specimens) spans half a billion years of biological and geological evolution in Southern California.  It includes fossils of all major marine invertebrate groups as well as ichnofossils, and contains the world’s largest collection of Cretaceous-Cenozoic mollusks from the Pacific Rim, the result of a century of research by NHMLA staff and amalgamation of collections from several Southern California universities. Half of this collection consists of fossils from the Pleistocene Epoch. Of the 3.5M Pleistocene specimens, 1.5M have been digitized, allowing this long-term dataset to bear on questions of Southern California’s ecological past and present, in turn greatly augmenting the efforts of NHMLA’s coastal biodiversity initiatives by incorporating a paleontological perspective.

The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding research, excellent communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to engage the public and stakeholders.  A Ph.D., a strong record of peer-reviewed publications focusing on late Cenozoic marine invertebrate paleoecology and paleontology, and demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding are required.  Experience in managing large natural history collections and active field programs are highly desirable.  The Curator will be expected to build an active and publicly appealing research program, to lead continued improvement of the IP collections, to oversee all NHMLA’s programs on invertebrate fossils, and to supervise staff and volunteers of the IP Department.  Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to develop working relationships with local universities, mentor students and postdoctoral fellows, strengthen NHMLA’s presence in key professional and governmental networks, and maintain research through competitive grants and/or other funding from external sources.

The Curator will be expected to participate actively in a broad range of museum activities, including exhibits, education, community science programs, educator and volunteer training, public communications, media interactions, and fundraising activities.  A vision and capability to build a research program that can be integrated with NHMLA’s ongoing efforts to understand regional biodiversity, and to shape the collections and research in ways that activate both their scientific and public appeal, is paramount.

NHMLA is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community. This is a full-time position with a salary and title commensurate with experience.

Application deadline is February 15, 2019.  The starting date is July 1, 2019. Applicants should send a cover letter, vision statement, curriculum vitae, and the full contact information of at least three professional references as a single PDF document to thayden@nhm.org, Marine Invertebrate Paleoecology Curatorial Search.

Research Grants for early career paleontologists

I would like to draw your attention to the Norman Newell Grant for early career paleontologists whose deadline is Feb. 1, 2019 and fast approaching. The grant is funded by the Paleontological Society (PS) and applicants must be current members of the PS at the time of application.

Eligible applicants include paleontologists within five years of their Ph.D., who are members in good standing of the Paleontological Society. Applications are encouraged from anywhere in the world, except those from countries with economic or trade sanctions imposed by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

The Norman Newell grants complement the Arthur Boucot grants, and preference is therefore given to research projects in areas not covered by the Arthur Boucot grant topical areas of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy. Applicants can only apply to one of these Early Career Grants per funding year. To broaden the reach of Paleontological Society funds, recipients of a Norman Newell grant may not apply for an Arthur Boucot grant, nor may they apply for a second Norman Newell grant. Similarly, recipients of an Arthur Boucot grant may not apply for a Norman Newell grant.

Four Norman Newell grants of $5,000 each will be made each year. Awards are made directly to individuals and not to institutions, and awards cannot be used for salary, stipends, tuition, or institutional overhead.

Application instructions (including downloadable form and details on two required letters of recommendation) and complete grant details are available at http://paleosoc.org/grants-and-awards/paleontological-society-newell-grant/
Information for the complementary Paleontological Society Arthur James Boucot Research Grants for early career paleontologists (with the same
deadline) is available at

viernes, enero 11, 2019

Science and Past: Studying and Preserving Organic and Biomaterial Heritage

The Environmental Sciences Institute (IUCA) of the University of Zaragoza is organizing the 9th interdisciplinary course SCIENCE & PAST, to be held in Zaragoza (Spain) on March 13-15, 2019.

This edition "Science and Past: Studying and Preserving Organic and Biomaterial Heritage" is focused on the development and use of scientific techniques in order to extract archaeological, historical and conservation information from organic and biomaterials belonging to our cultural heritage. In this edition, special focus will be given on understand and preserve these type of materials through an in-depth scientific approach.

The lectures are addressed to students, researchers and professionals in chemistry, physics, geology, biology, archaeology, conservation science, palaeontology, etc., to acquire a solid knowledge on the state of art of this topic, applied to the study, safeguarding, conservation and authentication of material heritage.

Program and activities will include topics on:

- Introduction: scientific analysis and cultural heritage materials

- Analytical techniques for organic materials

- Characterization of resins, lacquers, oils, fats, ...

- Biomaterials: bones, teeth, ancient DNA, ...

- Studies on wood, paper, cotton, wool, ...

- Techniques for the imaging, microexamination and analysis of materials

Course coordinator:
Dr. Josefina Pérez-Arantegui (Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Ambientales-Universidad de Zaragoza)

Please use this on-line registration form for the registration

Registration fees:
Early registration (until February 27th, 2019): 80 € students; 150 € seniors.
Late registration (from February 28th, 2019): 100 € students; 200 € seniors.

More information: http://iuca.unizar.es/noticia/science-and-past-studying-and-preserving-organic-and-biomaterial-heritage/

jueves, diciembre 20, 2018

La impronta de cambios climáticos Jurásicos en la geología turolense, recogida en un estudio de la Universidad de Zaragoza

La revista científica Journal of Iberian Geology publicará en su primer número del año 2019 un artículo que analiza e interpreta las evidencias sedimentológicas que los cambios climáticos de finales del Jurásico (Kimmeridgiense-Titoniense, hace 153-151 millones de años) dejaron en la geología de la zona comprendida entre los pueblos turolenses de Galve, Aguilar del Alfambra y Monteagudo del Castillo. Además, un estudio que complementa los datos expuestos en este trabajo será publicado en Geogaceta, cuyos resultados fueron presentados el pasado mes de noviembre en una de las sesiones científicas de la Sociedad Geológica de España en El Hierro (Canarias).
El estudio, encabezado por los investigadores Jorge Val, Marcos Aurell y Beatriz Bádenas, del Dpto. de Ciencias de la Tierra de la Universidad de Zaragoza, incluye las siguientes claves de interés para el estudio de la zona:

•    Ciclos en la sucesión sedimentaria: El estudio ha revelado que se formaron por la alternancia entre etapas de climas húmedos, en los que llegaba más aporte fluvial de sedimentos a la cuenca (materiales siliciclásticos) y climas más áridos, que favorecían la sedimentación de depósitos carbonatados.  Tras una calibración temporal de los materiales, mediante el análisis de isótopos estables de estroncio y la datación de fósiles microscópicos (foraminíferos), se estima que estos ciclos tenían una duración aproximada de 400.000 años. Esta edad coincide con el parámetro de edad de las variaciones en la excentricidad de la órbita terrestre: La órbita en la que el planeta gira alrededor del Sol modifica su forma según ciclos de 400.000 años, haciendo que la Tierra gire a una mayor o menor distancia del Sol. Esto determina la influencia de la radiación solar sobre el clima terrestre, y a su vez, lo hizo sobre la geología turolense.

•    Entre Aragosaurus ischiaticus y Galvesaurus herreroi hubo más de 10 millones de años de historia geológica: Los investigadores de la Universidad de Zaragoza han determinado que la formación geológica Villar del Arzobispo, objeto de este estudio, es muy diferente geológicamente con respecto a las que se sitúan sobre ella: las formaciones Aguilar del Alfambra y Galve.
La calibración temporal de los afloramientos en que se encontraron los restos de estos dinosaurios delimita la edad de Galvesaurus herreroi aproximadamente entre los 153 y 151 millones de años (Edad Kimmeridgiense-Titoniense), mientras que hay datos que confirman que Aragosaurus ischiaticus vivió en al final del Berriasiense, un periodo más reciente que concluyó hace 140 millones de años, lo cual los alejaría en el tiempo.

•    Periodo de gran actividad tectónica entre las formaciones Villar del Arzobispo y Aguilar del Alfambra: Las diferencias en el medio sedimentario de ambas formaciones se explican por una actividad tectónica vigorosa, que implica la formación de una discordancia observable en algunas localidades. El estudio de los afloramientos en Aguilar del Alfambra aporta valiosos datos que los efectos de las fallas que actuaron durante el depósito de estas unidades.

La zona objeto de estudio es conocida, además de por la calidad de sus afloramientos geológicos, por albergar el Parque Geológico de Galve, que celebra su 25 aniversario, y por ser el lugar donde se encontró, hace 60 años, el primer dinosaurio que se definió en España: Aragosaurus ischiaticus.

viernes, diciembre 07, 2018

Portugalosuchus, el origen de los cocodrilos modernos

Una nueva especie de cocodrilomorfo eusuquio, Portugalosuchus  azenhae, descrita en Portugal por los miembros de las Universidades Nova de Lisboa y de Coimbra, Octávio Mateus, el Aragosaurero Eduardo Puértolas Pascual y Pedro Callapez, podría cambiar lo que los científicos pensaban sobre el origen de Crocodylia. El cráneo y la mandíbula, que fueron recuperados por Matilde Azenha cerca de la localidad de Tentúgal (Portugal), de ahí el nombre de la especie, se podrán visitar en el Museu da Lourinhã a pocos kilómetros al norte de Lisboa.

El clado Crocodylia, en el que se incluyen todas las especies de aligátores, caimanes, gaviales y cocodrilos actuales, así como otras especies extintas, no se conocía en el registro fósil hasta el Campaniense (Cretácico Superior, entre 83 y 72 millones de años). Antes del Campaniense habitaban la Tierra otros linajes extintos de cocodrilomorfos. Portugalosuchus es del Cenomaniense (hace 95 millones de años), y de acuerdo a los análisis realizados podría estar fuertemente emparentado o incluso pertenecer al clado Crocodylia, adelantando la aparición de los primeros cocodrilianos unos 20 millones de años. Esto situaría a Portugalosuchus como una de las especies de Eusuchia más antiguas del registro fósil y posiblemente el cocodriliano más antiguo descubierto hasta el momento. Además, su descubrimiento ayudaría a llenar el vacío de registro fósil de vertebrados continentales del Cretácico “medio”, que es muy escaso a nivel mundial, ayudando resolver diversas cuestiones filogenéticas y paleobiogeográficas.

Este cráneo y la mandíbula presentan una serie de caracteres no vistos anteriormente en el registro fósil, permitiendo su asignación a una nueva especie. Una de sus características más importantes es la presencia de una pequeña apertura en el lateral de la mandíbula. Este tipo de apertura, que sirve para inserciones musculares que participan en el movimiento de la mandíbula, es típica de varios grupos de cocodrilomorfos primitivos, pero sobre todo caracteriza al clado Crocodylia, en los que suele aparecer bastante desarrollada. La presencia de una pequeña apertura en Portugalosuchus podría representar uno de los estados ancestrales o primitivos de esta estructura en Crocodylia arrojando luz sobre el origen y evolución del grupo que incluye a todas las especies que habitan en la actualidad.

lunes, noviembre 19, 2018

Puesto de trabajo en la Universidad de South Florida

*Department: *School of Geosciences /  0-1230-000

*College/Division:* College of Arts and Sciences

*Salary Plan: *Faculty

*Hiring Salary/Salary Range: *Negotiable

*Job Code*: 9003

*Job Title: *Assistant Professor

*Position Number: *00036886

The School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida seeks to fill
a 9-month, full-time and tenure-earning Assistant Professor position in
Paleobiology.  We seek candidates with outstanding potential to develop an
externally funded research program, mentor graduate students and teach
undergraduate and / or graduate courses in paleobiology. The successful
candidate will complement and integrate with our existing school strengths
in paleobiology, geology, and / or the Anthropocene.

*QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience):*

*Minimum Qualifications:*

A PhD in Geology or related field is required and must be conferred by
appointment start date.

*Preferred Qualifications:*

Preference given to exceptional candidates with strengths in stratigraphy
and sedimentology, broadly construed.

*Information for Applicants *

This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

*Job Opening Number: 18819*

*Posting Date:  10/30/2018*

*Posting End Date: 12/15/2018*

*How To Apply *

Visit https://www.usf.edu/work-at-usf/careers/ and search for Job ID 18819.
Click on the *Apply Now* button.  When applying to an opening you will have
the opportunity to upload a cover letter and resume.

To apply, please attach a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, statement
of research interests and provide names and contact information for three
references.  Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2018.
Additional information is available at the School of Geosciences' website:
http://hennarot.forest.usf.edu/main/depts/geosci/ and by emailing the
search committe chair, Dr. Gregory Herbert (gherbert@usf.edu).

ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

Click here <http://www.usf.edu/employment> for additional tutorial

*Equal Employment Opportunity *

Conclusion of this search is subject to final budget approval.  According
to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the
public.  USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution
that embraces diversity in the workplace.  For disability accommodations,
contact Mandy K. Stuck at 813-974-2236, a minimum of five working days in

*Work Location *

The Main Office of the School of Geosciences is in the Natural and
Environmental Science Building (NES) in the SW corner of the Tampa campus.
Campus map and location overview: USF - Tampa Campus

martes, noviembre 13, 2018

Puesto de trabajo en el College of Science at Benedictine University

The College of Science at Benedictine University invites applications
for a full time, tenure track assistant professor position in the
Department of Biological Science beginning fall 2019. The department is
seeking a candidate who has research interests and teaching expertise in
at least one of the following areas: biomechanics, vertebrate biology,
evolutionary or developmental biology. The position requires teaching a
cadaver-based anatomy course and other courses within our core
curriculum. The successful candidate will establish and participate in
faculty/student research at the undergraduate level. Candidates are
expected to maintain an active research program.

The Department of Biological Sciences consists of 15 full time faculty
members and houses three undergraduate biology programs: BS in Biology,
BS in Health Science, and BA in Biology. There are over 600
undergraduate majors in the department with the majority of students
seeking to pursue professional health degrees. We also have two Master’s
programs in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Integrative Physiology. Our
current faculty have expertise in physiology, ecology, microbiology,
neurobiology, molecular biology, genetics, biological anthropology, and

Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine University is
located in Lisle, Illinois 25 miles west of Chicago with additional
campuses in Mesa, Arizona and Springfield, Illinois. Benedictine
University seeks employees who, regardless of their religious
affiliation, understand and contribute to the University’s mission and
goals. As an institution, we are committed to our identity as Catholic
and Benedictine in our values, our operations, and our curriculum in an
effort to help each student, each employee, the local community, and
each other thrive academically, professionally, and personally in our
religiously and culturally diverse academic environment. The College of
Science enjoys a location in the research corridor of metropolitan
Chicago, and delivers nationally recognized undergraduate programs in
the sciences.

Required Qualifications: Earned Ph.D.; a minimum of one year
postdoctoral experience is preferred. Successful prior experience
teaching undergraduates and a strong commitment to involving
undergraduates in research are required.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled, but priority will be given to those applications received by
December 17, 2018.

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter,
curriculum vitae, names of five people who can be contacted
confidentially as references, unofficial graduate transcripts, statement
of teaching philosophy, and statement of research interest through
Academic Jobs Online at http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo. Any questions
regarding the application process should be directed to: Krista
Frickelton, College of Science, Benedictine University, 5700 College
Road, Lisle, IL 60532. Email: kfrickelton@ben.edu Fax: (630) 829–6547.