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/