sábado, febrero 09, 2013

Puesto de conservador en Paleontologia en el ROM (Ontario, Canadá)

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s pre-eminent international museum and houses important collections in World Cultures and Natural History (www.rom.on.ca). The ROM is currently developing a new permanent palaeontology gallery to open in conjunction with its centenary celebrations in 2013. Highlighting the ROM’s superb fossil collections, along with new and ground-breaking research, the landmark exhibits of the gallery of Early Life will convey the rich, complex and immensely long story of evolving life on our dynamic planet. Covering more than 3.5 billion years of evolution, the Gallery of Early Life will complete the temporal and conceptual integration of all Level 2 Natural History exhibits, leading from the Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures, and connect directly to the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals, and ultimately to the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity: Life in Crisis.
The ROM is pleased to invite applications for the position of Contract Assistant Curator – Content Coordinator, to assist with the development of the new Gallery of Early Life. This is a full-time position with an initial one year contractural term, beginning April 1, 2013, with possible extension. The successful applicant will join the Invertebrate Palaeontology section of the ROM’s Department of History. She/he will assist the ROM curatorial team of invertebrate and vertebrate palaeontologists in the development and coordination of content for the new gallery. Working closely with the Lead Curator of the project and with an Interpretive Planner, the successful applicant will help research and develop the story lines of the exhibit, verify scientific accuracy of content, and compile and edit text and audio-visual elements. A major component of the gallery project will involve linking with multimedia companies to develop new immersive digital resources (interactive stations, augmented reality, etc.
The successful applicant will function as liaison between the Project Manager, the Curatorial Team, interpretive planning, exhibit design, and translation services. She/he will also assist with the development and implementation of gallery programming, working with ROM Education and Programs. Qualifications: Applicants must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Biology or Geology at the time of appointment and be familiar with a range of Palaeozoic ecosystems. A strong background in one or more of palaeobiology, biogeographic theory and methodology, palaeobotany, and earth-climate systems is a requisite. A history of research and peer-reviewed publication on aspects of Palaeozoic palaeoecology is preferred.
Candidates with prior experience in gallery development will be given priority. Proficiency in spoken and written French is desirable. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines in a stressful environment is required. 2 - Salary: Salary and years in rank are commensurate with experience, as stipulated in the Collective Agreement between the ROM and ROM Curatorial Association ($58903 - $72,317 per annum). Applications for the position will be accepted until March 7, 2013. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should provide a letter of interest detailing their research interests and projects, a curriculum vitae, two published/scholarly writing samples, and should arrange to have up to three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf. Forward all to: Royal Ontario Museum, Human Resources Department 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2C6 Fax # 416-586-5827 or E-mail:humanresources@rom.on.ca

Llegan las jornadas de dinosaurios de Salas de los Infantes

El Colectivo Arqueológico-Paleontológico de Salas, C.A.S., organiza las VI Jornadas Internacionales sobre Paleontología de Dinosaurios y su Entorno, como continuación de ediciones anteriores que arrancaron en 1999. Se celebrarán durante los días 5, 6 y 7 de septiembre de 2013. Las Jornadas salenses se han convertido en un congreso decano sobre dinosaurios en España, desarrollado con una periodicidad de 3 años (las V Jornadas, en 2010). Os adjuntamos parte de la información que se publicó en Tierra de Dinosaurios.  Desde aquí animar a participar en este evento único en nuestro país, donde se aprende y disfruta de la Paleontología.

A pesar de la crisis económica que asola el país, y que tiene una influencia muy negativa en la promoción de la actividad científica, el C.A.S. ha decidido mantener este encuentro científico. En la organización se cuenta con el Museo de Dinosaurios salense y las universidades de Zaragoza (Grupo Aragosaurus), País Vasco y Salamanca. Si el presupuesto para el desarrollo del simposio se verá recortado inevitablemente, la calidad y nivel científicos del mismo se va a mantener con la intervención de conferenciantes de prestigio y ponentes que aportarán investigaciones inéditas.

Las Jornadas de Salas son un marco alentador para la difusión de investigaciones sobre dinosaurios y otros seres contemporáneos, los ecosistemas en los que vivieron, la gestión de la conservación y puesta en valor del patrimonio paleontológico y su aplicación en la didáctica de la ciencia. La comarca natural de Salas de los Infantes, rica en fósiles de dinosaurios, impulsa de este modo la función dinamizadora del patrimonio paleontológico de Castilla y León.

Para descargar el pdf de la Primera circular

viernes, febrero 08, 2013

Puesto de trabajo en el Museum of Western Colorado

The Museum of Western Colorado - Dinosaur Journey in Fruita, Colorado (USA) is looking for a seasonal (summer) Paleontology Field Coordinator to lead ongoing excavations in the Jurassic of western Colorado.

This is a fieldwork based position in which the participant will lead team effort to excavate fossils in established quarries, working under the direction of the curator of paleontology. The Field Coordinator will be responsible for leading public dig groups at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in the Morrison Formation of western Colorado. Primary individual duties will include purchasing lunch supplies, preparing lunches, checking in guests daily, driving groups to and from the site, introducing participants to the geology and paleontology of the site, and training them on dig techniques and assigning their tasks. Oversight responsibilities include leading a team of volunteers and a field assistant (along with the participants) to excavate and record contextual data on Late Jurassic dinosaur material from a large quarry in the Morrison Formation. In addition, the field coordinator may help inventory existing museum collections and work in the prep lab. The field coordinator works under the direction of the curator of paleontology to ensure both the smooth operation of the daily dig program and maintenance of scientific standards in the excavation of this important site (and possibly others). Day to day operation of the quarry and dig program may often be entirely up to the Field Coordinator, however, so the positionrequires an experienced and independent individual with paleontological training.

This position is based out of Fruita, Colorado, which is located 10 miles from Grand Junction, Colorado on Interstate 70.  Housing in a 27 foot camp trailer at a nearby state park is available and free of charge. A valid driver's license and good record is required. Although not required, applicants are advised that a personal vehicle or bike will greatly help accessing services such as groceries, doctors, and other amenities (local in Fruita, less than 1 mile from Museum). Bus services are also available in the Fruita/Grand Junction area.

This position is for 16 weeks starting mid-late May 2013 and continuing through the end of August. Start and end dates can be negotiated if needed. This is a full-time position (36 hrs/wk) paying $13.50 per hour. Work is primarily performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, gnats, wind and thunderstorms. Participants may be required to hike in rough terrain in a hot, dry climate sometimes carrying heavy loads up to 40 pounds. Work requires long periods of bending, stooping and working in cramped positions.  Work is often performed in wilderness areas of public lands.

Applicants should have a background in paleontology, a basic knowledge of fossil resources and their preservation, good handwriting and have a working knowledge of computers.  Familiarity with Mesozoic field paleontology is critical, and that of the Late Jurassic specifically would be  helpful but not necessary. To apply send a current resume and the names and phone numbers of two references to:   John Foster, Museum of Western Colorado, Dinosaur Journey,550 Jurassic Court, Fruita, CO 81521.

Deadline is March 6, 2013.

For more information regarding this position please contact John Foster - E-mail: jfoster@westcomuseum.org

martes, febrero 05, 2013

Para investigar en microfósiles del Ordovícico

Una tesis financiada en la Universidad de Lille 1 (Francia) para investigar en microfósiles del Ordovícico. Os adjuntamos la información.

ANR project SeqStrat-Ice  tied PhD fellowship Lessons from our Ancient Frozen Planet: towards a unified theory for glacial sequence stratigraphy
The glaciogenic sedimentary record is our only direct archive of ancient glaciations. Understanding this archive is of fundamental scientific importance when modelling past climate change but also of socio-economic importance as they are key reservoir rocks for petroleum as well as for groundwater. This ANR (French national research council) research project aims to develop an original, universal sequence stratigraphic model for glaciogenic successions, enabling the investigation of the glaciogenic records through space and time. It includes numerical modelling efforts of glaciation-related depositional systems, alongside an in-depth sequence stratigraphic study of ancient glacial records.

The fieldwork-based PhD fellowship integrates the deep-time data collecting part of project, and will be focusing on the extremely well-exposed and well-developed Late Ordovician glacial record of Morocco. One of the main tasks will be the study of chitinozoan micropalaeontology and geochemistry in a sedimentological and sequence stratigraphic context, based on carefully selected near-field sections. Comparison with far-field low-and-mid-palaeolatitude sections will also be part of the project. You will be based at Lille.

The research team includes 4 academic partners: 3 academic research groups (IPG Strasbourg, Biogéosciences Dijon, Géosystèmes Lille) and the IFP-Energies Nouvelles.


Dr. Thijs Vandenbroucke (CNRS-Lille1): micro-palaeontology

Dr. Jean-François Ghienne (CNRS-IPGS, Strasbourg): glacial sedimentology

Contact: Thijs.vandenbroucke@univ-lille1.fr

Further info on our website: http://geosystemes.univ-lille1.fr/geosystemes/spip.php?article256&lang=fr

lunes, febrero 04, 2013

Becas "La Caixa" 2013 para estudios de doctorado en universidades españolas

Becas "La Caixa" 2013 para estudios de doctorado en universidades españolas
La Fundacion "la Caixa" convoca 25 becas para cursar estudios oficiales de doctorado que culminen con la lectura de una tesis doctoral en una universidad española.

El plazo de solicitudes finaliza el 16 de abril
Los solicitantes deben tener nacionalidad española. La convocatoria contempla todas las areas de conocimiento

Dotacion total de cada beca: 113.500  euros para 4 años de duracion maxima
Es obligatoria la acreditacion del conocimiento del idioma inglés, y la realizacion de estancias en el extranjero por un tiempo total mínimo de 6 meses en los 3 primeros años del doctorado. El programa oficial de doctorado tiene que disponer de la Mencion hacia la Excelencia.