lunes, septiembre 26, 2016

PhD project in micropaleontology. Natural History Museum Basel

PhD project in micropaleontology

Geosciences Department
Natural History Museum Basel, Switzerland


For realization of the research project “Testing the Agulhas Dispersal Hypothesis for the Neogene planktonic foraminifer Globorotalia menardii: Indian Ocean or Pacific home versus Central- American passage” we seek a PhD student at the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland. In this project we investigate whether the Agulhas Current had a major influence on the morphological evolution on menardine globorotalids during the past 8 million years in selected deep-sea cores from the Equatorial Pacific, Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic.

Main methods include, but are not restricted to, geometric morphometry using automated digital imaging systems. The goal is obtain improved insight about the mode, pattern and process of morphological speciation in these marine calcareous pelagic protists.

The project is funded by the Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research for 36 months, beginning on 1 February 2017.

Your specific tasks:

1.) Morphometry of menardiform globorotalid shells raised from selected Upper Miocene-Holocene IODP core samples.
2.) Statistical analysis of shell variability through time.
3.) Application and further development of our AMOR system (Automated Measurement system for the morphology of microfossils) in collaboration with engineers from FHNW.
4.) Publication of the results.

Your profile:

1.) A prerequisite for this position is a recent master’s degree or equivalent qualification in earth sciences.
2.) You are curious and highly motivated in solving questions about microevolutionary patterns and processes of marine microfossils. You are keen in exploring morphometric methods. And you like testing scientific theories.
3.) You are especially interested in a application and development of automated digital image based morphometry.
4.) You are familiar with oceanic micropaleontology.
5.) You have a good ability for quantitative work. Knowledge in computer programming is a plus, willingness to acquire such abilities for digital image processing is expected.
6.) You like working in a Museum environment.
7.) You have excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken), acquiring German language is expected.

You will be registered as a PhD student with the University of Basel, Switzerland (chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas Wetzel). The working place is based at the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland, which gives opportunity to gain insight to work at a cultural institution.

For more information please contact Dr. Michael Knappertsbusch, Tel. No. +41-61-266 55 64, or email to

Please send your application including a CV, a proof of your successful completion of your masters/diploma degree, a short statement about your research interests, and references to: Dr. Michael Knappertsbusch, Natural History Museum Basel, Augustinergasse 2, 4001-Basel, Switzerland.

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domingo, septiembre 25, 2016

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Micropaleontology or Invertebrate Paleontology

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Micropaleontology or Invertebrate Paleontology, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in paleontology. Areas of interest include marine micropaleontology, marine invertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, paleoclimatology and biostratigraphy. Successful applicants are expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, externally funded research program and demonstrate a commitment to exceptional undergraduate and graduate teaching through effective pedagogical techniques. We are a collaborative, broad-based Department within the College of Geosciences, which includes the Departments of Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, Geography, Texas Sea Grant, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), and the International Ocean Discovery Program. Opportunities for collaboration also exist within the Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, which brings together faculty interested in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from across the campu! s.

Interested candidates should submit electronic versions of a curriculum vita, statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, the names and addresses of at least three references and up to four reprints by email attachments, to the Chair of the Paleontology Search Committee, Screening of applications will begin October 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. A Ph.D. is required at the time of employment.

Texas A&M University, a land-, sea-, and space-grant university, is located in a metropolitan area with a dynamic and international community of 255,000 people. Texas A&M University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student body and compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented ethnic groups, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Texas A&M University also has a policy to address the needs of dual-career partners (

Predoctoral en la Universidad de Barcelona

Se ofrece contrato predoctoral asociado al proyecto de investigación del MINECO “El papel de la insularidad y posterior aislamiento geográfico de Iberia en grandes crisis bióticas del Cretácico-Paleógeno. Aplicaciones bioestratigráficas y paleoambientales” (CGL2015-69805-P).

El objetivo principal de la tesis es caracterizar el Barremiense de la Cadena Ibérica oriental (cuenca del Maestrazgo) desde un punto de vista paleoambiental y micropaleontológico (macroforaminiferos y carofitas), tanto en sus facies marinas como continentales.

El trabajo se desarrollará en el Departament de Dinàmica de la Terra i de l\'Oceà, de la Universidad de Barcelona.

Perfil/requisitos de los candidatos:

• Licenciado/graduado en Geología o similar
• Máster en Geología o similar
• Buen conocimiento del inglés
• Disponibilidad para trabajo de campo y realizar estancias en el extranjero
• Admitido en el programa de doctorado Ciencias de la Tierra de la UB para el curso 2016/17 (

Plazo de presentación de solicitudes: 13-27 de septiembre de 2016.

Acceso a la aplicación de la solicitud:

Para más información, contactar :

Carles Martín-Closas
Dept. Dinàmica de la Terra i l\'Oceà
Facultat de Geologia
Universitat de Barcelona UB

Postdoctoral positions in paleobiology. University of Florida

The Invertebrate Paleontology Division at the Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida) invites applications for 1 or more postdoctoral positions in paleobiology. We are seeking motivated candidates, preferably with experience in quantitative paleoecology and stratigraphic paleobiology. The successful candidates will be part of two NSF-funded projects focused on marine invertebrate paleobiology. The projects will involve close collaboration with our partners at University of Bologna and Miami University of Ohio.

The initial full-time appointment will be for one year, with a possible extension for up to two years. A PhD degree is required. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a CV including a list of publications, and addresses of at least two referees Carrie Tyler (, or to Michal Kowalewski (, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. E-mail applications are preferred. For further information please contact Tyler or Kowalewski. Review of applications will begin right away and will continue until the position is filled.