Thursday, April 7, 2016

Research Assistant Professor, Micropaleontology, University of Florida

Research Assistant Professor, Micropaleontology, University of Florida

The Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida in association with the Florida Museum of Natural History, invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor with expertise in micropaleontology, especially Foraminifera. The successful candidate will be expected to improve the stratigraphic and systematic microfossil collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History, develop independent research projects utilizing those collections, and teach one undergraduate paleontology course one other course as appropriate. This is a twelve-month, full-time, time-limited, non-tenure track position. It is renewable annually upon successful review, with an expected maximum term of three years.

For additional information please contact Dr. John Jaeger, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, P.O. Box 112120, Gainesville, FL 32611-2120. Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
Candidates must apply online at For full consideration, the application should include: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research and teaching experience and goals; and (4) the names of three colleagues who might be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Post Doctoral Researcher- University College Cork

Post Doctoral Researcher
Closing Date for Applications: 15 Apr 2016

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position funded by the European Research Council investigating the biological significance of colour patterning in fossil insects.

Why fossil colour?Colour underpins visual signalling in extant animals and also has diverse physiological functions. Fossilised evidence of colour can therefore provide insights into the behaviour and physiology of ancient animals and is a major focus of interdisciplinary research worldwide.

The project
The successful candidate will undertake quantitative analysis of colour patterns in fossil insects and taphonomic experiments on colour patterns in extant insects using in-house facilities for laboratory decay and high pressure-high temperature maturation. The successful applicant will use morphometric analysis, electron microprobe microanalysis, synchrotron-X-ray fluorescence, and time of flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry. In addition to research, the successful candidate will also have opportunities to undertake supervision of PhD and undergraduate projects, occasional undergraduate teaching, fieldwork on related projects, and to participate in public outreach events.

ApplicationsApplicants should have a PhD in palaeobiology, preferably with considerable experience of research into taphonomy and / or palaeoentomology and / or morphometric analysis. The research requires skills in at least some of the microscopic and chemical analytical skills listed above. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of high-calibre research published in peer-reviewed journals, and should demonstrate excellent communication, organising, problem solving and computing skills.
The successful candidate will join a team of researchers working on the evolution and taphonomy of colour in animals, and will benefit from an extensive global network of collaborators.

Project start date: June-July 2016
Post Duration: 36 months

Key Duties and ResponsibilitiesThis title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development.  The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI).  It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;
  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.

  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:
Name: Dr Maria McNamara
Title: Lecturer in Geology
Email Address:<>
Telephone: +353 21 490 4570[skypec2c://r/204]+353 21 490 4570

To Apply:
Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Maria McNamara (<>, on or before the closing date of Friday 15th April 2016.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

STEPPE Summer 2016 fellowships

The STEPPE Coordinating Office ( champions support for research and education and facilitates the  development of integrated, collaborative projects for sedimentary geologists, stratigraphers, paleontologists, geochronologists, geochemists, and modelers who make up the community of researchers on the sedimentary crust.

All fellowship positions are for ten weeks during the summer and based at the Geological Society of America headquarters in Boulder, CO. Start and end dates are negotiable. Fellows must make their own travel and housing arrangements. Compensation is in the form of a grant in the amount of $10,000.

Application Deadline: April 25, 2016. To apply, send the following materials to Danielle Serratos (, please state which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email:
1) Cover letter identifying which position you are interested in and stating your interest in the position and what you can contribute to the program
2) Resume/CV
3) A short (<1000 word) writing sample
4) Contact information for three references
5) Official copies of college transcripts, mailed separately and postmarked by the deadline

Science Communications
STEPPE seeks a graduate student with strong writing skills and an interest in communicating science to both the scientific community and the public. The science communication fellow will create and disseminate content for STEPPE and consortium member’s (AAPG, AGI, GSA, GSL, PS and SEPM) websites/blogs, social media channels and other venues. The fellow will research, write and edit research articles related to deep-time sedimentary geology news and research. Ideally, this person will extend topics of articles into social media posts and STEPPE forum topics. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming GSA Annual Meeting and Congressional Visits Day. Strong research, writing and editing skills required.
Background/training/education in journalism and/or science writing a plus. Geoscience experience preferred. Strong knowledge of social media desired.

Education and Outreach
STEPPE seeks a graduate student with a strong interest in the development of collaborative projects focused on education, outreach and workforce development. The fellow will work closely with the STEPPE team, consortium members, and collaborators to further develop education and outreach programs and materials focused on early career professionals, K-16 students and teachers. In addition, the fellow will work to further develop the STEPPE online education and outreach group and will have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming GSA Annual Meeting and Congressional Visits Day.
Geoscience background and strong interpersonal and organizational skills required. Background/training/education in informal or formal education, and/or pedagogy is highly sought after and should be outlined in the cover letter.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Paleontology Summer Internships AMNH

The Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History is offering a small number of full-time, 8-week internships for graduate or undergraduate students in geology, invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields (June 27, 2016 start). The interns will participate in an IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection in the Invertebrate Paleontology department at AMNH.

The interns will work with collection management staff to rehouse, conserve, catalog and database specimens. A stipend will be provided as support over the internship period. Applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree course, or about to apply to a graduate course in invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields. Ability to work with paleontological research collections, ability to perform tasks requiring physical strength and high manual dexterity, proficiency in the use of Mac and PC based software, good organizational, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently. Experience working in museum collections a plus.

Applications must be received no later than April 1, 2016. Interested parties should apply online:

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to email inquiries about application status. Applicants will only receive notification if they qualify for an interview.

A description of the Mapes collection at the AMNH can be found here:
A summary of the IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection can be found here:

Friday, March 4, 2016

Associate Professorship of Palaeobiology: Oxford, UK

The University of Oxford seeks to appoint an Associate Professor in Palaeobiology from 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Earth Sciences and will hold a Tutorial Fellowship at St Hugh’s College. The appointment will be initially for 5 years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the postholder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.
We welcome applications from scientists working in the broad area of palaeobiology whose research expertise complements existing strengths in the department and within departments and museums elsewhere in the University of Oxford. The successful candidate will be carrying out research within the broad range of disciplines related to palaeobiology and the fossil record, including research using modern biological approaches to study of the past. The successful candidate will have a doctorate in the field of palaeobiology, palaeontology, or a related subject, and evidence of substantial research accomplishment and potential in the field of palaeobiology or related areas. The main duties of the post are to carry out research at an international level, to secure research funding, to teach, supervise and examine undergraduate and postgraduate students, and to participate in and contribute to the administration of the department. The appointee will be a Fellow of St Hugh’s College and will have responsibility for the teaching of earth sciences within the college, including relevant administrative work and undergraduate admissions.
For further information,  can be found hereApplications should be addressed to the Department HR Manager, Emma Smith ( Enquiries about the post should be addressed to the Head of Department, Professor Gideon Henderson (email: or tel: 01865 282123).
The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Monday 4 April 2016. Interviews will be held on 26 April 2016 in Oxford.

2 week summer fellowship - Indiana University Paleontology Collection

A competitive fellowship to support two weeks of summer research in the Indiana University Paleontology Collection is available through the IU Institute for Advanced Study. The IU Paleontology Collection contains 1.3 million fossils with specialities in mid Paleozoic macroinvertebrates (  

Applications are due by March 21, 2016. For application materials and additional information, please visit our website at 

More Info
The Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Repository Research Fellowship. In partnership with repositories on the IU Bloomington campus and supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the program funds a short-term fellowship for a faculty member or community scholar to conduct in-depth research in the collections of one or more of our partner repositories. Applicants from Minority Serving Institutions, community colleges, and source communities are welcome. Preference will be given to applicants who are collaborating with Indiana University Bloomington faculty members.

An online inventory of the Indiana University collection is available at .  Follow the link to "Holdings" and then to "Collection Inventory".

The strength of the collection is Paleozoic marine of North America, especially Devonian through Carboniferous.  We also have a reasonable amount of Mesozoic material from around the world, and a little bit of Cenozoic terrestrial (notably a small collection of early Wasatchian from Bighorn Basin and some Pleistocene).

This initiative is intended to support research in the rich collections of the IU Bloomington campus and to build partnerships between scholars at and beyond IUB. The fellowship provides funding for travel costs, accommodation, per diem, and a two-week stipend.  Please note: This fellowship is intended to support research in IU Bloomington's unique collections; the application should focus on materials that cannot be accessed elsewhere.

Summer 2016 partner repositories include the Archives of African American Music and Culture, the Archives of Traditional Music, the Black Film Center/Archive, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, The IU Art Museum, the IU Herbarium, the IU Libraries, the IU Paleontology Collection, the Jerome Hall Law Library, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies Central Asian Archives. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NHM Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Study Grant

Postdocs and Students: check out this brand new funding opportunity to undertake collections-based research. Introducing the NHM Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Study Grant

The deadline is April 1st!

The details, dates, and application instructions are found in this attachment. For information about the collection you may peruse the locality and specimen databases [], or make inquiries directly to Austin Hendy.

The Collection Study Grant provides financial assistance for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to study the scientific collections in the Invertebrate Paleontology Department of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM). These collections are among the largest in North America, and encompass more than 7 million specimens with strengths in the Cambrian, Cretaceous, the Cenozoic of the Eastern Pacific, particularly California, Nevada, and Baja California, and mollusc, echinoderm, and crustacean fossils.

The amount of the award will be up to $1000, and will support travel and accommodation costs incurred by students while visiting the Museum. Collection visits of three days or longer are encouraged, and the grant is open to candidates outside of the United States; funding will be not be available to researchers within daily commuting distance of the NHM.The award committee will consist of NHM-affiliated paleontologists and will be judged on the merit, feasibility, and communication of the proposed research, and strength of recommendation letter by faculty advisor. 

Proposals are due April 1st, with notification of successful candidates by April 15th. Funds are available for use until April 1st the next year.


Proposals are to be sent electronically to: Austin Hendy at
Subject line: NHM IP Collections Study Grant
The application is intended to be short (limited to two pages). The application must include: title of research project; name, address, and phone number of applicant; current college status (where enrolled, major, degree program, anticipated graduation date). Proposals must also include a description of the planned research (approx. one-page), expected deliverables and their timeline (e.g., publications), likely outreach opportunities (e.g., public presentations), anticipated visit dates (and length), and a budget justification. Proposals should demonstrate the critical role of NHM’s collection and how a collections visit might enhance identification, curation, digitization, or generation of new data. Please attach proposal in PDF format. We also require a letter of support from a faculty advisor.