Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Palaeobiology Teaching Fellow - Bristol UK

The University of Bristol, School of Earth Sciences, is seeking to recruit a full time Teaching Fellow to join the world leading Bristol Palaeobiology research group. They are seeking an energetic and committed teacher with experience of delivering excellent palaeobiology/geology/zoology teaching (classroom, laboratory and field-based teaching and undergraduate and/or postgraduate project supervision) in a higher education setting, with an up-to-date knowledge of current topics and methods in palaeobiology.
The candidate will be expected to take strategic oversight of the teaching and management of the BSc/MSci Palaeobiology and Evolution and the MSc Palaeobiology degrees in the role of Programme Director. They will be required to develop and deliver lectures and laboratory sessions, lead field trips and devise and supervise student research projects. Central to these roles is support for students’ academic progress, coordination and delivery of small group tutorials, and marking of formative and summative assessments. You will also be expected to develop their teaching skills and materials and be willing to innovate and undertake training as required. 
Applicants will have an undergraduate degree and a PhD in Palaeobiology/Geology/Zoology or a related subject. Full information and job description here: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BKA318/teaching-fellow
Deadline for applications: 24 June 2018, interviews will be held on 26th July 2018.

For further information about this role please contact:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Post-Doc Geomicrobiology of Modern and Ancient Microbialites - Dijon, France

A 2-year post-doc position is available in the field of geochemistry, sedimentology and geomicrobiology. The project addresses the role of microbial processes in formation of biological sediments and their evidence (i.e., biominerals) in the fossil record. A background in geomicrobiology/geochemistry with a specialty in microbe-mineral interactions, carbonate mineralogy, stable isotopes geochemistry (preferably of C, N, S, Fe) and/or microbial ecophysiology is desired.

The project addresses the role of microbial processes in formation of biological sediments and their evidence (i.e., biominerals) in the fossil record. We seek to link microbial interactions in modern microbialite systems (lithifying microbial mats) with carbonate mineral precipitation and mineral morphology, fabric alteration during post-depositional alteration (early diagenesis) and preservation of geochemical (e.g., isotopic) signatures in deep time.

The research encompasses microbial organosedimentary ecosystems, both unlithified and lithified, in continental aquatic systems (ranging from freshwater to hypersaline lakes, lagoons and rivers) as well as in open marine ecosystems and focuses on extrinsic and intrinsic constraints of microbialite development, including water chemistry, climate, tectonics, geological context, microbial composition, metabolic activity and interactions as well as organic matrix properties. Laboratory experimentation (with intact systems and microbial isolates) will focus on the specific role of physicochemical conditions (e.g., T°, pCO2, pH, Ca2+, Mg2+, light quality) on the extent, rate, efficiency and ultimately the mechanisms of microbialite growth. Our approach includes investigation of the organic (e.g., exopolymeric substance) and inorganic composition of microbialites, notably isotopic signatures, as well as of mineral morphology, microbialite fabric, characterization of the depositional environments (from macro- to nano-scale) and microbial characteristics. The project involves fieldwork and sample analyses (e.g., using IRMS, NANO-SIMS, XRD, scanning electron, confocal laser, Raman and cathodoluminescence microscopy), laboratory experimentation as well as geochemical modeling (e.g., Geochemist Workbench; FREEQC).

Host Laboratory: Biogeosciences, Unité mixte CNRS/UB 6282
The BIOGEOSCIENCES laboratory is a Mixed Research Unit (UMR) composed of about a hundred people whose employers are the University of Burgundy, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) and AgroSup Dijon.

Supervisor(s): Pieter Visscher (pieter.visscher@uconn.edu) and Emmanuelle Vennin (Emmanuelle.vennin@u-bourgogne.fr)

Application deadline: June 30th, 2018
For further information, check out the website: www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs/645253-post-doc-geomicrobiology-of-modern-and-ancient-microbialites-dijon
or  contact Emmanuelle Vennin (Pr UBFC- Emmanuelle.vennin@u-bourgogne.fr) and Pieter Visscher (U. Connecticut- pieter.visscher@uconn.edu).

Saturday, June 2, 2018

GSA Topical Session: New Voices in Geobiology (4-7 Nov. 2018, Indianapolis)

Dear colleagues,

We encourage you to submit an abstract for our topical session: “New Voices in Geobiology (T29)” to be held at the GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 4-7, 2018.

The goal of this session is to bring together new research (and new researchers) focusing on the interplay between geologic and biologic processes with a special emphasis on new field sites, novel materials/methods, and the development/refinement of proxies. We particularly encourage early career faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students to submit abstracts to this session. Overall we hope to bring together scientists specializing in geobiology, biology, (geo)microbiology, paleobiology/paleontology, inorganic and organic geochemistry, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and sedimentology to generate new, interdisciplinary ideas and collaborations at the intersection of these fields. 

The GSA abstract website is now open for submissions and the abstract deadline is midnight August 14th, 2018. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Please forward this on to colleagues or students who may be interested in this session. 

We hope to see you at GSA!
The GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division Executive Committee

Monday, May 14, 2018

PhD Research Fellowship in Paleontology/Sedimentology - Natural History Museum, University of Oslo

Job description
Applications are invited for a 3 year position in a Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate in Paleontology/Sedimentology to be based at the the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo. Starting date no later than August 2018, assuming agreement on external funding. The candidate will study Triassic biofacies with both organic rich sediment (anoxic deposit) and beds with extensive bioturbation and invertebrate fauna, with focus on the Middle Triassic Botneheia Formation in Svalbard.

The aim of the PhD is to improve our understanding of the paleoenvironment of the High Boreal Triassic, integrating paleontology with sedimentology and organic geochemistry. The project will involve field and laboratory work, taxonomic description, statistical and ecological analysis. The project is organized within the ARCEx Program and is a cooperation between the University of Oslo, several other Norwegian universities, and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). The candidate will be part of an active Triassic research group in Oslo.

Qualification requirements
Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in geology and have extensive field experience. Specialization in sedimentology or paleontology will be an advantage. The candidate must participate in field work in August 2018, and must be physically fit to work in the Arctic.

How to apply
The application must include:
  • application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • evt. documentation of English proficiency
  • a complete list of publications and academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)
More details here: www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/152322/phd-research-fellowship-in-paleontology-sedimentology
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job” on this website.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Instructor of Vertebrate Paleontology at Stony Brook University

Required Qualifications:
PhD in functional morphology, evolutionary morphology, vertebrate paleontology, systematics, or physical anthropology by start date.

Preferred Qualifications 
Experience teaching in a dissection-based course.  Ongoing research program and record of publication.

Responsibilities & Requirements 
The incumbent will have primary teaching responsibilities in human gross anatomy for healthcare professional students.

Special Notes 
This is a non-tenure track position.  FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.  Internal and external search to occur simultaneously.   Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2018.

Application Procedure 
Those interested in this position should fill out an online Applicant Information Survey, submit a State Employment Application, cover letter and resume/CV to the departmental address or fax below.

Alan H. Turner, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomical Sciences
Health Science Center
T8, room 040
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8081
Fax: 631-444-3947

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Curatorial Assistant (HMCZ

Position: Curatorial Assistant II
Employer: University of Harvard – Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Qualifications: College background in geology, biology or museum studies
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Application Deadline: the position is available until filled
Applications: here
Link: Click here to access the full text of the offer

Job Code: 403079 Curatorial Assistant II

Duties & Responsibilities

Reports to the Curatorial Associate of Invertebrate Paleontology/Curatorial Associate of Vertebrate Paleontology (VP) in the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). The Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Curatorial Associate with day-to-day collection activities in both the VP and IP collections; update all collection indices as necessary; assists with processing of loans, returns and exchanges; answer pertinent correspondence in consultation with Curatorial Associate; assist visitors with access to collections and department library; may perform clerical duties required by the collection such as ordering or mailings. The curatorial assistant processes data relevant to taxonomic and collection information into the museum database, including accessions. May assist in fossil preparation and preservation, maintenance, renovation of collection, pertinent inquiries and visitors to the MCZ collections and facilities, and executes related duties as assigned. Provides clerical functions incidental to the curatorial activities. Attends regular staff trainings/meetings. Contributes to unit goals by accomplishing related duties as required.

Basic Qualifications
High School Diploma or equivalent required, in addition to 1+ years of experience working in a museum collection, or a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in geology, paleontology, or other closely related fields (e.g. zoology, evolution, etc.) Experience with data processing, spreadsheet and database software.

Additional Qualifications

College background in geology, biology or museum studies. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Experience working with collection database management programs, and web interface required. Knowledge PC computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel in addition to demonstrated comfort with learning new software applications. Must be flexible and willing to take on new assignments. Ideal candidate will have great attention to detail, be self-motivated, and the ability to work as part of a team. Should be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. Vertebrate Paleontology experience preferred.

Additional Information
This is a one year term position ending June 30, 2019. When applying for this position please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter).

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Biology - University of Detroit Mercy

Institution: University of Detroit Mercy
Location: Detroit, MI
Category: Faculty - Engineering - Biological
Posted: 05/03/2018
Application Due: 10/01/2018

The Biology Department at the University of Detroit Mercy is seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. Candidates must have successfully completed a Ph.D. in Vertebrate Anatomy or related field of Biology with a background in biological research. More details here: https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=176713915

The successful candidate will be an effective and enthusiastic teacher, mentor, and advisor, with a commitment to supporting a diverse population of undergraduate students. The candidate should have a strong interest in research, inclusive teaching strategies, and collaboration with faculty from other disciplines. Postdoctoral training is not required, but preferred. Faculty teaching responsibilities include introductory level courses; Anatomy based major's courses for pre-health professionals and expansion of the Department's course offerings within area of expertise. Research laboratory space is provided.

Candidates should apply by completing an application and upload materials at https://udmercy.peopleadmin.com/. Materials should include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, a research statement, and a one-page statement of personal teaching philosophy and experience. Additionally, please provide full contact information (names, titles, email and telephone) for three professional references. At least one reference should be able to speak to the applicant's teaching ability. Deadline for applications: October 1, 2018.