Sunday, March 11, 2018

Invertebrate Paleontology Summer Internship - AMNH (applications due March 16th)

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 11, 2018 start). The interns will participate in an IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection in the Invertebrate Paleontology department at AMNH.
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:

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.

Required Qualifications: 
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.

Interested parties should apply online:

Applications must be received no later than March 16, 2018. Applications cannot be accepted via email or snail mail. 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.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Analytical Paleobiology Summer Course

Interested in analytical Paleobiology? Check out the summer workshop below!

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Analytical Paleobiology Summer Course.  To apply for course admission and also to learn more about the course and application process, please visit our website at 2018 edition of the course will be hosted at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA) from THURSDAY JULY 19 thru WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15, 2018.

This 4-week course, sponsored by the NSF, the Paleontological Society, and the EarthRates RCN NSF initiative is designed to introduce graduate students to a range of analytical methods that are foundational to or at the cutting edge of paleobiological research. The topics, taught sequentially by rotating expert instructors, will include probability theory, maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods, resampling techniques, correlation and regression, multivariate ordinations and tests, methods of measuring biodiversity, morphometrics, phylogenetic methods, spatial and time-series analyses and other related topics. The course will also provide practical hands-on training in statistical programming and data visualization in R.

PhD students from any degree-granting institution worldwide are eligible for admission. Applications from junior scientists who completed their PhD recently and from future PhD students (i.e., advanced undergraduate students and MS students interested in research-oriented careers in paleontology) will also be considered. The maximum course enrollment is 15 students. Admission decisions will be based on student applications and recommendation letters.

The course is free for admitted applicants. Also, we are pleased to inform you that lodging will be provided free of charge to all participants. Financial aid to assist participants with travel costs may be available, but we encourage applicants to pursue additional funding at their home institution or other sources.

To submit your application, please visit Applications and recommendation letters are due on April 1, 2018. Admission decisions will be made before the end of April 2018.

If you have questions about the course or the application process, please email Michal Kowalewski at

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

International Geobiology Course 2018

The International Geobiology Course (June 12th to July 17th, 2018) is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course that explores the co-evolution of the Earth and it’s biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints in the rock record. Participants get a hands-on learning experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques including molecular biology, microbiology, geochemistry, and sedimentology and work in research groups to solve real research questions.

Themes for this years’ course include:
  1. Molecular biology and biogeochemistry of Mono Lake, with an emphasis on microbial elemental cycling in this unusual alkaline lake.
  2. Microbial processes and biogeochemical cycling of sulfur.
  3. Geobiology of modern microbes living on organic-rich shales.
This year the course will be directed by Alex Sessions, Woody Fischer, and Victoria Orphan, and will remain in a format similar to previous years. It begins with a field trip up the eastern Sierra Nevada to visit hot springs, Cambrian rocks, and Mono Lake, and back down to the coast near Ventura to study sulfur springs and tar seeps, and a world-famous exposure of the Monterey Formation. Two weeks of lab rotations at Caltech will introduce students to cutting-edge analytical techniques, followed by two weeks at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

Applications are due Friday February 9th

For more information about how to apply, check out the website ( or the flyer.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Evolution/Palaeobiology, University of Oxford, UK

The University of Oxford is recruiting a fixed-term (2 years, and possibly to 3 years) postdoctoral research assistant for the ERC-funded research project TEMPO (project no. 639791), aiming to quantify patterns of phenotypic evolution in tetrapods over 300 million years testing hypotheses of how rates and constraints on phenotypic evolution have changed on long timescales. The PDRA will digitise skeletons of fossil synapsids and archosauromorphs (e.g. therapsids, dinosaurs, pseudosuchians) to study patterns of their evolution using 3D geometric morphometrics and phylogenetic comparative methods. This will address the goals of the project in collaboration with other members of the project team.

The responsibilities of the PDRA are to use structured light surface scanning and CT scanning to capture the 3D osteology of fossil synapsids and archosauromorphs in museum collections worldwide, planning, booking and conducting travel to UK and global museum collections for data collection, attending scientific conference to report the findings of the project and operating equipment such as high performance computer workstations for 3D visualisation and data capture, cameras, and structured light scanner

The successful applicant will require a PhD relating to palaeontology, macroevolution, comparative anatomy (at the time of starting the post) or a cognate discipline and track record of research publication in international, peer-reviewed journals, expertise in quantitative statistical analysis of paleontological or biological datasets and the ability to plan and manage travel commitments and conduct data collection in museum collections in the UK and internationally.

Apply to the University of Oxford here:
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 28 February 2018 will be considered. Interviews are due to take place on 29 March 2018. Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. All candidates will be evaluated for employment without regard to gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. The department holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Propose Geobio Sessions for the 2018 GSA meeting

Help us promote Geobiology at the 2018 GSA in Indianapolis (Nov. 4-7)! Submit a relevant session proposal or short course that we can sponsor! Details below.


We look forward to highlighting the Indiana area geology as well as the wider world of geoscience research at the GSA 2018 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis. We challenge you to propose a Short Course and/or a Technical Session that will teach your colleagues and promote discussion about the incredible geological research going on today in so many different areas. If you have a particularly groundbreaking and dynamic topic in mind, consider proposing a Pardee Session to bring a special focus to your idea.

EXCHANGE the geology
… by organizing and chairing a technical session.
Technical Session deadline:1 Feb. 2018
Proposals are being taken for both Pardee Keynote and Topical Sessions.
Propose a Session
SHARE the geology
… as an instructor through a Short Course.
Short Course proposal deadline:1 Feb. 2018
Courses run the Friday and Saturday before the Annual Meeting and are typically a half day to two full days.
Propose a Short Course

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lectureships- UCL (UK)

Two lectureship positions at Earth Sciences, University College London, UK

The Department of Earth Sciences invites applications for two lectureship posts from 1st September 2018 in any area of the Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. Applicants whose research will contribute to areas of strategic importance, and complement and strengthen the current research portfolio within the department are particularly welcome. We are seeking to appoint outstanding individuals with academic standing, vision and proven expertise who will provide leadership in their field of expertise, develop world-class research programmes and contribute to advanced teaching and knowledge exchange activities.

The postholder will have a PhD in a relevant discipline as well as experience in research, teaching or other employment in Earth, Environmental or Planetary Sciences.

Successful candidates will also have an outstanding record of academic research, a strong publications portfolio, a track record of success in income generation from public and/or commercial sources, and will be able to work collaboratively with an inter-disciplinary approach.

Deadline 23 February 2018
UCL vacancy reference: 1705691

For more information see:

Friday, January 5, 2018

PAID Summer Internship with UMichigan Environmental Fellows Program

The Environmental Fellows Program is a summer fellowship program for masters and doctoral students that seeks to place students traditionally underrepresented in the environmental field and those committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in summer fellowships with environmental foundations and their grantees.  

Application OPEN. Deadline to apply is February 7, 2018

The Environmental Fellows Program involves:
·  A 13-week paid fellowship at either an environmental grantmaking foundation, or at one of their grantees. Past placement sites include: Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Earthjustice; Toxics Action Center, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and many more! 
·  Fellows will receive a stipend of $10,000 plus a travel allowance. 
·  Last year's cohort worked on a wide variety of issues: environmental health, clean energy, marine conservation, transit solutions, energy justice, to name just a few!  
·  Fellowship placement sites are available in a range of places included but not limited to: New York City, Boston/New England region, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, MI, Grand Rapids, MI  
·  Fellows receive training in: diversity, equity, and inclusion; institutional culture; and professional development. 

For more information and to apply, visit: