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:
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:

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 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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Paleontological Society's Distinguished Speakers program

The Paleontological Society's Distinguished Speakers program brings excellent paleontologists right to your university! The PS and SVP will subsidize expenses up to $400 per visit. Hosts simply contact the speaker directly to arrange a date and title, with expenses to be reimbursed by the appropriate Society after submitting receipts.
This year there are two new names on the list – Ta-Shana Taylor (Univ. Miami, FL) and Yurena Yanes (U Cincinnati). They will overlap with the continuing speakers: Caroline Stromberg (Univ. Washington), Michal Kowalewski (Florida Museum of Natural History), and Tricia Kelley (UNC Wilmington). Each speaker has offered 3-4 talk titles (see details on the website and below).
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is also joining the program this year with three speakers for 2018-2020 – Larisa DeSantis (Vanderbilt Univ.), who will cover North American venues, Nadia Fröbisch (Museum für Naturkunde), who will cover European venues, and Karen Moreno (Universidad Austral de Chile), who will cover South American venues. SVP’s program will operate the same as ours and so our flier includes their roster to better to advertise the opportunities. 
In addition to nearby colleges, consider avocational fossil, lapidary, and environmental-interest groups (“Save the XX Watershed”). Our speakers for 2018-19 cover many topics, including conservation paleobiology, which has become a major draw, along with important issues in diversity and the teaching of evolution. Most have experience talking with youth groups and the general public, and are willing to run workshops.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Geobiology 2019- Save the Date

Hold on to your Geobiological tools, the first "save the date" for the 2nd Geobiology Society Conference is out! The conference will be held June 9th to 13th, 2019 at Banff, Canada!

Mark your calendars! More details soon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Paleontological Field Methods Course

Looking for a paleontology field course for summer 2018? 

Check out: Paleontology Field Methods & Research (Univ Wash BIOL475A/ESS 449A;  3, 4, or 5 credits). This is the same course that Greg Wilson has taught in the past and is held in the type area of the Hell Creek Formation in northeastern Montana (made famous as the type location for T. rex and the epicenter of the K-Pg extinction debates)
Overview: This is a one-month (June 18 – July 17, 2018) introduction to paleontological field methods and research, in which students develop skills in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting field data and designing research projects by participating in ongoing paleontological research on the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction. Topics include excavation of fossils, identification and curation of fossils, collection/interpretation of stratigraphic and taphonomic data, and report writing.
Note that this is a University of Washington course BUT it is open to students from other institutions. In the past, approximately half of the students were from universities and colleges other than UW.

Course Details:
Lecture/Lab: 2 weeks (June 18-21, July 12-17) with intro lectures on principles in field paleontology, geology, and taphonomy as well as the scientific context of the research. Lab sessions to introduce the fossil vertebrates, curate collected fossil specimens, analyze data, and present final reports.
Fieldwork: 2.5 weeks (June 22 – July 11) at the Hell Creek State Park in NE Montana learning basic paleontology and geology field techniques, collecting fossils (verts, inverts, plants), gaining context of ongoing research, and engaging in group research projects.
Costs : Lab fee of $120, program fee of $850 to cover transportation, meals, lodging, and equipment for fieldwork, and UW tuition (see
Entry Code: Students who wish to register for the class should contact instructor Dave Grossnickle ( for an entry code.

A PDF flyer can be found here: