Thursday, September 29, 2016

AMNH Internship (Grad or Undergrad)

The Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History is offering 1 part-time (18 hours per week), 1-year internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in geology, invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields (November 7, 2016 start). The intern will participate in an NSF-funded project to image and geo-reference specimens in the Invertebrate Paleontology department at AMNH. A summary of the NSF-funded project can be found here:

The intern will work with collection management staff to curate, image, geo-reference, 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 be a recent graduate of a degree 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
Applications must be received no later than October 21, 2016.

Latest Ediacaran Wormworld Fauna

Check out the new paper in GSA Today written by our past, current, and soon-to-be GSA GBGM presidents (Jim Schiffbauer, Marc Laflamme, and Simon Darroch)! "The Latest Ediacaran Wormworld Fauna: Setting the Ecological Stage for the Cambrian Explosion"

Field Course- Taphonomic and Ecological Processes in Tropical Environments

Taphonomic and Ecological Processes in Tropical Environments
Summer Field Course in Graduate Research
Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas
June 19 - July 21, 2017

Course Information:

Michal Kowalewski, University of Florida (<>)
Troy A. Dexter, Gerace Research Centre (<>)

Overview: This 5-week course will focus on graduate-level research in taphonomy and ecology of late Quaternary to Recent environments of San Salvador Island (the Bahamas), including both marine and terrestrial settings. Each student participant will lead an independent project based on field, experimental, or laboratory data. The instructors will assist students, both logistically and intellectually, in developing projects that can generate publishable quality data. San Salvador field sites and laboratory facilities offer opportunities for conducting topically diverse projects from experimental ecology and taphonomy to Quaternary paleoecology and biosedimentary processes.

Where: Gerace Research Centre, located on San Salvador Island, one of the outermost of a chain of some 700 islands that comprise The Bahamas

Who: Students interested in taphonomy, paleoecology, marine ecology, carbonate deposystems, reef paleoecology, coastal environments (both marine and terrestrial), and Quaternary paleoenvironments are particularly encouraged to apply. The course is aimed at graduate students who aspire to develop strong research portfolios. Advanced undergraduate students interested in research-oriented careers are also encouraged to apply. Students from all countries are eligible for admission.

Application Process: Please submit (1) one completed application form and (2) your most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae to<>. One reference letter should be emailed separately by the academic advisor. The application is due on Feb 1, 2017. Maximum enrollment: 16. The application form can be downloaded at the course website or directly at the following address: Please contact instructors if you have any questions regarding the course or the application process.

Fees and Anticipated Expenses: The course fee is anticipated to be $2500 per student and will cover (1) lodging and all meals, (2) access to all facilities at the research centre, (3) transportation to and from field sites around the island, and (4) instructional and advising activities. The fee also includes health insurance for the duration of the course. The fee does not include transportation to San Salvador ($800 to $1000 from the mainland USA). The total anticipated cost per student is expected to be around $3300-$3500 per student.

Given more expensive airfare for non-US flights, the total cost is likely to be higher for international students. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aids/scholarships at their home institutions.

NOTE: Additional financial aid may be available from the course organizers. For details see the application form.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Postdoc in invertebrate paleobiology at the Florida Museum of Natural History (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. Full job posting available on the PaleoNet Position Listings.

NOT:  PI's will be at GSA and meeting with potential candidates. Please indicate your interest in meeting at GSA when you submit your application.

Post Doc positions at the AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History (New York) invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships in all areas of natural science including paleontology.  Please note that there are special programs targeting research in specific fields (e.g., Lerner Gray Fund for marine research) as well as the general program through the Richard Gilder Graduate School. 

The application deadline is Nov 15 2016.  For more information and to apply, go to

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Micropaleontology or Invertebrate Paleontology Texas A&M University

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) 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 campus.

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 (

Tenure-track assistant/associate professor of invertebrate paleontology- Drexel

The Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science at Drexel University seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor appointment in invertebrate paleontology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, Paleoecology, Climatology, and Conservation Paleobiology, with the aim of deploying paleontological data to understand patterns of global change. 

The successful candidate will develop a research program in their subject area; teach courses in Invertebrate Paleontology and Stratigraphy, and at least one other course (such as Structural Geology, History of Life or Climatology); and will be the Curator for the Invertebrate Paleontology collection of Drexel's Academy of Natural Sciences. The ability to collaborate with other research groups in the department, such as Environmental Biogeochemistry, or other units at the university, such as Environmental Engineering, is a plus. Importantly, Drexel University emphasizes experiential learning and field-oriented candidates are encouraged to apply.
Philadelphia is located on the Fall Line between the Piedmont and Coastal Plain provinces and is one and a half hours from the Appalachian Mountains. The Academy of Natural Sciences, founded in 1812, is the oldest natural history research institution in North America with 18 million collection objects and a 250,000 volume library. The invertebrate paleontology collection holds 1 million specimens, including 6,000 lots of type specimens, and 30,000 samples of well-cuttings from the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. The department has field facilities at Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, and a glacial lake in northeastern Pennsylvania.  Faculty in the department are engaged in geological and paleontological research in the Delaware Estuary and region, the Appalachian Mountains, the Canadian Arctic, India, and Indonesia. Drexel University is a research institution ranked in the top 100 among all PhD granting universities according to US News & World Report (2016). Located in the University City section of Philadelphia, Drexel sits along the Northeast rail corridor, providing easy access to New York and Washington.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Geology, Invertebrate Paleontology or a related field, a record of scientific achievement, a strong interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and must be able to develop a high-quality, externally-funded research program. For the Associate level, the candidate must demonstrate extramural funding.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, a summary of research experience, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three or more references with postal address, email address, and telephone number. Apply online at<> (Position # 7849). Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquires may be sent to Dr. Gary Rosenberg, Search Committee Chair at