Friday, March 30, 2018

Laboratory Technician (2 yrs) - Union College- Isotope and Sediment Core labs

Union College, NY, seeks a laboratory technician to work in the Stable Isotope Laboratory and Sediment Core Laboratory. This is a full-time position for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal. The technician will split their time between both laboratories, work with students and faculty, prepare samples and standards, and operate and maintain instrumentation. 

The labs are well equipped with a Thermo Delta Advantage isotope ratio mass spectrometer, Gas Bench, Costech EA, TCEA, Micromill, 6-digit analytical balance, particle size analyzer, coulometers, and an ICP-MS. They will train the new technician to work with the instrumentation, but some experience is a plus. Someone with an ability to work independently, good lab skills, and an interest in climate change research would be perfect for this position.

Major research projects include the Lake Junin sediment core, several other smaller lake core projects, bivalve shell geochemistry, stalagmite geochemistry, and stable isotopes in tree-rings. Opportunities for independent research exist. 

The technician will be under the supervision of David Gillikin, Donald Rodbell, and Anouk Verheyden.

Start Date: June 2018, but flexible

More information and the application can be found here:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Invertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager - Drexel University

The Invertebrate Paleontology Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is searching for a Collection Manager. The Academy is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas, and is situated within Philadelphia’s scenic Museums District on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Invertebrate Paleontology collection consists of over 1 million specimens, ~ 75% of which are fossil mollusks, including ~5,000 types, with strengths in Mesozoic and Cenozoic mollusks from the US Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains and from Britain.
Qualifications: Candidates should have at least a Master's Degree in either museum studies, invertebrate paleontology, vertebrate paleontology, or zoology. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree and extensive experience will also be considered. Experience in collections operations and digitization initiatives are required. Familiarity with collections management software, such as Specify or Arctos, and with national and international collections digitization efforts, such as iDigBio, ALA, GBIF, is desirable, as is experience in grant writing for collections management.
For Further Details on the Position and to Apply: Applicants may see the full job posting and must apply online at  

Applicants will need to provide a CV, letter of interest, and, if selected for the second round, names and contact information for three references. The position is open until April 30 2018.  Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jocelyn Sessa (
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

3-year postdoc (Loyola Marymount University in LA) - Pleistocene fossils from La Brea Tar Pits

Summary of Essential Job Duties:
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is a three-year position, primarily at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) but also at the grant research site at the Tar Pits Museum in Los Angeles. The duties will include morphological and species census data collection along with other types of data collection involving fossil data, and the candidate must be adept at morphological identification and familiar with North America's late-Pleistocene fauna. In addition, the fellow will supervise undergraduate and graduate students, and coordinating research and analyses being done by a team of researchers.

Educational Requirements:
A Ph.D in Biology.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum 4 years experience in biological research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of: vertebrate fossil morphology, data collection and related analyses
  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in presenting and publishing in the field.
  • Highly developed organizational and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated computer competency and preferably knowledgeable in a variety of programs including excel, statistical software such as R or SPSS, and statistical methods related to morphological analyses.


Contact: Human Resources, Loyola Marymount University

Online App. Form:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Student Internship (Vertebrate Paleontology), Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal, Nebraska

Several summer internships are available for field studies in vertebrate paleontology. With preference to geology or biology students, the positions are open to all students with a genuine interest in, and knowledge of vertebrate paleontology, especially those aspiring to further their experience outside of the classroom. Duties include excavation, sorting of micro-vertebrate fossils, prep lab tasks, interpretive duties and other park support tasks. 36-38 hour workweek. $11.50 per hour. 

E-mail: rick.otto@UNL.EDU or sandy.mosel@UNL.EDU for details and application form. 
Find out more about the Ashfall site at

Three internships will be offered for May 23 to August 3. 
Two internships will be offered for July 31 to September 15.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled, but no later than April 1st. Therefore, advantage to early applicants.

Summer Fellowship (Paleontology Collection), Indiana University, Bloomington

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 specialties in mid Paleozoic macroinvertebrates ( Deadline for applications is March 23, 2018.
The Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study is now accepting applications for its 2018 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.

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 2018 partner repositories include the Archives of African American Music and Culture, the Archives of Traditional Music, the IU Archives, the Black Film Center/Archive, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, the Indiana Geological Survey, the IU Herbarium, the Kinsey Institute, the IU Libraries, the IU Paleontology Collection, the Jerome Hall Law Library, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, the Lilly Library, the Sage Collection, and the Wylie House Museum. Applications are due by March 23, 2018. For application materials and additional information, please visit our website at

Projects focusing on items that can be purchased, borrowed through interlibrary loan, or utilized effectively from a distance via digital surrogates are not within the scope of this program.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Help us choose the 2018 Awardees


Every year the GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology division selects three exceptional researchers to receive pre-tenure, post-tenure, and distinguished career awards (for details on past awards, see the GBGM website, or see below). This year (2018), the division has decided that our members should play a more prominent role in choosing exceptional scientists for these awards. We are requesting nominations from our GSA GBGM members in order to create a more diverse and inclusive nominee pool, both in terms of academic fields, and demographics.

Please use this nomination form to identify exceptional researchers who you think should be recognized, along with a justification (max. 500 words). Final nominees will be selected by the GBGM committee from amongst this pool, and awarded based the nominee’s complete portfolio (i.e., research, mentoring, service, and leadership). Please submit your nominations by April 2nd, 2018.

We're grateful for your participation in this process - we know that your time is valuable, but this is one of the most important things the division does, and we think the community (not just us) should have a stronger say.

All the best, and we hope to being seeing your nominations soon!
Simon, Rowan, Vicky, Lydia, and Carie

Previous Award Winners:

Pre Tenure Award

2017: Christopher Reinhard
2016: Erik Sperling
2015: Arpita Bose
2014: Rob Sansom
2013: David Johnston
2012: Alexis Templeton
2011: David Fike

Post Tenure Award

2017: Susannah Porter
2016: Tanja Bosak
2015: Tim Lyons
2014: Sara Pruss
2013: Kurt Konhauser
2012: Barbara Sherwood-Lollar
2011: James Hagadorn

Distinguished Career Award

2017: Marilyn Fogel
2016: Dawn Sumner
2015: Elizabeth and Rudy Raff
2014: Shuhai Xiao
2013: Stan Awramik
2012: Jack Farmer
2011: Derek Briggs

Awards before career-stage differentiation

2010: John Grotzinger, Rich Lane, Nora Noffke;
2009: Anna Louise Reysenbach, Mary Droser, and Ken Eriksson

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