Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Professor of Paleontology, UHOH Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History

The University of Hohenheim’s (UHOH) Faculty of Natural Sciences invites applications for the position of a Full Professor (W3) of Paleontology to be filled in the Institute of Biology, which is to be newly established. At the State Museum of Natural History (SMNS), the position is to be filled as the Director of the Paleontology Department.

The joint position is to be filled by the SMNS and the UHOH as a double appointment according to the “Jülich Model”. This means that the appointment at the University includes granting an immediate leave of absence to fulfill duties at the SMNS. The position is initially limited to five years with the possibility of an extension as a permanent contract.

The SMNS is one of Germany’s most renowned natural science research museums and cooperates closely with the UHOH in research and academic teaching.

For full job description, please visit

We look forward to your electronic application via until July 14, 2019.

Ostracods Postdoc- University of Connecticut

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of paleobiology.  Information about the Department and University can be found at

Candidates must have a PhD in the geosciences, biosciences or related field, focusing in the area of paleobiology before the start date.  A successful candidate should have the ability to produce high-quality research in a fast-paced environment.

Expertise in the arthropod group Ostracoda, experience with the Paleobiology database, molecular biology and lake systems.  Ability or experience in grant writing is also preferred, but not necessary.

This is an 11-month, full-time position with healthcare benefits.  Salary will be $50,004-$55,000 contingent on post-degree experience.  A travel allowance will also be provided up to $2000.


Please apply online at UConn Jobs via, Staff Positions, Search # 2019580. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, research statement and contact information for at least three references.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, or until September 1, 2019.  Anticipated start date is at the completion of the search, but not later than January 1, 2020.  Applications and questions should be directed to Dr. Lisa Park Boush (

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2018580)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Friday, May 17, 2019

GSA Topical Session: New Voices in Geobiology (22-25 Sept. 2019, Phoenix)

Dear colleagues,

We encourage you to submit an abstract for our topical session: “New Voices in Geobiology (T41)” to be held at the GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, September 22-25.

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. 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 June 25, 2019. GSA also offers several other events including the Pardee SymposiaShort Courses, and Field TripsWe especially want to draw your attention to the other sessions sponsored by the Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division.

Feel free to contact any of our division representatives if you have any further questions, and 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

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Deep Time Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship, NMNH (Smithsonian)

Deep Time Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Opening Date: May 15, 2019
Closing Date: June 30, 2019

Applications are invited for a two-year Research Fellowship (postdoctoral) in Paleobiology relating to the goals of the Deep Time Initiative at the National Museum of Natural History.  This fellowship involves 75% time commitment to research and 25% time commitment toward advancing science education and outreach for the public. The appointment provides stipend ($50,400/yr), research/travel allowance ($4 K/yr), support for health insurance ($2K/yr), and a one-time relocation allowance ($1K). 

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct independent research through the study of paleobiology, paleoecology, and/or taphonomy involving NMNH fossil collections.  The awardee will take part in the scholarly activities of the Department of Paleobiology and in public outreach and education relating to Deep Time.  Research in any aspect of paleobiology will be considered, however, priority will be given to applications that: 1) propose innovative research on an exciting collections-based topic in Paleobiology, 2) indicate a high standard of research productivity, creativity, and interactivity, 3) provide evidence of ability to communicate about science and engage the public with scientific topics – specifically involving direct interaction with the public, orally, in writing, through social media, citizen science, etc.

The Deep Time (DT) initiative is focused on understanding connections between 4.6 billion years of environmental change, the diversity of life, and the future of our species on Earth. The four focal themes for our Deep Time research, exhibits, and outreach include: 1) evolution of organisms, 2) evolution of ecosystems, 3) earth processes, 4) connections among these forces including to our human past, present and future.  Through understanding of the fossil and geological record, the Deep Time Initiative seeks to inform and inspire the global community about connections between the past, present, and future of life on Earth and help educate citizens for a changing planet.  The Fellow will join a diverse intellectual community at NMNH and two other Deep Time Peter Buck Fellows involved in research, education, and outreach activities relating to the new NMNH Fossil Halls (Deep Time) exhibition opening in June, 2019.  

Information about the Paleobiology Department can be found at
The Fossil Halls - Deep Time Exhibit at, and the NMNH Office of Education and Outreach at  

Applicants should have a proven record of research accomplishment and knowledge of the fossil record. Preferred starting dates for the fellowship are between October 1 and December 31, 2019, and all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the end of this time interval. To apply, send: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) pdfs of recent publications (maximum of three); (3) proposed research for the two-year interval (up to 5 double-spaced pages, including figures, 11 point type); (4) a 1-page education and outreach statement of interests and accomplishments in communicating science to the public, and (5) contact information for three referees who could provide letters of reference should an applicant be chosen for the next stage of the selection process. 

All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Brian Huber,, in pdf format by June 30, 2019.  Questions regarding the fellowship should be emailed to Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, or Dr. Brian Huber,  Interviews and the decision about the next Deep Time Fellow are expected to occur during mid-August to mid-September, 2019.

Note that this Deep Time Fellowship call is separate from the Smithsonian’s regular Fellowship Program, which has an annual deadline of November 1 and is 100% research. 

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2-year Postdoc in Precambrian sedimentary geology (Melbourne, Australia)

There is a new opportunity for a two-year post-doctoral position at the School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, in Precambrian sedimentary geology. The position is based around a field project in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, in particular looking at Neoproterozoic sediments. 

Please see the link below for more information. The position closes at the end of May and they are looking for someone to start at the latest by the end of the year.

Thursday, May 2, 2019


(Submission Deadline: Friday, June 21st)

The Paleontological Society is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new topical session at the 2019 GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Future Leaders in Paleontology(Topical Session T113). The goal of the session is to showcase the outstanding work of our student members in a high-profile setting. This oral session will take place on the first afternoon of the GSA meeting, Sunday, September 22nd; the Society will limit the number of paleontological sessions running concurrently with this special session.

The Society invites all of its student members, particularly those nearing completion of their projects, to submit an abstract for this session by designating Topical Session T113 at the time of submission. Abstracts must be entered into the GSA submission portal by 9 PM (PDT) on Friday, June 21st, prior to the official GSA deadline, to enable the PS selection panel to make decisions in advance of assignment of remaining abstracts to alternate sessions. At the time of submission, please also send an email to Dr. Matthew Clapham, PS Program Coordinator (, indicating a preference, if any, for an alternate topical session.While advisors and other study participants are permitted to be co-authors on the presentation, the work must primarily reflect intellectual contributions of the student submitting the abstract. Abstracts not selected will be assigned to another topical or discipline session as chosen by the presenter.

In all, 15 presentations will be selected by a panel representing a diverse cross-section of our science for inclusion in the Future Leaders in Paleontology session. All presenters will be honored that evening at the Paleontological Society banquet, and will be awarded a certificate to commemorate their participation, along with a cash prize of $100.

The Society looks forward to celebrating its students with this special event! If you have any questions about the Future Leaders in Paleontology session, please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Clapham in advance of the deadline.