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Paleontological taxidermist, Museum Für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany

Posting Date: 27 July 2022
Closing Date: 20 August 2022

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) is an excellent and integrated research museum of the Leibniz Association with an international reputation and a globally networked research infrastructure. It is active in three closely interlinked fields: collection-based research, collection development and indexing, and research-based public relations and educational work. In the next ten years, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) will develop a science campus for nature and society in the middle of the science location Berlin together with the Humboldt University of Berlin. New laboratories and jobs for cutting-edge research are being created. At the same time, one of the world's most comprehensive natural history collections with over 30 million objects will be housed in modern collection buildings and completely digitized. The implementation of the future plan, funded with a total of 660 million euros from the federal and state governments of Berlin, can only succeed with strong interdisciplinary national and international partners.

Become part of our team as:
  • Designation: Paleontological taxidermist (f/m/div)
  • Working time: full time
  • Time limit: as soon as possible, limited to a period of 24 months, a permanent position is sought
  • Salary group: E 9b TV-L
  • Reference number: 72/ 2022

Responsibilities:
  • Preparation of fossils for research, including type material
  • Further development of preparation and preservation methods
  • Restoration of objects from paleontological collections
  • Production of casts and their coloring
  • Skeleton assemblies
  • Preparation and implementation of excavation and field work exhibition work
  • Participation in training programs (volunteers)

Requirements:
  • Completed vocational school as a geoscientific preparator or comparable qualification with a geoscientific focus at a technical or technical college level thorough and comprehensive specialist knowledge acquired through several years of professional practice (including the legal provisions and laws applicable to the specialist area)
  • Morphological-anatomical knowledge of the respective fossil group, knowledge of the rock types and the minerals found in them as well as extensive knowledge of materials (historical and current, especially plastics, impregnating agents and glue)
  • Knowledge of how to use optical devices
  • High motivation, flexibility, physical resilience, ability to concentrate and health suitability
  • Ability to work in a team, also across disciplines, social skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Good English knowledge
  • Driving license (class B) desirable

Hints:
  • To ensure equality, applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Severely disabled applicants will be given preference if they are equally qualified.
  • We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, certificates) by August 20th, 2022, preferably via our online application portal.
  • For information on the application process, please contact recruiting@mfn.berlin.

Further information

Privacy:

By sending your application, you provide us with your information for the purpose of processing your application through the Museum of Natural History. Your data will be treated as strictly confidential at all times. After we have received your application documents, they will be recorded in our database. Your data will be stored on our server. In doing so, we observe the provisions of the data protection laws.

Information about the handling of applicant data at the MfN

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Data protection declaration for the MfN website

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Family Policy:

The Natural History Museum Berlin has set itself the goal of promoting the compatibility of work and family and was awarded the certificate for the audit berufundfamilie of the audit berufundfamilie gGmbH - an initiative of the non-profit Hertie Foundation - for this.
Further information can be found at:

https://www.naturkundemuseum.berlin/de/jobs-und-karriere/arbeiten-am-museum-fuer-naturkunde/audit-berufundfamilie

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Assistant Professor (Paleoclimate), Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, USA

Posting Date: 23 July 2022
Closing Date: 1 September 2022

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, seeks an outstanding scholar in paleoclimate science, with preference for those whose research examines interconnections among processes in an Earth systems framework. Candidates are encouraged to describe how their scholarly activities may address modern climate change, potential mitigation strategies, or other societal implications of their work. The successful candidate will have opportunities for expanding interdisciplinary links within the department as well as across campus. See http://eps.ucdavis.edu for more information about the department, our strong commitment to diversity, and our interdisciplinary research programs, including collaborations with the Institute of the Environment, Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, DataLab, and Department of Land, Air and Water Resources.

The successful candidate will be appointed as an academic year (9 month) tenure track Assistant Professor and must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Earth sciences or a related field by the time of appointment. They will be expected to maintain an active research program and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The teaching load will average 3 quarter-long courses per year.

For full consideration, applications must be completed by September 1, 2022, with a negotiable appointment start date. Application packages must be submitted online through UC Recruit via the job listing https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04881 and must include the following documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publication List with a 1-2 sentence statement describing their contributions to each publication
  • Statement of Research Interests, Accomplishments and Future Directions
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Statement of Teaching Interests, Philosophy and Experience
  • Contact information of 3-4 individuals who can be asked to provide a letter of reference
  • Authorization to Release Information form for an academic misconduct reference check (available on the Recruit web site)

Example descriptions of contributions to publications can be found here. Questions concerning the submission of application materials should be directed to the search committee chair at eps-search@ucdavis.edu.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
UC Davis hosts a Work Life Program that supports faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home, and community. Policies include covered travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is the primary care-giver of a breast- or bottle-fed child who is less than two years of age. A confidential advisor will be available to answer short-list candidate questions about all Work Life Program policies.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional [potential for/record of] research and/or teaching, and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Please review the full Job Posting to learn about the initiatives that keep UC Davis an inclusive and safe campus for our incredibly diverse students, staff, academic appointees, and faculty.

QUALIFICATIONS
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in Earth sciences or a related field prior to appointment. Candidates must show evidence of an ability to develop and maintain an outstanding research program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
Candidates must show potential for effective and equitable classroom instruction that creates an inclusive environment for diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must show potential for effective and equitable mentoring of diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must indicate a commitment to providing service to the department, university, and profession.

Preferred qualifications
Research that addresses paleoclimate questions using an Earth systems framework is preferred.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • Publication List - Include a 1-2 sentence statement describing contribution to each publication
  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form: https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf
  • Reference requirements: 3-4 required (contact information only), Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04881

Help contact:
bagary@ucdavis.edu

CAMPUS INFORMATION
UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (
http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: h
ttp://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

JOB LOCATION
Davis, CA


Fixed-Term, Visiting, Postdoctoral & Technical Positions

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Postdoctoral Position, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, USA

Posting Date: 7 July 2022
Closing Date: 6 September 2022

The Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, seeks a candidate for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship consisting of 75% research and 25% education, commencing after Sept 15, 2022, but no later than May 1, 2023. The research will be conducted in fields related to the interests of curatorial faculty member Melanie Hopkins, particularly research that uses the invertebrate fossil record to investigate various topics of morphological evolution, such as rates and patterns of evolution, the role of growth and development, and eco-morphological extinction selectivity. The education component supports an innovative Master-of-Arts in Teaching (MAT) program (
http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/master-of-arts-in-teaching) designed to educate teacher candidates in both the science and pedagogy required to successfully teach the New York State Earth sciences curriculum.

The successful applicant must demonstrate the potential to develop a robust research program; teach collaboratively with museum professionals in the MAT program, particularly during the summer practicum (which includes field and research experiences for teacher candidates); and assist in teacher candidate admissions. Application materials should include a CV, statement of research interests and goals, statement of educational experience and philosophy, and the names and contact information for two scientific and one education/outreach references.

Applications should be submitted to
https://careers.amnh.org/postings/2982. Consideration of application materials will begin Sept 6, 2022.

Inquiries should be directed to Melanie Hopkins (
mhopkins@amnh.org).

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law. Additional protections are afforded in employment based on arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, unemployment status, and credit history, in each case to the extent provided by law. If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Office of Human Resources.

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Stanford Science Fellows Program, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

Posting Date: 17 August 2022
Closing Date: 14 October 2022

The Stanford Science Fellows program invites applications from outstanding graduating doctoral students and early career postdoctoral scholars (no more than three years from degree and no more than two years of prior postdoctoral experience by the start of their term) with a clear intellectual drive to advance foundational research in the natural sciences and a strong commitment to engage collaboratively with a diverse community of scholars.

Stanford Science Fellows are an interdisciplinary community of exceptional postdoctoral scholars from around the globe whose work is driven by a sense of wonder about the natural world. Stanford’s top-ranked science and engineering departments, as well as its many interdisciplinary laboratories and research institutes, are situated in close proximity to each other on campus, providing a wide range of opportunities for collaboration. Stanford Science Fellows will have access to faculty and facilities within Stanford’s Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Earth, and Sustainability as well as at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Stanford Science Fellows will hold primary appointments in the academic unit appropriate to their research interests. In addition to generous compensation and benefits, Fellows also receive research, travel, and relocation allowances. Fellows must be eligible and available to start their terms between July 1 and September 1, 2023.

To apply, please upload the following materials by October 14, 2022:
  • A cover letter;
  • A curriculum vitae including publications, full legal name, contact information, and (expected) date of PhD, which must be received by the start of the fellowship;
  • Email addresses of the writers of three letters of recommendation, which must be received by October 14. A letter from the candidate’s PhD advisor is advised;
  • A statement of up to two pages about the candidate’s career goals, relevant experience, and how the candidate would contribute to the goals of the Stanford Science Fellows program;
  • A research statement of up to two pages addressing the following questions: What is the candidate’s research problem? What does the candidate expect to accomplish on a 3- to 5-year timescale? Why is Stanford the best place for the candidate to pursue these goals?

To receive full consideration, all application materials--including recommendation letters--must be received by October 14, 2022.

Application Link:
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2226


Educational Opportunities

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PhD Position (Micropalaeontology), Department of Palaeontology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 18 August 2022
Closing Date: 4 September 2022

The Palaeoecosystem team (Prof. Dr. Petra Heinz) has an open position in the field of micropalaeontology. The advertised position is located in the Department of Palaeontology which represents an interface between Earth Sciences and Life Sciences. We investigate benthic foraminifera and their role in the marine food web. In this project, feeding experiments will be performed using stable isotope tracers. The group is looking for a highly motivated research assistant aiming at a PhD degree working with living benthic foraminifera. We offer an excellent working environment in a creative team.

The employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and automatically extended to a total of 4 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of nonrenewal after a maximum of 12 months.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Participation in research, teaching and administration:
  • Research in benthic foraminifera
  • Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations
  • We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.
  • Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
  • Supervision of students
  • Involvement in the organisation of meetings and field trips
  • Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

Profile:
  • Masters or Diploma degree in Palaeontology, Biology, Geology, or other related fields of sciences
  • Experience and knowledge in the field of foraminifera/micropalaeontolgy is desirable
  • Willingness to participate at scientific cruises
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • IT user skills
  • Ability to work in a team

Desirable qualifications:
  • Teaching experience
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures
  • Basic experience in research methods and academic writing

Application documents:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • Degree certificates

Research fields: Main research field - Geosciences; Special research fields - Palaeontology; Importance - SHOULD
Education: Educational institution - University; Educational level - Geology, Mineralogy; Special subject - Palaeontology; Importance - SHOULD
Computer-Skills: Type of computer skills - Basic Knowledge; Specified computer skills - MS Office; Importance - SHOULD

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 04.09.2022, mentioning reference number 13431.


Sponsorship of The Palaeontological Association is gratefully acknowledged with special thanks to Alan R. T. Spencer,
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