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Tenure Track Faculty Position (Conservation Paleobiology), The Department of Earth Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA

Posting Date: 20 September 2022
Closing Date: 1 November 2022

Department of Earth Sciences at Kent State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in deep-time Conservation Paleobiology. The position starts August 2023. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., have a strong background in the earth sciences, and be able to interface well with faculty working at the nexus of environmental and earth system science research. The successful candidate will integrate paleontological field and laboratory investigations to the conservation of present-day biodiversity and ecosystem services. Areas of research focus may include, but are not limited to, paleoecology, biostratigraphy, micropaleontology, evolution/extinction, and applications of paleobiology in deciphering climate, environmental, and/or ecosystem changes at various time scales.

Responsibilities will include developing a successful, externally funded research program, advising M.S. and Ph.D. students; teaching undergraduate courses in paleobiology, graduate courses in their specialty, and an introductory course in physical or historical geology.

The Department of Earth Sciences has 10 full-time faculty members, 55 undergraduates and 30 graduate students. Current faculty research includes the areas of paleoceanography, biogeochemistry, paleoclimate reconstructions, sedimentary geology, paleontology, critical zone science, environmental remote sensing, water-mineral surface interactions, flow and transport in porous media, and tectonics and landform development. The successful applicant will be able to contribute to and benefit from Kent State’s Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI), which includes recent hires in Earth Sciences, Geography, and Biological Sciences. ESDRI represents a university-wide investment in research and innovation within the geological, biological, human, and social systems that promote well-being, sustain diversity of life on Earth, and impact availability of environmental resources. ESDRI participants include faculty from nine colleges, providing excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The department houses an array of analytical instruments including:

  • a Malvern Mastersizer 2000 and Horiba Camsizer,
  • Hitachi environmental SEM with EDAX, bbe+ Fluoroprobe multichannel fluorometer,
  • Energy Dispersive XRF spectrometer,
  • Costech Elemental analyzer,
  • X-ray diffractometer,
  • Picarro Water Isotope and Carbon Isotope Analyzers,
  • UV-Visible spectrophotometer and VNIR spectroradiometers,
  • Shimadzu TOC-L analyzer,
  • Bartington MS2 susceptibility meters,
  • high performance computers.

Kent State University, an R1 doctoral university, is dedicated to faculty and student success. It has been named as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education 11 times, and was one of only 6 schools nationwide to receive the 2018 Healthy Campus Award. Nestled in the Cuyahoga River Valley in northeastern Ohio, Kent State is 40 miles from Cleveland, 20 miles from Akron, and 10 miles from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

To apply for this position, please send a current CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three references to For more information please contact the Chair of the search committee at Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Kent State University is an AA/EOO Employer and encourages applications from candidates committed to working with diverse populations and who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty.

Fixed-Term, Visiting, Postdoctoral & Technical Positions

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Postdoctoral Position (Micropalaeontology), School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Posting Date: 7 September 2022
Closing Date: 7 October 2022

School of Earth Sciences and Engineering (SESE) of Nanjing University (NJU), seeks a candidate for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (with an option of an additional one-year extension) focused on assessing the link between changes in planktonic foraminiferal morphological disparity and changes in the ocean environment. Commencing after 1 January 2023, this research will be conducted under the NSFC-funded research project — High-Resolution Species Richness & Morphological Disparity Dynamics of Planktonic Foraminifera Through Deep Time — and directed by Prof. Norman MacLeod. It involves analyses of foraminiferal systematics, morphometrics, phylogeny and biogeography within an environmental context established by a set of highly detailed Mesozoic-Cenozoic chronostratigraphic, climate and oceanographic models. Revised estimates of species-richness patterns and the character, timing, and effects and influences of foraminiferal diversification and extinction events will also be assessed.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate established proficiency, and a willingness to develop a robust research program, in one or more of these areas at the time the appointment is taken up. Training in additional research areas related to the project will be provided during the course of the appointment. The successful applicant will also be expected to assist in the training/supervision of graduate students (MSc/PhD) and other postdoctoral researchers in both the SESE Paleobiology Research Group and the larger
DELTA research alliance.

Salary for the position will be in the range of 180,000 – 300,000
/year, depending on experience and the successful applicant's country of origin since NJU provides access to special programs to attract outstanding foreign researchers. In order to be eligible for enhanced funding through one of China’s Talent Support/Introduction programs applicants must be 30 years of age or less at the time of their appointment. However, applications from young researchers up to 35 years of age (the cut-off for all applicable NJU post-doctoral funding programs) will be considered. A contribution to relocation expenses incurred by the successful applicant can also be considered depending on personal circumstances.

Application materials should include the following:
  • Full curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Written statement of research interests, philosophy and goals;
  • Written statement of educational experience;
  • Copies/reprints of up to three published research articles and/or dissertation chapters;
  • Names and contact details of three personal references.

Applications should be submitted electronically to
Ms Ariana Xu no later than 7 October 2022. Evaluation of all applications received will commence on 8 October and short-listed candidates will be invited for an on-line personal interview. All applicants will be informed of the Candidate Review Panel’s decision regarding their application, and where their application resides in the evaluation process, at each stage of that process.

Nanjing University is a national public research university in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. It is a member of C9 League and a Class A Double First Class University designated by the Chinese government. Nanjing University is ranked perennially as one of the best research universities in China and is also one of the most selective in terms of its undergraduate student body. Comparatively, NJU has consistently been ranked as one of the top 150 international universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the U.S. News & World Report. Regarding its scientific research output, the Nature Index Annual Table 2022 ranked NJU as fifth best university in China and the Asia Pacific region, and eighth best in the world among global universities. Currently, NJU has two main campuses: the Gulou campus in the Nanjing city center and the Xianlin campus in northeast Nanjing. The SESE is located on the Xianlin Campus.

Nanjing University's SESE is one of the oldest university geology departments in China. Over its century of existence the SESE has nurtured a large number of outstanding geoscientists and, among universities in China, has graduated the largest number of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering academicians along with winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars scholarships. Each year, the school enrolls c. 100 undergraduates who major in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology-water resources, and geological engineering. It has two first-level doctoral-degree-conferring disciplines (geology, geological resources and engineering) eight second-level doctoral-degree-conferring disciplines (mineralogy-petrology, structural geology, geochemistry, palaeontology-stratigraphy, hydrology and water resources, mineral prospecting and exploration, earth exploration and information technology, and geological engineering), and nine second-level master-degree-conferring disciplines. Each year, the school enrolls c. 90 MSc students and 40 PhD students. Currently, the school has 150 faculty members, including 3 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 65 professors, 46 associate professors, 39 lecturers, 5 Distinguished Professors in the Changjiang Scholars Program, 2 academic chair professors, 10 winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars and 1 with the title National Outstanding Teacher.

The NJU School of Earth Sciences and Engineering is an equal opportunities employer that does not discriminate with respect to employment, admission or access to university facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship or ethnic origin. This is an internationally focused research opportunity but the successful applicant will be expected to live and work in Nanjing, China. While a knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language would be helpful it is not required for the successful prosecution and completion of the work envisioned, including student supervision and teaching. All research communications with Prof. MacLeod, his colleagues, SESE Paleobiology and DELTA group students/associates, etc. will be conducted in English and full administrative/personal support will be provided by native Mandarin speakers employed by the NJU Paleobiology Group. Opportunities to learn and/or improve proficiency in Mandarin Chinese will also be provided to the successful applicant.

This is an outstanding opportunity for any qualified young PhD that, if pursued successfully and with diligence, has the potential to greatly expand future academic employment opportunities. If you are a researcher from the US, UK, EU or other "western" country, this position will provide experience that could qualify you for future academic employment in China or in a university located in another Asian country as well as in the west. Similarly, if you are a researcher from China, India or other Asian country, this position will provide experience that could qualify you for future academic employment in a university located in the US, UK, EU or other "western" country as well as in the Far East.

Any inquiries regarding this opportunity should be directed to:

Prof. Norman MacLeod
School of Earth Sciences & Engineering
Zhu Gongshan Building
Nanjing University
163 Xianlin Avenue
Nanjing, Jiangsu 210023

Phone: +86 198 5280 0990 (CN)
+44 785 017 1787 (UK)
WeChat: wxid_vimdsag26ieu22

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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:

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Repository Research Fellowship 2023, Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Posting Date: 20 September 2022
Closing Date: 28 October 2022

The Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study is now accepting applications for the 2023 Repository Research Fellowship (RRF). Fellowships in this cycle will be during calendar year 2023. Prospective fellows may apply either to be on campus or to work virtually. Virtual Fellows will be eligible to receive up to $1,500 to be used for project-related expenses. Fellows coming for a campus residency are eligible for up to $2,500 reimbursement of travel costs (including lodging).

The fellowship is open to community scholars or faculty members from outside IUB who will conduct in-depth research in collections of the partner repositories. The ideal fellowship arrangement is two weeks of focused research using the collection items and tools provided by the repository. If a different timing is desired, it should be proposed and explained in the application.

These repositories are participating in 2023:
  • Archives of Traditional Music (virtual or in-person)
  • Black Film Center & Archive (virtual or in-person)
  • Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection (virtual or in-person)
  • Jerome Hall Law Library (virtual or in-person)
  • Indiana Geological and Water Survey Collections Facility (in-person only)
  • IU African Studies Collection (in-person only)
  • IU Libraries Moving Image Archive (virtual or in-person)
  • IU Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology - Photo Collections (virtual or in-person)
  • IU Paleontology Collection (in-person only)
  • Lilly Library (virtual or in-person)
  • University Archives (virtual or in-person)
  • Wylie House Museum (virtual or in-person)
See here for the most current list, as more repositories may join before application closes.

Applicants are responsible for discussing the collections they wish to use with their prospective host repository to find out what will be available and (for virtual fellows) in what format.
Collaboration is encouraged. Fellows are required to make a virtual or in-person presentation of some aspect of the project. IU IAS staff members will facilitate these presentations.

Eligibility: Non-IU faculty members and community scholars are eligible for this fellowship. Graduate or undergraduate students and previous SRRF/RRF fellows are not eligible to receive the fellowship. Applications from faculty members at Minority Serving Institutions and community colleges and from source community scholars are particularly welcome.

Successful proposals will demonstrate:
  • understanding of the collection(s) proposed for use
  • the project’s anticipated impact
  • plans for wide-spread dissemination
  • possibilities for ongoing collaboration
  • benefit for the repository as well as the researcher

Questions about collections should be directed to listed repository contacts. Questions about the fellowship should be directed to

Deadline for applications is October 28, 2022.

For more information, and to apply, visit:
IU IAS Repository Research Fellowship 2023.

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