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Assistant Curator
Invertebrate PaleontologyNegaunee Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Posting Date: 15 December 2023
Closing Date: 31 March 2024

Our Mission: Since the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, our organization has aimed to connect people to the natural environment and human history.

The Field Museum invites applications for an Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology. This term position has a probationary period of 3 + 3 years. After successful promotion to the Associate level, it is renewable every seven years, according to the Field Museum's Policy Statement on the Curatorial Ranks. The Field Museum's Earth Science Section has a record of scientific excellence in collections-based research, fieldwork, and exploration, with current strengths in phylogenetic systematics, comparative and functional morphology, paleoecology, paleoclimate, macroevolution, vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, meteoritics, and cosmochemistry.

We are seeking a collegial individual with strong communication skills who conducts innovative, integrative, and collaborative research in Invertebrate Paleontology that will complement and expand the section's strengths. Our Fossil Invertebrate collections are world-class and host an incredible diversity of specimens. The Field Museum's two million-plus fossil invertebrate collection is focused on the Paleozoic of the Midwest and Great Lakes regions with significant collections of the Pennsylvanian Mazon Creek Lagerstätte, Devonian fossils from the Falls of the Ohio area, Silurian reef fossils from the Chicago area, and early Paleozoic echinoderms. Notable historical collections include those of the University of Chicago's Walker Museum, S. Weller, J. Hall, A.W. Slocom, E.S. Richardson Jr., A. Schrammen, and W.F.E. Gurley, among others. The invertebrate collection also hosts many undescribed arthropods, mainly insects, from the Eocene Fossil Lake deposit from the Green River Formation, as well as over 3,500 fossilized insects in Dominican and Baltic amber.

Candidates who utilize state-of-the-art methodologies/technologies are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be envisioned to maintain an externally funded field and laboratory research program, oversee, build, and study the Invertebrate Paleontology collections, and participate in Museum exhibitions, public outreach and education, and programmatic efforts. Close relationships with local universities provide opportunities for participation in graduate and undergraduate training. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline must be held by the start of employment, and the successful candidate would be expected to start the position during the 2025 calendar year.

To apply and for inquiries, please email:

Applications should include:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of research interests and career objectives (max. three pages)
  • A statement on curatorial vision (max. two pages)
  • A statement on diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility in a museum context (max. two pages)
  • Names and contact information for three people from whom letters of recommendation may be sought
  • Copies of up to 5 relevant publications in PDF format

The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2024

Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide an accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated.

The Field Museum is an equal opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class. We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, to identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.

The Field Museum strives to ensure that our career website and recruiting process are accessible to all. If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application, or if you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to

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Scientific Staff (Evolutionary Morphology), Bonn Institute for Organismic Biology (BIOB), University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Posting Date: 18 February 2024
Closing Date: 31 March 2024

Research at the Bonn Institute for Organismic Biology aims to increase our understanding of the phenotype of plants and animals, with the workgroup of Prof. Blanke focusing on form-function relationships in animals with different feeding modes. The workgroup Blanke would like to strengthen its team with a highly motivated applicant, ideally with a background in evolutionary morphology, biomechanics and/or imaging and with a doctoral degree either in the Biological Sciences, Engineering Sciences, or Computer Sciences.

Being a scientific staff position, the applicant principally can develop his own research initiative. Therefore, a particular emphasis will be placed on the applicants’ own ideas during the application process and how these can be studied (Ideally using a combination of both the applicants’ expertise and the expertise of the workgroup).

Applicants who are experts for other organisms besides insects should consider to apply since our approach includes comparative aspects on several taxonomic levels. We also welcome applications with a focus on methodological development in the fields of e.g. evolutionary modelling, geometric morphometrics, image analysis, biomechanics, or material testing of biological samples.

The position includes a teaching obligation of four semester hours (“Semesterwochenstunden”). Due to the teaching obligation, in particular within the Bachelor degrees in Biology, successful applicants will learn German up to the B2/C1 level within one year.

The position is paid according to the provisions of the collective agreement for the public service of the Länder (TV-L) within pay group 13 (100% working time). Experience levels are taken into account. Initially, the duration of the contract is 12 months. After a successful evaluation, the duration of the contract can be extended for another 24 up to 60 months depending on the WissZeitVG.

Apart from a full CV (Without photograph and without date of birth; Including own publications and contact details of 2 referees), applications should contain a letter of motivation detailing your previous research experience and an outline of your research plans for this position (1-2 pages max.). Please also state up to three publications from other workgroups which have considerably influenced your scientific thinking. While detailing your future research, please take into account that you can plan with a considerable research budget. Details will be communicated upon request, inquiries can be made with Alexander Blanke (

The application (as a single pdf file) should be sent to the secretary of the IEZ ( with the reference number 1848-24. Applications which are sent to another email address will not be considered. The deadline for application is March 31st 2024, the estimated start date would be in May 2024. If no suitable candidate is found, the position is open beyond these dates. We regret that the state of North Rhine-Westphalia cannot cover application and travel costs.

Equal opportunities are important to us. The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university and aims to increase the proportion of women employed in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers. To that end, it urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.

We look forward to reading your application!

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Curatorial Associate (Vertebrate Paleontology - 019), American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, USA

Posting Date: 9 March 2024
Closing Date: Open until filled (better check with the AMNH to see of the search is still active)

Position Summary
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions, and has as its 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 Vertebrate Paleontology (VP) department is seeking a full-time Curatorial Associate to coordinate and be responsible for the management of the collections, archives and fossil preparation lab of the department in the Division of Paleontology.

Job duties include:

  • Management and coordination of collection curation activities:
    • Lead management of the VP fossil collections, ensuring their preservation, organization and accessibility.
    • Supervise the preparation and conservation of fossil specimens and related comparative material by lab staff, in consultation with VP curators.
    • Supervise archives staff in the management of VP archives and libraries.
    • Identify and prioritize short- and long-term infrastructural needs of the collections and develop strategies for addressing these needs.
    • Lead the accessioning process for specimens within the VP collections.
    • Prepare annual internal reports on collections activities.

  • Maintenance of departmental collections databases:
    • Realize transition to new catalog system, including public-facing aspects.
    • Supervise and assist collections staff’s catalog data entry and troubleshooting.
    • Identify, prioritize and facilitate implementation of digitization efforts and the curation and dissemination of digital data.
    • Fundraising:
      • Apply for extramural funds to maintain and enhance VP collections.
      • Supervise grant-funded curation activities and support their objectives/results.
    • Interaction with public and AMNH staff in the presentation and explanation of VP collections activities.

The expected salary range for the Curatorial Associate is $93,000/annual – $98,000/annual. The AMNH offers an extensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our dedicated and diverse community.

Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in a related field, such as geology, earth sciences or biology, with a focus in paleontology.
  • 2 years experience with collections management and collections databases.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 5 or more years experience in collections management and collections databases.
  • Demonstrated success procuring funding.
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, and/or volunteers.

Physical Demands: -
Category: Full-Time
Total Number of Scheduled Hours Per Pay Period: 70
Union Status: Non-Union
FLSA: Exempt
Expected Salary Minimum: $93,000/annual
Expected Salary Maximum: $98,000/annual

EEO Statement
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 (including sexual harassment), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy and lactation accommodations, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, caregiver, pre-employment marijuana testing, sexual and reproductive health decisions, salary history, national or ethnic origin, height, weight, 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.

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Posting Detail Information
Posting Number: GS744P
Open Dat:e 03/07/2024
Close Date: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:
  • Please limit cover letter to 2 pages.

Documents Needed To Apply
  • Required Documents
    • Resume
    • Cover Letter

Optional Documents

Fixed-Term, Visiting, Postdoctoral & Technical Positions

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Research Assistant (Virtual Palaeobiology), Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology, Munich, Germany

Posting Date: 11 March 2024
Closing Date: 30 April 2024

The SNSB are among the oldest and largest research collections in the world. They bring together natural history collections from the disciplines of zoology, botany, geology, palaeontology, mineralogy, anthropology, and palaeoanatomy – including the living collections of the Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden. Around 280 employees archive and research around 32 million collection items. The focus of SNSB activities in collection, research and knowledge transfer is geo- and biosphere change, with particular attention to alpine systems in time and space. With our national and international research, we contribute significantly to a deeper understanding of geo- and biodiversity as well as the effects of human activity on the earth's ecosystem.

Job advertisement

At the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology Munich, in the frame of a DFG-funded project the position of a Research assistant (f/m/d) in the field of virtual palaeobiology for 3 years (75%) is to be filled as soon as possible.

More than 250 years after Linnaeus described the first species, there is still disagreement about how to define and delimit species. This discrepancy is particularly evident when comparing fossil and living species, for which different types and amounts of information are typically available, which has led to a variety of different species concepts over the centuries. To compare past, present, and projected rates of biodiversity turnover, reconstruct biogeographic patterns, and realistically infer evolutionary processes, a standardized species classification system that considers fossils and living taxa equally is required.

The aim of this project is to develop a new machine learning approach that uses image data for extant species for which species boundaries have been established based on molecular data to enable standardized and consistent species delimitation of related fossil species. Extant and fossil freshwater gastropods with comparable, high morphological plasticity are used as a model group. The data obtained are used to reconstruct biodiversity patterns and diversification processes of the fossil representatives.


  • Development of a neural network for image recognition of extant and fossil species of gastropods
  • Reconstruction of biodiversity patterns and diversification processes
  • Travel to national and international palaeontological collections to acquire image material
  • Participation in national and international conferences to present research results
  • Cooperation with national and international research teams

Required qualifications:

  • Completed qualifying university studies (MSc, Diploma) in the field of palaeobiology, palaeontology, theoretical biology, evolutionary biology or bioinformatics
  • Sound knowledge of machine learning, with a focus on neural networks
  • Knowledge of Python
  • Communication, organizational and team skills
  • Ability to express yourself verbally and in writing (German and English)

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in biodiversity informatics and systematic taxonomy
  • Knowledge of convolutional neural networks and Siamese neural networks
  • Experience in statistical analysis using R
  • Experience in writing scientific publications

We offer:

  • A stimulating working environment with various departments of natural history collections and museums, as well as in close cooperation with the Chair of Palaeontology and Geobiology at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the LMU, where you can pursue a doctorate
  • A diverse research environment with diverse expertise, cooperation opportunities and state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • •nternational networking and exchange opportunities
  • Remuneration according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L E13 75%)

We look forward to receiving your meaningful and complete application documents with a letter of motivation, CV (including list of publications) and certificates, which must be sent to by April 30, 2024 at the latest.

If you have any questions regarding the content, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Neubauer (, who will supervise this project. If you have any questions about the procedure or application process, please contact Ms. Susann Windisch

Severely disabled applicants will be given preference if their suitability is otherwise essentially the same. In order to achieve equality between women and men, there is a particular interest in applications from women.

We would like to point out that once the process has been completed, the application documents will be destroyed and not returned. Travel costs for traveling to a possible job interview will not be covered.

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Visiting Assistant Professor in Geology and Paleobiology, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis, California, USA

Posting Date: 31 March March 2024
Closing Date: 15 October 2024

Position Overview
Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $74,600-$78,700.

Application Window
Next review date: Monday, Apr 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description
The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate courses and conduct research during the 2024-2025 academic year. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Paleobiology, Geosciences or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates who have a background in the fields of both Geology and Paleobiology. The successful applicant will teach four undergraduate courses which could include: The Earth (GEL 1; an introductory general education course), Evolution: Science & World View (GEL 4, an introductory general education course), Physical Geology (GEL50/L; an introductory physical geology course), Earth History: Paleobiology (GEL 107; an upper-division course required for majors), Historical Ecology (GEL 144; an upper-division elective for majors), and/or similar courses as needed by the Department (see The candidate should be prepared for some component of this teaching to be online, if necessary due to public health restrictions. The successful applicant will interact closely with Geology as well as Marine and Coastal Sciences majors and have opportunities to mentor undergraduate students within our programs.

The successful applicant will have access to a broad range of facilities in the Department ( and associated with interdisciplinary centers across campus. Interactions with the faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students is encouraged.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with a possibility of re-appointment for a second year, depending on funding availability and departmental need. This position has a maximum duration of 2 years and is not tenure-track. A reasonable estimate for this position is $74,600-$78,700. To apply, submit the following electronically to:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Statement of teaching experience and interests, including approaches to promoting equity and inclusion for a diverse student body (see and to teaching partially online if required due to public health restrictions.
  • Statement of contributions to diversity, which can expand on information in the teaching statement or focus on other aspects of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Advice and context for these statements can be found here:
  • Statement of research
  • Names and addresses of three references

For more information about the department, see Questions concerning the submission of application materials should be directed to Brittany Gary ( This position will be “open until filled,” however for full consideration, completed application materials should be submitted by April 15, 2024.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Paleobiology, Geosciences or a related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
Preference will be given to candidates who have a background in the fields of both Geology and Paleobiology.

Application Requirements
Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching Experience and Interests - including approaches to promoting equity and inclusion for a diverse student body (see and to teaching partially online if required due to public health restrictions.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Can expand on information in the teaching statement or focus on other aspects of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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About UC Davis

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (

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:

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:

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
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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 University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Educational Opportunities

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PhD Position (Micropaleontology), Department of Earth System Sciences, Institute of Geology, Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany

Posting Date: 6 February 2024
Closing Date: 15 March 2024

  • Institution: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth System Sciences, Institute of Geology
  • Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L
  • Start date: 01.10.2024, fixed for a period of three years (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).
  • Application deadline: 2024-03-15
  • Scope of work: part-time
  • Weekly hours: 75 % of standard work hours per week

Your responsibilities
Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications. The candidate will investigate changes in the abundances of microfossils, more specifically foraminifera, across the Permian-Triassic transition using newly collected material. Depending on the applicants experience and interests this can, however, be a different microfossil group of organisms (e.g., ostracods). Changes in the composition of microfossils provides information on changes in the eukaryote community that can also be used to infer the ecological impacts of environmental changes on marine ecosystems. It would be preferred if the candidate could also analyse microfossil record by integrating multivariate statistical methods.

The candidate will deliver regular progress reports, contribute to research seminars, write research papers, and present research results at international conferences. Experiences and skills gained will be of potential use in a variety of careers in research, academia and industry. Research Training The project will provide training in collecting, processing and analysing fossil records. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity of undertaking a range of skills-based modules through the postgraduate training programme at the Universität Hamburg, including having the further development of writing and presentations skills. The successful candidate will also benefit from interactions with the entire Emmy Noether research team and staff at the Universität Hamburg.

Your profile
A university degree in a relevant field. We are looking for a candidate who has demonstrable interests, skills and experience in palaeontology/palaeoecology, with evidence of having successfully undertaken a geoscience research project at the undergraduate or master’s level. Additional experience of one or more of the following would be an advantage: taxonomy of a microfossils or another invertebrates, working in a research lab, geological fieldwork, multivariate statistics, computer programming in R, Matlab or Python.

The applicant should be fluent in English and engaged in teamwork. German language fluency is not required, but a willingness to learn German is expected. Expected start is 1st October 2024 or as close to this date as possible.

Other Information
Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

William J. Foster
+49 40 42838-4987


Jörn Peckmann
+49 40 42838-5996

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