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Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Paleontology), Department of Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Canada

Posting Date: 15 March 2021
Closing Date: 15 April 2021

The Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in paleontology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning as early as September 1, 2021. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Earth Sciences or a related discipline, a record of peer- reviewed publications related to paleontology or geobiology, and the capacity to develop and lead an externally funded, field- and/or laboratory-based research program with undergraduate and graduate students. The Department seeks candidates with the ability to deliver high-quality instruction of introductory and advanced paleontology courses and potential to contribute and add new pedagogical strength to the undergraduate and graduate program.

Applications should be received by April 15, 2021. Candidates will electronically submit a letter of application with the names and contact information (including email) of three referees, current curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements to Dr. Gregory Dunning, Head, Department of Earth Sciences (
earthscihead@mun.ca). Please quote the reference number VPA # F03951-2020-36 in the application and email subject line. The Department is committed to developing and establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We therefore request that the research and/or teaching statements indicate the candidate’s abilities and strategies for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the earth sciences. We encourage informal inquiries about this position, our department, and the broader community. These may be initially addressed to committee chair Luke Beranek (lberanek@mun.ca) or Department Head who can help put you in touch with others in our community.

The Department of Earth Sciences (
www.mun.ca/earthsciences/) is one of the largest in Canada. With over 20 faculty members, including Canada Research Chairs in Marine Geology and Boreal Biogeochemistry, over 15 staff members, and leading-edge teaching and research facilities, the Department is able to offer high quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Department participates in Memorial’s interdisciplinary graduate program in Environmental Science (https://www.mun.ca/science/graduate/interdisciplinary/envs/) and has strong collegial ties with departments of Biology, Geography and Archaeology via collaborations, shared facilities and co-supervision of students. The successful candidate will also have access to modern analytical facilities within Memorial University’s CREAIT network (www.mun.ca/research/resources/creait/physical-sci/). Other research and teaching resources available at Memorial University include the Ocean Sciences Centre, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Bonne Bay Marine Station in Gros Morne National Park, Labrador Institute, and the Harlow Campus outside London, United Kingdom.

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to over 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John’s, a safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities (
http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlacesToGo/StJohns).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities, and racialized people; and people with disabilities. As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact
equity@mun.ca. This position is subject to budgetary approval.


Postdoctoral & Technical Positions

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Postdoctoral Researcher (Paleohistology and Life History Evolution), Institut Català De Paleontologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Posting Date: 25 February 2021
Closing Date: 1 April 2021

The Institut Català De Paleontologia (ICP) is recruiting a full-time postdoctoral researcher specializing on vertebrate paleohistology and life-history evolution to join the Life History Evolution Research Group. An extensive description of this position, including application instructions and selection criteria, is available
here.

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Postdoctoral Researcher (Taphonomy of Melanin), School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Posting Date: 1 April 2021
Closing Date: 23 April 2021

Post Duration: 1 year, with potential 2-year extension
Contract Type: Fixed Term, Whole-Time
Salary: €38,630 – €45,942 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)
Position start date: between 1/9/2021 and 1/1/2022 (negotiable)

Position Summary
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position investigating the taphonomy of melanin. The position is funded by the European Research Council and forms part of a series of new hires in palaeontology at UCC.

The Project
The successful candidate will undertake analysis of extant and fossil amphibians, mammals, birds and reptiles plus taphonomic experiments using in-house facilities for laboratory decay and high pressure-high temperature maturation. Key analytical techniques include synchrotron-XRF, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, AHPO-LCMS, NMR, S-XANES. In addition to research, the successful candidate will have opportunities to undertake postdoctoral training in transferable skills and to participate in fieldwork. There may be opportunities to gain Mentorship or Teaching/Supervision experience under the supervision of the PI.

The successful candidate will work closely with the PI and other members of the team, especially a PhD student also working on the taphonomy of melanin.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)
The School of BEES at University College Cork (UCC) is one of the most successful Schools in UCC in terms of grant capture and PhD completion, and has the distinction of having four ERC-funded projects in the last five years. It is located in three interconnected buildings on extensive grounds and comprises 30 academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers and >100 postgraduate students supported by 14 administrative and technical staff. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent laboratory facilities, including a dedicated palaeontology laboratory with high-spec facilities for experimental decay and maturation, melanin extraction, and tissue preparation for electron microscopy. The School’s new Mary Ward microbeam laboratory houses a new JEOL IT-100 VP SEM with sputter coater, a Perkin-Elmer Frontier uATR coupled to a Spotlight micro-FTIR, a Renishaw Raman microscope, extensive light microscopy facilities, and an ultramicrotome. Planned analytical facilities include a major new investment in a hyphenated TGA-FTIR-GC-MS facility for chemical analyses of maturation experiments in real time. Additional laboratory facilities include a furnace, dedicated histology lab, and photography facilities. Researchers in the palaeobiology group have access to additional analytical facilities elsewhere in the university, including cryotomy and immunofluorescence imaging.

The successful candidate will join us at a very exciting time, as part of a major expansion of the palaeontology group at UCC. This includes new PhD and post-doctoral researchers, research support officer, outreach officer, and a new lecturer in palaeontology. The successful candidate will benefit from the PI’s commitment in his/her career development and her extensive global network of collaborators.

Selection Criteria
The successful candidate will provide a cover letter with evidence for how they meet the following essential criteria:
  • A PhD qualification in palaeobiology, preferably with comprehensive expertise in taphonomy
  • Excellent laboratory skills, especially experience in laboratory experiments
  • Comprehensive experience in at least one of the following techniques: synchrotronXRF, AHPO-LCMS, Raman, SEM, melanin extraction
  • Excellent teamwork skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent management skills
  • Excellent communication skills as evidenced by a track record of high quality

publications and conference presentations
  • Proven ability to design, manage and conduct independent research to a high level
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results
  • Good organisation and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project

For an information package including further details of the post see
https://ore.ucc.ie/.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Maria McNamara, Professor of Palaeontology, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Email:
maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (
https://ore.ucc.ie/) and should include a CV (including contact details of two referees) and cover letter. Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 23 April 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Research Support Officer (Outreach), School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Posting Date: 1 April 2021
Closing Date: 23 April 2021

Post Duration: 2 years
Contract Type: Fixed Term, Whole-Time
Salary: €37,000 p.a.

Position Summary
Applications are invited for a full-time Research Support Officer (Outreach Officer) position funded by Science Foundation Ireland. The position will provide essential administrative and technical support to a new public engagement project and forms part of a series of new hires in palaeontology at UCC.

The successful candidate will assist with all aspects of project rollout and logistics, including design and manufacture of hands-on and digital activities, design and roll-out of lesson plans and exhibits, resourcing and managing volunteers, scheduling school visits nationally, organizing competitions, liaising with the public and project collaborators, 3D printing educational materials, managing lab supplies, ensuring compliance with child protection legislation, assisting with procurement, travel and financial management, design and update of project website.

Selection Criteria
The successful candidate will provide a cover letter that demonstrates how he/she meets all of the following criteria:
  • A first class or upper second class BSc or MSc, or PhD, qualification in natural sciences (geoscience preferred but candidates with a qualification in zoology are welcome to apply)
  • Excellent knowledge of fossils and familiarity with the Irish fossil record
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a range of settings and backgrounds
  • Experience of working with schoolchildren and the general public
  • Experience in design and/or application of hands-on activities for use by the public
  • Creative
  • Excellent at solving problems
  • Excellent team member skills
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Full driving license
  • Demonstrable achievements in delivering results
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a range of disciplines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results

For an information package including further details of the post see
https://ore.ucc.ie/.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Maria McNamara, Professor of Palaeontology, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Email:
maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie.

Applications should consist of a CV (including contact details of two referees) and cover letter and must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (
https://ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 23 April 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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

Posting Date: 10 March 2021
Closing Date: 25 April 2021

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 commitment to research and to advancing science education and outreach for the public. The appointment provides stipend ($55,000/yr), research/travel allowance ($4K/yr), support for health insurance ($5K/yr), and a one-time relocation allowance ($1K).

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct independent research in paleobiology, take part in various scholarly activities of the museum, and become involved in public outreach and education focused on enhancing visitor experiences in our Deep Time exhibit. Research in any aspect of paleobiology will be considered, however, priority will be given to applications that:
  1. propose innovative research on a collections-based, exciting topic in paleobiology,
  2. indicate a high standard of research productivity, creativity, and interactivity,
  3. show experience in communicating about a broad range of science topics with the public through a variety of media.

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 are:
  1. evolution of organisms,
  2. evolution of ecosystems,
  3. earth processes,
  4. connections among these and our human past, present and future.

The Deep Time Initiative seeks to inform and inspire the global community about the importance of fossils and the history of life, and to help educate citizens for a changing planet. The Deep Time Peter Buck Fellow will join a diverse intellectual community at NMNH that includes two other Deep Time Peter Buck Fellows as well as Smithsonian Fellows who perform original scientific research and voluntarily contribute their expertise as researchers to enhancing visitor experiences in the Deep Time Fossil Halls.

Preferred starting dates for the fellowship are between September 1 and October 31, 2021, 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; list of cited references may be on a separate page);
  4. a 1-page 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,
huberb@si.edu, in pdf format by April 25, 2021. Questions regarding the fellowship should be emailed to Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, behrensa@si.edu or Dr. Brian Huber, huberb@si.edu. Interviews and the decision about the next Deep Time Fellow are expected to occur in May 2021.

Information about the Paleobiology Department:
http://paleobiology.si.edu/ and other research departments https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research. Information on the Deep Time Exhibition: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/exhibits/david-h-koch-hall-fossils-deep-time
Information on NMNH Office of Education:
https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education.


Educational Opportunities


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PhD Studentship (Taphonomy of melanin), School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Posting Date: 1 April 2021
Closing Date: 23 April 2021

Contract Type: Fixed Term, Whole-Time
Position start date: between 1/9/2021 and 1/1/2022 (flexible)
Duration: 4 years

Stipend: €18,500 per annum plus EU fees. Non-EU candidates are welcome to apply but they will have to cover extra fees themselves.

Position Summary
Applications are invited for a four-year PhD researcher position investigating the taphonomy of vertebrate melanin. The position is funded by the European Research Council and forms part of a series of new hires in palaeontology at UCC.

The Project
The successful candidate will undertake analysis of extant and fossil melanin and melanosomes, plus taphonomic experiments using in-house facilities for laboratory decay and high pressure-high temperature maturation. Key analytical techniques include SEM, AHPO-LCMS, Synchrotron-XRF, STEM, STXM. In addition to research, the successful candidate will have opportunities to undertake training in transferable skills, to gain experience in mentorship, and to participate in fieldwork. The successful candidate will work closely with the PI and other members of the team, especially a post-doctoral researcher also working on the taphonomy of melanin.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
The School of BEES at University College Cork (UCC) is one of the most successful Schools in UCC in terms of grant capture and PhD completion, and has the distinction of having four ERC-funded projects in the last five years. It is located in three interconnected buildings on extensive grounds and comprises 30 academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers and >100 postgraduate students supported by 14 administrative and technical staff. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent laboratory facilities, including a dedicated palaeontology laboratory with high-spec facilities for experimental decay and maturation, melanin extraction, and tissue preparation for electron microscopy. The School’s new Mary Ward microbeam laboratory houses a new JEOL IT-100 VP SEM with sputter coater, a Perkin-Elmer Frontier uATR coupled to a Spotlight micro-FTIR, a Renishaw Raman microscope, extensive light microscopy facilities, and an ultramicrotome. Planned analytical facilities include a major new investment in a hyphenated headspace analyser-GC-MS facility for chemical analyses of maturation experiments in real time. Additional laboratory facilities include a furnace, dedicated histology lab, and photography facilities. Researchers in the palaeobiology group have access to additional analytical facilities elsewhere in the university, including cryotomy and immunofluorescences imaging.

The successful candidate will join us at a very exciting time, as part of a major expansion of the palaeontology group at UCC. This includes new PhD and postdoctoral researchers, research support officer, outreach officer, and a new lecturer in palaeontology. The successful candidate will benefit from the PI’s commitment to his/her career development and the PI’s extensive global network of collaborators.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
This title will apply to PhD researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 4 years at the PhD level.

The primary focus of the PhD Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;
  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator
  • To become familiar with the publication process
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision)
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College

Essential Criteria
The successful candidate will provide a cover letter demonstrating evidence that they meet the following essential criteria:
  • A 2:1 or 1:1 BSc or MSc in Geology, Zoology or Palaeontology
  • Good laboratory skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Prof. Maria McNamara, Professor of Palaeontology, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Email:
maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, by submitting a CV (including contact details of two referees) and cover letter to
maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie before 5 pm (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 23rd April 2021.

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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