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Assistant Curator (Invertebrate Paleontology or Paleobotany), Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Posting Date: 4 January 2021
Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The Field Museum invites applications for an Assistant Curator in the fields of Invertebrate Paleontology or Paleobotany. This term position has a probationary period of 3 + 3 years; after successful promotion to the Associate level it is renewable every 7 years, according to the Field Museum’s Policy Statement on the Curatorial Ranks. The start date for the position is on or after January 1, 2022.

The Field Museum's Geology Section has a record of scientific excellence in collections-based research, with current strengths in phylogenetic systematics, functional morphology, paleoecology, macroevolution, history and philosophy of biology, meteoritics, and cosmochemistry. Our Fossil Invertebrate and Paleobotany collections are world class. The Fossil Invertebrate collection is focused on the Paleozoic of the Midwest 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 Paleozoic echinoderms. The Paleobotany Collection contains significant holdings of Late Carboniferous fossil plants preserved as compression-adpressions, permineralized peats, and within sideritic concretions. Cretaceous through Paleogene floras are well-represented, including angiosperm mesofossil assemblages from the Upper Cretaceous Raritan and Magothy Formations. Substantial fossil palynological collections and comparative extant pollen and spore preparations are also housed within the Collection.

We are seeking a collegial individual with strong communication skills who conducts innovative, integrative research that will complement and broaden the section’s strengths. The successful candidate will be expected:
  • to maintain an externally funded field and/or laboratory research program,
  • to contribute to building and using the Invertebrate Paleontology or Paleobotany collections, and
  • to participate in Museum exhibition, public outreach and education, and programmatic efforts.

We particularly value a commitment to equity and inclusion in the context of museum-based research, curation, education, and outreach. 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.

To apply and for inquiries, please email: Applications should include:
  1. a Curriculum Vitae;
  2. a statement of research interests and career objectives;
  3. a statement describing experience in and/or vision for increasing diversity and inclusion in a museum setting;
  4. names and contact information for three people from whom letters of recommendation may be sought; and
  5. copies of up to five relevant publications in PDF format.

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2021.

The Field Museum is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in science, and strives to create a working environment that is free of sexual, racial, and ethnic discrimination, and that promotes human dignity among all staff. As such, it is the policy of the Field Museum to hire without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation. The Field Museum strives to ensure that our career website is accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. Email us at if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application as a result of your disability.

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

Educational Opportunities

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PhD Position (Paleoceanography), Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Posting Date: 24 February 2021
Closing Date: 22 March 2021

The MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen is offering (under the condition of the grant by the funding party and of job release) one PhD position (f/m/d) in paleoceanography for 3 years German federal salary group 13 TV-L (66,66 %)

The earliest starting date is 1 July 2021.

The employment is fixed-term and governed by the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, §2 (1) Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG. Therefore, candidates may only be considered for appointment if they still have the respective qualification periods available in accordance with § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.

The Cluster of Excellence “The Ocean Floor – Earth’s Uncharted Interface” is part of the Research Faculty MARUM at the University of Bremen. Within the project Ocean Floor as RECORDER, we are searching for a PhD student (f/m/d) in the area of paleoceanography/climatology to conduct research related to the topic of “Pertubations in high CO2 worlds”.

The project aims to enhance our understanding of paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic conditions during high-CO2 worlds during selected time intervals in the Cenozoic. The research will contribute to the understanding of sensitivities and tipping points through studies of past perturbations and their effects. The project will investigate time and timescale-dependent forcings and feedbacks between, for example, temperatures and greenhouse gas concentrations, while the climate system undergoes pronounced carbon cycle feedbacks. Tasks will include sample processing and measurements for established or new proxies on sediment samples from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) that aid our overall understanding of the response of the Earth System to perturbations and the interaction with relevant feedback processes, potentially collecting new material at sea.

Your profile:
  • Completed MSc or equivalent qualification in the fields of Geosciences
  • Experience in marine science and an interest in geochemical laboratory methods
  • Experience in the interpretation of stable isotope geochemistry and/or elemental geochemistry results
  • Experience in stratigraphic techniques and the construction of age-depth models
  • The applicant should be highly proficient in English, have excellent skills in scientific writing and joy in working in an international and interdisciplinary team

MARUM has developed into an internationally recognized center for marine research with a focus on the geosciences, anchored at the University of Bremen.

At MARUM Ph.D. students are supervised by a team of experienced scientists. Additional training and support are offered by the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences, GLOMAR. These offers include expert as well as skills and methods courses, coaching, networking opportunities, and the opportunity to compete for internal funds.

The University of Bremen follows a diversity strategy. It strives to increase the number of women in the academy and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates. International applications and applications of academics with a migration background are explicitly welcome. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.

We look forward to receiving your application in English (CV + cover letter). Applications should be sent, quoting the reference number A31/21, until 19 March 2021 to:

Dr. Ursula Röhl
MARUM - Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften und Fachbereich Geowissenschaften Universität Bremen
Leobener Strasse 8
28359 Bremen


electronically as a single PDF file by e-mail to:

Review of applications will start on 22 March 2021.

Enquiries can also be addressed to the above mentioned e-mail address.

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PhD Position (Historical Ecology of the Precolonial Chesapeake), Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP) Program, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Posting Date: 4 March 2021
Closing Date: 24 March 2021

The Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP) program at William & Mary seeks applications for a two-year postdoctoral scholar position in the historical ecology of the precolonial Chesapeake. Supported by W&M faculty, the postdoctoral fellow will develop a historical ecological study of shell midden deposits linked to questions of sustainability, traditional ecological knowledge, and biological conservation in the Chesapeake. 

The postdoctoral fellow will develop a research and teaching program bridging the social and natural sciences through a study of a Native American community and its relationship with the Chesapeake oyster fishery over the long term. This position offers the successful candidate an opportunity to use her/his skills to lead cutting-edge research and facilitate undergraduate projects while receiving mentorship in professional academic development. The postdoctoral scholar will also teach one upper-level seminar course per academic year, a summer session course, and arrange an environmental speaker series in the second year. 

The position offers a competitive salary, research and travel funds, and administrative support. The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by two William & Mary faculty (Rowan Lockwood, Martin Gallivan) with teaching and research interests in Chesapeake archaeology and marine paleobiology. 

For full consideration please submit CV, cover letter, and a diversity statement detailing how the applicant will contribute to diversity in the program and W&M more broadly by the review date, 3/24/21. Additional information and application link may be found online:

Required Qualifications: A PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology specialty preferred) or a closely related discipline (e.g., Paleontology, Historical Ecology) is required by the time of appointment, August 10, 2021. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the progress of many doctoral students, applicants who have scheduled a dissertation defense prior to apportionment date will be considered for the position. 

Preferred Qualifications : Teaching expertise/interests at the intersection of the social and natural sciences is preferred, but not necessary. 

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 

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PhD Position (Shark Extinction Mechanisms), Program in Evolutionary Biology, University of Zürich (UZH), Zürich, Switzerland

Posting Date: 4 January 2021
Closing Date: 1 April 2021

We are offering a fully funded PhD position in evolutionary biology, focused on modeling evolutionary processes using shark paleontological and neontological data. The successful candidate will work in a Swiss National Science Foundation project that aims at establishing the factors that predict extinction risk in the past and future. The specific objectives of the PhD project include: a) estimating shark extinction rates in the geological past; b) forecasting future shark extinctions; and c) modelling biological determinants of extinction. These can be re-defined based on the interests and skills of the selected candidate.

The student will be enrolled in the
PhD Program in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zurich (UZH) and will be hosted at the Palaeontological Institute and Museum (PIM) under the supervision of Dr. Catalina Pimiento. The candidate will be able to learn new methods in computational biology in collaboration with Dr. Daniele Silvestro. Additionally, the student will be offered ample opportunities to learn from world-leading experts in palaeontology, ecology and conservation. The position will be fully funded for 3 years, with a possible 1-year extension.

The successful candidate will:
  • Be highly motivated to pursue their research project.
  • Have received a Master's degree or equivalent by the start of the PhD.
  • Have a biological or palaeontological background.
  • Have excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken).
  • Be willing to collect large sets of data and learn new methods in R or Python.
  • Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Non-essential but desirable criteria include experience in quantitative methods in paleobiology using R or Python and basic knowledge on shark biology, ecology or conservation.

The UZH is one of the top research institutions in Europe and the city offers the conditions for an excellent quality of life. With a critical mass of researchers in Palaeontology and Evolutionary Biology, the UZH offers exceptional conditions for research and study. The PIM further offers state-of-the-art research facilities in an international and stimulating academic environment.

To apply, please send your application as a single PDF via e-mail to
Dr. Catalina Pimiento Hernandez including:
  1. Short cover letter (max 2 pages) explaining background, motivation and research interests.
  2. A CV including any publications, pre-prints, or manuscripts, if applicable.
  3. Contact information for 2-3 referees who may be contacted during the evaluation process.

The deadline to apply is April 1st (included) but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Candidates will be evaluated by a committee and those shortlisted will be invited for an interview (by Zoom or in person) in the summer of 2021. The selected candidate is expected to start in September 2021 (negotiable).

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