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Collection Manager (Geology), California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA

Posting Date: 10 January 2023
Closing Date: 23 January 2023

About the Opportunity
The Geological Collections of the California Academy of Sciences contain over 8 million specimens, is global in scope, and includes one of the best collections of Pacific Basin invertebrates of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic ages, and significant fossil fish, foraminifera and plants from California and the western U.S. The mineral collection includes a meteorite and globally diverse mineral and gemstone collection, of approximately 50,000 specimens. The diatom collection, the world’s third largest, comprises both Recent and fossil material. The collections are actively growing and are used by researchers, students, and members of the public from around the world. The collections staff processes scores of loan requests each year, as well as hosts dozens of visitors.

Organizational Culture:
Join a team dedicated to the Academy’s mission, vision and values! Currently, the Academy has a new strategic plan including three initiatives – Hope for Reefs, Thriving California, and Islands 2030 – that leverage biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement to regenerate fragile ecosystems around the world. Learn more at 

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The mission of the California Academy of Sciences is to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every one of the qualifications for the position.

This position is based in San Francisco, California. Staff are currently expected to work from the Academy offices at least 2-3 times per week, which may fluctuate based on business needs. Please do not apply if you are not able to work onsite. Candidates are required to have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination, including receiving a booster shot, as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions in accordance with applicable laws. Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from the California Academy of Sciences will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.

About the Department
The Geology Section of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology comprises the Curator of Geology and Paleontology, the Geology Collections Manager, several Curatorial Assistants, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and volunteers, including undergraduate interns. There is also close interaction with other curators within the department, as well as the Collections Manager of Invertebrate Zoology.

Key Responsibilities 
The Geology Collections Manager (GCM) reports to the Director of Collections in the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS), works closely with the Invertebrate Zoology and Geology (IZ&G) Department curators, and supervises Geology collections staff, student interns and volunteers. The GCM is responsible for the maintenance and organization of the Academy's paleontological, mineral and diatom collections, and works with the Geology Curator(s) to develop and implement a strategic vision for the collections’ advancement and growth. This involves oversight and documentation of all collection-related procedures, such as accessioning, deaccessioning, filing, labeling, handling of loans, exchanges and gifts, cataloging, identification, and preparation of specimens. A significant component of the GCM’s responsibilities includes continued innovation and progress of the collections digital infrastructure and enhancement and expansion.The GCM is also expected to help seek funding to support the collections, make the collections more accessible to scientific and public audiences, and participate in public engagement activities. Opportunities for continued professional development include participation in activities of the broader geosciences and natural history collections communities.

A qualified candidate will have a combination of the following experience and/or equivalent education:
  • Master's degree or demonstrated equivalent experience in the geosciences required
  • Four (4) years of experience in collections curation or closely related work
  • Two (2) years of experience supervising staff and volunteers
  • Two (2) years of experience managing budgets


  • Comprehensive and current knowledge of curatorial procedures, regulations, taxonomy, databases and literature relevant to the Academy's geology collections
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with diverse internal and external partners such as Academy staff, volunteers, members of the public, donors and Trustees
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as a team member
  • Strong interpersonal, communications (written and verbal), and computer skills
  • Ability to help with field work and acquiring collections, as appropriate


  • Maintain and organize department collections, including ancillary collections and metadata (e.g., photographs, field notes, teaching & library materials), and develop and maintain digital infrastructure and documentation systems for the Geology collections, including computer database record-keeping. Manage lab spaces and equipment in which collections-related work is conducted.
  • Stay current in modern techniques in systematic paleontology, database management, geological collections maintenance, and fieldwork, and relevant health and safety protocols.
  • Supervise and train curatorial assistants, technicians, student interns and volunteers.
  • Train and provide collections-use oversight for Academy students, postdoctoral researchers and non-Curator Academy researchers.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Collections, IZ&G Curators, and the Chief of IBSS to develop a long-term strategy for collections use and stewardship, including the Academy's strategic plan for digital assets management.
  • Work with the Director of Collections to establish and manage the IZ&G collections budget, and with the Curator of Geology for purchase and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Participate in public engagement activities as appropriate.
  • Maintain, update, and where necessary create, geology collection policy and protocol documents.
  • Serve on Academy committees as requested and appropriate.
  • With advance approval of the Director of Collections and relevant Curator(s), may participate in field expeditions aimed at generating relevant collections for the Academy.
  • Assist visiting scientists, other visitors, and the general public with inquiries and arrange and/or lead tours of the geology collections.
  • Assist other Academy programs in Education, Exhibits, and Development as appropriate.
  • Assist with the preparation of grant proposals and grant reports related to the Geology collections, and collect and maintain pertinent records for grants and IBSS and Academy reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Environment:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 50% of the time.

Compensation and Benefits 
Hiring range: $78,381-$83,000
Schedule: Full-Time, 40 hours per week
Starting salary will vary based on experience and relevant skills/knowledge set. The Academy offers a total compensation package that emphasizes both base salary and
comprehensive benefits

Review of applications will begin on January 23, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

The California Academy of Sciences will give full consideration for employment to all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, place of birth, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, height or weight, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

Applications can be submitted online

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Assistant Professor in Paleontology, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana USA

Posting Date: 6 January 2023
Closing Date: 30 January 2023

Brief Position Overview
The Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Paleontology. We seek an active researcher and teacher who brings an innovative perspective to the study of Earth and evolutionary history and has the ability to develop an internationally-recognized research program.

Announcement Number - FAC - VA - 23048
Faculty Tenure Track - Yes
Faculty Rank - Assistant Professor
Position Number - 4A1254
Department - Earth Sciences
Division - College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type - Faculty
Contract Term - Academic Year
Union Affiliation - Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE - 1.0
Benefits Eligible - Eligible
Salary - Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type - MUS
Recruitment Type - Open

Position Details
General Statement
The Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Paleontology. We seek a skilled teacher and active researcher to develop courses, mentor students, and foster new paleontological research. Specific areas of research could include but are not limited to vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, Earth history and evolution, sedimentary geochemistry as applied to paleontology, deep-time environmental change, and macroevolution and the fossil record.

The successful candidate will have a clear vision for launching an innovative research program from our location in Bozeman, Montana. The candidate will be expected to teach courses such as Earth Systems Science, Earth History and Evolution, Invertebrate Paleontology, and contribute to our upper-division and graduate curriculum in their area of expertise. The candidate will provide graduate mentorship in our MSc and Ph.D. programs, and participate as a team player in a highly collegial and student-focused department.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. The College of Letters & Science (CLS) at Montana State University encourages individuals interested in advancing the University’s Strategic Plan diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to apply. Links to the
University Strategic Plan; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Plan; CLS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and CLS newsletter, Diversity Matters are all embedded here for reference. CLS is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community that values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in research, teaching, service/outreach engagement, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, the College encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other underrepresented groups. MSU also recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Teach lower division introductory courses, upper division and graduate courses in paleontology and Earth history.
  • Maintain an active research program leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals and other venues.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Serve on department, college, and university committees as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Ph.D. in Paleontology or related discipline by start date.
  2. Demonstrated potential to teach effective lower and upper-level courses related to paleontology.
  3. Demonstrated research experience as evidenced by a record of publication in peer-reviewed publications.
  4. Demonstrated potential to develop a competitive externally-funded research program.
  5. Demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Evidence of effective teaching using emergent learning platforms, technologies, and techniques.
  2. Evidence of capacity to develop a teaching and research agenda appropriate to the land grant mission of Montana State University.
  3. Demonstrated potential to develop regionally relevant research in North America with a field component.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment through research, teaching, service or lived experience.

The Successful Candidate Will
  • Be a dynamic researcher and educator who will:
  • Help MSU continue to provide outstanding scholarship, teaching, and service.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate successfully with diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and engage productively with other MSU faculty.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written skills necessary to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrate the potential to foster and support student and faculty diversity.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements but as a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department

We are excited to offer strength across the field of Earth System Science with special attention to areas that take advantage of our unique mountain setting in Bozeman, Montana. Our faculty includes 15 full-time earth scientists and our student body includes about 50 graduate students and over 230 undergraduate majors. A complementary staff of roughly 20 adjuncts, research professors, affiliates, and support personnel are an invaluable asset to our departmental community for learning, discovery, and engagement. We are proud to offer degrees at the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels.

Our department takes the Montana State University tagline “Mountains and Minds” quite literally. Our faculty, staff, and students use their minds for learning and discovery in the scenic and rugged mountains of southwest Montana, as well as in mountainous areas and rural landscapes around the nation and worldwide. Earth Sciences students have many opportunities to participate in field trips that facilitate the study of Earth processes, Earth resources, Earth history, and environments that people have modified. Our department works toward fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, participating in URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geoscience) pods and redesigning field experiences to be more accessible. We invite applicants to further explore the opportunities to engage with our programs.

The College
The College of Letters & Science, the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts education in nearly 50 majors and 25 minors. Within the four areas of the humanities, sciences, mathematics and social sciences, the college prepares students to respond to the complexities of the world and the rapid expansion of human knowledge. Students learn to think critically, solve problems, communicate clearly, understand various disciplines and cultures, and develop the engagement that will make them life-long learners and leaders.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies - 1
Desired Start Date - August 17, 2023

Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin on January 30, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
In order to be considered for this position, please upload the following:
  1. Cover Letter addressing each of the Required and Preferred qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement (max 2 pages)
  4. Research Statement (max 2 pages)

Diversity Statement
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of
dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651;

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website:

For questions regarding this position, please contact: Professor David Varricchio, Search Committee Chair (406) 994-6907 or

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Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, USA

Posting Date: 19 January 2023
Closing Date: 24 February 2023

Posting Details
Position Information
Position Title: Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist
Department: Sr Vp & Provost - 034

Classification Title
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) seeks a Curator in the area of Conservation Science. This is a tenured position with rank negotiable depending on the candidate’s professional experience and accomplishments. The successful candidate for this position will be appointed as a Curator in one of the Divisions (Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleontology, Physical Sciences, or Vertebrate Zoology) and as a Professor in the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH as well as hold the title Chief Conservation Scientist in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC).

We seek an experienced conservation scientist with demonstrated high-impact research, productivity, and grantsmanship, and significant promise of future cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and conservation practice. Research focus could be in any area related to biodiversity conservation, including patterns of global change, conservation strategies, climate change impacts and adaptation, biocultural conservation, or social-ecological systems. Those who utilize natural history collections for future-oriented research, and those leading work at the intersection of conservation, climate change, and human wellbeing are especially encouraged to apply.

Position Summary
The Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist’s research and activities are expected to complement and strategically expand the Museum’s impact in conservation, as well as synergize with other areas of AMNH science and establish or strengthen local, regional, and global collaborations. The successful candidate for this position should be an active and dynamic scientist who has an interest in collaboration with Museum staff, including scientists and specialists at the CBC. Resources available at the AMNH include world-class collections and research library, our Institute for Comparative Genomics, an ancient biomolecules laboratory, microscopy and imaging facilities, the Southwestern Research Station, the Richard Gilder Graduate School, an active internal grant program to support field research and collaborations with area universities, and an active public outreach program. The successful candidate will also serve as an ambassador of the Museum’s conservation mission, representing this body of work with science, technology, Indigenous and local communities, the general public, the media, and other partners.

The expected salary range for the Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist is $140,000 – 185,000.

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
Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in the natural or social sciences at the time of application submission.

Preferred Qualifications

Physical Demands
Category: Full-Time
Total Number of Scheduled Hours Per Pay Period: 70
Union Status: Non-Union
FLSA: Exempt
Expected salary minimum: $140,000/annual
Expected salary maximum: $185,000/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, 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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Posting Detail Information
Posting Number: FA008P
Open Date: 01/13/2023
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants
  • Application materials should include:
  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement, including past achievements and future plans, and potential collaboration with the CBC and other partners (maximum 3 pages)
  • Conservation impact statement, including vision and experience in conservation research, practice and policy, and your interests in teaching, exhibitions, and public outreach (maximum 3 pages).
  • Statement of commitment and contributions to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or museum settings (maximum 1 page)
  • Names and contact information for three people who could provide letters of reference at the time of application submission.
  • Up to 5 significant publications

Application materials should be submitted as a single PDF under “Other Document” with the exception of publications, which can be submitted under “Publications”. Publications may be submitted as a file share link/folder if the size exceeds 10MB.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to
Brian Tilston Smith. Consideration of applications will begin February 24, 2023, but applications will continue to be accepted after this date. All materials should be submitted to

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Director, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Posting Date: 21 January 2023
Closing Date: 28 February 2023

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) is seeking an innovative and committed individual to join our inclusive and collegial community, serving as the Director of the EMS Museum and Art Gallery. Located on the ground floor of the Deike Building on the University Park campus, the recently renovated EMS Museum and Art Gallery is perfectly positioned to be a vibrant and impactful center of learning, community, and outreach, telling the story of the EMS disciplines to a broad audience.

The EMS Museum and Art Gallery possesses a world-class collection of mineral and rock specimens, original artwork of historic significance (including the noteworthy Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art), and significant collections of fossils, ceramics, glass, and artifacts of science and industry. The responsibilities for this position will include:
  • Overseeing the collections
  • Developing relevant and engaging exhibits that capture the imagination and bring to life the expertise and research innovations of the College's five departments and three institutes
  • Implementing and supporting college events in the Museum and Art Gallery space
  • Providing a fully accessible and inclusive experience for all constituencies
  • Writing and managing successful grant proposals to develop and care for the collections, exhibits, and technical projects
  • Partnering with faculty to develop broader impacts/broadening participation activities and materials
  • Partnering with the Office of Development to coordinate revenue-generating activities to foster growth
  • Supervising staff and volunteers
  • Maintaining up-to-date web content
  • Participating in the teaching and research mission of the College including student engagement
  • Creating K-12 educational materials and programs
  • Fostering community outreach.

The directorship is a full-time, non-tenure-line academic position, funded for 3 years from the date of hire, with an excellent possibility of renewal. Non-tenure line academic rank will be commensurate with the final candidate's background and experience.

The Director must have significant experience in museum administration and a Master's degree or higher in museum science or a related field; experience in a university setting is highly preferred. A non-tenure-line faculty appointment in one of the College's academic departments (Geosciences, Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Mineral Engineering) may be possible. This position reports to the John Leone Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

To apply, please upload the following materials with your application:
  • A cover letter and concise vision statement for the EMS Museum and Gallery
  • A curriculum vitae
  • The names and contact information of at least three references.

The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, belonging, and engagement, which creates an inclusive environment in their workplace.

We will continue to receive and review applications until the position is filled. For additional information on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences go to

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Fixed-Term, Visiting, Postdoctoral & Technical Positions

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Postdoctoral Associate (Complex Relationships Between Landscape, Climate, Long-Term Transformation of Ecosystems and Mammalian Fauna, Turkana Basin, Kenya), The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook, Department of Ecology & Evolution, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA

Posting Date: 16 January 2023
Closing Date: 1 February 2023

Required Qualifications: (as evidenced by an attached resume)
Doctoral Degree (or foreign equivalent) in paleobiology, paleoecology, anthropology, earth sciences, or closely related field in hand by September 30, 2023. Interest in integrative science crossing disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with experience in the mammal fossil record of East Africa are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience or interest in modeling biodiversity over paleontological time scales and trait-based ecology are a plus. Candidates should have excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, and ideally an established record of high productivity as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications. Applicants should be willing to work as part of a diverse multidisciplinary and multicultural team.

Position Description:
Stony Brook University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar to join a vibrant, multidisciplinary, and international team of researchers integrating field, laboratory, and modeling approaches to investigate the complex relationships between landscape, climate, and the long-term transformation of ecosystems and mammalian fauna in Turkana Basin, Kenya. The postdoc would pursue original research for the NSF-funded
Turkana Miocene Project (Award # 2021666) and work as a collaborative member of the Life – Analytical Paleobiology working group. We are seeking a motivated individual interested in studying the ecology and evolutionary dynamics of primates and their related mammalian communities in the context of tectonic, climate, and environmental change over the Late Oligocene to Late Miocene in the Turkana Basin, Kenya. Applicants with interest(s) in modeling functional relationships between traits of organisms and their environments, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and mammalian diversification dynamics and biogeography are especially encouraged to apply. Expertise in the fossil record of East Africa, and of Miocene hominoids in particular, as well as experience with large, integrative datasets will be considered assets. For more information, please visit the Turkana Miocene Project website.

As a part of the Turkana Miocene Project, the postdoctoral researcher will join a rich collaborative environment, with opportunities for field, lab, and collections-based research, and work closely with project leaders on specific research projects. The position will be based at Stony Brook University, with formal affiliation with the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and opportunities to work with collaborators in the Departments of Anthropology and Geosciences, as well as with the Turkana Basin Institute. The position will be for one year, with the potential for a second-year extension.

Brief Description of Duties:  
The Postdoctoral Associate will assist the Principal Investigator
Tara Smiley in the Department of Ecology & Evolution. The incumbent will conduct research and ensure that all research is appropriately conducted following the policies and procedures of Stony Brook University.

Collect and analyze paleobiological data, integrate with data sets collected by collaborators.
Build on or acquire primary skillsets in paleoecological data collection and analytical paleobiology, training in integrative analyses. Work in close collaboration with other project PIs, Senior Personnel, and Collaborators across institutions.
Prepare manuscripts including writing, editing, and figure preparation. May also assist in grant writing.
Advance mentoring by assisting in the mentorship of graduate and undergraduate research associated with the project.
Other duties as assigned, which may include attending Scientific Conferences and Meetings, with potential for participation in field work.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - In your cover letter, please address how your expertise meets the position requirements and preferred qualifications, including relevant research experience and future goals. Please include a brief description of your contributions to topics of inclusive and equitable science. Please see SBU’s Diversity Plan for more details and TMP’s Commitment to Diversity.
  • Representative publication or slide summarizing your research to date

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Special Notes:
The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to learn more about our postdoctoral community.  

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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Job Number: 2204596
Official Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Job Field: Post Doctoral
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Ecology & Evolution
Schedule: Full-time Shift :Day Shift Shift Hours: 9 to 5pm  
Posting Start Date: Dec 16, 2022
Posting End Date: Feb 1, 2023, 4:59:00 AM
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Appointment Type: Regular
Salary Grade: E89
SBU Area: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook

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Postdoctoral Studentship (Past Changes in Ocean Circulation and Climate Off Greenland), Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

Posting Date: 9 December 2022
Closing Date: 1 February 2023

Research area and project description:
The Ph.D. project will focus on investigating past changes in climate and ocean circulation off Greenland. This will be done through the multi-proxy study of marine sediment cores from Greenland shelves and fjords to establish longer time series of recent centuries and millennia and compare these to modern ocean and atmospheric conditions.

Within this framework, the specific approach of the Ph.D. project will be decided in collaboration with the successful candidate, but potential studies may include a combination of micropaleontology (foraminifera, diatoms), sedimentology and/or geochemistry (organic biomarkers, XRF core scanning data, stable isotopes, CaCO3, TOC).

The position is part of the GreenShelf project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) and the work will be carried out in an international research environment.

For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found.

Qualifications and specific competences:
The PhD candidate should have a Master’s (for the 3-year PhD programme) or 4-years studies (for the 4-year PhD programme) in Geoscience. A degree in Biology, Chemistry or Physics may also be considered; but in this case, the student will be required to partake in courses in Quaternary/Marine Geology during the course of the PhD studies. Experience with sediment core analyses, micropalaeontology, organic geochemistry, and sea-going experience are considered advantageous, but not required. Applicants are encouraged to document any experience with programming and/or statistical treatment of (paleo-)environmental data.

Applicants are encouraged to enclose a letter of interest stating their own specific research interests and how their background and experience would fit into this project on Arctic paleoclimate and palaeoceanographic reconstruction.

Application deadline:
February 1, 2023

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. For further information on the research group in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology see:

Applicants seeking further information for this project are invited to contact:
Professor Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark; mobile phone +45 2778 2897; Email: (main supervisor)

Dr. Christof Pearce, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark; mobile phone +45 9350 8915; Email: (co-supervisor).

How to apply:

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachments, please see the Application guide. Please read the Application guide thoroughly before applying.

When ready to apply, go to (Note, the online application system opens 1 December 2022)

Choose February 2023 Call with deadline 1 February 2023 at 23:59 CET. You will be directed to the call and must choose the programme “Geoscience”. In the boxed named “Study”: In the dropdown menu, please choose: “Past changes in ocean circulation and climate off Greenland (Pcocco)”

For further details see:

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Postdoctoral Studentship (Global Change Ecology), Marine Palaeoecology Lab, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia

Posting Date: 9 November 2022
Closing Date: "Early 2023"

The Marine PalaeoEcology Lab at the University of Queensland (UQ, Australia) is seeking a postgraduate student (PhD) to work on a perennial subject in global change ecology: How do we improve our capacity to project marine biodiversity responses to climate change? Organisms need to adapt and/or migrate to avoid critical population loss under climate change. Despite the importance of both processes in biodiversity dynamics, most biodiversity predictions have focussed on the patterns of migration under climate change. The successful candidate will investigate the type and extent of both adaptation and migration required for ecologically and economically important marine species to avoid extirpation and extinction under climate change.

The successful candidate will join a team of world-leading global change ecologists and climatologists to work on a successful Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Portfolio projection of biodiversity responses under climate change’. This project will use global circulation model products, natural history records, laboratory experiments, novel theoretical frameworks, and quantitative ecology tools to evaluate the type and magnitude of biodiversity responses required to avoid biodiversity crises under climate change.

Candidates with strong backgrounds in macroecology, quantitative ecology, global change ecology, climate sciences and/or biogeography are desirable. The candidate should be capable of writing R or Python scripts to perform spatiotemporal analyses. Previous experience with climate data is also desirable. The candidate will be offered latitude to select the focal research species, provided the species is suitable for both projection modelling and potential laboratory experiments.

As part of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, the successful candidate will be provided an earmarked scholarship from the Australian Government to assist the candidate with a stipend and tuition fees. To be eligible for this scholarship scheme, the candidate must meet the
entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the UQ.

Preferred start date: Early 2023

If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Prof. John Pandolfi (

Educational Opportunities

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PhD (The Potential To Persist and Diversify Using the Shark Phylogeny), Department of Biological Sciences, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK

Posting Date: 15 December 2022
Closing Date: 15 January 2023

Key Information
  • Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Can the past predict the future? The potential to persist and diversify using the shark phylogeny
  • Funding provider: Swansea University
  • Subject areas: Biological Sciences
  • Project start date: 1 October 2023 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

  • Dr Catalina Pimiento (Swansea University and University of Zurich)
  • Dr Will Allen (Swansea University)
  • Professor Daniele Silvestro (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Biological Sciences

Mode of study: Full-time

Diversity is unevenly distributed across the tree of life. What traits determine a clade’s capacity to persist and diversify? This PhD project will address this fundamental question using sharks as a model, taking advantage of their long evolutionary history and abundant fossil record, and building upon novel statistical and artificial intelligence methods. The specific objectives of this project include: a) to build a shark phylogeny using data on fossil and extant species; and b) to test the extent to which traits rooted in the deep time affect speciation and survival potential.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to learn Bayesian and deep learning methods by working alongside co-supervisor Professor Daniele Silvestro (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) and to do international fieldwork to expand an existing fossil shark dataset. Additionally, the student will be offered ample opportunities to learn from world-leading experts in palaeontology, ecology and conservation by participating in research retreats and symposia with different research groups and attending national and international meetings.

The successful candidate will:
  • be highly motivated to pursue their research project;
  • have a background in biology, ecology, or palaeontology;
  • be willing to 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 phylogenetic methods using R or Python and basic knowledge of shark biology.

Swansea University is pleased to offer fully-funded Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarships (SURES) for full-time doctoral students to its fifth cohort, commencing in October 2023.

Each SURES scholarship includes tuition fees and a stipend – reviewed annually at the UKRI standard rate – and a £1,000 annual training allowance to support immersive training experiences, conference attendance, engagement with industry and international collaborative opportunities.

Each scholarship is offered for a maximum period of three years; SURES students are expected to submit their theses within this timescale.

Applicants should be aware that faculty-based shortlisting panels are expected to sit in January 2023. Please note that shortlisting panels may contact candidates within this period. Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 30 January 2023.

Informal scholarship enquiries from applicants to prospective supervisors – prior to the application deadline – are warmly encouraged; please direct these to the relevant member/s of faculty staff.

Applicants must be able to begin their course of study in October 2023. As a cohort-based programme, deferral to an alternative enrolment window within the academic year or to another academic year is not permissible.


Candidates must have attained, or must be expected to attain, a first-class honours degree and/or a distinction at master’s level.

  • Where applicants have multiple master’s degrees, a distinction must be held in the degree that is most relevant to the intended PhD study.
  • If you are currently studying for a master’s level qualification with an expected award date that is later than 01/10/2023, you should hold a minimum of an upper-second-class (2:1) honours degree.
  • You should be able to demonstrate a pass with a minimum grade average of at least 70% for your part-one master’s degree modules (the taught aspect of your master’s course rather than a research-focused dissertation) and submit your dissertation by no later than 30/09/2023.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with a score of at least 6.5 in each individual component) or equivalent that is recognised by Swansea University. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is – at this time – open solely to applicants who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK (United Kingdom) rate, as defined by
UKCISA regulations.

Please note that both the degree and language-proficiency entry requirements for SURES are higher than the baseline standard for entry that is stipulated for most of the PhD programmes at Swansea University.

NB: If you hold a non-UK degree, please see the
Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you have any questions regarding your academic or fee eligibility based on the above, please email with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £17,668, reviewed annually at the
UKRI standard rate

Additional research expenses will also be available.

How to Apply

To apply, please 
complete your application online with the following information:

Course choice – please select Biological Sciences / PhD / Full-time / 3 Year / October

In the event you have already applied for the above programme previously, the application system may issue a warning notice and prevent application, in this event, please email where staff will be happy to assist you in submitting your application.

  • Start year – please select 2023
  • Funding (page 8) –
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS227 - SURES7'

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to list the above information accurately when applying, please note that applications received without the above information listed will not be considered for the scholarship award.

One application is required per individual Swansea University led research scholarship award; applications cannot be considered listing multiple Swansea University led research scholarship awards.

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):
  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A cover letter including a ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Dr Catalina Pimiento (

*External Partner Application Data Sharing – Please not that as part of the scholarship application selection process, application data sharing may occur with external partners outside of the University, when joint/co- funding of a scholarship project is applicable.

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