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🔵 Professional Positions

🔵 Two Lectureships, Earth Sciences Department, University College London, London UK

Posting Date: 24 January 2018
Closing Date: 23 February 2018

The Department of Earth Sciences invites applications for two lectureship posts from 1st September 2018 in any area of the Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. Applicants whose research will contribute to areas of strategic importance, and complement and strengthen the current research portfolio within the department are particularly welcome. We are seeking to appoint outstanding individuals with academic standing, vision and proven expertise who will provide leadership in their field of expertise, develop world-class research programmes and contribute to advanced teaching and knowledge exchange activities.

The postholder will have a PhD in a relevant discipline as well as experience in research, teaching or other employment in Earth, Environmental or Planetary Sciences.

Successful candidates will also have an outstanding record of academic research, a strong publications portfolio, a track record of success in income generation from public and/or commercial sources, and will be able to work collaboratively with an inter-disciplinary approach.

UCL vacancy reference: 1705691

For more information see:

Prof. Paul Bown
Dept. of Earth Sciences
University College London
Gower Street

+44 (0)20 3108 6360
ext. 56360

🔶 PhD Opportunities, Postdoctoral Appointments, Technical & Intern Positions

🔶 Biostratigrapher (Radiolaria), Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History Expedition (379), JOIDES Resolution

Posting Date: 14 February 2018
Closing Date: 28 February 2018

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) offers you the unique opportunity to sail on Expedition 379 onboard the JOIDES Resolution in the framework of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), an international research program for drilling at sea.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is largely marine-based, highly sensitive to climatic and oceanographic changes, has had a dynamic history over the last several million years, and if completely melted, could result in a global sea-level rise of 3.3-4.3 m. Expedition 379 will obtain records from the continental shelf and rise of the Amundsen Sea to document WAIS dynamics in an area unaffected by other ice sheets as well and that currently experiences the largest ice loss in Antarctica.

The primary objectives include (a) reconstructing the Paleogene to Holocene glacial history of West Antarctica, (b) correlating the Amundsen Sea WAIS-proximal records with global records of ice volume changes and air/seawater temperature proxy records, (c) constraining the relationship between incursions of warm water masses onto the continental shelf and the stability of marine based ice sheet margins, and (d) reconstructing major WAIS advances onto the middle and outer shelf, including the first ice sheet expansion onto the continental shelf of the Amundsen Sea Embayment and its possible control by the uplift of Marie Byrd Land.

For more information about the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution Expedition Schedule see - this includes links to the individual expedition web pages with the original IODP proposal and expedition planning information.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: We are looking for a biostratigrapher, with a particular focus in radiolaria, of the Antarctic region or Southern Ocean!

The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage:

  • Form Expedition 379: Please, fill out all applicable fields and send it to the ESSAC office by email ( with the following additional documents until 28 February 2018:

  • A letter of interest outlining your specific expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ ODP/ IODP expeditions, research interests, primary research goals of your proposed participation.

  • CV and publication list.

Young researchers must additionally provide a letter of support from their host institution, including information on post-cruise science support.

All applications should state how you intend to achieve the proposed scientific objectives, with information on the funding scheme and support from your institution or national funding agencies. More information can be found under:

In addition to the ESSAC application, all applicants must inform their national office or national delegate and send a copy of the application documents. The national offices or national delegates can also provide information regarding travel support, post-cruise funding opportunities, etc.

See for a list of the national contact persons.

For further information or questions, please contact the ESSAC Office:

ECORD Science Support & Advisory Committee
Antony Morris (ESSAC Chair)
Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
Plymouth University,
Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1752 584954

🔶 Postdoctoral Position (30 Months, Early Cretaceous Paleobotany), Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois

Posting Date: 27 January 2018
Closing Date: 1 March 2018

A new postdoctoral research associate position is available to join an international, interdisciplinary team of paleobotanists, botanists and geologists working on Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous fossil plants and fossil plant assemblages (including palynofloras) from Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, China. The position is based at Chicago Botanic Garden, and will include opportunities for interactions with colleagues and collections at the Field Museum in Chicago, and at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The project is expected to include opportunities for the postdoctoral research associate to participate in fieldwork in Mongolia and China. The work of the post-doc will focus mainly on the discovery, characterization and analysis of diverse Early Cretaceous fossil plants that are exceptionally well- preserved in multiple modes of preservation, including as permineralizations in chert, mesofossils, and compression fossils. The postdoc will be involved in all aspects of the study, but a major emphasis will be on documenting the plant diversity in the chert samples using cellulose acetate peels. Other approaches will include X-ray tomography of mesofossils and permineralized material, palynological analysis of pollen in situ within reproductive structures, and detailed analysis of dispersed pollen.

The project is funded by the US National Science Foundation and is also supported by colleagues in Mongolia and China. The primary collaborators on the project are Patrick Herendeen and Fabiany Herrera (Chicago Botanic Garden), Peter Crane (Oak Spring Garden Foundation), Gongle Shi (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Niiden Ichinorov (Institute of Paleontology and Geology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences).

Please contact Patrick Herendeen ( as soon as possible (and certainly before March 1st, 2018) for additional information. Please also include a cv and the names of three referees who we may contact for references.

🔶 Post-Doctoral Position (Palaeozoic Fungi), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Paris, France

Posting Date: 24 February 2018
Closing Date: 10 March 2018

Problematic: At a time where plants and animals are increasingly revisited as holobionts, i.e. with the symbiotic microorganiss that shape their functions, the holobiontic dimension of fossils deserves further studies. Considering the fossil record of early land plants, tight interactions with microorganisms, especially with mycorrhizal fungi have been demonstrated, however little is known yet about the diversity and roles of microorganisms in early terrestrial environments. Moreover, considering fossils that were preserved after their decomposition started, important questions on the early decomposition of cellulose and lignin can be investigated. Phylogenomics of fungi and bacteria is currently developing, and the need to date ancient ecological and taxonomic transitions gives additional relevance to the investigation of plant-associated fossil microorganisms. This one-year position, supported by the Laboratoire d’Excellence BCDiv (Biological and Cultural Diversities: Origins, Evolution, Interactions, Future) offers an opportunity to start such investigations in a unique scientific environment in Paris.
Research environment: the research will be carried under supervision of two teams with complementary expertise at the Muséum, Paris. Within the Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (UMR 7205), Marc-André Selosse’s team has established a strong reputation in ecology and evolution of the mycorrhizal symbiosis, in tropical and temperate regions. Within the Centre de Recherche sur la Paléobiodiversité et les Paléoenvironnements (UMR 7207), Anaïs BOURA follows centuries of research on paleontology. At the MNHN, the candidate will be hosted within the largest cluster of biodiversity labs and collection in France (and one of the largest in the world), giving him/her access to the material and expertise he/she will require for his/her work. Especially (see below), the candidate will analyze collections of MNHN offering unique opportunity to launch investigations on material already prepared.

Work and required skills: this project focuses on the reinvestigation of MNHN historical collections of thin sections in order to find evidence of plant-microorganisms interactions, with a main focus on fungi. Since the 19th century, the MNHN has accumulated tens of thousands of thin sections of rock material of well-reported origins, displaying fossils ready for microscopic investigations (collections of Brongniart, Unger, Renault, Roche and Landriot). Investigations will focus on Devonian and Carboniferous samples, at the early evolution of terrestrial plants and their interactions with microorganisms. We look for a young researcher having defended a PhD in paleobotany / paleomicrobiology. A strong background in fossil microorganisms, and modern plant and/or microbial ecology is required. We also value, but not require, an interest for symbiosis and mycorrhizae. Among analytical skills, the use of standard microscopes for routine examinations is a prerequisite; we also value, but do not require, knowledge on confocal laser microscopy and X-ray synchrotron methods. A good level in spoken and written English is required (French is optional). Few hours of teaching in MNHN’s master and doctoral curricula, on the candidate’s research area, may be organized.

Start and duration: The position will ideally start in April 2018, for 12 months.

Salary: Raw: 40000 euros p.a. before taxes and heath care, i.e. ca. 1800 euros/month netto.

How to apply: Send a cover letter or email explaining your interest. Give the name and email address of two persons who can report on your skills and past research. Add a curriculum-vitae including a publication list (3 pages maximum in all). Send your whole application in a single pdf file before March 10th to the principal investigators (M.-A. Selosse, and A. Boura. Response would be provided on March 15th. Interviews may be organized in-between.

🔶 Post-Doctoral Position (Experimental Domestication: for new morphometric markers of the domestication process in Archaeology), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Paris, France

Posting Date: 24 February 2018
Closing Date: 15 March 2018

This project is housed in the Bioarchaeology lab (UMR 7209) at the Natural History Museum of Paris. The post-doctorate project will focus on investigating the impact of captivity on skull development of an ungulate model: the wild boar (Sus scrofa).

The role of the post doctorate :

  • Perform the segmentation of skulls and mandibles of 200 specimens based on existing DICOM data
  • Design a 3D Geometric Morphometric protocol for ontogenetic series of skulls and mandibles
  • Perform trajectory, co-variation, and modularity analyses based on the 3D shape data sets.
  • Write a scientific paper for high profile journal

At the Lab, the post-doctorate will work with the PI (Thomas Cucchi), a PhD student (Hugo Harbers) focusing on the appendicular skeleton and three other Co-Is (Anthony Herrel, Vincent Debat and Raphael Cornette), all specialists in their field of expertise (Biomechanics, Development and Morphometrics).

General requirements and skills:

  • Good knowledge of 3D image analyses and segmentation (Avizo, Geomagic, Meshlab)
  • Good knowledge of 3D GMM approaches
  • Good scientific writing skills

Available to start 1st June 2018.

The successful candidate will be employed by the CNRS with a full time position for the duration of one year. Salary indication € 36.000,- gross per year, depending on experience. As an employee of CNRS he will be incorporated into a pension fund. The CNRS promotes gender equality and wants to enhance the diversity of staff members.

Applicants are invited to submit their application at Application should include a cover letter, a CV : (1) complete publication list; (2) any grants obtained; (3) teaching experience; (4) congress presentations; (5) other relevant information and the names and e-mail addresses of at least two persons that can be contacted for reference before March 15th 2018.

🔶 Intern (Invertebate Paleontology), Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

Posting Date: 14 February 2018
Closing Date: 16 March 2018

Position Summary:
The Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History is offering a small number of full-time, 8-week internships for graduate or undergraduate students in geology, invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields (June 11, 2018 start). The interns will participate in an IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection in the Invertebrate Paleontology department at AMNH. A description of the Mapes collection at the AMNH can be found here:

A summary of the IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection can be found here:

The interns will work with collection management staff to rehouse, conserve, catalog and database specimens. A stipend will be provided as support over the internship period.
Required Qualifications:
Applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree course, or about to apply to a graduate course in invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields. Ability to work with paleontological research collections, ability to perform tasks requiring physical strength and high manual dexterity, proficiency in the use of Mac and PC based software, good organizational, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently. Experience working in museum collections a plus.

Interested parties should apply online:

Applications cannot be accepted via email or snail mail. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to email inquiries about application status. Applicants will only receive notification if they qualify for an interview.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global 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 Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

🔶 Student Internship (Vertebrate Paleontology), Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal, Nebraska

Posting Date: 14 February 2018
Closing Date: 1 April 2018

Several summer internships are available for field studies in vertebrate paleontology. With preference to geology or biology students, the positions are open to all students with a genuine interest in, and knowledge of vertebrate paleontology, especially those aspiring to further their experience outside of the classroom. Duties include excavation, sorting of micro-vertebrate fossils, prep lab tasks, interpretive duties and other park support tasks. 36-38 hour workweek. $11.50 per hour.

E-mail: rick.otto@UNL.EDU or sandy.mosel@UNL.EDU for details and application form.
Find out more about the Ashfall site at

Three internships will be offered for May 23 to August 3. * Two internships will be offered for July 31 to September 15.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled, but no later than April 1st. Therefore, advantage to early applicants.

Ashfall Fossil Beds SHP
86930 517th Ave.
Royal, NE 68773
(402) 893-2000

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