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🔵 Professional Positions

🔵 Assistant Professor (Paleontology/Sedimentary Geology), The Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Posting Date: 8 August 2017
Closing Date: 15 September 2017

The Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University seeks to fill a tenure track position in paleontology/sedimentary geology at the rank of assistant professor. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2018. The successful applicant should have a Ph.D. degree in geosciences or related field at the time of appointment.

For this position, we are seeking a geoscientist with research and teaching interest in paleontology as well as sedimentary geology and stratigraphy. Desired areas of specialization include but are not limited to invertebrate paleontology, biostratigraphy, palynology, ichnology, and paleoecology.

The successful candidate will collaborate as part of a diverse faculty with specialties spanning the geosciences and core strengths in disciplines relating to energy and environment. We are seeking an individual who will develop a vigorous, innovative, externally funded research program, who will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and who will supervise MS and PhD students. Candidates will be expected to support the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to engaging communities underrepresented in the academy.

The School has state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with analytical instruments and computer hardware and software to facilitate teaching and research in the School's areas of specialization. The School has a wealth of equipment for field acquisition of geological and geophysical data. The School also hosts the Devon 3D Visualization Laboratory and operates a field camp facility near Cañon City, Colorado.

The application package for this position should include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; reprints of three peer-reviewed publications; contact information for three referees; and separate statements of research, teaching, and diversity and that include a brief description of how the applicant's research will interface with that of the School's faculty. The application package should be submitted to:

Assistant Professor Search
Boone Pickens School of Geology
105 Noble Research Center
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-3031.

Screening of candidates will begin on September 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. More information about the Boone Pickens School of Geology can be found at http://geology.okstate.edu. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. Jack Pashin (jack.pashin@okstate.edu). Committed to health and safety, Oklahoma State University maintains a tobacco-free work environment. Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-Verify employer committed to diversity.


🔵 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 29 July 2017
Closing Date: 19 September 2017

The new Ida Pfeiffer Professorship of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy supports the mission of the Faculty to research on the sustainability of planet Earth. We are looking for a top scientist that can trigger exciting insights and act as a catalyser for the diverse research topics of the Faculty. The visiting professor will have access to The Faculty's state-of-the-art facilities and will be associated with our third mission activities ("Faculty for Exploration").

We are "The Faculty for Exploration", and regard exploration as a scientific adventure. With 5 Bachelor's programs, 10 Master's programs and Doctoral studies in 7 fields we are hosting more than 3,000 students. Our 24 professorships contribute to four key research areas: COSMOS, EARTH, ENVIRONMENT, ANTHROPOSPHERE.

Duration of employment: 6 month/s
Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: Univ Prof. (KV) Gastprof. with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
We are looking for a visiting professor for our key research areas ENVIRONMENT or ANTHROPOSPHERE to contribute valuably in research and teaching (including independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement / supervision of students).

Profile:
  • Doctoral degree / PhD in a subject field relevant to the research areas ENVIRONMENT or ANTHROPOSPHERE, and post-doctoral experience
  • Outstanding achievements in research, excellent publication record, international reputation, proven success in acquiring third-party funding
  • Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, ability and willingness to teach students in all phases of their studies (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level), and to promote young academic colleagues
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Proactive, creative, and willing to work in a team

Application documents:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • Description of research interests and research agenda
  • Lists of publications, talks given, acquired third-party funds
  • Overview of previous academic teaching
  • Copies of certificates

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 17.09.2017, mentioning reference number 7545.

For further information please contact:
Glatzel, Stephan +43-1-4277-48660
Heinz, Petra +43-1-4277-53580.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 7545
E-Mail: jobcenter@univie.ac.at


🔵 Assistant Professor (Quantitative Systems Biology), Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California

Posting Date: 21 August 2017
Closing Date: 29 September 2017

The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a 100% time tenure-track position in quantitative systems biology at the rank of Assistant Professor. Potential start date is July 1, 2018.

We seek a colleague to join the department working in the area of computationally-oriented biology focused on the development and application of new methods to enable biological discovery from genomic, imaging and/or other large datasets. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, computational methods for integrating data at different organismal levels to explore biological function and evolution, use of population genetic, ecological, evolutionary, and functional and comparative genomic data to explore the consequences of sequencing variation on phenotypes and pathologies in humans and other organisms, computational methods for analysis and mining of metagenomics or other community-associated data, use of Big Data, including geospatial data, to explore consequences of environmental and climatic factors and their interactions with functional and evolutionary aspects of organismal biology, and the application of genome sequencing to study genomic evolution, the molecular processes that drive it, and its link to organismal phenotypes and environments. Candidates who bridge the divide between molecular and organismal biology are strongly encouraged to apply, and we also welcome applications from candidates who combine wet lab or field approaches with theory and computation.

Candidates will also be expected to contribute to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the Department of Integrative Biology.

Required Minimum Basic Qualifications:
A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required by date of application.

For more info and to apply: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01438


🔵 Researcher(s) (Invertebrates and Plants), Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London, UK

Posting Date: 12 August 2017
Closing Date: 1 October 2017

This is an opportunity for 1-2 early career palaeontologists, open to applications from holders of externally-funded fellowships, who do specimen-based research to join a world-class institution with a unique scientific mission and public profile. The successful applicant(s) will join a science group that includes 300 scientists, in an institution that hosts some of the largest, most significant scientific collections in the world. The Museum is also home to a suite of advanced analytical and imaging facilities, and active programme of collaborative postgraduate research training, and offers the opportunity to communicate science to national and international audiences.

Applications are open for early career researchers in invertebrate palaeontology or palaeobotany who use their expertise to address fundamental questions concerning the evolution of life on Earth. Successful applicant(s) will join researchers within the Division of Invertebrates and Plants, who have a world-class reputation in applying 21st century tools to existing historical and new collections of fossils to tackle a range of key scientific challenges.

Application is open to scientists who will use and enhance our collections of fossil invertebrates and plants through actively growing the collections and enhancing the scientific value of existing ones. We are particularly interested in palaeontologists with a multidisciplinary skill set and expertise in one or more key areas, which include, but are not limited to, palaeoecology, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental change, morphometrics, molecular phylogenetics, and evolutionary patterns and processes.

The successful candidate(s) will complement and extend our expertise and will be able to form strong collaborations with colleagues in Earth and Life Sciences. They will have a track record of funding and potential to attract funds from a range of sources. We are currently enhancing our research through the development of collaborative research centres in the fields of “Oceans: Past, Present and Future”, and “Life in the Anthropocene”, and we are especially interested in applications from candidates who may contribute towards these. The primary role is to undertake independent and collaborative scientific research, support postgraduate training, and engage with outreach activities organised by the NHM Public Engagement and Development teams.

ROLE COMPETENCIES
Academic
  1. PhD in invertebrate palaeontology, palaeobotany or a closely related field
Competencies
  1. Expertise in invertebrate palaeontology or palaeobotany
  2. Record of scientific publication in international peer-reviewed journals commensurate with career stage
  3. Track record of obtaining external research funding
  4. Experience of working with palaeontological and other research collections
  5. Excellent data management and analytical skills, including experience in undertaking quantitative analyses of fossil data
  6. Ability to integrate palaeontological data with information from related fields such as geochemistry, phylogenetic reconstruction, climate or ecological modelling, palaeoceanography, stratigraphy
  7. Pursues scientific research programme that has potential to address key societal issues
  8. Excellent scientific communication skills, including experience of communicating to the general public
  9. Experience of undertaking field collection of fossils (desirable)
  10. Experience of managing project students (desirable)

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (JOB DESCRIPTION)
  1. Develop an independent and internationally recognised research profile in the field of Invertebrate Palaeontology or Palaeobotany
  2. Disseminate outcomes of research activities via a range of channels including publication in leading international peer-reviewed journals
  3. Seek and obtain appropriate external funding to support research activity
  4. Collaborate with other NHM researchers and collections staff on projects, publications and grant applications
  5. Contribute to curation and enhancing of the fossil collections, through field collecting and enhancing associated collections data
  6. Provide expert advice to NHM Public Engagement Group as required
  7. Contribute across a range of Museum activities, including health and safety and other corporate responsibilities, as required

DIVERSITY AND DISABILITY
At the Natural History Museum we value the diversity of our staff and volunteers and the benefits they bring to our organisation. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
All employees are required to understand and comply with the Museum Health and Safety Management Policy, including taking reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions whilst at work.

APPLICATION METHOD
Please complete your application online in our recruitment portal. You should upload the following documents:
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications
  • covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification. Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period

SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT
Selection decisions are based on merit with candidates assessed against clear, objective competence at each stage of the recruitment and selection process. All offers of employment made are conditional and subject to satisfactory completion of all pre-employment checks.

SALARY INFORMATION
Salary for the successful candidate will be commensurate on whether appointment is made at SC3 or Band 3 level. Salary ranges for SC3 are currently £35,797 to £43,184 and Band 3 £44,726 to £54,494 per annum plus benefits.

For a list of museum employee benefits please visit http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/careers.html Different rules for pay on promotion may apply to internal candidates. Please refer to the Pay Chapter of the Staff Handbook or contact HR for advice

CONTACT FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES
HR general enquiries: hrrecruitment@nhm.ac.uk

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please complete your application online in the NHM recruitment portal: https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/templates/CIPHR/jobdetail_328.aspx


🔵 Department Head (Geosciences), Pennsylvania State University (University Park Campus), University Park, Pennsylvania

Posting Date: 8 August 2017
Closing Date: 15 October 2017

The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader for the position of Department Head. The successful candidate is expected to be dedicated to promoting inclusion, cohesion, and excellence in the research and educational programs within the Department and across the College. The successful candidate is also expected to continue their strong record of cutting-edge scholarship and be qualified for appointment with tenure. The position is open to any area of research interest within Geosciences. Previous experience in academic or professional leadership is desirable. Women and members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Penn State Geosciences includes multiple top-ranked research and educational programs, and faculty who are international leaders in a broad array of fields. The Department has strong ties to programs across the University, including the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and the Materials Research Institute, numerous leading disciplinary programs, and interdisciplinary training programs in Energy, Astrobiology, Biogeochemistry, and Climate Science. More information is available on our website (www.geosc.psu.edu).

To apply, applicants should upload the following materials through the PSU jobs website: 1) a letter describing how they would lead the Department and contribute to its teaching, service, and research programs; 2) a complete curriculum vitae; 3) names and addresses (including e-mail) of three referees. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Kate Freeman, Chair, Department Head Search Committee, Department of Geosciences, at khf4@psu.edu.


🔶 Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 Postdoctoral Researcher Positions (Conodonts & Vertebrate Odontodes), The Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon, Lyon, France

Posting Date: 12 August 2017
Closing Date: None given, position commences Oct.-Nov. 2017

We are looking for two postdoctoral researchers working on:
  1. the macroevolution of conodonts,
  2. an experiment-based project to be precised, on either the origin of vertebrate odontodes or the influence of local external (mechanical) conditions on the growth of odontodes.

These positions are funded for 12 months each, both possibly extended for 6 months or more.

We adopt a highly interdisciplinary and quantitative approach, combining theory and experiments, as well as paleontology, physics, developmental biology, earth sciences and computer science, to study natural processes, in particular the morphogenesis of living and past organisms and its evolutionary implications.

Hence, we are currently looking for graduate students and postdocs from a broad range of scientific disciplines (paleontology, physics, biology, applied mathematics, and computer science) who are interested in quantitative analysis and modeling of the formation of patterns and shapes in biological and geobiological systems, at the cellular, organismic, and ecological levels.

The Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon (IGFL) provides an exceptional, interdisciplinary and collaborative environment for scientists interested both in the processes governing evolutionary changes as well as in the patterns of evolutionary history, including the succession of living forms through time. The IGFL is housed in a brand new building on the campus of ENS Lyon and it provides his researchers with a full range of state-of-the-art core services, including high throughput sequencing technologies, X-Ray microtomography, 2D and 3D imaging and morphometrics, transgenic animal facilities (mouse, fish, drosophila and also non-model organisms), bioinformatics, mass spectrometry, proteomics, FACS sorting, histology and electron microscopy.

Lyon is known as a gastronomic and historical city (UNESCO site) with a vibrant cultural scene, and it has much to offer. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Other funding opportunities may be available. Interested postdocs should email a CV and a brief description of research interests to Nick (nicolas.goudemand@ens-lyon.fr)

More information can be found at: https://nickgoudemand.wordpress.com/opportunities


🔶 Postdoctoral Researcher (Benthic Foraminifera), Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods hole, Massachesetts

Posting Date: 8 July 2017
Closing Date: None given, position starts 20 February 2018

The department of Geology and Geophysics is seeking a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a temporary full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of an extension.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The project seeks to identify how the integrative genetic, metabolic, and physiological response of selected benthic foraminifera allows their survival under different oxygen regimes. The successful candidate will play a key role in the project, joining a larger team including geobiologists (foraminiferal ecology and physiology), geochemists (reactive oxygen species; nitrogen cycling), and computational metabolic modelers. The successful candidate will (1) be experienced with transcriptome library preparation, sequencing, annotation, and data analyses and will be responsible for performing those analyses on foraminifera maintained under different conditions; (2) be responsible for running ~3-week experiments housed in an environmental cold room; (3) participate in a research cruise (~9 days total) off Southern California; (4) assist with specimen isolation and preparations.

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Performs such other duties as the supervisor may, from time to time, deem necessary.

DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Recent Ph.D. graduates in Ocean Sciences, Biology, or related disciplines are invited to
apply. Strong preference will be given to candidates with multidisciplinary research interests and demonstrated accomplishments in related research areas, especially those with experience in benthic foraminiferal ecology and physiology, and/or protistan transcriptomic analysis. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of an extension based on performance and funding availability, for a maximum of 2 years.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Sea duty required (must go to sea once).
In addition to the application form, the following must be submitted electronically: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) a one-page synopsis of applicant’s doctoral dissertation, 3) a two-page statement of research interests and their relevance to the noted objectives, and 4) contact information for three references.

Review of applications will start as soon as possible and continue until the position is
filled. Start date is flexible but preference will be given to qualified candidates who are available to begin by 20 February 2018. To apply please visit www.whoi.edu/jobs

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift less than 25lb one to three times per day and carry up to 25lb one to three times per day as well as reaching above and below the shoulders and pushing. Position is mostly sedentary with occasional standing/ walking. Must have the ability to use hands for fine manipulation. Visual abilities to include depth perception, peripheral vision, hearing, traveling as well as ability to perform microscopy. The occupational requirements for this position are the ability to work with and around other individuals as well as alone. May be exposed to excessive cold, odorous chemicals or specimens and sometimes prolonged working hours.Excessive cold exposure refers to working in a 7 degree C environmental room, performing periodic experiment set up and maintenance. Physical duties are subject to change.

SEA DUTY CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTIONS:
May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit www.whoi.edu/jobs for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email eeo@whoi.edu for assistance.


🔶 Postdoctoral Researcher Position (phenotypic Evolution & Embryonic Development), Center of Excellence in Experimental and Computational Developmental Biology, Biotechnology Institute, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Posting Date: 8 July 2017
Closing Date: None Given

The postdoc projects consists in analyzing morphological variation within populations and species to test several predictions from theoretical evolution and development (evo-devo) studies. This will include actual specimens (from different species) and virtual ones coming from mathematical models of embryonic development and evolution in populations. Some of these comparisons will require helping in the development of new morphometric methods. Some basic understanding of evolution and development is highly recommended since the project revolves about testing some evo-devo theories with empirical data on morphological variation and its morphometric analysis. No actual mathematical models of embryonic development would need to be developed since these are already done (most of my group is composed of theoretical developmental evolutionary biologists working on mathematical models). The applicant, however, should have the capacity to think in abstract ways and be able to program. The specimens analyzed belong to different animal groups.

The research will take place in the Isaac Salazar-Ciudad’s group in the Center of Excellence in Experimental and computational developmental biology of the Biotechnology Institute of the University of Helsinki, Finland.

The job is for 1 year and renewable for 1 extra year.

Background:
Why organisms are the way they are?
Can we understand the processes by which complex organisms are build in each generation and how these evolved?

The process of embryonic development is now widely acknowledged to be crucial to understand evolution since any change in the phenotype in evolution (e.g. morphology) is first a change in the developmental process by which this phenotype is produced. Over the years we have come to learn that there is a set of developmental rules that determine which phenotypic variation can possibly arise in populations due to genetic mutation (the so called genotype-phenotype map). Since natural selection can act only on existing phenotypic variation, these rules of development have an effect on the direction of evolutionary change.

Salazar-Ciudad’s group is devoted to understand these developmental rules and how these can help to better understand the direction of evolutionary change. The ultimate goal is to modify evolutionary theory by considering not only natural selection in populations but also developmental biology in populations. For that aim we combine mathematical models of embryonic development that relate genetic variation to morphological variation with population models. The former models are based on what is currently known in developmental biology. Many of our models and theories make predictions about several aspects of how morphological variation should be within populations and between species. Testing these with empirical data requires advanced morphometrics methods. That will be the postdoc job.

Salazar-Ciudad’s group is in close collaboration with Jukka Jernvall’s group and other groups within the center of excellence in experimental and computational developmental biology. The center includes groups working in tooth, wing, hair and mammary glands development. In addition to evolutionary and developmental biologists the center of excellence includes bioinformaticians, populational and quantitative geneticists, systems biologists and paleontologists.

“The Academy of Finland's Centres of Excellence are the flagships of Finnish research. They are close to or at the very cutting edge of science in their fields, carving out new avenues for research, developing creative research environments and training new talented researchers for the Finnish research system.”

Requirements:
The applicant must hold a PhD in either evolutionary biology, developmental biology or, preferably, in evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). Previous experience in morphometrics is not mandatory but highly convenient. Applicants with a PhD in theoretical, mathematical biology or related areas are also welcomed.

Programming skills or a willingness to acquire them fast is required.

Capacity for abstract and mathematical thinking is required since this projects would not consist in applying standard morphometric methods.

The most important requirement is a strong interest and motivation on science and evolution. A capacity for creative and critical thinking is also required.

Description of the position:
The fellowship will be for a period of up to 1+1 years (100% research work: no teaching involved).

Salary according to Finnish postdoc salaries.

The application must include:
  • Motivation letter including a statement of interests
  • CV (summarizing degrees obtained, subjects included in degree and grades, average grade).
  • Summary of PhD project, its main conclusions and its underlying motivation.

Application should be sent to Isaac Salazar-Ciudad by email: isaac.salazar@helsinki.fi

No official documents are required for the application first stage but these may be required latter on.

Deadline:
There is no specific deadline, the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Examples of recent publications by Isaac Salazar-Ciudad Group
  • Salazar-Ciudad I, Marín-Riera M. Adaptive dynamics under development-based genotype-phenotype maps. Nature. 2013 May 16;497(7449):361-4.
  • Salazar-Ciudad I, Jernvall J. A computational model of teeth and the developmental origins of morphological variation. Nature. 2010 Mar 25;464(7288):583-6.

Interested candidates should check our group webpage:
http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/salazar/index.html

The center of Excellence webpage:
http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/bi/evodevo/ECDev.html


🔶 Postdoctoral Position (Machine Reading Approaches Applied to Biological/Paleontological Data), The Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway

Posting Date: 8 July 2017
Closing Date: 31 October 2017

A two-year position as a research fellow in Machine Reading Approaches Applied to Biological/Paleontological Data is available at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, in association with the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,University of Oslo, Norway.

The research fellow will be part of the European Research Council Consolidator Grant project macroevolution.abc (Abiota, biota and constraints in macroevolutionary processes) lead by Associate Professor Lee Hsiang Liow (PI). The main goal of this project is to develop a new model system using bryozoans to provide answers to previously intractable questions in evolutionary biology.

The Natural History Museum and the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis
The position will be based at the Natural History Museum (NHM), University of Oslo (http://www.nhm.uio.no/) with affiliation to CEES (www.cees.uio.no), a national centre of excellence (CoE). The Abel computer cluster at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences that provides High-Performance Computation (HPC) abilities will be available for use. The appointed researcher will carry out research at the Natural History Museum at its location in the Botanical Garden at Tøyen and at the Blindern campus of the University of Oslo, and potentially at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The candidate will work in closely with the PI and Shanan Peters (University of Wisconsin-Madison) who is the project leader of GeoDeepDive (https://geodeepdive.org).

Project Description
The main goal of the project is to develop a new model system using bryozoans to provide answers to previously intractable questions in evolutionary biology. These questions include whether ecological interactions that are important for individual survival matter for speciation and extinction patterns observed on very long time scales, and why we can expect to wait a million years for bursts of phenotypic change. The research fellow has the designated task of developing automated data recognition and extraction software tools to help locate and aggregate “dark” occurrence, ecological and phenotypic data on bryozoans that are distributed in publications, scientific reports and other published sources, in an automated and repeatable fashion. The ideal candidate will make a major contribution to the planned research, but will also develop her/his own complementary lines of research that reflect the candidate's own expertise and interests, and that fit within the project's main goals, such as developing data-extraction algorithms and software tools to automate scientific workflows that depend on locating and using published information. The Natural History Museum has an ambition of being a leading research museum. Candidates for researcher fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD-degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree). In exceptional cases, candidates without a doctoral degree but with highly relevant (and demonstrable) skills in machine reading approaches, and a very strong interest in bryozoans and/or macroevolution will be considered. We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and hard-working researcher who can communicate with systematists, biologists and palaeontologists, with the ambition of helping them streamline repeatable high-volume data extraction. The data to be extracted includes text, numbers and potentially also attributes of images. The ideal candidate has substantial experience with programming and in particular machine reading/learning, and interests in database construction. She/he should have excellent communication and writing skills to foster understanding across fields. Applicants must show good interpersonal skills and be willing to work in close collaboration with the project PI and other members of the project team, as well as have the ability to work independently. Applicants should have a good publication record for their career stage and/or a solid record of successful machine-learning/reading projects. A good command of English is required. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment: https://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/index.html

The application must include:
  • Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests and describing how you fit the description of the person we seek. A 1-2 page description of how, at this early stage, you envision potentially using GeoDeepDive infrastructure to locate and extract taxonomic descriptions, faunal lists and other relevant biological information.
  • An example of such an extraction activity is available here: https://github.com/UW-Macrostrat/stromatolites_demo
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and other qualifying activities).
  • Copies of educational certificates.
  • A complete list of publications and unpublished work, and up to 5 academic papers that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

We offer:
  • Salary (position code 1108/1109): NOK 490 900 - 569 000 per year, depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (SPK)
  • Attractive welfare benefits

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results:
http://www.uio.no/english/for-employees/employment/position/intellectual-rights/. In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure or would like to know more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Assoc. Prof. Lee Hsiang Liow, e-mail: l.h.liow@ibv.uio.no

For questions regarding the recruitment system Jobbnorge or the application procedure, please contact HR Advisor Thomas Brånå, e-mail: thomas.brana@nhm.uio.no



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