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Professional Positions

🔵 Preparator, Rancho La Brea Department, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

Posting Date: 18 January 2019
Closing Date: 28 February 2019

The Rancho La Brea Department of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking an full time, permanent Paleontological Preparator to conduct the preparation, conservation, and communication of fossil material in the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum’s publicly-viewable Fossil Lab.

Responsibilities include:
  • Chemical and manual preparation of fossil specimens
  • Adhesive work that includes restoration, stabilization, and conservation approaches
  • Microfossil sorting, identification, and training
  • Working alongside, and training, Fossil Lab volunteers
  • Participate in training activities associated with Fossil Lab duties or other related topics, as needed
  • Public programs and community engagement activities associated with the Fossil Lab, including public speaking

Required Qualifications:
  • At least four completed courses from an accredited university in the relevant field of study (i.e. geology/archaeology/biology/chemistry/anthropology)
  • Prior experience and understanding of fossil preparation, including adhesive work
  • Prior experience within a laboratory environment
  • Ability to follow instructions and focus on specific tasks
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
  • High level of discipline and ability to maintain workflow expectations of daily work routine

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Familiarity with osteology and/or chemistry
  • Knowledge of Pleistocene vertebrates

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the full contact information of at least two professional references
here. Application deadline is 5 pm PST February 28th, 2019, with a prospected starting date of April 1st, 2019.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community. Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time regular, non-exempt position. (40 hours/week, including weekend work days).

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, No Phone Calls, No Fax.

Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 PhD Studentships (3), Queens Marine Laboratory, Portaferry, Northern Ireland, UK

Posting Date: 9 January 2019
Closing Date: 31 January 2019

We have funding to support up to three new PhD students working on great projects on living and fossil molluscs, between my lab in Queen's University Belfast and Alex Brasier in University of Aberdeen. Full funding is available only to EU and UK citizens.

The project based in the Queen's Marine Lab in Portaferry, N Ireland, is co-sponsored by Zeiss microscopy and would include an internship with them. There are other excellent opportunities for outside training with the other projects as well.

Project titles and links to more info and the application portal
1. Based in N Ireland, working on chiton aesthetes : "Bio-inspiration from molluscs: flexible armour with embedded sensing capacity"

2. Based in Aberdeen, working on Jurassic bivalves: "Jurassic Lagoon: learning from the ancestors of the amazing mussels"

3. Based in Aberdeen, with fieldwork sites in N Ireland, working on protected reef building mussels in a marine protected area: "Sea-level change and conservation, past, present and future"

Dr Julia Sigwart
Queen's University Belfast, Marine Laboratory

sabbatical address (2015-2018):
University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology

🔶 PhD and Postdoctoral Positions (Lessepsian Invasion Project), Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 22 January 2019
Closing Date: 1 February 2019

I wish to bring to your attention a few options to join the project on the Lessepsian invasion I am leading in Vienna (

- PhD students and early post-docs can apply for the Ernst Mach fellowship:
Note that the most widely applicable option, the Worldwide fellowship, has its deadline on 1 February (sorry for the short notice, it used to be later until last year; the application is not hard and can be arranged with a reactive applicant in ten days).

- Students of all levels of some European countries can apply to this fellowship:, or the CEEPUS one

All these fellowships provide a stipend that covers local costs well.

I am always happy to support also Erasmus internship applications or other funding options.

The ideal candidate has a genuine interest in one or more of the following topics: the effects of climate change and biological invasions on benthic assemblages, comparisons between living and death assemblages for actualistic and paleoecological applications, molluscan diversity and taxonomy, the Eastern Mediterranean.
The work will focus on interesting benthos samples from hard substrates collected with an airlift sampler, involves a lot of picking and mollusc identification. Further analytical developments available depending on the applicant's interests.

Interested applicants shall contact me (quickly for the Ernst Mach worldwide fellowship) attaching a CV.

Dr. Paolo G. ALBANO, Ph.D.
Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna
Geozentrum, UZA II
Althanstrasse 14, A-1090 Vienna
E-mail (institutional):
E-mail (private):
Tel: +43-1-4277 53562
Skype: pg.albano

🔶 Contract Assistant Curator – Willner Madge Dawn of Life Gallery Content Coordinator, Department of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Posting Date: 16 January 2019
Closing Date: 13 February 2019

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s pre-eminent international museum and houses important collections in World Cultures and Natural History ( The ROM is currently developing a new permanent palaeontology gallery to open in 2021. Highlighting the ROM’s superb fossil collections, along with new and profound ground-breaking research, the landmark exhibits of the Willner Madge Dawn of Life Gallery will convey the rich, complex and immensely long story of evolving life on our dynamic planet. Covering more than 3.5 billion years of evolution (origin of life to end of the Triassic period), this new gallery will complete the temporal and conceptual integration of all Level 2 Natural History exhibits, leading from the Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures, and connect directly to the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals, and ultimately to the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity: Life in Crisis.

The Willner Madge Dawn of Life Gallery will be based on the rich ROM fossil collections to invertebrates, plants, microbes and vertebrates and will include many fossils from Canada including from four Canadian UNESCO sites. This gallery will also introduce key earth and life processes, evolutionary concepts and major evolutionary innovations as well as extinction events.

The ROM is pleased to invite applications for the position of Contract Assistant Curator – Content Coordinator, to assist with the development of the new Willner Madge Dawn of Life gallery. The successful applicant will join the Invertebrate Palaeontology section of the ROM’s Department of Natural History. You will assist the ROM’s curatorial team of invertebrate and vertebrate palaeontologists in the development and coordination of content for the new gallery.

Working closely with the exhibit development team, the primary tasks of the successful applicant will be to help research and develop the key narratives and story lines of the exhibit, verify scientific accuracy of content, and compile and edit all text and audio-visual elements. You will also assist with the development and implementation of gallery programming, working with ROM Learning and Programs.

Salary and years in rank are commensurate with experience, as stipulated in the Collective Agreement between the ROM and ROM Curatorial Association. Based on $50,679 to $62,221 per annum.


  • Applicants must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Biology, Geology or Philosophy of Sciences related to the history of life or evolutionary theories at the time of appointment
  • Strong knowledge in paleontological principles is a prerequisite
  • A history of research and peer-reviewed publication focusing on palaeozoic invertebrate fossils is preferred
  • Excellent writing skills and proficiency in sourcing, reading and summarizing technical sources. The ability to summarize key concepts and write narratives or scripts in a language accessible to the general public is a prerequisite.
  • Candidates with prior experience in gallery development will be given priority.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written French is desirable.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines in a stressful environment is required.

How to Apply

Applications for the position will be accepted until February 13, 2019. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should provide a letter of interest detailing their research interests and projects, a curriculum vitae, two published/scholarly writing samples, and should arrange to have up to three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf. Forward all to:

Royal Ontario Museum, Human Resources Department, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C6

E-mail: Please quote Competition #2019 – 003 Contract Assistant Curator – Dawn of Life Gallery on the subject line.

The ROM is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.

🔶 Internships, The Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, South Dakota, USA

Posting Date: 7 December 2018
Closing Date: 28 February 2019

The Mammoth Site is a sinkhole of late Pleistocene fauna. Over 10,000 vertebrate and invertebrate fossils have been uncovered at The Mammoth Site from its initial field season in 1974 to present. These bones belong mostly to Columbian mammoths; more than 2,000 specimens are preserved in-situ. At least 29 other vertebrate species are found at the site, and specimens of 53 invertebrate and botanical species, help explain a long ago ecosystem.

Internship Positions
Two types of seasonal internships starting in May and ending in August. Positions are:
  • Up to 40 hours per week for 10-16 weeks (variable schedule; will include weekends).
  • Compensation: $9.00/hour with onsite housing*.
  • Housing: Housing is provided to interns as part of compensation on Mammoth Site property.

* Housing is residential housing near The Mammoth Site, within the town limits of Hot Springs, SD. Laundry facilities are available on site.


Education Internships
  • Six available positions; may include:
  • Public Interpretation of Science
  • Educational Programs
  • Guest Services and Memberships
  • Exhibits Work
  • Other duties as assigned

Conservation Internships
  • Four available positions, may include:
  • Fossil preparation, stabilization
  • Research assistance
  • Fossil recovery and documentation
  • Field work education
  • Other duties as assigned

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Preferred Qualifications

Education Internships
  • Advanced experience (>1 year) with public speaking and/or docent work.
  • Customer Service (>1 year)
  • Experience in education program delivery and development.

Conservation Internships
  • One year or more of vertebrate or invertebrate preparation, and/or museum curatorial experience in vertebrate paleontology.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, Access, and/or ArcGIS software.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Undergraduate (or higher) in the following or related majors: primary, secondary, and/or science education; tourism and/or hospitality.

  • Undergraduate (or higher) in the following or related majors: anthropology/archaeology, biology, geology, or museum studies.

  • Availability to start work on or prior to May 13, 2019 and continue through August 16, 2019.
  • Basic experience (~3 months) public speaking, teaching, and/or work with children.
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Solid interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • You must be able to lift 25-35 lbs. This is paramount to your work here at The Mammoth Site; the primary educational responsibility of a Mammoth Site intern is leading Junior & Advanced Paleontologist classes. These classes involve repetitive lifting of buckets full of sediment.

International Students – You must be at least in your second year at a US academic institution, have US citizenship, or previously established work visa to be considered.

Application: Visit The Mammoth Site website (
) for your application and contact Dr. Sharon Holte:

Dr. Sharon Holte
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Inc.
P.O. Box 692; 1800 Highway 18 Bypass
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

You will receive a Mammoth Site application and two academic reference forms.

🔶 Postdoctoral Position (Lower Cambrian Palaeontology of China), Department of Palaeobiology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden

Posting Date: 22 January 2019
Closing Date: 28 February 2019

The Department of Palaeobiology of the Swedish Museum of Natural History conducts research on animal, plant, and microbe evolution throughout Earth's geological history. This research contributes to all four of the museum's research themes as outlined in the web site: The department is also responsible for one of Europe’s largest collections of fossil animals and plants.

You will work within an international research group investigating the lower Cambrian palaeontology of the Zavkhan Basin in western Mongolia, focusing on the taxonomic composition and distribution of small shelly fossils (SSF) in the Bayan Gol and Salaany Gol formations. Your main task will be to develop innovative new methods to study disarticulated sclerites from multi-component scleritomes, such as siphogonochitids, tommotiids and other fossils. You will be expected to participate in field work to supplement existing collections.

You have a PhD in palaeontology and an interest in continuing paleozoological studies. The PhD degree should have been received no more than six years before the deadline for applications. The work requires a high standard of English understanding and writing and a solid knowledge of Cambrian SSF taxonomy and systematics, good general computer skills, and an ability to work efficiently and independently. Experience with methods for morphological and evolutionary analysis in palaeontology is strongly advantageous.

The position is available for 12 months in the first instance (with the possibility of extension). The preferred starting date is April, 2019, but this is negotiable. The employment will either be as Postdoc or Researcher, depending on whether the applicant was awarded his/her PhD degree less or more than three years before the application deadline.

Further information and application
For more information please contact Dr Christian B. Skovsted ( Union representatives are Ove Johansson, SACO-S and Anna Sandberg, ST. All can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00.

Please send your application with cover letter and CV, marked with dnr 2.3.1-774-2018, to or to the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Box 50007, SE 104 05 Stockholm, Sweden, no later than February 11, 2019.

🔶 Data Science Fellowship, New York | San Francisco | Boston | Washington DC, USA

Posting Date: 27 June 2018
Closing Date: None - Continuing Program

The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization. We run a free advanced 8-week fellowship (think data science bootcamp) for PhDs looking to enter industry. A variety of innovative companies partner with The Data Incubator for their hiring and training needs, including LinkedIn, Genentech, Capital One, Pfizer, and many others. The program is free for admitted Fellows - see the FAQ below for more information.

Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston New, Washington DC, or online.

For more information, and to apply, follow this

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