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🔵 Professional Positions

🔵 Assistant Professor (Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology), Department of Geological Sciences, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA

Posting Date: 9 August 2018
Closing Date: 19 October 2018

The Albion College Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Paleontology beginning Fall 2019, who is excited about teaching and conducting research with a diverse student body. The department has five FTE faculty positions and two technicians.

Candidates should expect to teach two lectures and two labs per semester, including introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in sedimentary geology, paleontology, and an area of specialization that will enhance and complement the undergraduate geology curriculum. The department offers a nationally recognized biennial Summer Field Camp in the Rockies and offers annual regional geology field trips. Candidates with interests in interdisciplinary collaborations and field-based research and teaching are particularly desirable. Interest in curricular innovation and increasing diversity and inclusion in geology both in the classroom and field are also valued. Candidates are expected to conduct research that includes undergraduate students, participate in co-curricular departmental activities, and contribute to interdisciplinary programs in the college community.

The institution and department have well-funded undergraduate and faculty research initiatives that support faculty travel, teaching, and scholarship. The department has excellent teaching and research facilities and is well equipped with analytical instruments, and field and laboratory equipment. The department maintains extensive rock, fossil, and equipment storage and sample preparation facilities, along with exceptional curated collections of invertebrate fossils and sedimentary rocks.  

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in related field prior to starting in August 2019

Application Process:
Candidates should submit an online application including vita, official academic transcripts, documentation of teaching excellence and experience, a statement of undergraduate teaching and research philosophy and objectives, and three references to through Interfolio at

Applications completed by October 19, 2018 will receive full consideration. We will talk with selected candidates in November at the 2018 GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis or by video conference. Please contact Dr. Carrie Menold, chair, with any questions at

Albion College is a private liberal arts college of approximately 1400 students. It is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour's drive of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. Albion is dedicated to the highest quality in undergraduate education and committed to diversity as a core institutional value. Albion College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

🔵 Tenure-Track Professor in Earth History (Geology, Geobiology and/or Geochemistry), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Posting Date: 3 September 2018
Closing Date: 1 November 2018

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS) invites applications for an open faculty position spanning the broadly defined fields of Geology, Geobiology and/or Geochemistry as they pertain to reconstructing and understanding the history of the Earth. This is a tenure-track appointment at the assistant level. We seek to attract an outstanding individual to establish an innovative research program and teach both undergraduate and graduate students. We are especially interested in individuals whose work spans the intellectual interests of Harvard faculty, including—although not limited to—the interactions between life, evolution, (bio)geochemistry, tectonics, and marine or terrestrial environmental change over geologic time. There is also the opportunity to work with sister departments such as Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

A doctorate or terminal degree in the broad area of earth history is required by the expected start date, currently July 1, 2019. We also seek candidates who have a commitment to teaching. We value diversity in our faculty and are committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community. We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

Please submit applications online at: Required materials include a cover letter, curriculum vita; a statement of research and teaching interests; four representative publications; and the names, institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018, and conclude when the position is filled.

Further information about EPS is available at Address questions about the position to Professor David Johnston ( and about the application process to Chenoweth Moffatt (

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

🔵 Endowed Chair (Sedimentary Geology), University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA

Posting Date: 6 October 2018
Closing Date: 1 November 2018

The Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking an Endowed Chair in Sedimentary Geology to fill a tenured position at the full professor level. We seek a creative individual who has an innovative research program in sedimentary geology and addresses questions related to clastic sedimentation, dynamic stratigraphy, depositional systems, and basin architecture over geological time scales, with broad applicability to the energy industry. A demonstrated ability to integrate a range of approaches and data types is required, potentially including field-based inquiry, linked surface and subsurface investigations, incorporation of seismic data, and analytical or modeling approaches. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized research program and excel at teaching, mentoring, and service roles within the department, and should have a strong record of securing external research funds. We seek an individual who facilitates collaborations among faculty, researchers, and students in the department and university, and is capable of teaching courses over a wide range of geoscience topics, particularly courses in stratigraphy, sedimentology, and basin analysis.

As part of the Jackson School of Geosciences (, the Department of Geological Sciences ( has over 50 faculty and a community of research scientists with a broad range of specialties, as well as access to outstanding research facilities and support. The department has one of the largest combined graduate and undergraduate enrolments of any Earth science program in North America and is located in a thriving metropolitan area with a dynamic, multicultural community of over 1 million people. The department is interested in building a culturally diverse intellectual community; we strongly encourage applications from all under-represented groups.

Required application documents include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research, statement of teaching, statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service, and contact information for at least 5 references. Submit electronic copies of these materials online at Review of applications will commence November 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.  Further information about the department is available at Address questions about the position to Charlie Kerans (, and about the application process to Patrick Stafford (

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels.

🔵 Thomas N. Taylor Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator in Paleobotany, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Posting Date: 13 October 2018
Closing Date: 12 November 2018

The University of Kansas invites applications for the Thomas N. Taylor assistant professor and assistant curator in Paleobotany. This position is a full-time, tenure-track academic year joint appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB, 0.5 FTE) and the Biodiversity Institute (BI, 0.5 FTE), a KU Designated Research Center. The faculty member and curator will conduct collection-based research addressing fundamental questions in the paleobiology, biodiversity, paleoecology, and/or evolutionary biology of pre-Quaternary plant megafossils and/or fossil fungi leading to publication in appropriate media; procure external funding as appropriate; teach courses and engage in mentorship contributing to the education of undergraduate and graduate students; contribute to the stewardship of the Biodiversity Institute’s world-class paleobotanical collections; and engage in unit, College, University, and national service. Ph.D. is expected by the start date of appointment. The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically under-represented minorities. The University actively encourages applications from members of the underrepresented groups in higher education.

Job Description

Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (0.5 FTE)

20% Research:
Conduct significant, scholarly research in the paleobiology, biodiversity, paleoecology, and/or evolutionary biology of pre-Quaternary plant megafossils and/or fossil fungi. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain a productive research program of national and international stature that substantially advances scholarship and knowledge discovery throughout their career, and will continue to advance in depth and importance. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer-reviewed books and journals, to gain extramural support for their research activities, and to present findings at professional conferences.

20% Teaching/Advising:
  • Teach the equivalent of one 3-credit course/academic year in EEB; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments. One course equivalency may be dedicated in the overall teaching effort of responsibilities for this position to specific curricular reform and development.
  • Develop curricular programs (e.g., courses in biodiversity, organismal biology, paleobotany, etc.) in EEB.
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, faculty member must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be canceled.
  • Provide instruction throughout the semester, usually 3 hours/week, one day a week.
  • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. Be available for a minimum of three office hours each week including reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in independent research projects.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University policies.
  • All faculty members are expected to be active in advising. All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.

10% Service:
Tenure-track faculty members are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending EEB meetings, carrying out EEB committee assignments, attending national and international meetings or conferences, serving the College and KU as appropriate, and serving the profession as a reviewer for grant proposals and manuscripts, or as an officer of a professional society.

Assistant Curator, Biodiversity Institute (0.5FTE)

20% Collection Stewardship
Responsibilities include:
  • Contribute to the stewardship, management, development, and use of paleobotanical research collections and associated data.
  • Develop extramural support for collections growth and improvement projects.

20% Research (includes graduate education and mentoring)
Develop and maintain a highly productive, collections-based research program in the paleobiology, biodiversity, paleoecology, and/or evolutionary biology of pre-Quaternary plant megafossils and/or fossil fungi. It is expected that this research program will be extramurally funded and collaborative. Scholarly activities must include:
  • Publications in peer-reviewed media, including books and/or journals.
  • Communication of current research at appropriate professional meetings.
  • Extramural support for research activities.
It is expected that the research program of the successful candidate will result in a nationally recognized graduate/postdoctoral mentorship program.

10% Service (including public education)
Faculty curators are expected to provide service to the BI, including but not limited to service on BI committees, shared oversight of common laboratory facilities in the BI, and contribution to the BI Museum’s exhibit, public education, outreach, and engagement programs as appropriate.

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Using these requirements, applicants will be reviewed on their: (1) record of research, teaching, and curatorial experience; (2) graduate and/or postdoctoral experience; (3) record of research accomplishments, publications, productivity, and extramural funding; (4) statement of teaching philosophy, research interests, collection stewardship, and commitment to diversity; (5) professional references; and (6) research focus/expertise in paleobiology, biodiversity, paleoecology, and/or evolutionary biology of plant megafossils and/or fossil fungi as they relate to the existing strengths of KU’s collections and the mission of the Biodiversity Institute and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

  • Ph.D. in appropriate discipline is expected by the start date of appointment.
  • Evidence of a strong, collections-based research program in the paleobiology, biodiversity, paleoecology, and/or evolutionary biology of pre-Quaternary plant megafossils and/or fossil fungi; and demonstrated plan to obtain extramural grants to support research and collections.
  • Demonstrated effort and a plan to contribute to service activities and the stewardship of the paleobotanical research collections and associated data for research, education, and service.
  • Commitment to excellence and innovation in the teaching and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated commitment in excellence in teaching courses in areas such as paleobotany, organismal diversity/general biology, and/or other courses in areas of expertise.
  • Commitment to contributing to the service activities of the Department, Biodiversity Institute, College, University, and to the profession.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dorothy Johanning

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application will include the following: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) statement of research interests and future directions; (3) statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests; (4) statement of curatorial and data-management philosophy, experience, and interests; (5) statement of commitment to enhancing diversity in the field; (6) copies of three selected publications or manuscripts (up to 5MB each); and (6) the names and contact information for three to five potential referees.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.

Review of application will begin November 12, 2018. For more information visit OR

🔵 Museum Scientist, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Posting Date: 19 October 2018
Closing Date: 14 November 2018

Job Title: Museum Scientist (9722C)
Job ID: 25814
Location: Main Campus­Berkeley
Department: Museum of Paleontology
Full/Part Time: Full­Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Collection Management and Collection Support (40%)
Management and curation of the fossil and recent invertebrate collections in the Museum of Paleontology and associated records. Accession, identification, classification and cataloging of these collections. Evaluate and approve or deny requests for specimens requested for loan, destructive analysis, exhibit, and teaching.

Maintain specimen, locality, image, and archival database records in conformity with UCMP standards and practices. Enter, update and serve computerized specimen and locality data, and related digital files in the UCMP database Organize field notes and related archival materials related to the specimens and localities in the invertebrate collections in coordination with other museum scientists. Insure proper storage, organization, curation, and database management of specimens in the UCMP collections in the Valley Life Sciences Building, Sather Tower, and the Regatta Facility. Supervise, train, and manage undergraduate and graduate student employees, student volunteers, non­student volunteers as required. Train curators and students in processing of their research collections. Process hiring paperwork and time recording for volunteers and employees as required.

Public Engagement (20%)
Respond to requests, maintain correspondence, and perform administrative tasks related to the care and management of the invertebrate collections and their use by UC students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader community of users. Respond to government and public inquiries and information requests as assigned. Establish and maintain professional contacts with other institutions, professional societies, collection management staff, curators and scientists. Work with UCMP Education and Outreach staff on museum events and grant­-funded outreach products based on specialized knowledge.

Administration and Planning (20%)
Management of external grants that pertain to the relevant portions of the UCMP collections, including the preparation and filing of appropriate reports, organizing meetings, and management of budgets. Provide supporting documentation, materials and suggestions for extramural funding proposals as requested by the Director and/or supervisor.

Research (20%)
Perform independent or collaborative research for peer-­reviewed publication. Plan and conduct fieldwork related to the support of the invertebrate collections and the incumbent’s research interests. Time not utilized for research will be spent in collections management and curation.

Required Qualifications
  • Experience in the principles and practices of general material conservation and preservation of fossilized material
  • Specialized knowledge in invertebrate paleontological preservation and storage
  • Ability to teach selected conservation/preservation treatments and documentation techniques to volunteers, interns, and Museum student workers (URAPs)
  • Strong technological skills, experience with collections data management
  • Demonstrated writing skills, with an ability to draft grant proposals and contextual materials and peer reviewed publications

Preferred Qualifications
  • Specialized knowledge of animal taxonomy and stratigraphy
  • Ph.D. or Masters degree in biology, geology, or paleontology or related field
  • A broad knowledge of geology, geography, and paleontology of the western US. • Demonstrated supervisory experience

Salary & Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 26, 2018.
For full consideration, please submit your application by November 14th, 2018.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:­and­benefits/index.html

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying here.

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fuelled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at­berkeley.html.

Departmental Overview
Established in 1921, the mission of the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) is to investigate and promote the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth's biota through research and education.

UCMP is an active center of research and houses one of the largest paleontological collection of any university museum in the world. By fully integrating its research, teaching, and educational outreach with effective uses of technology, UCMP fulfils its mission of increasing the understanding of all aspects of Earth history and biodiversity­­from the first appearance of life on Earth to current genetic patterning in populations. The Museum's well ­curated and data­based collections include both fossils and modern organisms, and encompass past and present biodiversity from all continents of the world, representing the broad geographic research by UCMP faculty, staff, and students.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

🔵 Tenure Track Faculty Position (Paleoclimate/Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions), Department of Geology, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA

Posting Date: 29 September 2018
Closing Date: 15 November 2018

The Department of Geology at Kent State University ( invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track position in sedimentary geology with an emphasis on reconstructing environments and climates across geologic time. The position starts August 2019. Applicants must possess a Ph.D., have a strong background in the geological sciences, and be able to interface well with faculty working at the nexus of environmental and earth system science research. The successful candidate will integrate field and laboratory investigations of depositional systems with applications to earth-life-environment interactions.

Responsibilities will include developing a strong, externally funded research program, advising M.S. and Ph.D. students; teaching undergraduate courses in sedimentology/stratigraphy and/or paleontology, graduate courses in their specialty, and an introductory course in Oceanography or Earth History.

The Department of Geology has 12 full-time faculty members, 85 undergraduates and 35 graduate students. Current faculty research includes the areas of paleoceanography, paleolimnology, and paleontology, critical zone science, watershed hydrology, remote sensing of water quality, water-mineral surface interactions, black shale geochemistry, flow and transport in porous media, and tectonics and landform development. The successful applicant will be able to contribute to and benefit from Kent State’s Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI), which includes recent hires in Geology, Geography, and Biological Sciences. ESDRI represents a university-wide investment in research and innovation within the geological, biological, human, and social systems that promote well-being, sustain diversity of life on Earth, and impact availability of environmental resources. ESDRI participants include faculty from nine colleges, providing excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The department houses an array of analytical instruments including a Malvern Mastersizer 2000 and Horiba Camsizer, Hitachi environmental SEM with EDAX, bbe+ Fluoroprobe multichannel fluorometer, Energy Dispersive XRF spectrometer, ELAN DRC II ICP-Mass Spectrometer, CHNS analyzer, X-ray diffractometer, Picarro Water Isotope Analyzer, UV-Visible spectrophotometer and VNIR spectroradiometers, Shimadzu TOC-L analyzer, Dionex ICS-2100 chromatography system, Bartington MS2 susceptibility meters, and access to the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

Kent State University is ranked among the top 100 national public universities in the nation, and has a strong research mission, dedicated to faculty and student success. It has been named as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education 8 times, and was one of only 7 schools nationwide to receive the 2018 Healthy Campus Award. Nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley in northeastern Ohio, Kent State is 40 miles from Cleveland, 12 miles from Akron, and 10 miles from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Applicants should send their current CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three references to Review of applications will begin November 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Kent State University is an AA/EOO Employer and encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty.

🔵 Assistant Professor in Earth Sciences (2 posts), Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, UK

Posting Date: 9 October 2018
Closing Date: 15 November 2018

Job Title: Assistant Professor in Earth Sciences (2 posts) Department of Earth Sciences
Department: Responsible to: Head of Department
Grade: Grade 7 – Grade 8
Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares
Salary Range: £32,548 - £47,722
Closing Date: 15 November 2018
Start Date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1st June 2019

Durham University
Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham is a small, beautiful and historic city less than 3 hours north of London and 1.5 hours south of Edinburgh. With short commutes, excellent schools and easy access to superb countryside and coast, it offers an excellent quality of life. You can choose to live in city, suburban or rural residential locations, all within 30 minutes of the University. The main cultural hub of NE England, Newcastle upon Tyne, is 15 minutes away, providing a diverse range of theatre, arts, music and cinema, and of course restaurants and bars. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Department
Durham Earth Sciences is one of the very best UK Earth Science departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and both the satisfaction and employability of its students. It is regularly ranked in the top 5 of UK departments and is within the global top 30.

The department has around 35 academic staff, 30 research staff, 90 PhD students and 250 undergraduate students. Its research covers a spectrum of Earth Science disciplines around four broad themes: Solid Earth; Climate and Environmental Change; Geoenergy, Resources and Waste; Geohazards. The themes reflect our aim to not only undertake fundamental and intrinsically excellent research, but also research which is relevant to and which impacts society. We collaborate widely, and within Durham we work closely with both the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (link to and the Durham Energy Institute (link to ).

The Department is committed to providing the highest level of education to its students, giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence to contribute positively to the world beyond Durham. We provide research-led teaching with a large proportion of practical classes and a deep commitment to field-based teaching. We regularly receive > 90% satisfaction scores on the annual National Student Survey and our students are highly sought after by a range of employers.

The Department strives for a collegial, collaborative and flexible working environment and is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, currently holding a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN award.

More information on the department, its research and its facilities can be found at

The Role
We are looking to appoint two exceptional and collaborative colleagues as Assistant Professors, with research and teaching interests in any area of Earth Science that complements and builds on our current expertise and interests.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  1. Contribute to the department’s teaching programme through the provision of high quality teaching through lectures, practicals, small groups and field-trips, as required;
  2. Conduct research of the highest quality and present findings in international publications;
  3. Obtain funds to sustain an independent research programme;
  4. Contribute to the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students;
  5. Contribute to the Department’s wider academic goals through collaboration both within and beyond the University
  6. Engage with external organisations to promote the cultural, social, environmental and/or economic benefit of your research;
  7. Contribute to the administration and management of the Department.

You will have the opportunity to make a key contribution to the department’s future success by providing the highest quality education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and by conducting research at a high international level. You will be encouraged and helped to build your own research group and to explore the full potential of the impact of your research. Your research will contribute to existing research themes in the Department and across the University, including cross-disciplinary and collaborative vehicles such as the Durham Energy Institute and the Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience.

You will contribute to the delivery and ethos of the Department’s research-led, undergraduate teaching in the classroom and in the field. This will include teaching large groups, small (e.g. tutorial) groups, supervising dissertation/research projects and acting as an advisor for undergraduates. You may be asked to teach outside your immediate expertise, at an elementary level.

We want the successful candidate to develop her/his full potential in both education and research. You will start with a light teaching load, building towards the department average over three years. Informal support is given through both research groups and through a mentor system. Start-up packages can be negotiated and there are many examples of flexible working practices.
In addition to their research and teaching, the successful candidate will perform departmental administrative tasks commensurate with their grade.

The Requirements
Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in any area of the Earth Sciences, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.

The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Candidates applying for a grade 7 post will have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria.

Candidates applying for a grade 8 post must meet each of the essential criteria.

All applicants must have a good first degree and a PhD in Earth Sciences or a related subject (which for grade 7 candidates may be completed or under examination).

Further details at:

Martin R. Smith
Assistant Professor in Palaeontology
Department of Earth Sciences
Durham University
Mountjoy Site, South Road
Durham DH1 3LE

T: +44 191 334 2320
M: +44 774 353 7510
Skype: martin--smith

🔵 “Soft Rock” Geologist, Department of Geology, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA

Posting Date: 6 October 2018
Closing Date: 26 November 2018

The Cornell College Department of Geology seeks a “soft rock” geologist to serve as the third pillar of its geology faculty and to actively engage with the college’s environmental studies, archaeology, and biology programs. The position will begin August 2019. Teaching responsibilities include paleontology and sedimentology/stratigraphy, introductory and advanced level courses in subjects of the candidate’s primary interest, a research course, and a course in Geographic Information Systems. The candidate may also offer a field course. The successful candidate will be a vibrant and dedicated teacher who enjoys working closely with undergraduates and who views student-faculty research as a critical component of an effective geology curriculum. The Department maintains a series of endowed funds that provide substantial funding to support this student-faculty research as well as course-related travel.

Cornell College geology faculty emphasize laboratory activities, class discussions, field experiences, writing, quantitative literacy, and critical thinking in all of their courses. Cornell College has attracted national attention for its distinctive academic calendar under which faculty members teach and students take one course at a time in month-long blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 18 foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly renovated Thomas Commons. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of Iowa's Creative Corridor.

The College seeks individuals who are committed to building a creative, dynamic and diverse workplace that celebrates the uniqueness of our faculty, staff and students. The College is committed to excellence in teaching and encourages interdisciplinary interests among its faculty. Interested applicants should submit the following application materials to

  • Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Teaching Statement - describing teaching interests and methods, including examples of individual commitment to diversity in the classroom/campus community
  • Research/Professional Interest Statement
  • (3) Letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts (Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are needed prior to employment.)

Applications will be reviewed starting November 26, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Geology program, please visit the website at

Cornell is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa’s smoke free air act. Cornell utilizes E-Verify and requires satisfactory completion of a background check.

Dr. Emily O. Walsh
Geology Department
Cornell College
Mt. Vernon, IA 52314
(319) 895-4302

🔵 Assistant Curator (Paleontology), Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, Virginia, USA

Posting Date: 29 September 2018
Closing Date: 1 December 2018

An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is now available. The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.

If you meet the qualifications for Assistant Curator – Paleontology, we invite you to apply to join our staff. The earliest starting date for this position is 1 July 2019, but no later than 1 September 2019.

We seek a dynamic individual to conduct integrative, field- and collections-based research in paleontology. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support their research efforts. Area of specialization is open, but an active interest in extant museum collections (Jurassic dinosaurs, Cenozoic marine vertebrates and/or invertebrates, Triassic vertebrates and/or insects, paleobotany) is a plus. VMNH is located in Martinsville VA, close to an important Triassic lagerstätte (Solite Quarry). VMNH is also actively involved in the excavation of an important Miocene marine mammal location on the Coastal Plain.

The state-of-the-art fossil preparation lab has staff technical support and an active corps of trained volunteers. VMNH also maintains a range of sterographic and petrographic microscopes, modern collections databases and a research library. Additional facilities are available at Virginia Tech less than 2 hours away. Most curators maintain active adjunct faculty appointments at Virginia Tech. This allows, among other things, internet access to the Virginia Tech library.

General competence in field collection, preparation, care, and management of fossil collections is required, along with the ability to interface with outside scientists requesting access to the collections. Ph.D. in biology, earth science, or a related field with a heavy emphasis on paleontology, is required at the time of appointment, and experience beyond the Ph.D. is preferred.

Duties for this position also include interaction with other museum departments such as education, outreach, exhibits, and advancement. The ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences is an important qualification.

For more information about VMNH, visit our website at

Only online applications are accepted. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and curatorial interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references. These documents may be attached to the online application.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at

Application review will begin 1 December 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

The Virginia Museum of Natural History complies with E-Verify which is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are afforded equal opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.

🔵 Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Sedimentary Geology), Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

Posting Date: 19 October 2018
Closing Date: 7 January 2019

The Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of sedimentary geology, to begin August 2019. The selected candidate will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including sedimentary geology, and to establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program. This research should complement existing strengths in the department, which include climate modeling, paleoclimatology, environmental geochemistry, glaciology, hydrogeology, geophysics, economic geology, structural geology, and geoscience education. Research and teaching opportunities exist at the Iowa State University Geology Field Station, located in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. A commitment to excellence in research, teaching at all levels, and performance of service duties is essential. Internal grants at the college and university levels support faculty travel, teaching, and scholarship. Information about the Department appears at For more information contact department chair, Sven Morgan (, or search committee chair, Neal Iverson (

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. All applications must be submitted electronically at (search vacancy ID#: 800202). Please be prepared to attach a letter of application, concise statements of teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references.

The position will remain open until filled. Full consideration will be given to those applications received by January 7, 2019. Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. ISU is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff and therefore works to find positions for partners/spouses seeking employment, either within ISU or in the surrounding community. Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa, a vibrant community of 63,000 people 30 miles north of Des Moines. Ames is routinely singled out as one of the most livable, economical, and healthiest small cities in the U.S.

🔶 PhD Opportunities, Postdoctoral Appointments, Technical & Intern Positions

🔶 PhD Opportunity (Foraminifera), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Posting Date: 9 October 2018
Closing Date: None given

Into the deep. Do changes in ecology lead changes in morphology in Neogene clavate planktonic foraminifera?
Supervisors: Tracy Aze (Univeristy of Leeds), Juan Cantalapiedra (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) and Paul Wignall (University of Leeds)

Iterative evolution is the repeated evolution of similar or parallel traits in the development of the same evolutionary line or clade. Iterative morphological evolution in planktonic foraminifera has long been demonstrated throughout the history of the group (e.g. Hart 1980). Furthermore, the iterative acquisition of certain characters have been linked to repeated invasion of specific ecological niche habitats through time; e.g. chamber elongation (clavate chambers) in lineages which show migration to deeper water environments (Coxall et al. 2007). Although this relationship is well documented, sampling at a resolution that would permit the distinction between whether changes in ecology drove morphological variation, or changes in morphology permitted invasion of new environmental niches has yet to be conducted. An important strength of PF as a model system is the ability to sample their fossil record at will and, in certain, locations at very high resolution. This will allow us to identify the explanatory and response variables driving ecological and morphological evolution.

The selected species will be directly sampled from the fossil record using deep-sea core material that has robust chronologies in order to pinpoint the temporal aspects of any changes. We will target core material that has the best-defined geomagnetic and astrochronologies, and local dates at focal sites will be fine-tuned in collaboration with work undertaken as part of the associate NERC large grant “Does developmental plasticity influence speciation” (NE/P019269/1).

The project will focus upon the Globigerinella, Beella and Protentella lineages of the Neogene macroperforate planktonic foraminifera; all of which have evolved at least one morphospecies that exhibits chamber elongation. The project will be grounded upon revision of the alpha taxonomy and will be broken into the following components:

  1. Produce the first statistical data into the morphological evolution and speciation in the Globigerinella, Beella and Protentella lineages (a total of 10 morphospecies), testing without use of a priori hypotheses where the boundaries between species lie. Forty uniformly distributed samples of 100 individuals along length of the lineages will be imaged and measured using Image Pro Premier software, these will then be analyzed following the approach successfully employed by (Pearson & Ezard 2014).
  2. Geochemical analysis of foraminiferal calcite will provide information about changes in ecology. The carbon and oxygen isotopic signatures of foraminiferal shells partly reflect equilibrium with the ambient water chemistry at the time of calcification and also biotic and kinetic fractionations of dissolved inorganic carbon from which the foraminifera construct their shells. Identifying shifts in geochemical signatures of successive populations prior to and after perceived changes in morphology will demonstrate whether changes in ecology and environment lead changes in morphology or visa versa.
  3. The approach will be extended by studying multiple sites to determine and match morphological and isotopic trends to assess the weight of evidence for alternative modes of speciation and potential diachroneity of morphological and ecological change.

The work is easily divisible into publications that will form consecutive chapters of the PhD thesis/publications. The first will address: Revision of the alpha taxonomy. The second: disentangling whether changes in ecology drive morphological variation, or changes in morphology permitted invasion of new environmental niches. The third: the effects of geographic range and provinciality on speciation mode and diachroneity of morphological and ecological change. This interdisciplinary project will provide the successful PhD candidate with highly valued and sought-after tools for investigating past climates and species interactions, such as geochemistry, morphometrics, taxonomy and phylogenetic and statistical modelling. This will equip the student with the necessary expertise to become the next generation of palaeontological and climate scientist, ready to carry out their own programme of innovative scientific research.

Aze, T. et al., 2011. A phylogeny of Cenozoic macroperforate planktonic foraminifera from fossil data. Biological Reviews, 86(4).
Coxall, H.K. et al., 2007. Iterative Evolution of Digitate Planktonic Foraminifera. Paleobiology, 33(4), pp.495–516.
Hart, M.B., 1980. A water depth model for the evoltuion of planktonic Foraminiferida. Nature, 286, pp.252–254.
Pearson, P.N. & Ezard, T.H.G., 2014. Evolution and speciation in the Eocene planktonic foraminifer Turborotalia. Paleobiology, 40(1), pp.130–143.

🔶 Policy and Outreach Intern, The Geological Society, London, UK

Posting Date: 2 October 2018
Closing Date: 19 October 2018

We’re looking for an early-career or graduate Earth Scientist with lots of enthusiasm for communicating geoscience and its importance to society who wants to get some experience in outreach and science policy. You will be joining the science and communications team working among people working in the areas of geoscience policy, outreach, communications, digital communications and education.

The main purpose of the role is to support the Society’s policy and outreach work by drafting and designing reports and materials on a number of critical geoscience policy issues and supporting the wider activities of the External Relations team.

Find out more about the role in the job description:

To apply for this role, please forward your CV with a covering letter outlining your suitability for this role to

Please include ‘Policy and Outreach Intern’ in the subject line of your e mail.

The closing date for this role is 19 October 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

🔶 Temporary Lecturer (Paleontology/Paleobiology), Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

Posting Date: 29 September 2018
Closing Date: 1 November 2018

UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences seeks applications for a temporary lecturer position in the area of Paleontology/Paleobiology for the Spring 2019 Quarter. Responsibilities will include lecturing, conducting regularly scheduled office hours, writing and grading exams and problem sets, and supervising teaching assistants for a lower division course on Dinosaurs and Their Relatives.

Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Biology, Paleontology or equivalent discipline and have significant experience in teaching Paleontology/Paleobiology at the college level. Candidates should upload a curriculum vitae and statement of teaching philosophy (max 1 page).

Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Teaching - Max 1 page
Cover Letter (Optional)
Misc / Additional (Optional)

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🔶 Post-Doctoral Assistant, Department of Geology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Posting Date: 19 October 2018
Closing Date: 20 November 2018

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.

  • At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research, in one of the research disciplines in which the department is active.
  • You will assist in teaching activities in geology at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level.
  • You will counsel Master’s students in their exercises and Master’s dissertation.
  • You will counsel doctoral students.

  • You hold a doctoral degree in Sciences: Geology, or a subject considered relevant by the selection committee. For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • You have already conducted research in one or more of the research disciplines in which the department is active.
  • You have distinguished yourself as a promising researcher in your doctorate.
  • You are profoundly interested in coaching students in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and/or Advanced Master’s programmes.
  • You can present relevant scientific publications in (inter)national peer-reviewed academic journals that are widely disseminated.
  • You have very good knowledge of the English language; knowledge of the Dutch language is an advantage.

  • We offer you an 2 year appointment. This appointment ends the latest at 31/01/2021. The appointment may be renewed once, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation. The term of renewal begins immediately after the first term has expired. Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a post-doctoral assistant at a university within the Flemish Community, you cannot apply for this position.
  • Your appointment will start on 1 February 2019 at the latest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP5. More information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 38 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits (in Dutch).

Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not sent through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:
  • In the field ‘Cv’: your cv and an overview of your relevant scientific publications (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field ‘Certificate of equivalence’: only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. (This can be requested via

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.
As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Marc De Batist (, +32 9 264 45 87).

🔶 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 link.

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