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This page contains current listings for professional positions in paleontological research, and/or teaching. If you are interested in applying for a position, please contact the institution seeking applicants directly. Please do not send any application materials to PaleoNet.

Professional Positions

🔵 Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position (Biomechanics, Vertebrate Biology, Evolutionary or Developmental Biology, Department of Biological Science, The College of Science at Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois, USA

Posting Date: 14 November 2018
Closing Date: 17 December 2019

The College of Science at Benedictine University invites applications for a full time, tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of Biological Science beginning fall 2019. The department is seeking a candidate who has research interests and teaching expertise in at least one of the following areas: biomechanics, vertebrate biology, evolutionary or developmental biology. The position requires teaching a cadaver-based anatomy course and other courses within our core curriculum. The successful candidate will establish and participate in faculty/student research at the undergraduate level. Candidates are expected to maintain an active research program.

The Department of Biological Sciences consists of 15 full time faculty members and houses three undergraduate biology programs: BS in Biology, BS in Health Science, and BA in Biology. There are over 600 undergraduate majors in the department with the majority of students seeking to pursue professional health degrees. We also have two Master’s programs in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Integrative Physiology. Our current faculty have expertise in physiology, ecology, microbiology, neurobiology, molecular biology, genetics, biological anthropology, and paleobiology.

Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois 25 miles west of Chicago with additional campuses in Mesa, Arizona and Springfield, Illinois. Benedictine University seeks employees who, regardless of their religious affiliation, understand and contribute to the University’s mission and goals. As an institution, we are committed to our identity as Catholic and Benedictine in our values, our operations, and our curriculum in an effort to help each student, each employee, the local community, and each other thrive academically, professionally, and personally in our religiously and culturally diverse academic environment. The College of Science enjoys a location in the research corridor of metropolitan Chicago, and delivers nationally recognized undergraduate programs in the sciences.

Required Qualifications: Earned Ph.D.; a minimum of one year postdoctoral experience is preferred. Successful prior experience teaching undergraduates and a strong commitment to involving undergraduates in research are required.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those applications received by December 17, 2018.

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names of five people who can be contacted confidentially as references, unofficial graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research interest through Academic Jobs Online at Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to:

Krista Frickelton
College of Science
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532
Fax: (630) 829–6547.

Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

🔵 Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator, Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello - Main, Idaho, USA

Posting Date: 7 December 2018
Closing Date: 3 January 2019

The Idaho Museum of Natural History and the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University invite applications for a joint-appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor / Assistant Curator in Vertebrate Paleontology to begin August 2019. IMNH and ISU share a common mission to provide and nurture opportunities for understanding living systems through high-quality public education, scientific discovery, and service. The successful candidate will have a doctorate in the biological or earth sciences with substantial, documented experience and training in vertebrate paleontology and collections management. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Startup funds are available.

IMNH is the official natural history museum for Idaho and has 10 staff members, employs dozens of student interns, and cares for over 700,000 specimens in life, earth, and anthropological sciences. The Earth Science collection includes a Federal repository with existing strengths in Miocene to Pleistocene mammals.

The Department of Biological Sciences has over 30 faculty members specializing in diverse sub-disciplines of the biological sciences and serves over 500 undergraduate majors and over 40 graduate students.

Key Responsibilities

The joint appointment workload will comprise research (40%), collections management (30%), teaching (15%), and service (15%). The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active, extramurally funded research program in paleontology that mentors undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences. Research specialty is open, with preference for candidates whose research addresses important questions, is rooted in field- and specimen-based evidence, and holds potential to build collections at the Museum. The candidate will manage Earth Science collections and serve as liaison to Federal agencies for the repository. Teaching responsibilities for this position may include vertebrate paleontology, taphonomy, and other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise or in core curriculum. The Museum and the Department of Biological Sciences have high expectation for collegiality and shared responsibility to meet institutional vision and goals.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. PhD in Biology, Geology or related discipline by August 2019
  2. Experience in Museum Collections Management
  3. Evidence of teaching experience
  4. Demonstrated scholarship in paleontology research

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Postdoctoral experience
  2. More than 2 years of Collections Management or Curator experience
  3. Successful grant writing experience

Please submit the following documents with your application:
CV, cover letter, statement of research interests, teaching philosophy, and provide the names and contact information for three (3) professional references willing to write letters of recommendation, if requested. Inquiries should be directed to the Museum Director and Curator, Leif Tapanila (

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 3, 2019. However, the position will remain open until filled. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Includes a competitive benefits package. Offers of employment may be conditional pending successful completion of a background investigation.

🔵 Tenure-track Faculty Position (Paleobiology: Geology and Environmental Geosciences), School of Sciences and Mathematics, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Posting Date: 7 December 2018
Closing Date: 4 January 2019

The College of Charleston Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences ( is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank to begin in August 2019. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in the Geosciences or closely-related field with teaching experience and research activity in paleobiology that complement our existing strengths. The candidate must be able to teach Earth History, Honors Geology, Paleobiology, one or more courses in their field of specialty, and mentor student research. We are interested in applicants with field research who will teach a paleontology field course. The candidate is expected to develop his/her own research program and to seek external funds to support their research activities, with relevant fields being vertebrate or invertebrate paleobiology, paleoecology, response of organisms to global climate variability through time, evolution, and/or taphonomy. The candidate must also be able to serve as Curator of the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston by demonstrating evidence of past curation, collections management, using collection specimens in their research, and/or museum experience, and must have excellent communication skills in order to work with donors and the public. Contact Tim Callahan ( for information about this position.

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has over 100 majors and offers a broad array of topical and interdisciplinary elective courses in the Geosciences. The Department also provides several of the core and elective courses in the multidisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Studies and the M.Ed. in Science and Mathematics. Collaborative opportunities are available with well-established faculty research programs including geochemistry, coastal processes, environmental geology, geospatial sciences, hydrology, marine geology, natural hazards, sedimentary and igneous petrology, seismology, and tectonics. The department’s GIS and Remote Sensing laboratories are integrated with the Lowcountry Hazards Center in the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building. The department also hosts the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History, which has world-class collections as well as facilities for specimen preparation, preservation, and display.
See to submit application materials:

  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research and Professional Development Statement
  5. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  6. Teaching Portfolio

Any questions should be directed to Timothy Callahan, department chair at Application deadline has been extended to Jan. 4, 2019. This position will remain open until filled.

🔵 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.

🔵 Director, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Gallery, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus, Pennsylvania, USA

Posting Date: 19 November 2018
Closing Date: None given, position open until filled

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) at Penn State’s University Park campus is seeking a Director who will promote the mission of the EMS Museum and Gallery, namely “to preserve and promote the diverse collections of Penn State’s College of Earth & Mineral Sciences by serving as an informed resource for science and art education.” The EMS museum possesses a world-class collection of mineral and rock specimens, original artwork of historic significance (including the noteworthy Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art), and significant collections of fossils, ceramics, glass, and artifacts of science and industry. The museum is currently in the process of applying for accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. The responsibilities for this position include: oversight of the collections; development of exhibits that reflect the expertise and research innovations of the College’s five departments and three institutes; writing and managing successful grant proposals to develop and care for the collections, exhibits, and technical projects; partnering with the Office of Development to coordinate development and revenue-generating activities to foster the museum’s growth; supervision of museum staff and volunteers; maintaining up-to-date web content; participation in the teaching and research mission of the College; creation of K-12 educational materials and programs; and community outreach. The directorship is a fixed-term multiyear academic position open to all ranks, with excellent prospects for renewal beyond the initial appointment. The Director is expected to hold a terminal degree appropriate for their field of expertise at the time of appointment. Faculty appointment in one of the College’s academic departments (Geosciences, Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Mineral Engineering) is possible. To apply, please upload a cover letter and concise vision statement for the EMS Museum and Gallery, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three referees. We will begin reviewing applications December 1, 2018 and will continue to receive and review applications until the position is filled. For additional information on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences go to Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering excellence in diversity and equity as well as engagement in creating an inclusive workplace environment.

Additional information and application details are available at:

Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 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; you must submit these materials with a current CV, unofficial university transcript and cover letter by February 28, 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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