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Professional Positions

🔵 Assistant Professor/Associate Professor (Anatomy), Department of Basic Sciences, The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

Posting Date: 7 March 2019
Closing Date: None Given

The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State) Department of Basic Sciences invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month faculty position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. NYITCOM at A-State is an accredited and recently established additional campus of osteopathic medicine in Jonesboro, Arkansas that matriculates approximately 115 students each year. Located in the northeast corner of Arkansas, Jonesboro is the largest city in the region. It is approximately one hour from Memphis and has a population of 72,000. Jonesboro is a thriving community that is home to numerous educational, commercial, agricultural, and health care entities. NYITCOM at A-State is housed in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art educational facility centrally located on the campus of Arkansas State University. NYITCOM at A-State offers competitive salaries and benefits including medical/dental insurance, vacation, CME and a generous employer matching retirement plan through TIAA-CREF. The main site in Old Westbury, New York has been training osteopathic physicians for 40 years.
Department: College of Osteopathic Medicine
Primary Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas

The successful candidate will:

  • Teach cadaver-based human anatomy to medical students.
  • Mentor medical students throughout their medical school training.
  • Serve on committees to fulfill institutional and departmental needs.
  • Conduct academic research and guide students in scholarly activities.
  • Have the opportunity to submit competitive grant proposals to external agencies for funding.

It is preferred that applicants have experience in teaching one or more of the following:

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neuroimaging
  • Physiology

  • PhD in a relevant field, DO, or MD degree

To apply, please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and future plans, and contact information for 3 professional references (reference letters are not required at the time of submission). The online job description and application portal is:

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability
Questions may be directed Dr. Dosha Cummins at

🔵 Assistant Professor (Evolutionary and Comparative Animal Biomechanics), Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Posting Date: 4 March 2019
Closing Date: 18 March 2019

The Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, at the University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the area of Evolutionary and Comparative Animal Biomechanics. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019.

We seek a candidate studying animal functional morphology/biomechanics, in an explicitly evolutionary comparative context. We seek a broadly trained person who will complement existing strengths in animal physiology, development, comparative anatomy and paleobiology.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biomechanics or other appropriate field, with research interests in the area of Evolutionary and Comparative Animal Biomechanics, and have at least one year of postdoctoral experience. Applicants must have a record of research scholarly output demonstrating the potential to attract and sustain external funding. Teaching experience in vertebrate biology/anatomy, and a demonstrated commitment to high quality teaching as evidenced by teaching accomplishments and accolades, teaching evaluations, and other lines of evidence, also is required.

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct innovative research and to establish an outstanding, externally funded research program. The successful candidate will be expected to teach vertebrate biology/anatomy and other courses in their area of expertise. The candidate will also have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level and to graduate student training and supervision.

Application details: Applicants should submit a single pdf including curriculum vitae, statements of research interests, teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three references to:
Dr. Douglas Storey, Head, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Fax: (403) 289-9311

Application deadline is March 18, 2019. View full posting and apply:

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary is committed to High impact research and teaching and to creating an innovative, student-centered learning environment. Information about the Department and its programs can be found at

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website ( For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science (

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No).

🔵 Assistant/Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Posting Date: 1 February 2019
Closing Date: 1 April 2019

The Division of Research and Collections of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is seeking a highly-motivated researcher in the area of vertebrate paleontology. The vertebrate paleontology collection at the CMNH houses approximately 15,000 specimens, with representatives from each of the major vertebrate groups. The collection is highly specialized and emphasizes the Paleozoic, particularly locally collected Late Devonian fish (mainly chondrichthyans and arthrodires) from the Cleveland Shale Member of the Ohio Shale, though it also includes an important collection of Mississippian stem tetrapods and early reptiliomorphs from West Virginia, a small, but unique collection of dinosaur remains, including several holotypes, and a representative collection of Oligocene and Pleistocene mammals. The Museum also retains an extensive collection of extant vertebrates that are useful for comparative studies (osteological specimens, skins, and wet specimens). The Museum also maintains a fully functional fossil preparation laboratory adjacent to the collection and work spaces. Areas of research focus could include but are not be limited to: systematics, functional or evolutionary morphology, paleoecology, and biomechanics. The Museum is particularly interested in connecting paleontological research with our visitors and the community.

The curatorial staff at the CMNH are expected to develop research programs in their appointed area, work collaboratively both within and outside of the Museum, train students, take an active role in public outreach, support public programs, enhance institutional collections, and attract external funding. Curators at the CMNH also provide oversight and direction of the collections through collaboration with the collections management staff. CMNH curators have the opportunity to instruct courses, chair graduate student committees, access library services, and incorporate undergraduate students into research activities through the Museum’s affiliation with the Department of Biology of neighboring Case Western Reserve University. In addition, the close proximity with the Cleveland Institute of Art, John Carroll University, Cleveland State University, NASA Glenn Research Center, and the University of Akron have enabled collaborative relationships to develop across a number of the Museum’s scientific and educational programs.

Qualifications and Required Application Materials:
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in vertebrate paleontology or related field.
  • Applicants should submit cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and goals, a statement of outreach and programming interest, three letters of reference, and copies of three significant publications.

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries about the position should be directed to Gavin Svenson, Director of Research and Collections (
To Apply -

Gavin J Svenson, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Collections
Curator and Head of Invertebrate Zoology
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.231.4600 x. 3315

🔵 Assistant/Associate Professor (Anatomy), Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Posting Date: 7 March 2019
Closing Date: 1 April 2019

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences invites applications for two tenure track or non-tenure track, full time (12 month) faculty positions at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. The successful candidates must have an earned Ph.D. with a specialization in Anatomy, broadly trained (e.g., four field Anatomy) or a related field; previous experience teaching in a medical school; proficiency in instructional technology; interest in teaching collaboratively; and a record of excellence or strong evidence of potential as an instructor and extramurally-funded scientist. Postdoctoral research or professional experience will be regarded positively. The successful candidates will be based at the OSU-College of Osteopathic Medicine-Cherokee Nation (OSUCOM-CN) campus in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. They will participate in team teaching via telepresence in Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy concurrently with the faculty based at the OSU-COM campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The successful candidates will teach the laboratory part of these anatomy courses, however, in new facilities located on the OSUCOM-CN campus. The candidates may also be expected to participate in summer anatomy courses and teach graduate courses in their area of expertise.

Successful candidates will also be full graduate faculty in the OSU Graduate College, with all of the privileges and duties therein. Access to local and regional research facilities at OSU-COM and partner institutions includes:
  • Fossil preparation laboratory and extensive volunteer program;
  • Paleohistology lab;
  • Comparative dissection and wet-prep lab;
  • 3D image-processing lab running Avizo (with remote license sharing to the Tahlequah campus);
  • Micro-CT Scanning facility (the MicroCT Imaging Consortium for Research and Outreach, located at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville;
  • Large-animal veterinary CT scanner at the OSU Vet College (located on the OSU, Stillwater main campus;
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman, OK)

Applicants should submit a letter of application (2-page maximum), statement of research interests including a 5-year plan (2-page maximum), statement of teaching philosophy (2-page maximum), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to: The letter of application should address how the research program of the applicant will complement current department research interest in evolutionary neuroscience, neuromorphometrics, digital anatomy tools and educational research, and vertebrate paleontology (, and should discuss teaching experiences in anatomy. At least one reference should be able to address the candidate’s experience or potential for excellence in teaching and teamwork. The letter of application and CV will be shared with the current faculty. Applications will be held in confidence and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Laboratory space and start-up packages will be negotiated based on the candidate’s needs and record of success. For inquires, contact Kent Smith, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, or 918-561-8253. Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, applications must be received by April 1, 2019. To apply, visit Search Health Sciences campus, requisition #6176. Expected start date of August 1, 2019.

The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is a state-supported comprehensive medical school whose mission is to train osteopathic physicians to meet the health care needs of the state. The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology prides itself in state-of-the art interdisciplinary research and excellence in education, including a graduate track in Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit

Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 Internship, Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park (A Division of the University of Nebraska State Museum), Royal, Nebraska, USA

Posting Date: 7 March 2019
Closing Date: None Given

A single internship will be offered for late summer/early autumn for field studies in vertebrate paleontology. With preference to geology or biology students, the position is open to college students with a genuine interest in, and knowledge of vertebrate paleontology, especially those aspiring to further their experience outside of the classroom. Duties include excavation, sorting of micro-vertebrate fossils, prep lab tasks, interpretive duties and other park support tasks.

30-34 hour workweek. $11.50 per hour. Interval: 1 August - 14 October 2019.

rick.otto@UNL.EDU for details and application form.

Find out more about the Ashfall site at
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

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

🔶 PhD Opportunities, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Posting Date: 29 January 2019
Closing Date: 4 March 2019

Below an LJMU opportunity for PhD studentship (UK and European candidate welcome!). I will be happy to support any candidate within my subject field. This scheme is candidate- based so the minimum expectation includes a MSc degree, one paper and/or funding (e.g., Erasmus) plus a good and feasible project proposal that I can support (1 page).

The deadline is 9am on Monday 4th March.

The link is below:

Potential candidates can contact me [] in advance to have more details.

Carlo Meloro

🔶 Postdoctoral Researcher (12 Month Appointment), Life Sciences Department, The Natural History Museum, London, UK

Posting Date: 5 February 2019
Closing Date: 4 March 2019

The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the fields of palaeobiology/evolutionary biology to join the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Molecules meet Fossils - an integrated approach to studying palaeodiversity’ to study large-scale macroevolutionary patterns and processes in cheilostome bryozoans. In this project we are analysing fossil evidence and molecular data simultaneously to produce a time-calibrated phylogeny of cheilostome bryozoans using a variety of analytical approaches (tip and node calibration; fossilized-birth-death process). Specifically, we are testing whether the origins of morphological and functional innovations resulted in an increase in diversification and to what extent abiotic factors influenced speciation and extinction rates.

You will be working closely with a second Researcher (Molecular Phylogeneticist), and with the wider multi-disciplinary team consisting of the PI, Co-Is and a network of international collaborators. You will specifically lead on the analyses that combine fossil evidence, molecular and morphological data, and trait- and abiotic paleoenvironmental data in order to study speciation and extinction rates and diversification dynamics. As part of this, you will assemble a dataset of large-scale abiotic factors (climate, tectonic activity, meteorite impacts, etc).

This project provides a great opportunity to apply the latest macroevolutionary analytical approaches to an animal group with an extensive fossil record and well-preserved traits. We are looking for someone who has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology or Palaeobiology, with excellent skills in macroevolutionary analysis. Able to work on your own initiative, you are also motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Please kindly note that the successful candidate will start on 3 June 2019

Closing date: 9am on Monday 4 March 2019
Interviews expected: w/c 18 March 2019

How to apply

Please complete your application online in our recruitment portal.

You should upload the following documents
to this site:

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
  • A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the role competencies.
  • Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period.

For informal queries contact Andrea Waeschenbach ( or Natalie Cooper (

🔶 Getty Fossil Preparation Lab Intern, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, Colorado, USA

Posting Date: 8 February 2019
Closing Date: 29 March 2019

The Department of Earth Sciences oversees several labs at the Museum. The labs include the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory, located within the Prehistoric Journey exhibit on the third floor and visible to Museum visitors, and two new behind-the-scenes labs in the Avenir Collections Center. One is used for fossil preparation of large specimens, and the second used for molding and casting of vertebrate fossils. In these labs, the intern will assist in the preparation of fossil materials collected by Museum curators from across the Rocky Mountain Region and the world for research, education, and exhibition. This is a 12-week internship.

The intern will participate in the following activities:
  • Prepare and stabilize vertebrate fossils using air scribes, consolidants and glues
  • Assist with the inventory and accessioning of molds and casts of vertebrate fossils
  • Mold and cast vertebrate fossil material from Madagascar and/or Utah
  • Make archival jackets for large and small scale specimens for storage in collections
  • Assist volunteers with fossil preparation and molding and casting projects
  • Assist with management of supplies and materials for the Fossil Prep Lab and Molding and Casting Lab

  • Completed or Enrolled at a 2 or 4 year institution in the Earth or Life Sciences preferred, but not required
  • Strong attention to detail, patience, and fine motor skills; excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Museum staff and volunteers
  • Organized; ability to self-start and maintain balance between a number of projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Natalie Toth (Chief Preparator)
Salvador Bastien (Preparator)

$400/week stipend

12 week internship
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Start Date: Mid to late May
End Date: Mid to late July

How To Apply

Current or Former Volunteer or Intern?
If you are a current or former volunteer or intern at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science email with the subject heading Getty Fossil Preparation Lab Internship. You will be sent instructions on how access your account.

Applying for the First Time?
Please complete the online Getty Fossil Preparation Lab Internship. Please combine the cover letter, resume, or CV into one document before uploading to your newly created account. Application can be found here:

For questions about the application process please contact Moe Shuley at or 303.370.8345.

🔶 Postdoctoral Scholar (Proterozoic Eukaryotic Ecosystems), Department of Earth Sciences, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Posting Date: 2 March 2019
Closing Date: 15 April 2019

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California at Santa Barbara is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to carry out research on a NSF-funded project: "Using organic carbon isotopes of single microfossils to illuminate Proterozoic eukaryotic ecosystems ”. The project will be carried out at UCSB, Syracuse University, and Williams College.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications: 1 year PhD research experience in stable isotope geochemistry and/or micropaleontology. PhD conferral at the time of appointment required.

Preferred Qualifications: Research interest and experience in studying isotopes, the habitats and metabolisms of early eukaryotes, and microfossil picking. Be able to analyze bulk, kerogen, and fossil samples that span the history of Proterozoic eukaryotes. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work independently, under direction and also collaboratively within a multidisciplinary research teams.

Important details: The fellowship is for 2 years and also includes funds for travel to conferences. For primary consideration apply by April 15, 2019. Open until filled. Position is expected to begin on August 1, 2019.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV, Research Background and Interest Letter, no more than three publications (optional), and contact information for three references to: Email Susannah Porter at for any questions related to the position.

Project details: Recent advances in NanoEA-IRMS now allow us to reliably measure the carbon isotopic composition of a single organic microfossil and compare that value to the bulk δ13C. We seek to use this new technique to explore how organic carbon isotopes can illuminate two persistent unknowns in the Proterozoic Earth-life system: What were the habitats and metabolisms of early eukaryotes? What can single microfossil δ13C reveal about the controls on bulk δ13Corg in the Proterozoic stratigraphic record? We will approach these questions by analyzing bulk, kerogen, and fossil δ13Corg samples from four fossiliferous units that span the history of Proterozoic eukaryotes. The Postdoctoral Fellow will lead the research efforts, overseen by all three PIs. They will be responsible for macerating fossiliferous samples and microfossil picking, and will run many of the δ13Corg analyses (at Syracuse University). They will be a primary participant in data analysis and interpretation, manuscript preparation, and research dissemination. They will also help the PIs develop educational initiatives, and mentor undergraduate research assistants from Williams, Syracuse, and/or UCSB.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

🔶 Post-Doctoral Position (Morphometrics), Neurophysiology Department, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Posting Date: 7 March 2019
Closing Date: 30 June 2019

This position is part of the EU funded project “Mech-Evo-Insect” which aims at a mechanistic and quantitative understanding of the transition between different mouthpart classes in insects using state-of-the-art workflows for shape characterisation and biomechanical analysis. We are seeking a highly motivated applicant, ideally with a background in evolutionary morphology, biomechanics and/or imaging and with a doctoral degree either in the Biological Sciences, Engineering Sciences, or Computer Sciences.

Being a post-doc position, the applicant principally can develop his own research initiative within this project framework. Therefore, a particular emphasis will be placed on the applicants’ own ideas during the application process and how these can be studied (ideally using a combination of both the post-docs’ expertise and the expertise of the workgroup).

Applicants who are experts for other organisms besides insects should consider to apply since our approach includes comparative aspects on several taxonomic levels. We also welcome applications with a focus on methodological development in the fields of e.g. evolutionary modelling, GM, FEA or material testing.

The successful applicant is able to work independently, but actively participates in all activities of the workgroup including a considerable amount of two-way transfer of knowledge between the applicant and the host group.

While extensive training will be available, the successful applicant also develops proficiency via attendance of workshops and self-motivated learning. The applicant will also have the opportunity to present their work at national and international conferences, and to collaborate with other research groups at an international and interdisciplinary level.

The position is paid at TV-L E13 100% for 36 months.

Apart from a full CV (without photograph and without date of birth; Including own publications and contact details of 2 referees), applications should contain a letter of motivation (5 pages or less) detailing your previous research experience and an outline of your research plans for this position (including aspects of the desired two-way transfer of knowledge). While detailing your future research, please take into account that you can plan with a considerable amount of research budget. Details will be communicated upon request, inquiries can be made with Alexander Blanke (

The application (as a single pdf file) should be sent to the secretary of the Neurophysiology Department ( with the reference number 1902-20. The deadline for application is June 30th 2019, the estimated start date would be November 2019.

The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities or people of equivalent status. Severely disabled applicants of equal merit and qualifications will be given priority.

🔶 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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