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­čöÁ Professional Positions

­čöÁ Curator, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California, USA

Posting Date: 1 July 2018
Closing Date: 1 September 2018

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) is seeking a Curator for its renowned late Pleistocene Rancho La Brea collections housed at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. The successful candidate will conduct collection-based research in evolutionary biology and paleoecology broadly defined to include systematics, biogeography, global change, and/or biodiversity science, particularly as it relates to Rancho La Brea’s vast collection of microfossils. The NHMLA, the largest natural history museum in the western United States, has recently finished a dramatic transformation including new ground-breaking exhibitions and a 3 1⁄2 acre wildlife garden, and it anticipates completing a similar transformation at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum during the next decade. The successful candidate will play an instrumental role in the development and implementation of this exciting vision.

The La Brea Tar Pits & Museum constitutes one of the world’s richest Ice Age fossil sites and has to date yielded an estimated 5 million specimens representing more than 600 species of animals and plants of Late Pleistocene and Holocene age. These collections afford a huge potential for a broad array of research and public programs and are continuously growing through ongoing excavations. The successful candidate will be responsible for: developing a dynamic, productive, and scientifically significant program of research to build a growing scientific and public profile; overseeing the development and curation of important collections; maintaining and strengthening the NHM’s presence in key professional and governmental networks; and establishing active internal NHM collaborations, especially with the Education, Exhibits, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement Departments.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., a strong track record of published research, and experience in generating funding to support research. Experience in collections management would be an advantage, as would an interest in creative ways of engaging the public in research (e.g., community science). The Curator will be expected to develop an active and publically engaging research program, develop working relationships with local universities, mentor students and postdoctoral fellows, and maintain research through obtaining competitive grants and/or funding from other external sources. The candidate must have the vision and capability to build a research program that can be integrated within the NHMLA’s ongoing efforts to document and interpret biotic responses to environmental change. The Curator will manage the collection’s growth and undertake research in ways that increase both its scientific and public appeal.

The ability to communicate effectively and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHMLA’s various stakeholders, is paramount. The successful candidate will be expected to oversee staff and supervise the NHMLA’s Rancho La Brea programs. The Curator will actively participate in a broad range of museum activities, such as exhibits, education, outreach, training of educators, public communications including (but not limited to) media interactions, and fundraising. More specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to play a key role in the ongoing transformation of the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. The Curator will also be responsible for building productive ties with local universities, professional associations, educators, and other relevant organizations within the scientific and general community.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community. This is a full-time position with a salary and title commensurate with experience.

The application deadline is September 1st, 2018. The starting date is July 1st, 2019. Applicants should send a cover letter, vision statement, curriculum vitae, and the full contact information of at least three professional references as a single PDF document to:

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum Curatorial Search
Research & Collections
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles
CA 90007
USA
thayden@nhm.org

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


­čöÁ Collection Manager, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Posting Date: 1 July 2018
Closing Date: 7 September 2018

The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute seeks a collection manager to oversee its world-class research collections in vertebrate paleontology. The collections consist of extensive fossil vertebrate specimens, along with archives and library holdings. The collections have particular strengths in Paleozoic and Mesozoic fishes and Paleozoic tetrapods; fishes, plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, ichthyosaurs, pterosaurs and toothed birds from the Niobrara Chalk; Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Western Interior; Cenozoic mammals from the central and western parts of the USA; and a remarkable late Pleistocene fauna from Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming. KU faculty, staff and students, as well as national and international scholars use the collections extensively for research and education. The collection manager is responsible for day-to-day activities in the collection and reports to the curator-in-charge. This is a full-time (12-month appointment), non-tenure track position.

Duties include:
  • Collection management and conservation of the various collections.
  • Acquisition and collection development in conjunction with curators and students.
  • Museum operational service including day-to-day care and use of the collections.
  • Continue development and enhancement of collection database.
  • Supervision and training of graduate and undergraduate research assistants and students, and volunteers.
  • Professional development to maintain currency in and advance the field.
  • Other duties as appropriate.

Required qualifications:
  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in museum studies, geology, evolutionary biology, or paleontology from an accredited university plus experience working with museum collections in a position with similar responsibilities.
  • Working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of fossil vertebrates as evidence by previous experience and/or education.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections, with a special emphasis on preventative conservation, collection-storage environments, and techniques pertaining uniquely to fossil vertebrate collections as evidenced by previous experience.
  • Familiarity with biodiversity informatics, including relational databases (e.g., Specify), web-based applications, and distributed networks as evidenced by previous experience and/or education.

And preference will be given to applicants with:
  • Previous collection-management experience.
  • Expertise in one or more taxa that constitute divisional strengths and programmatic priorities.
  • Field experience collecting fossil vertebrate specimens.
  • Experience preparing fossil vertebrate specimens.

A complete application will include (1) a letter of application addressing qualifications, (2) CV, (3) statement of collection management philosophy, (4) names and email address of three individuals who can write a letter of recommendation, and (5) representative publications (the latter is optional). More information and a complete position description may be obtained by contacting:

K. Christopher Beard, Biodiversity Institute, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Senior Curator, chris.beard@ku.edu
Jaime Keeler, Biodiversity Institute Business Coordinator, jrkeeler@ku.edu

The workplace is located in Dyche Hall and PSB on the university campus. The Biodiversity Institute is a healthy, dynamic, nourishing intellectual environment that values creativity, professional growth and collaborative interaction. The University of Kansas offers a fine benefits package for this permanent full-time position.

Application review begins 7 September 2018. EO/AA. We celebrate diversity in all life forms.


­čöÁ Professor of Palaeobotany (W2), Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Westfa╠łlische Wilhelms-Universita╠łt Mu╠łnster, Mu╠łnster, Germany

Posting Date: 17 July 2018
Closing Date: 30 September 2018

Applicants should have a strong background in both research and teaching with emphasis in the general area of pre-Quaternary palaeobotany and/or palynology. The ideal candidate will have a strong international research profile in palaeobotany and/or palynology, broad interests in geosciences, with well-established field- and specimen-based investigations, a record of analytical/quantitative methods (chemical or physical), and proven success in the acquisition of external funding.

The successful candidate will teach basic and advanced Palaeobotany at the BSc- and MSc-level, participate in interdisciplinary courses, supervise students at all levels, and Iead field and Iaboratory courses.

Prerequisite for the application are academic achievements made as a junior professor (assistant professor), in a habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), as a member of the academic staff of a university or non-university research institute, or in a research position in business, industry, administration or other relevant fields in Germany or abroad.

The University of Mu╠łnster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of senior women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Proficiency in spoken and written German is not required initially, but a willingness to learn German within three years is expected. Applications, including a C.V., copies of degree certificates, a statement of teaching experiences and strategy, a complete publication Iist, a statement of past and future research interests, and a Iist of successful funding applications, should be e-mailed as a single pdf file by September 30th, 2018 to the:

Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences
Dekanat des Fachbereichs 14-Geowissenschaften
Westfa╠łlische Wilhelms-Universita╠łt Mu╠łnster
Heisenbergstraße 2 - 48149 Mu╠łnster - Germany
dekangeo@uni-muenster.de

Further information about the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology can be found at: https://www.uni-muenster.de/GeoPalaeontologie/ Informal enquiries about this position may be made to Prof. Dr. R. Thomas Becker (rbecker@uni-muenster.de) or Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bahlburg (bahlbur@uni-muenster.de).


­čöÁ Professor of Palaeobotany (W2), Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Westfa╠łlische Wilhelms-Universita╠łt Mu╠łnster, Mu╠łnster, Germany

Posting Date: 17 July 2018
Closing Date: 30 September 2018

Applicants should have a strong background in both research and teaching with emphasis in the general area of pre-Quaternary palaeobotany and/or palynology. The ideal candidate will have a strong international research profile in palaeobotany and/or palynology, broad interests in geosciences, with well-established field- and specimen-based investigations, a record of analytical/quantitative methods (chemical or physical), and proven success in the acquisition of external funding.

The successful candidate will teach basic and advanced Palaeobotany at the BSc- and MSc-level, participate in interdisciplinary courses, supervise students at all levels, and Iead field and Iaboratory courses.

Prerequisite for the application are academic achievements made as a junior professor (assistant professor), in a habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), as a member of the academic staff of a university or non-university research institute, or in a research position in business, industry, administration or other relevant fields in Germany or abroad.

The University of Mu╠łnster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of senior women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Proficiency in spoken and written German is not required initially, but a willingness to learn German within three years is expected. Applications, including a C.V., copies of degree certificates, a statement of teaching experiences and strategy, a complete publication Iist, a statement of past and future research interests, and a Iist of successful funding applications, should be e-mailed as a single pdf file by September 30th, 2018 to the:

Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences
Dekanat des Fachbereichs 14-Geowissenschaften
Westfa╠łlische Wilhelms-Universita╠łt Mu╠łnster
Heisenbergstraße 2 - 48149 Mu╠łnster - Germany
dekangeo@uni-muenster.de

Further information about the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology can be found at: https://www.uni-muenster.de/GeoPalaeontologie/ Informal enquiries about this position may be made to Prof. Dr. R. Thomas Becker (rbecker@uni-muenster.de) or Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bahlburg (bahlbur@uni-muenster.de).


­čöÁ 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.  

Qualifications:
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 https://apply.interfolio.com/53141.

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 cmenold@albion.edu.

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.


­čöÂ PhD Opportunities, Postdoctoral Appointments, Technical & Intern Positions

­čöÂ Research Assistant, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

Posting Date: 1 August 2018
Closing Date: 10 August 2018

Applications are sought for a full-time technical research assistant who will work closely with the PI and her team of postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, research assistants and undergraduate students.

The successful applicant will have significant laboratory experience in chemical analytical techniques and/or in electrobeam or X-ray imaging and will assist in managing the PI’s research laboratory. Specific duties associated with the post may include:

  • Preparing fossil and modern tissue samples for scanning- and transmission electron microscopy
  • Preparing ultrathin sections of tissues using an ultramicrotome
  • Assisting with decay- and maturation experiments
  • Assisting with FTIR and Raman analysis
  • Managing supplies of laboratory consumables and usage of laboratory equipment and space
  • Monitoring health & safety records and training
  • Assisting with photography, light microscopy, and other sample preparation
  • Undertaking semi-independent research projects broadly aligned with the PI’s research

The Palaeobiology Group at UCC apply diverse analytical techniques to study of fossil soft tissues, including SEM, TEM, STEM, FTIR, Raman and synchrotron-XRF, XANES and EXAFS. The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience in at least one of these techniques. Approximately 50% of the successful applicant’s time will be devoted to laboratory management; the remainder, to research.

The start date for the position is 1st October 2018.
Salary: €24,592

To apply: Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Maria McNamara (maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie) on or before the closing date (10th August 2018).


­čöÂ 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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