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🔵 Professional Positions

🔵 Professor of Palaeobotany (W2), Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, 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 Münster 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
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Heisenbergstraße 2 - 48149 Münster - Germany

Further information about the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology can be found at: Informal enquiries about this position may be made to Prof. Dr. R. Thomas Becker ( or Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bahlburg (

🔵 Assistant Professor, Vertebrate Paleontology. Department of Integrative Biology/University of California Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Posting Date: 28 August 2018
Closing Date: 15 October 2018

The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) and the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) at the University of California, Berkeley invite applications for a full time tenure-track position in vertebrate paleontology at the Assistant Professor level. Potential start date is July 1, 2019.

IB and the UCMP are world-renowned for their dedication to understanding the evolution, systematics, paleoecology, geological history, and paleobiology of life on Earth using field studies,
museum collections, and laboratory research. We seek exceptional candidates working in any area of vertebrate paleontology, and on any vertebrate group, whose research emphasizes collection, laboratory, and/or field-based studies within a comparative context. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) the evolution of major adaptations, functional morphology, microevolutionary and/or macroevolutionary patterns and processes, response of vertebrate taxa and fauna to global climate change through time, paleophysiology, paleoecology, comparative morphology, developmental paleobiology, and the application of phylogenetics to major evolutionary problems. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a strong externally funded active field and/or laboratory research program, to contribute to building and using UCMP collections, and to participate in UCMP research, education, and programmatic needs. Candidates will also contribute to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate curricula of the Department of Integrative Biology, develop a first-class research program that trains graduate and undergraduate students, and possesses a commitment to education, outreach and service.

The Berkeley campus values diversity, equity and inclusion as exemplified by the following principles of community: We recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors. We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students and staff who share our commitment to these principles. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion. Financial and in-kind resources are available to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our equity and inclusion goals.

Required Minimum Basic Qualifications:
  • Enrolled in a Ph.D. degree or equivalent international degree program

Additional Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) must be held by start date -Evidence of contributions made to advance diversity, equity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in vertebrate paleontology/paleobiology, or some related field
    ⁃ Ability to communicate effectively
    ⁃ Highly motivated
  • Interested in undergraduate and graduate teaching, public outreach, and museum collections

Applications must be received by October 15, 2018. To apply, please go to the following link: Please direct all questions to Integrative Biology Academic Personnel

Applicants should include the following required documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief Description of Research Accomplishments
  • Statement of Research Objectives
    • Statement of Museum Engagement
  • Statement of Teaching Interests
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, addressing past and/or potential contributions to
  • diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • List of Publications
  • Significant Publication #1
  • Significant Publication #2
  • Significant Publication #3
  • Large Publication File (Optional) In case file needs to be split
  • Large Publication File (Optional) In case file needs to be split
  • Large Publication File (Optional) In case file needs to be split

Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are produced via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to having their referees submit their letters.

The Department of Integrative Biology and the University of California Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley, are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: faculty.

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

🔵 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.

🔶 PhD Opportunities, Postdoctoral Appointments, Technical & Intern Positions

🔶 Evolutionary Biologists, Presidential International Fellowship Initiative, Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution (Beijing), Institute of Zoology (IoZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China

Posting Date: 12 September 2018
Closing Date: 20 September 2018

The Key Laboratory welcomes evolutionary biologists from all over the world to join our research labs under the support of CAS PIFI program (Presidential International Fellowship Initiative). As outlined at, CAS provides 1-to-2-year postdoctoral fellowships (Category C) and 2-to-9-month visiting fellowships for faculty (Categories A & B). All fellowships come with an internationally competitive salary and round-trip airfare. As an example of PIFI fellow in the Key lab, Dr. Orr shared his personal experience at
Individual labs in the Key Laboratory which are interested in hosting PIFI applicants are described as follows:

Ge Lab: Group of Insect Evolution and Functional Morphology
Ge (SQ) lab mainly focuses on the functional morphology of insects and its evolutionary trends. We are currently addressing on three parts: 1. Biomechanics, energetics, and evolution of key structures of insects, e.g. structures related to locomotion of jumping, walking, flying, feeding and reproduction. The control of the movement is being studied from both morphological and biomechanical perspectives by using a combination of innovative techniques, such as μ-CT, CLSM, SIM, MRI, SBFSEM, FIB, Computer-based 3-dimensional reconstructions, behavioural analyses with high-speed three-dimensional videography, particle-image velocimetry and metabolic measurements. 2. Morphological changes and mechanism during development of metamorphosis. 3. Discovery and application of new innovative techniques for functional morphology. People who are interested in applying for the PIFI program with us can write to

Guo Lab: Fish Evolution and Genomics Group
Guo (BC) Lab has research interests in both comparative and population genomics to understand how genetic variation contributes to fish diversification and adaptation. There are two major research topics in my lab. 1) Gene duplication and consequence in fish genome. With this topic, we will analyze publicly available fish genome data to characterize how duplicated genes evolve in fish genome (Guo et al., 2011, 2012; Guo 2017), and eventually to understand their role during the successful radiation of teleosts. 2) Local adaptation in marine fish. Local adaptation is usally is difficult to detect in marine fishes with large population size, e.g., due to weak population structure, low genetic differentiation, etc. Our earlier studies show that local adaptation could be inferred by using population genomics with integrating envirermental associated analysis (Guo, et al., 2015; 2016a; 2016b). As such, we will use population genomics approach by utilizing next generation sequencing (NGS) data to identify the genetic signature of adaptation in wild marine fish, e.g., hairtails, salmons, sticklebacks, etc. For more information about our lab and/or interest in the PIFI program, please write to

Lei Lab: Avian Evolution and Systematics
Lei (FM) Lab mainly focuses on the following researches related to birds: biogeographical distribution, endemism and biodiversity conservation; phylogeny and comparative phylogeography; genomics and adaptive evolution; molecular epidemiology of avian influenza and viruses’ transmission. Bird tissue and blood collection will be Ornithological Research Group’s (ORG’s) long term aim for setting up the largest Genetic Bank of Asia. Over 16 on-going research programs are supported by China MOST, CAS, NSFC, IDRC Canada and other agency. For more information please visiting our webpage: Researchers who are interesting in applying for PIFI programs can contract to Prof. Fumin Lei:

Li Lab: Invertebrate Zoology
Li (SQ) Lab seeks to understand how geological events (e.g. Tethyan changes and Qinghai‐Tibet Plateau uplifting) influence the diversification of species and phenotypes and how, in turn, animals adapt to ecological changes. We address these questions using a combination of fieldwork, morphological taxonomy, molecular systematics, and phylogenomics. Details see the webiste -

Qiao Lab: Systematics and Evolution of Aphids
Qiao (GX) Lab are mainly working on evolution, diversity and complexity of interactions of aphids and other organisms (e.g. host plants, ants, symbionts), as well as ecology and control of aphid pests. Currently, our work mainly focuses on two topics: 1) Phylogenomics using data from different sources (e.g. transcriptome, CNEEs, UCEs) and evolution of critical morphological and biological features (e.g. gall-inducing, host alternation), trying to understand the evolutionary mechanisms for aphid adaptation and diversification; 2) Patterns in biodiversity and biogeography of different aphid lineages and their underlying mechanisms. People who are interested in working with us are welcome to write to Prof. Qiao at to apply for the PIFI program.

Yang Lab: Group of morphology and evolution of beetles
Yang (XK) Lab mainly focuses on morphology and evolution of beetles. In the framework of evolution, a comprehensive variety of research technique approaches (modern morphology, molecular biology and behavior, etc.) are applied. The key issues related to beetle evolution from different levels (from population to suborder) and different time scale (extinct and extant taxa), are carried out in multi-evolutionary and multi-disciplinary levels. We mainly focus on three aspects: Coleoptera systematics and evolution, Coleoptera modern morphology, and adaptive evolution and speciation. More details could be found from a web: People who are interested in applying for the PIFI program with us can write to or

Zhai Lab: The Evolutionary and Population Genomics (EPG)
In 2018, we established the Evolutionary and Population Genomics (EPG) lab in CAS. My lab (Zhai WW) focuses on two major research areas: a) the study of adaptive evolution. Using several model systems (e.g. domesticated animals and the influenza virus), we are interested in understanding the role of adaptive evolution in shaping the evolution of these species. As a corollary, we also explored the demographic history of these populations and the evolution of human civilization in the past 30,000 years. b) somatic cell evolution. Using cancer and many somatic diseases, we are interested in the origin of tumor heterogeneity and the evolution of tumor under metastasis and treatment conditions. In the long run, we are interested in understanding somatic mosaic in multi-cellular organisms and the evolution of development. People who are interested in applying for the PIFI program with us can write to

Zhang Lab: Functional Evolution by New Gene Origination
By combining evolutionary genomics and functional genomics in either fly or mammals, we explore how gene got duplicated in the beginning, and how duplicates shape phenotypic evolution subsequently. Several ongoing projects are like: 1) how LTR retrotransposons mediate gene retroposition in animals; 2) how polymorphic duplicates drive meiotic drive in Drosophila; 3) how primate-specific genes shape human brain evolution. Related representative publications include Genome Res 2016, Curr Opin Genet Dev 2014 and Science 2010. For more details, please refer to the lab website, We prefer biologists with experimental training such as molecular biology, developmental biology, neurobiology or functional genomics. For those who are interested, please contact Dr. Yong E. Zhang at

Zhu Lab: Evolution of Functional Insect Groups
Zhu (CD) Lab welcomes applicants interested in insect systematics and species interactions. We focus on evolution of Hymenoptera, especially bees and chalcid wasps. Currently, there are different directions organized by different lab members: 1) Dr. Zhu, insect integrative systematics; 2) Dr. Yan-Zhou Zhang, co-evolution/adaptation between scale insects and parasitoid wasps; 3) Dr. Douglas Chesters, insect phyloinformatics; 4) Dr. A-Rong Lou, Theoretical molecular systematics. We are also happy to host scientists with their independent projects. Currently, this lab hosted 1 distinguished professor (Category A), 3 visiting professors (Categraory B). Now, there are 2 postdoctoral researchers (Category C) in the lab. For more details, please contact Zhu Lab at

Closing Date of the application for 2019 program: September 20th, 2018.
Start of position: flexible

🔶 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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