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🔵 Professional Positions

🔵 One-Year Visiting Assistant Professorship (Paleontology/Sedimentology), Department of Geology, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

Posting Date: 7 December 2017
Closing Date: 2 February 2018

The Department of Geology at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences in the field of Paleontology/Sedimentology. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

Founded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, selective liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio and is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was the first college in America to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission. The College continues to view a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational environment as essential to the excellence of its academic program.

The Department consists of six faculty, two staff members who provide technical support for teaching and student research, and about 60 majors. Students actively participate in research with faculty and routinely present at national meetings and co-author papers. Facilities and equipment include surveying and GPS equipment, a variable pressure Tescan Vega 3 LMU scanning electron microscope with SE, BSE, and CL detectors with an Oxford EDS/EBSD system, petrographic microscopes for teaching and research, rock and thin-section preparation facilities, and a Canberra broad energy germanium detector. Instrumentation for spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction are available elsewhere on campus. Oberlin is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium, and the College has competitions for small research grants each semester. For more information on the department, candidates can visit our web page at:

The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of Paleontology and/or Sedimentology including a topical introductory course, an intermediate-level course in historical geology with laboratory, and an upper level course in Paleontology or Sedimentology/Stratigraphy with laboratory or in the applicant’s area of expertise.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2018). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College believes that diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. Applicants are asked to include in their cover letter information about how their scholarship, teaching, and mentoring will support Oberlin College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; see Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student populations and should describe previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Quick Link for Posting:

Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy and scholarship interests; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4) Teaching Philosophy, 5) Research Statement, 6) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders* All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process.

*By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.

Review of applications will begin on February 2, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the February 2, 2018 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Karla Parsons-Hubbard
Donald R. Longman Professor
Dept. of Geology, Oberlin College
52 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074
Ph (office):440-775-8353
Ph (lab): 440-775-5723

🔵 Two Lectureships, Earth Sciences Department, University College London, London UK

Posting Date: 24 January 2018
Closing Date: 23 February 2018

The Department of Earth Sciences invites applications for two lectureship posts from 1st September 2018 in any area of the Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. Applicants whose research will contribute to areas of strategic importance, and complement and strengthen the current research portfolio within the department are particularly welcome. We are seeking to appoint outstanding individuals with academic standing, vision and proven expertise who will provide leadership in their field of expertise, develop world-class research programmes and contribute to advanced teaching and knowledge exchange activities.

The postholder will have a PhD in a relevant discipline as well as experience in research, teaching or other employment in Earth, Environmental or Planetary Sciences.

Successful candidates will also have an outstanding record of academic research, a strong publications portfolio, a track record of success in income generation from public and/or commercial sources, and will be able to work collaboratively with an inter-disciplinary approach.

UCL vacancy reference: 1705691

For more information see:

Prof. Paul Bown
Dept. of Earth Sciences
University College London
Gower Street

+44 (0)20 3108 6360
ext. 56360

🔶 PhD Opportunities, Postdoctoral Appointments, Technical & Intern Positions

🔶 Biostratigrapher (Radiolaria), Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History Expedition (379), JOIDES Resolution

Posting Date: 14 February 2018
Closing Date: 28 February 2018

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) offers you the unique opportunity to sail on Expedition 379 onboard the JOIDES Resolution in the framework of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), an international research program for drilling at sea.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is largely marine-based, highly sensitive to climatic and oceanographic changes, has had a dynamic history over the last several million years, and if completely melted, could result in a global sea-level rise of 3.3-4.3 m. Expedition 379 will obtain records from the continental shelf and rise of the Amundsen Sea to document WAIS dynamics in an area unaffected by other ice sheets as well and that currently experiences the largest ice loss in Antarctica.

The primary objectives include (a) reconstructing the Paleogene to Holocene glacial history of West Antarctica, (b) correlating the Amundsen Sea WAIS-proximal records with global records of ice volume changes and air/seawater temperature proxy records, (c) constraining the relationship between incursions of warm water masses onto the continental shelf and the stability of marine based ice sheet margins, and (d) reconstructing major WAIS advances onto the middle and outer shelf, including the first ice sheet expansion onto the continental shelf of the Amundsen Sea Embayment and its possible control by the uplift of Marie Byrd Land.

For more information about the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution Expedition Schedule see - this includes links to the individual expedition web pages with the original IODP proposal and expedition planning information.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: We are looking for a biostratigrapher, with a particular focus in radiolaria, of the Antarctic region or Southern Ocean!

The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage:

  • Form Expedition 379: Please, fill out all applicable fields and send it to the ESSAC office by email ( with the following additional documents until 28 February 2018:

  • A letter of interest outlining your specific expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ ODP/ IODP expeditions, research interests, primary research goals of your proposed participation.

  • CV and publication list.

Young researchers must additionally provide a letter of support from their host institution, including information on post-cruise science support.

All applications should state how you intend to achieve the proposed scientific objectives, with information on the funding scheme and support from your institution or national funding agencies. More information can be found under:

In addition to the ESSAC application, all applicants must inform their national office or national delegate and send a copy of the application documents. The national offices or national delegates can also provide information regarding travel support, post-cruise funding opportunities, etc.

See for a list of the national contact persons.

For further information or questions, please contact the ESSAC Office:

ECORD Science Support & Advisory Committee
Antony Morris (ESSAC Chair)
Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
Plymouth University,
Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1752 584954

🔶 Postdoctoral Position (30 Months, Early Cretaceous Paleobotany), Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois

Posting Date: 27 January 2018
Closing Date: 1 March 2018

A new postdoctoral research associate position is available to join an international, interdisciplinary team of paleobotanists, botanists and geologists working on Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous fossil plants and fossil plant assemblages (including palynofloras) from Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, China. The position is based at Chicago Botanic Garden, and will include opportunities for interactions with colleagues and collections at the Field Museum in Chicago, and at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The project is expected to include opportunities for the postdoctoral research associate to participate in fieldwork in Mongolia and China. The work of the post-doc will focus mainly on the discovery, characterization and analysis of diverse Early Cretaceous fossil plants that are exceptionally well- preserved in multiple modes of preservation, including as permineralizations in chert, mesofossils, and compression fossils. The postdoc will be involved in all aspects of the study, but a major emphasis will be on documenting the plant diversity in the chert samples using cellulose acetate peels. Other approaches will include X-ray tomography of mesofossils and permineralized material, palynological analysis of pollen in situ within reproductive structures, and detailed analysis of dispersed pollen.

The project is funded by the US National Science Foundation and is also supported by colleagues in Mongolia and China. The primary collaborators on the project are Patrick Herendeen and Fabiany Herrera (Chicago Botanic Garden), Peter Crane (Oak Spring Garden Foundation), Gongle Shi (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Niiden Ichinorov (Institute of Paleontology and Geology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences).

Please contact Patrick Herendeen ( as soon as possible (and certainly before March 1st, 2018) for additional information. Please also include a cv and the names of three referees who we may contact for references.

🔶 Intern (Invertebate Paleontology), Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

Posting Date: 14 February 2018
Closing Date: 16 March 2018

Position Summary:
The Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History is offering a small number of full-time, 8-week internships for graduate or undergraduate students in geology, invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields (June 11, 2018 start). The interns will participate in an IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection in the Invertebrate Paleontology department at AMNH. A description of the Mapes collection at the AMNH can be found here:

A summary of the IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection can be found here:

The interns will work with collection management staff to rehouse, conserve, catalog and database specimens. A stipend will be provided as support over the internship period.
Required Qualifications:
Applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree course, or about to apply to a graduate course in invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields. Ability to work with paleontological research collections, ability to perform tasks requiring physical strength and high manual dexterity, proficiency in the use of Mac and PC based software, good organizational, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently. Experience working in museum collections a plus.

Interested parties should apply online:

Applications cannot be accepted via email or snail mail. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to email inquiries about application status. Applicants will only receive notification if they qualify for an interview.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

🔶 Student Internship (Vertebrate Paleontology), Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal, Nebraska

Posting Date: 14 February 2018
Closing Date: 1 April 2018

Several summer internships are available for field studies in vertebrate paleontology. With preference to geology or biology students, the positions are open to all 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. 36-38 hour workweek. $11.50 per hour.

E-mail: rick.otto@UNL.EDU or sandy.mosel@UNL.EDU for details and application form.
Find out more about the Ashfall site at

Three internships will be offered for May 23 to August 3. * Two internships will be offered for July 31 to September 15.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled, but no later than April 1st. Therefore, advantage to early applicants.

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

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