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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

🔵 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

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

🔵 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,
Jaime Keeler, Biodiversity Institute Business Coordinator,

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.

🔶 PhD Opportunities, Postdoctoral Appointments, Technical & Intern Positions

🔶 PhD Research Opportunity (Environmental Paleontology), Department of Palaeontology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 9 July 2018
Closing Date: 21 July 2018

PhD position at the Department of Palaeontology, in the working group on Environmental Palaeontology, group leader Martin Zuschin, close cooperation partners are Paolo Albano and Adam Tomasovych. Our research topics are Conservation Paleobiology and Historical Ecology, Stratigraphic Paleobiology, Macroecology, Ecology and paleoecology of Recent and Pleistocene coral reefs. Our focus is mostly on the Cenozoic marine fossil record. Recent and current research projects include: Historical ecology of the Lessepsian migration. Historical ecology of the northern Adriatic Sea. Conservation palaeobiology of oil-polluted tropical marine biota in the Arabian Gulf. Biodiversity of Cenozoic molluscan faunas of Europe. Stratigrapic paleobiology of Pliocene brachiopod shell beds of southern Spain.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week. Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Participation in research, teaching and administration:
  • The successful candidate works on her / his doctoral thesis.
  • We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.
  • Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement.
  • Supervision of bachelor and master students (in particular on topics that are related to the doctoral thesis of the candidate).
  • Involvement in the organisation of meetings, conferences, symposiums.
  • Participation in research projects / research studies.
  • Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations.
  • Involvement in the department administration.

  • Graduate degree (master / diploma) in life sciences or earth sciences.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Very good data analysis skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently.
  • High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing.
  • IT user skills.

  • Experience in the identification of marine invertebrates (e.g., molluscs, brachiopods or corals).
  • Basic experience in research methods and academic writing.
  • Experience in the statistics platform R.
  • Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning.
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures.
  • Experience abroad.

Application documents:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • Short doctoral project proposal
  • Degree certificates.

Please submit your applications as one pdf-file.

Research fields:
Main research field: Geosciences (Required)
Special research field: Palaeontology (Required)

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 21.07.2018, mentioning reference number 8758.

For further information please contact
Karin Lippert +43-1-4277-53501
Martin Zuschin +43-1-4277-53555.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Addition information can be found here.


🔶 Lecturer (Paleontology/Paleobiology), Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, Universiy of California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Posting Date: 5 May 2018
Closing Date: 7 September 2018

The UCLA Dept. pf Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences seeks applications for a temporary lecturer position in the area of Paleontology/Paleobiology for the Winter 2019 Quarter. Responsibilities will include lecturing, designing and developing laboratory exercises, conducting regularly scheduled office hours, writing and grading exams and problem sets, and training and supervising one or more teaching assistants for an upper division course in Paleontology. 

Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Biology, Paleontology or equivalent discipline. Significant experience in teaching Paleontology at the college level is preferred. The appointee will be expected to develop a new course of 18 lectures and 8 laboratory classes using materials in the UCLA collections.

Interested parties may apply online at

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Monica Alfredsen.

Monica Alfredsen
Academic Personnel Coordinator
UCLA, Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
595 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Los Angeles, CA 90095

🔶 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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