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🔵 Professional Positions

🔵 Department Head (Geosciences), Pennsylvania State University (University Park Campus), University Park, Pennsylvania

Posting Date: 8 August 2017
Closing Date: 15 October 2017

The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader for the position of Department Head. The successful candidate is expected to be dedicated to promoting inclusion, cohesion, and excellence in the research and educational programs within the Department and across the College. The successful candidate is also expected to continue their strong record of cutting-edge scholarship and be qualified for appointment with tenure. The position is open to any area of research interest within Geosciences. Previous experience in academic or professional leadership is desirable. Women and members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Penn State Geosciences includes multiple top-ranked research and educational programs, and faculty who are international leaders in a broad array of fields. The Department has strong ties to programs across the University, including the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and the Materials Research Institute, numerous leading disciplinary programs, and interdisciplinary training programs in Energy, Astrobiology, Biogeochemistry, and Climate Science. More information is available on our website (www.geosc.psu.edu).

To apply, applicants should upload the following materials through the PSU jobs website: 1) a letter describing how they would lead the Department and contribute to its teaching, service, and research programs; 2) a complete curriculum vitae; 3) names and addresses (including e-mail) of three referees. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Kate Freeman, Chair, Department Head Search Committee, Department of Geosciences, at khf4@psu.edu.


🔵 Principal Research Scientist/Director Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign, Urbana, Illinois

Posting Date: 28 September 2017
Closing Date: 20 October 2017

The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, is seeking a Principal Research Scientist/Director of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS). The successful individual will serve as the lead scientist and chief executive officer for INHS, will provide leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of scientific programs undertaken by INHS.

The mission of INHS is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois andother areas nationally and globally, and to acquire and provide rigorous, scientific information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS maintains research programs in basic and applied ecology, systematics, environmental health, and biogeography that stand at the forefront of efforts to understand the biological processes and components that shape the environment. INHS also acts as a long-term repository of biological collections and ecological data, and disseminates information to the scientific community, government agencies, and the general public. More than 260 scientists and staff contribute to the programs at INHS; FY17 expenditures (including externally funded research expenditures) totaled more than $75 million.

As a Principal Research Scientist, the successful candidate will be expected to pursue relevant research opportunities, secure external funding in support of research, to present results in peer-reviewed publications, and to network and collaborate with faculty, scientists, and various stakeholders within the University of Illinois and other institutions. As Director, the successful candidate will provide leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of scientific research and service programs undertaken byINHS. The Director will participate in PRI leadership, and represent INHS interests to PRI as well as elsewhere inside and outside of the University. Additionally, the Director will be expected to identify cutting-edge research foci and other multi-disciplinary research themes related to INHS and PRI, encourage, promote, and facilitate research, and identify and secure funding from state, federal and private sources.

The position requires a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline relevant to the mission of PRI and INHS, significant experience in academic or government research environments, administrative experience in a university or state, federal, or non-government organization, and an established record of scholarship and obtaining sponsored funding from state and federal agencies and/or the private sector. An additional faculty tenure or non-tenure option may be entertained for candidates with an academic track record or commensurately significant other qualifications. The starting date is negotiable. Salary is commensurate with experience. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 20, 2017; however, the search will remain open until a successful candidate is identified. For additional information, including instructions on how to apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board. You may also contact Lori Walston- Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute at lwalston@illinois.edu. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu. The full job description can be found at: https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=85685&job=principal-research- scientist-director-illinois-natural-history-survey


🔵 Tenure Track Faculty Position (Paleobiology) College of Arts and Sciences, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Posting Date: 2 October 2017
Closing Date: 1 November 2017

The Baylor University Department of Geosciences seeks a dynamic scholar to fill this position beginning August, 2018. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Paleobiology, Paleontology, Geology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or a closely related discipline. We seek an individual with a research focus in aspects of biological paleontology such as invertebrate paleontology, vertebrate paleontology, ichnology, palynology, micropaleontology, paleoecology, paleogeography, molecular paleontology, taphonomy, phylogeny, systematics, macroevolution, functional morphology, and other biological and paleobiological processes and patterns. Regardless of research focus area, enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and cultivation of new collaborations is essential to this position. The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate curriculum by teaching courses in historical geology and invertebrate paleontology and to the graduate programs (MS and PhD) in Geosciences by teaching graduate courses and seminars in his/her areas of specialization, establish and participate in externally-funded research, and successfully mentor M.S. and Ph.D. candidates to graduation. The Department currently consists of 18 tenured and tenure-track geoscientists, and has considerable analytical and computing facilities with equipment including Stable Isotope, Gas Chromatograph, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, FTIR, and Raman Spectrometers. Additionally, shared Mass Spectrometry, Molecular Biosciences, and Microscopy and Imaging Centers are available. Research space is available in the 500,000 ft2 “state-of-the-art” Baylor Sciences Building.

The application package for this position should include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, official transcripts, reprints of three peer-reviewed publications, separate statements of your research plan and teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three references. The application package should be submitted electronically to:

Dr. Daniel Peppe, Search Committee Chair
Department of Geosciences
One Bear Place #97354
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798-7354
USA
Telephone: +1-254-710-2629
email: daniel_peppe@baylor.edu.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications will be reviewed beginning 11/01/2017 and will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 11/17/2017.

To learn more, please visit these links: http://www.baylor.edu/geology/, http://www.baylor.edu/artsandsciences/, and Jobs at Baylor.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.


🔵 Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Sedimentary Geology), Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Posting Date: 2 October 2017
Closing Date: 17 November 2017

The Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in Sedimentary Geology. We are especially interested in a colleague who is able to combine quantitative, field-based studies of sedimentary systems with expertise in broader, interdisciplinary research areas that include, but are not limited to, paleo- environmental reconstructions, geochemistry, numerical modeling, remote sensing, taphonomy, rock-properties, natural resources, and seismic interpretation. The successful applicant will contribute to a diverse, research community within the Jackson School of Geosciences by building an innovative, externally funded research program that will complement and unite existing strengths. The ideal candidate would be able to lead and facilitate collaborations among researchers, students, and faculty members in the department and university. In addition, the candidate will contribute to the multidisciplinary teaching community in the Department of Geological Sciences through education that includes teaching, mentoring, and advising of our diverse graduate and undergraduate student bodies; candidates with an interest in experiential learning and teaching field skills are encouraged to apply.

As part of the Jackson School of Geosciences (www.jsg.utexas.edu), the Department of Geological Sciences (www.jsg.utexas.edu/dgs) has over 50 faculty and a community of research scientists with a broad range of specialties, as well as access to outstanding research facilities and support. The department has one of the largest combined graduate and undergraduate enrolments of any Earth science program in North America and is located in a thriving metropolitan area with a dynamic, multicultural community of over 1 million people. The department is interested in building a culturally diverse intellectual community; we strongly encourage applications from all under-represented groups.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, 2-page statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for at least three references. Submit electronic copies of these materials online at apply.interfolio.com/45292. For questions related to the search, please contact dgs@jsg.utexas.edu. Review of applications will begin November 17th, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels.


🔵 Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Sedimentology/Stratigraphy), Department of Geosciences, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia

Posting Date: 2 October 2017
Closing Date: 30 November 2017

The Department of Geosciences at the University of West Georgia invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Sedimentology or Stratigraphy at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2018. A Ph.D. in Geology focusing on sedimentology, stratigraphy, basin analysis or a related field is required at time of employment. The successful applicant will be expected to teach introductory courses in geology as well as upper level courses in sedimentology, stratigraphy, and possibly additional undergraduate courses in their specialty. This applicant will also be expected to develop a vigorous research program that involves undergraduate students.

The University of West Georgia (UWG) is a comprehensive regional public university located an hour west of Atlanta in Carrollton, GA. Part of the University System of Georgia, UWG has a total enrolment of approximately 13,000 students and is growing annually. The Geosciences department consists of thirteen faculty and manages facilities including GIS teaching labs, the Center for Water Resources, and the West Georgia Microscopy Center. The department also houses research equipment including rock and fossil preparation equipment, petrographic microscopes, XRD, ICP-OES, and variable-pressure SEM-EDS instrumentation.

Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes a cover letter, CV, separate statements of teaching and research interests, transcripts, and contact information for a minimum of three references to sediment@westga.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2017. We will be available to meet with potential candidates at the fall GSA meeting in Seattle. The University of West Georgia is an Equal Opportunity Employer; applications from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged. Questions should be directed to Dr. Bradley Deline, Search Committee Chair: bdeline@westga.edu.


🔵 University Lectureship (Geobiology), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Posting Date: 24 August 2017
Closing Date: 2 December 2017

We invite applications from candidates carrying out creative and innovative research, using observational, numerical and/or experimental techniques in geobiology, with a likely focus in the broad areas of evolutionary palaeobiology, earth system evolution, and ancient environments. We seek candidates who show a talent for connecting disciplines, and have an imaginative flair that will set future agendas.

Candidates should have an outstanding record of research in a relevant subject area and will be expected to develop a vigorous research programme at an international level. The successful applicant will contribute to the research activity of the Department (and the University) leading to interaction with academic staff across several areas, to supervise research students and actively to seek external funds to support their research. The Department assists new academic staff as much as possible to establish their research in Cambridge.

The person appointed will be expected to contribute to the Department's teaching at various levels. At elementary level, they may be asked to help with teaching outside their immediate field of specialisation. All of our academic staff take part in undergraduate field teaching. We welcome applications from persons with degrees in Earth Sciences or allied disciplines.

The Department is committed to equality and diversity, and we would particularly welcome applications from women and minority candidates. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/pay-benefits/cambens-employee-benefits/family-friendly. The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the Department holds an Athena-SWAN bronze award.

Further particulars and information at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/14413/ or contact the Administrator (ab78@esc.cam.ac.uk).

The appointments will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers (£39,324 to £49,772 a year) and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. A University Lectureship is broadly equivalent to an tenure track Assistant Professorship in the US.
As well as submitting a CV, your letter of application should include (a) a list of publications, (b) a 1000 word statement covering your current research, future research directions, and teaching experience. The closing date is Saturday 2 December, 2017.

Candidates are also requested to ask their three referees to write direct to the Administrator (ab78@esc.cam.ac.uk) by Saturday 2 December, 2017.

Interviews will be held in the week of 19 February 2018

See also our website http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk


🔶 Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 Postdoctoral Position (Machine Reading Approaches Applied to Biological/Paleontological Data), The Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway

Posting Date: 8 July 2017
Closing Date: 31 October 2017

A two-year position as a research fellow in Machine Reading Approaches Applied to Biological/Paleontological Data is available at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, in association with the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,University of Oslo, Norway.

The research fellow will be part of the European Research Council Consolidator Grant project macroevolution.abc (Abiota, biota and constraints in macroevolutionary processes) lead by Associate Professor Lee Hsiang Liow (PI). The main goal of this project is to develop a new model system using bryozoans to provide answers to previously intractable questions in evolutionary biology.

The Natural History Museum and the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis
The position will be based at the Natural History Museum (NHM), University of Oslo (http://www.nhm.uio.no/) with affiliation to CEES (www.cees.uio.no), a national centre of excellence (CoE). The Abel computer cluster at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences that provides High-Performance Computation (HPC) abilities will be available for use. The appointed researcher will carry out research at the Natural History Museum at its location in the Botanical Garden at Tøyen and at the Blindern campus of the University of Oslo, and potentially at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The candidate will work in closely with the PI and Shanan Peters (University of Wisconsin-Madison) who is the project leader of GeoDeepDive (https://geodeepdive.org).

Project Description
The main goal of the project is to develop a new model system using bryozoans to provide answers to previously intractable questions in evolutionary biology. These questions include whether ecological interactions that are important for individual survival matter for speciation and extinction patterns observed on very long time scales, and why we can expect to wait a million years for bursts of phenotypic change. The research fellow has the designated task of developing automated data recognition and extraction software tools to help locate and aggregate “dark” occurrence, ecological and phenotypic data on bryozoans that are distributed in publications, scientific reports and other published sources, in an automated and repeatable fashion. The ideal candidate will make a major contribution to the planned research, but will also develop her/his own complementary lines of research that reflect the candidate's own expertise and interests, and that fit within the project's main goals, such as developing data-extraction algorithms and software tools to automate scientific workflows that depend on locating and using published information. The Natural History Museum has an ambition of being a leading research museum. Candidates for researcher fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD-degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree). In exceptional cases, candidates without a doctoral degree but with highly relevant (and demonstrable) skills in machine reading approaches, and a very strong interest in bryozoans and/or macroevolution will be considered. We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and hard-working researcher who can communicate with systematists, biologists and palaeontologists, with the ambition of helping them streamline repeatable high-volume data extraction. The data to be extracted includes text, numbers and potentially also attributes of images. The ideal candidate has substantial experience with programming and in particular machine reading/learning, and interests in database construction. She/he should have excellent communication and writing skills to foster understanding across fields. Applicants must show good interpersonal skills and be willing to work in close collaboration with the project PI and other members of the project team, as well as have the ability to work independently. Applicants should have a good publication record for their career stage and/or a solid record of successful machine-learning/reading projects. A good command of English is required. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment: https://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/index.html

The application must include:
  • Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests and describing how you fit the description of the person we seek. A 1-2 page description of how, at this early stage, you envision potentially using GeoDeepDive infrastructure to locate and extract taxonomic descriptions, faunal lists and other relevant biological information.
  • An example of such an extraction activity is available here: https://github.com/UW-Macrostrat/stromatolites_demo
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and other qualifying activities).
  • Copies of educational certificates.
  • A complete list of publications and unpublished work, and up to 5 academic papers that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

We offer:
  • Salary (position code 1108/1109): NOK 490 900 - 569 000 per year, depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (SPK)
  • Attractive welfare benefits

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results:
http://www.uio.no/english/for-employees/employment/position/intellectual-rights/. In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure or would like to know more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Assoc. Prof. Lee Hsiang Liow, e-mail: l.h.liow@ibv.uio.no

For questions regarding the recruitment system Jobbnorge or the application procedure, please contact HR Advisor Thomas Brånå, e-mail: thomas.brana@nhm.uio.no


🔶 Assistant Research Scientist (ERI Fellow - Species Distribution Modeling), University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana

Posting Date: 13 October 2017
Closing Date: 1 December 2017

The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) at Indiana University (IU) invites applications for a Fellow position in species distribution modeling to begin in Fall 2018; the appointment is renewable for up to four years. Applicants with interests in future distributions of migratory species and in integrating functional trait ecology with distribution models are especially encouraged to apply. Potential for using IU’s state-of-the-art computational resources will be considered assets. Fellows will enjoy a generous research allowance, a rich collaborative environment, and eligibility to serve as PI on external grants.

The position is part of IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative (http://grandchallenges.iu.edu/p4ec ). With a primary appointment in the ERI, the successful candidate will join a cohort of twelve Fellows of the ERI and a growing community of colleagues across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities who are engaged in this collaborative program of research and communication about environmental change. Formal affiliation with relevant department(s) and school(s) will be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Excellent fellow candidates will have experience with and openness toward multi-and trans-disciplinary collaborative research.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. prior to employment along with demonstrated research experience in species distribution models; applicants with prior post-doctoral training will be favored in the review process. Fellows will be expected to develop independent research programs that interface with ERI’s multidisciplinary initiative.

Appointment will be for two years initially, with opportunity for renewal for an additional two years. While the position is not permanent, Fellows are encouraged to extend the appointment period through external funding.

Questions about the position should be directed to: David Polly, Search Committee Chair.

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2017 to ensure full consideration, but will continue to be considered until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/4590


🔶 Assistant Research Scientist (ERI Fellow - Stable Isotope Migration Ecology), University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana

Posting Date: 13 October 2017
Closing Date: 1 December 2017

The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) at Indiana University (IU) invites applications for a Fellow position in stable isotope ecology of migratory animals to begin in Fall 2018; the appointment is renewable for up to four years. Applicants with interest in reconstructing seasonal migration patterns and inferring dietary patterns are especially encouraged to apply. Expertise in establishing and using new stable isotope facilities, including hydrogen equilibration, will be considered assets. Fellows will enjoy a generous research allowance, a rich collaborative environment, and eligibility to serve as PI on external grants.

The position is part of IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative (http://grandchallenges.iu.edu/p4ec ). With a primary appointment in the ERI, the successful candidate will join a cohort of twelve Fellows of the ERI and a growing community of colleagues across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities who are engaged in this collaborative program of research and communication about environmental change. Formal affiliation with relevant department(s) and school(s) will be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Excellent fellow candidates will have experience with and openness toward multi-and trans-disciplinary collaborative research.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. prior to employment along with demonstrated research experience in species distribution models; applicants with prior post-doctoral training will be favored in the review process. Fellows will be expected to develop independent research programs that interface with ERI’s multidisciplinary initiative.

Appointment will be for two years initially, with opportunity for renewal for an additional two years. While the position is not permanent, Fellows are encouraged to extend the appointment period through external funding.

Questions about the position should be directed to: David Polly, Search Committee Chair.

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2017 to ensure full consideration, but will continue to be considered until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/4591



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