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Professional Positions

🔵 Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Earth-Life Interactions), Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis California, USA

Posting Date: 1 May 2017
Closing Date: 15 June 2017

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of Earth-Life Interactions. We seek creative scientists who study the interactions between life and surface environments on any spatial and temporal scale using novel laboratory, field, and/or computational approaches. We encourage applications from a diverse range of disciplines including, but not restricted to, biogeochemistry, geobiology, and paleoclimatology. We are particularly interested in applicants who will expand our current research programs and have the potential to build new connections both within the department and across campus, such as with other departments in the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, or the UC Davis Genomics Center.

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in geoscience or a related field by the time of appointment. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supervision of graduate students and departmental, university, and service to the discipline are expected.

The department’s current research programs and experimental, analytical and computational facilities are described at

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, publication list, statements of research plans, teaching interests, and contributions to diversity, and contact information of four references by June 15, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Guidance for diversity statements may be found

Applications should be submitted online via the job listing #JPF01496 at Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair at

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. The campus sponsors a Work Life Program that supports faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community. For more information see

Acacia Steimer-Wilson
Academic Personnel Coordinator
Earth & Planetary Sciences Dept.
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 Postdoc Opportunity (Molecular Palaeontology), Department of Geology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Posting Date: 2 May 2017
Closing Date: 16 May 2017

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into ten departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1900 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Geology has a long and successful history of research with an international reputation throughout the entire geological field and offers nationally leading undergraduate programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. About 40 researchers/teachers and 20 research students are active at the department, which consists of two sub-departments: Quaternary Sciences, and Lithosphere and Biosphere Sciences.
Introduction text:

Molecular palaeontology is an emerging geobiological discipline directed to the study of multimillion-year-old biomolecules that provide information on the evolutionary history, biology, physiology, and/or ecology of both modern and ancient organisms. Applications are invited for a four year PhD-studentship investigating the anatomy, histology, preservation, and taphonomy of fossilised biomineralised and non-biomineralised tissues from the Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark, with particular focus devoted to proteinaceous and/or pigmented organic matter. The position is within the ‘Molecular palaeontology’ group at the Department of Geology, Lund University, which works in close collaboration with the molecular palaeontology group at the North Carolina State University, headed by Professor Mary H. Schweitzer. Local contacts include MUSERUM and the Mo-clay Museum.

Work description:

The successful candidate will undertake research on the preservation, taphonomy and diagenetic history of both naturally biomineralised and originally non-biomineralised animal tissues. Particular focus will be directed towards proteinaceous and/or pigmented bionic matter and those taphonomic pathways enabling its survival across geological time. The earliest Eocene (about 54 million years ago) Fur Formation of northern Jutland, Denmark, is replete with exquisitely preserved fossils (including birds, reptiles, bony fish, and insects); these reflect the organismal diversity immediately after the most pronounced greenhouse event of the Cenozoic Era and will be used as a model system. Causes for the exceptional preservation will be elucidated, and the fossilised remains will be examined from a number of aspects, including timing of stabilisation, degree of degradation, and influence of diagenetic alteration. These studies will be complemented by laboratory experiments designed specifically to simulate the taphonomic pathways contributing to the conservation of soft-tissue structures. Main tasks will include spectroscopic and spectrometric analyses, but also implementation of data from the degradation experiments. The successful applicant will have opportunities to learn a broad array of analytical techniques, including histology, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), infrared microspectroscopy, immunostaining, and mass spectrometry.

The four year studentship is sub-divided into three years of research and one year of PhD courses.

The PhD student is expected to take an active part in the institution’s teaching program and help out with basic educational tasks. Such activities can amount to up to 20 % of full time, but are compensated through extension of the studentship.


The successful candidate is a highly skilled and dedicated life-science student who is committed to state-of-the art research. He or she is expected to hold a university degree (MSc. or equivalent) in biochemistry, molecular or evolutionary biology or palaeontology. Documented experience in laboratory activities with focus on mass spectrometry/proteomics and/or immunostaining is desirable. Documented knowledge of animal anatomy, physiology and/or palaeontology is a merit. Documented experience in scientific writing, such as publications, essays or equivalent, in English is essential. We are looking for an independent and creative person who thrives in a dynamic research environment. The project requires close collaboration with international scientists, and accordingly the applicant should be able to work both independently and collaboratively. Moreover, the applicant should be able to take responsibility for parts of the research project.

The candidate will be called for an interview before appointment.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.
Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment: According to the agreement
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
City: Lund
County: Skåne län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: PA2017/983

Johan Lindgren, Lecturer
+46 222 46 35

Natalie Nyman
Human resources administrator
+46-222 78 30

Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli
+46-222 93 62

SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet
+46-222 93 64

SEKO: Seko Civil
+46-222 93 66

Last application date: 16 May 2017 11:59 PM CET

🔶 Short-Course Instructor Position (Paleontological Art & Illustration), Department of Art, University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta, Canada

Posting Date: 6 June 2017
Closing Date: 20 June 2017

The Department of Art invites applications for a Sessional Instructor to teach the following course during the 2017 Summer Session:

ART 349.01 - Drawing for the Biological Sciences M W F, 8:30 - 4:30 Course Description

Basic and more complex principles of drawing from subjects pertaining to the biological sciences; drawing from observation, exploration of foundational skills in a cross-disciplinary context. This course offering is subject to budget allocation, resources and minimum enrolment. This is a three-week course from August 21 to September 8, 2017.

This course is being offered in conjunction with a SSHRC funded grant that coincides with the annual Society for Vertebrate Paleontology conference in Calgary. This offering of the course is themed on "Paleo Art". A terminal studio art degree with requisite professional experience is required, PhD preferred. Applicants must possess a good knowledge of the field and conventions associated with paleontological illustration, including the scientific illustration of fossil remains, and creative, yet science-based depictions of extinct organisms and ecosystems. Competence in this field should be evidenced through course work, transcripts, publications, portfolio, collaborative work with palaeontology researchers, or workshop experience. As well, applicants should have proven experience teaching paleontological art at advanced levels. A knowledge of historical and contemporary figurative practices, and current issues and professional practices in scientific illustration would be expected.

To apply for this teaching opportunity, please submit an electronic letter of application to Nicole Ethier at

In support of your application, please provide the following:

Current, up-to-date CV Three letters of reference Cover letter that explains your ability and qualifications to teach the specific course Evidence of teaching effectiveness The application deadline is 4:30pm, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

If you have further questions, please contact Brian Rusted, Head, Department of Art.

If you would like to see sample outlines of these courses, please contact the Department of Art at 220-5251.

NOTE: This course offering is subject to budget allocation, resources and minimum enrolment.

The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B. Please see the Faculty Association’s website for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.

Thank you for your application. Please note that you will receive an email confirming receipt of your emailed application but only the successful candidates will be notified upon completion of the selection process.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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