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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 (Benthic Molluscs), Earth Sciences Department, The Natural History Museum, London, UK

Posting Date: 13 April 2019
Closing Date: 21 May 2019

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

Our Earth Sciences Department houses a large and active research collection, ranging from microfossils to meteorites and mammoths. Experts from the NHM and institutions across the world develop and use our collections in a friendly and inspiring environment. The benthic mollusc (bivalves and gastropods) collection contains over 5 million specimens and is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world with particular strengths in its worldwide systematic and faunal collections.

This is an opportunity for a collections specialist or an early career researcher with curatorial experience to take up an important role in the Invertebrates and Plants Division. You will provide expertise in the curation, documentation, and management of our mollusc collection and will facilitate its access and use by a range of stakeholders within the museum and worldwide. Working closely with colleagues in the Division, you will also engage in collaborative and independent research projects within the field of molluscan palaeobiology, and share responsibility for curation of the fossil benthic mollusc collections with another member of the team.

Time will also be spent working with the teams responsible for the Museum’s public-facing and fundraising activities.

Applications for the post of Curator of Benthic Molluscs are welcome from candidates in the field of invertebrate palaeobiology or zoology, with particular expertise in molluscs. You will have a record of scientific publication in international peer-reviewed journals commensurate with career stage, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills

For a full job description and to submit an application, please visit the Natural History Museum website -

🔵 Curator of Paleontology, Alabama Museum of Natural History (ALMNH), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Posting Date: 2 May 2019
Closing Date: 31 May 2019

The Department of Research and Collections of the University of Alabama Museums is seeking a highly-motivated researcher in the area of paleontology. The paleontology collections at the Alabama Museum of Natural History date back to the mid 1800’s and include over 25,000 specimens. The collection is made up of vertebrate, invertebrate and paleobotanical specimens and boasts many unique and important specimens including several holotypes and arguably the most complete
Clidastes propython mosasaur specimen known (Artemis). The ALMNH also maintains an extensive collection of extant vertebrates that are useful for comparative studies (osteological specimens, study skins, and wet specimens). This position will oversee a fully functional fossil preparation laboratory adjacent to the collection as well as a 130-acre paleontological field station in Dallas County, AL. Areas of research focus could include but are not be limited to: systematics, functional or evolutionary morphology, paleoecology, and biomechanics. The ALMNH is also interested in connecting paleontological research with our visitors and the local community.

The Curator of Paleontology is responsible for managing the paleontological collections including, in conjunction with the Director, Research and Collections, developing plans for maintenance and expansion. Writing proposals to fund the collection and create synergies with faculty and other researchers promoting deposition of specimens in the ALMNH collections. Creating and maintains an active research program focused on the paleontology collections. Managing a budget for paleontological activities and administering grants and proposals for paleontology collections. Managing Harrell Station, ALMNH's paleontological field station. Oversees the recruitment and coordination of ALMNH paleontological assistants and volunteers. Teaches one course per year in paleontology, geology or a related field. Assists with development of policies and processes conforming to best practice standards for the long-term preservation and conservation of specimens within the collections.

Qualifications and Required Application Materials: Ph.D. in Geology or Biology with specialization in Paleontology and one (1) year of college level teaching experience. Job close date 5/31/2019. Visit UA's employment website at (job no. 508814) for more information and to apply. The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity employer (EOE) including an EOE of protected vets and individuals with disabilities.

Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 Deep Time Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Posting Date: 8 May 2019
Closing Date: 30 June 2019

Applications are invited for a two-year Research Fellowship (postdoctoral) in Paleobiology relating to the goals of the Deep Time Initiative at the National Museum of Natural History. This fellowship involves 75% time commitment to research and 25% time commitment toward advancing science education and outreach for the public. The appointment provides stipend ($50,400/yr), research/travel allowance ($4 K/yr), support for health insurance ($2K/yr), and a one-time relocation allowance ($1K).

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct independent research through the study of paleobiology, paleoecology, and/or taphonomy involving NMNH fossil collections. The awardee will take part in the scholarly activities of the Department of Paleobiology and in public outreach and education relating to Deep Time. Research in any aspect of paleobiology will be considered, however, priority will be given to applications that: 1) propose innovative research on an exciting collections-based topic in Paleobiology, 2) indicate a high standard of research productivity, creativity, and interactivity, 3) provide evidence of ability to communicate about science and engage the public with scientific topics – specifically involving direct interaction with the public, orally, in writing, through social media, citizen science, etc.

The Deep Time (DT) initiative is focused on understanding connections between 4.6 billion years of environmental change, the diversity of life, and the future of our species on Earth. The four focal themes for our Deep Time research, exhibits, and outreach include: 1) evolution of organisms, 2) evolution of ecosystems, 3) earth processes, 4) connections among these forces including to our human past, present and future. Through understanding of the fossil and geological record, the Deep Time Initiative seeks to inform and inspire the global community about connections between the past, present, and future of life on Earth and help educate citizens for a changing planet. The Fellow will join a diverse intellectual community at NMNH and two other Deep Time Peter Buck Fellows involved in research, education, and outreach activities relating to the new NMNH Fossil Halls (Deep Time) exhibition opening in June, 2019.

Information about the Paleobiology Department can be found at,
The Fossil Halls - Deep Time Exhibit at, and the NMNH Office of Education and Outreach at

Applicants should have a proven record of research accomplishment and knowledge of the fossil record. Preferred starting dates for the fellowship are between October 1 and December 31, 2019, and all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the end of this time interval. To apply, send: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) pdfs of recent publications (maximum of three); (3) proposed research for the two-year interval (up to 5 double-spaced pages, including figures, 11 point type); (4) a 1-page education and outreach statement of interests and accomplishments in communicating science to the public, and (5) contact information for three referees who could provide letters of reference should an applicant be chosen for the next stage of the selection process.

All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Brian Huber,, in pdf format by June 30, 2019. Questions regarding the fellowship should be emailed to Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, or Dr. Brian Huber, Interviews and the decision about the next Deep Time Fellow are expected to occur during mid-August to mid-September, 2019.

Note that this Deep Time Fellowship call is separate from the Smithsonian’s regular Fellowship Program, which has an annual deadline of November 1 and is 100% research.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

🔶 Post-Doctoral Position (Morphometrics), Neurophysiology Department, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Posting Date: 7 March 2019
Closing Date: 30 June 2019

This position is part of the EU funded project “Mech-Evo-Insect” which aims at a mechanistic and quantitative understanding of the transition between different mouthpart classes in insects using state-of-the-art workflows for shape characterisation and biomechanical analysis. We are seeking a highly motivated applicant, ideally with a background in evolutionary morphology, biomechanics and/or imaging and with a doctoral degree either in the Biological Sciences, Engineering Sciences, or Computer Sciences.

Being a post-doc position, the applicant principally can develop his own research initiative within this project framework. Therefore, a particular emphasis will be placed on the applicants’ own ideas during the application process and how these can be studied (ideally using a combination of both the post-docs’ expertise and the expertise of the workgroup).

Applicants who are experts for other organisms besides insects should consider to apply since our approach includes comparative aspects on several taxonomic levels. We also welcome applications with a focus on methodological development in the fields of e.g. evolutionary modelling, GM, FEA or material testing.

The successful applicant is able to work independently, but actively participates in all activities of the workgroup including a considerable amount of two-way transfer of knowledge between the applicant and the host group.

While extensive training will be available, the successful applicant also develops proficiency via attendance of workshops and self-motivated learning. The applicant will also have the opportunity to present their work at national and international conferences, and to collaborate with other research groups at an international and interdisciplinary level.

The position is paid at TV-L E13 100% for 36 months.

Apart from a full CV (without photograph and without date of birth; Including own publications and contact details of 2 referees), applications should contain a letter of motivation (5 pages or less) detailing your previous research experience and an outline of your research plans for this position (including aspects of the desired two-way transfer of knowledge). While detailing your future research, please take into account that you can plan with a considerable amount of research budget. Details will be communicated upon request, inquiries can be made with Alexander Blanke (

The application (as a single pdf file) should be sent to the secretary of the Neurophysiology Department ( with the reference number 1902-20. The deadline for application is June 30th 2019, the estimated start date would be November 2019.

The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities or people of equivalent status. Severely disabled applicants of equal merit and qualifications will be given priority.

🔶 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

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