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🔵 Professional Positions

🔵 Director/Curator, Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

Posting Date: 22 November 2017
Closing Date: 21 December 2017

The Fundy Geological Museum is situated adjacent to the world-renowned Bay of Fundy in the town of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. It is one of Nova Scotia’s 28 provincial museum sites and has been operated by the Cumberland Geological Society (CGS) since its opening in 1993. Its mandate is to present the history of geological time focussing on the unique features of the Minas Basin and Bay of Fundy region.

The museum is housed in a 17,000 square foot building and features a new permanent gallery with interactive exhibits, fossils and minerals; a fossil preparation lab; archival and specimen collections storage; meeting rooms; and a gift shop. The nearby fossil cliffs are a unique feature of the museum’s programming, research and collecting activities. The museum is open year-round. For more information please visit fundygeological.novascotia.ca.

Reporting to the Chair, Board of Directors (CGS), you oversee all museum-related activities including the day-to-day operation of the museum and gift shop and are required to lead geological field trips and excursions. You work closely with staff, the Board and its committees to prepare long term plans for museum development. You are accountable, daily, for all facets of the museum facility including financial and human resources management. You provide leadership and direction in creating high quality, relevant visitor experiences and ensure the long term curation, conservation, development and security of the museum collections.

As the ideal candidate, you are an experienced and motivated manager with high integrity and three years’ experience leading and supervising staff. You possess strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills and excellent day-to-day administration and financial abilities.

You have a bachelor’s degree in geology or appropriate discipline plus five years’ experience or a Master’s degree with 3 years’ experience. As well, you are keenly interested in growing and sharing your knowledge of Nova Scotia’s geological history through field work and trips, programming and exhibitions, research, collections management, workshops, publications, social media and the Internet.

Museum experience in scientific research, collections curating and management, exhibit and program development are desirable qualifications for this position. Your career has been characterized by your success in establishing and fostering relationships within your previous organizations and communities. You have experience in operations management and in the development of facilities, programs, collections, events and exhibits.

Please provide a cover letter and resumé in confidence by midnight on December 21, 2017, to the attention of Board Chair, Rod Tyson at rod@tysonsfineminerals.com (link sends e-mail) or mail to P.O. Box 640, Parrsboro, NS B0M 1S0. No phone calls please.

This position will remain open until filled. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Job Description: Director/Curator - Fundy Geological Museum (PDF 291 KB)

Offers of employment contingent upon successful applicant providing a satisfactory Criminal Records check as well as a Child Abuse Registry check. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


🔵 Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Marine Geosciences), Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Posting Date: 1 December 2017
Closing Date: 1 January 2018

We seek a highly creative scientist with interests in modern marine processes and applications to the geological record. The candidate is expected to serve in a leadership role supervising research activities at the Biosphere 2 ocean, a unique experimental facility for understanding geological, biological and oceanographic processes in a controlled environment and testing future oceanographic technologies, and to provide intellectual direction for future research applications across all disciplines in the B2 ocean. The candidate is also expected to be an active member of the Geosciences Department, with a vigorous research agenda in any aspect of marine geosciences, including but not limited to biogeochemical processes, paleoclimatology, paleobiology, coral reef research, marine sedimentary systems and marine mineral chemistry. The successful candidate will have access to the world-class instrumental/analytical facilities available in the Geosciences Department. We are particularly eager to identify candidates with interests in collaborating with other members of the Geosciences Department. The position is open to applicants at any rank. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses related to marine geosciences. More information and details of the application process are available at https://uacareers.com/postings/23446.

Inquiries about the position should be sent to:

Dr. Andrew Cohen
Chair of the Search Committee
Department of Geosciences
University of Arizona
E-mail: cohen@email.arizona.edu

The Department of Geosciences seeks faculty who promote diversity in research, education and outreach, and who have experience with a variety of collaborative, teaching and curricular perspectives. The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Department of Geosciences supports Inclusive Excellence, the University diversity strategic initiative designed to engage every member of the university community in diversity and inclusiveness.


🔵 Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Paleoclimatology, Paleoceanography, or Paleoecology), Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Posting Date: 1 December 2017
Closing Date: 1 January 2018

We seek a creative scientist with research interests in one or more of the following fields: paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, paleoecology, or paleobiology. In particular, we welcome individuals that use field- or laboratory-based geochemical, biological, or ecological techniques to develop quantitative records of past climate and environmental change and/or life’s responses to that history. The ideal candidate will use the geological record of past climate and environmental change to make fundamental inferences about paleogeography and/or the Earth’s climate system, enhancing existing strengths in climate, paleoclimate, tectonics, and paleontology in the Department. In addition, we seek a candidate that can interface with the strong cross-disciplinary initiatives at the University of Arizona that focus on climate change, sustainability, and water resources. The position is open to applicants at any rank. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses related to their research expertise (e.g., climate, oceanography, paleoclimate, paleoecology, paleontology). More information and details of the application process are available at https://uacareers.com/postings/23447.

Inquiries about the position should be sent to:

Dr. Jessica Tierney
Chair of the Search Committee
Department of Geosciences
University of Arizona
E-mail: jesst@email.arizona.edu

The Department of Geosciences seeks faculty who promote diversity in research, education and outreach, and who have experience with a variety of collaborative, teaching and curricular perspectives. The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Department of Geosciences supports Inclusive Excellence, the University diversity strategic initiative designed to engage every member of the university community in diversity and inclusiveness.


🔵 Co-Ordinator, Brymbo Fossil Forest, Wrexham, Wales

Posting Date: 17 November 2017
Closing Date: 5 January 2018

Graduate, preferably with postgraduate experience in palaeontology. To steer the development of the Fossil Forest and its connections with the adjacent Heritage Area. The post will include influencing the design of a future building, developing the excavation work plan and opportunities for visitors, planning exhibitions, developing links with academic and scientific institutions and help pursue funding opportunities. Full time post starting March 1st, initially until 30th September 2019 Salary £28,000 per annum. Closing date for applications 5th January 2018.

Duckmantian sediments are associated with coal seams in a small conserved area at Brymbo in the Wrexham (North Wales) coalfield. The exceptionally preserved flora consists of adpressions in mudstones, shales and sandstones, more three-dimensional plant remains preserved in ironstone nodules and three dimensionally preserved Calamites, stigmarias and lycophyte stems in their original positions of growth. The site is both a SSSI and a GCR site. The intention is to develop a first class exhibition of these plant fossils as an integral part of the visitor experience of the Brymbo heritage site as a whole.

For information see:
Appleton, P. et al. 2011. The Brymbo Fossil Forest. Geology Today, Vol. 27, No. 3, 107-113.
Thomas, B. A. 2014. In situ stems: preservation states and growth habits of the Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) calamitaleans based upon new studies of Calamites Sternberg 1820 in the Duckmantian at Brymbo, North Wales, UK. Palaeontology 57, 21–36.
Thomas, B. A., and Seyfullah, L. J. (2015). Stigmaria Brongniart: a new specimen from Duckmantian (Lower Pennsylvanian) Brymbo (Wrexham, North Wales) together with a review of known casts and how they were preserved. Geological Magazine, 152, 858–870.

Further information may be obtained from Barry Thomas (bat@aber.ac.uk) or gary.brown@brymboheritage.co.uk (for application forms).


🔵 Paleontology Collections Manager and Digital Projects Coordinator, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Posting Date: 12 December 2017
Closing Date: 31 January 2018

We seek an individual with primary interests in invertebrate paleontology and collections digitization who will help us maintain our momentum in transforming paleontology at IU and advancing digital initiatives in all of our natural history collections through the Center for Biological Research Collections (CBRC). The IU Paleontology Collection houses about 1.3 million fossil specimens, including more than 1,000 types, spanning the Cambrian through Quaternary, with special strengths in the Paleozoic of the North American platform and Mesozoic of western North America. The CBRC provides digital support to IU’s three main natural history collection, which include the William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Collection and the IU Herbarium in addition to paleo. Duties include assisting faculty curators with management of the IU Paleontology Collection; assisting the Director and faculty of the Center of Biological Research Collections with initiating and managing digital collection initiatives, including grant writing, for IU’s three natural history collections.

Qualifications are a Ph.D. in paleontology or a relevant field, or at least 5 years of experience in paleontology collection management. Desirable qualifications include research specialization in an area associated with our collection, and experience in collection management, grant writing, 3D digitization of museum collection objects, programming or scripting, and supervisory roles. Knowledge of management of paleontological collections, including cataloguing, accessioning, loan processing, database use, experience with digital objects; demonstrable attention to detail and accuracy, teamwork and communication skills, ability to interface professionally with the university, public, governmental and research communities, and ability to manage projects, students, and volunteers are required.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Claudia C. Johnson, Search Committee Chair (claudia@indiana.edu) or to David Polly (pdpolly@indiana.edu).

To apply: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/5182
Interested candidates should submit application materials, a cover letter, statement of research and relevant experience, CV, and contact information for 3 referees.

P. David Polly
Shrock Professor of Sedimentary Geology
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Biology and Anthropology
Indiana University
1001 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-1405
pdpolly@indiana.edu
+1 (812) 855-7994
http://pages.iu.edu/~pdpolly/


🔵 Assistant or Associate Professor (Paleontology Geology and Geological Engineering), Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota

Posting Date: 11 November 2017
Closing Date: 31 January 2018

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) invites applications for a nine-month tenure track position in paleontology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The department seeks a candidate with a robust background in analytical paleontology, such as geochemical or statistical applications in paleontology. We seek a candidate who will develop an externally funded research program that complements current departmental research strengths. The applicant should maintain a strong commitment to teaching courses and advising student research at the undergraduate and graduate level. The department offers BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees with emphases in geology or paleontology, including an MS in Paleontology. A Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment. Salary will be commensurate with background and experience.

SD Mines is in Rapid City, SD, which lies at the center of a diverse geological terrane. The Black Hills uplift is an extension of the northern Rocky Mountains, which contains a historical gold mining region, and is flanked by the fossil-rich Badlands and the energy resource-rich Williston and Powder River basins. Our Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station offers a variety of geology, geological engineering, volcanology, paleontology, and environmental field camps in locations worldwide. A variety of analytical and equipment facilities exist within the department and across campus. The Museum of Geology’s Martin Paleontology Research Laboratory houses over 500,000 mineral and fossil specimens as well as capabilities for fossil preparation, sample processing, and digital imaging.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 96% placement rate and an average starting salary of nearly $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,800 students from 44 states and 30 countries. Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 74,048 and metropolitan population of 199,656) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:
www.sdsmt.edu and https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__visitrapidcity.com_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_
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South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.sdsmt.edu_employment&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=ygJTsGRPSEnuOVIObYJQ662OafMco
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. Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

Darrin Pagnac
Department of Geology and GeolE
South Dakota School of Mines & Tech.
501 East Saint Joe
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-2469


🔵 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: http://www.oberlin.edu/geology.

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 http://new.oberlin.edu/student-life/diversity/. 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: http://jobs.oberlin.edu/postings/5726

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


🔶 PhD Opportunities, Postdoctoral Appointments & Technical Positions

🔶 PhD Opportunity (Palaeobiology), Palaeontology Section, GeoZentrum Nordbayern, University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

Posting Date: 17 November 2017
Closing Date: 20 December 2017

We offer a PhD position for a motivated and creative PhD candidate who wants to work at the forefront of palaeobiology integrating fossil data analyses and modelling approaches. The position is available from March 2018 for three years with salary defined according to the German E13/2 TV-L scale.

The PhD candidate will be fully integrated in the successful and vivid research team of the Section Palaeontology at the GeoZentrum Nordbayern. Research in the sections aims at understanding global change dynamics and the evolution of ecosystems on long temporal scales. We combine modern analytical methods and statistical analyses using large databases of ancient life. We have several ongoing projects on global diversity dynamics, macroevolutionary patterns and biotic consequences of temperature-related stresses and are among the main contributors and users of global biodiversity databases. The candidate will benefit from informal seminars, annual workshops and international summer schools of the Research Unit TERSANE (Temperature -related stresses as a unifying principle in ancient extinctions) that is hosted at the institution.

We welcome a new PhD candidate with general interests in marine palaeobiology who is open to develop his/her project interacting with us. A possible research topic might relate to exploring intrinsic limits of diversification and/or the stability of macroecological patterns through deep time. Own project ideas are welcome. Applicants should hold a M.Sc. in palaeobiology or a related field. The successful candidate should have scientific writing skills and knowledge of advanced statistical methods and programming in R. Experience in analyses and mining of large fossil databases is required. Furthermore, the successful candidate has a strong interest and ability to work both independently and in our team. We explicitly welcome applications from abroad. There are no requirements of German language skills.

For further information on the group visit https://www.gzn.fau.de/en/palaeontology/palaeoumwelt-home/ or contact
Prof. Dr. Manuel Steinbauer (Manuel.Steinbauer@fau.de) who will also receive your application in electronic form (including curriculum vitae, motivation/research statement, copy of selected publication/thesis).

Please merge all documents into a single PDF, and include your name in the file name. Deadline for the application is 20th December 2017.


🔶 Postdoctoral Position (Paleobiology Research and Education), Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

Posting Date: 22 October 2017
Closing Date: 1 January 2018

The Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, seeks a candidate for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship consisting of 75% research and 25% education. The research will be conducted in fields related to the interests of curatorial faculty member Melanie Hopkins, particularly research that uses the invertebrate fossil record to investigate various topics of morphological evolution, such as rates and direction of morphological evolution and eco-morphological extinction selectivity. The education component supports an innovative Master-of-Arts in Teaching (MAT) program (http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/master-of-arts-in-teaching) designed to educate teacher candidates in both the science and pedagogy required to successfully teach the New York State Earth sciences curriculum. The successful applicant must demonstrate the potential to develop a robust research program; teach collaboratively with museum professionals in the MAT program, particularly during the summer practicum (which includes field experience and research exercises); and assist in coordinating teacher candidate science activities. Compensation will be at a level reflective of the extended responsibilities of the position. Start date negotiable but preferred no later than May 1, 2018. Candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests and goals, statement of educational experience and philosophy, and the names and contact information for two scientific and one education/outreach references in PDF format to Mariah Slovacek (mslovacek@amnh.org). Consideration of application materials will begin no later than January 1, 2018. For further information please contact Melanie Hopkins (mhopkins@amnh.org).

The AMNH is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The Museum encourages women, minorities, persons with disabilities, Vietnam era and disabled veterans to apply. 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.


🔶 Postdoctoral Scientist Position (Geochemistry/Experimental Paleobotany), Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Posting Date: 12 December 2017
Closing Date: 1 January 2018

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Scientist for research on the experimental fossilization of wood at the Steinmann Institute of the University of Bonn in Germany. We are seeking a young, highly motivated, innovative, and independent researcher with a documented research profile reflected in publications in international journals in low-temperature geochemistry or experimental paleontology. He or she should hold a recent Ph.D. in Earth Sciences or in a closely related field, with expertise in microanalysis in geochemistry and be interested in applying experimental and analytical methods in geochemistry to elucidate the silicification of fossil and recent wood. Willingness to explore new fields is highly desirable.

Our silicification project is one of eight research projects in a larger Research Unit on Fossilization funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft at the University of Bonn. The postdoctoral position is available initially for a period of 2 years but can be renewed for one additional year. Salary will be on the TV-L E13 level and will depend on age, marital status, and experience. The Postdoctoral Scientist should be open to participating in all research activities in the mineralogical and paleontological divisions of the institute, as well as to the close collaboration with the other scientists in Research Unit 2685.

Active research fields in the Department relevant for the position include low and high-temperature experimental petrology, analytical geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleobotany. Existing facilities include EPMA, a one-atm and high pressure experimental laboratory, XRD and XRF, electron microscopy, state-of-the-art laser-ablation-ICP mass spectrometry, and Laser-Raman spectroscopy, SEM, confocal SEM, and microCT. The Steinmann Institute shares clean lab facilities and a Neptune MC-ICPMS for trace element and isotope analysis with the Geoscience Institute of the University of Cologne.

The Institute seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and therefore urges interested femal candidates to apply. In case of equal qualification, preference will be given to disabled applicants.

Review of applications begins on January 1, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

Your application should include a complete CV, list of publications, a description of your past and future research interests, and the names and contact details of three potential referees. This application should be emailed as a pdf to both PD Dr. Carole Gee (cgee@uni-bonn.de) and Prof. Dr. Chris Ballhaus (ballhaus@uni-bonn.de), both of whom can be contacted for further information if necessary.


🔶 One-Year Fellowship, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Posting Date: 7 December 2017
Closing Date: 7 January 2018 (for the next evaluation).

The College for Life Sciences, a junior program of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study), offers young life-sciences scholars from around the world an opportunity to take a break from the lab and gain time to work and develop their own projects and immerse themselves in an intellectually and culturally diverse environment.

Each year the Wissenschaftskolleg welcomes internationally recognized senior as well as promising junior scholars in all fields of knowledge, including the humanities, the social sciences and the arts and we invite you to become part of this "learning community". Our goal is to promote a kind of science that transcends disciplinary boundaries and goes beyond established issues and approaches.

Through the College for Life Sciences we promote scientists at the beginning of their career, i.e. postdocs, junior group leaders, lecturers, assistant, associate and junior professors.

The fellowships are intended for residencies of 3-6 months during the academic year 2018/19, i.e. September 2018 - June 2019.

BENEFITS OF THE FELLOWSHIP
  • Three to six months' residency at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin
  • A full stipend based on your previous salary
  • Studio accommodation on campus
  • Freedom to pursue a project of your choice
  • Insight into new areas of knowledge and research cultures
  • Integration into a unique international community of Fellows
  • Access to Berlin's excellent scholarly and scientific community
  • Access to the Wissenschaftskolleg's outstanding library and IT services

We do not offer any lab space. For more details please visit: www.wiko-berlin.de/cfls

APPLICATION AND REQUIREMENTS
Please apply by January 7, 2018 with a project outline (about 1000 words), a letter stating your motivation for wishing to obtain a fellowship (about 500 words), your complete curriculum vitae, and a list of your publications here: https://cfls-application.wiko-berlin.de/

You are completely free to choose the project that you will pursue at the Wissenschaftskolleg; we impose no thematic presettings whatsoever.

You must have obtained your doctorate by the start of your fellowship, and we also require that you have at least one lead-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal. There are no restrictions regarding your discipline of origin in the life sciences, nationality, or age etc. Applications from scientists working at institutions in Berlin cannot be taken into consideration. If you have been a principal investigator for longer than five years, though, you are advised to apply for a regular fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg.

For application information see: https://cfls-application.wiko-berlin.de/


🔶 PhD Fellowship (Paleontology/Macroevolution), Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Posting Date: 22 October 2017
Closing Date: 15 January 2018

A PhD fellowship in Paleobiology is available in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, starting in Fall 2018. Prof. Lauren Sallan seeks a graduate student to address major questions about evolution using the fossil record. These include: how global change has affected life over time, how life evolves at high levels (macroevolution), how ecology shapes evolution long-term, the relationships of living and dead animals (phylogeny), and the origins of living biodiversity. While research in the lab has focused on fishes, any suitable group of fossils may be used.

Potential thesis topics include, but are not limited to: the long-term effects of mass extinctions (e.g. the end-Devonian and end-Ordovician), the roles of predation and competition in marine ecosystem evolution, ecological characteristics of evolutionary radiations past and present, the effects of long-term climate and environmental changes (e.g. the Late Paleozoic Ice Age) on biodiversity, and major transitions in early vertebrate evolution (e.g. origin of jaws, invasion of land). The student can also develop a novel project that addresses similar questions using quantitative, phylogenetic and/or descriptive methods.

This is fully-funded fellowship with stipend and tuition support guaranteed for the length of the PhD. Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Sallan (lsallan@upenn.edu) for more details. Additional information on the fellowship is available on the departmental website: www.sas.upenn.edu/earth. Applications for entry in Fall 2018 are due January 15, 2018, with interviews in February. Applications to graduate school at Penn must be submitted online at https://www.applyweb.com/upenng/


🔶 Postdoctoral Position (Arctic Marine Organic Geochemistry and Paleoceanography), Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Posting Date: 12 December 2017
Closing Date: 15 January 2018

The Department of Geoscience of Aarhus University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work with biomarkers and organic geochemistry of marine sediment cores from the Arctic Ocean and northern North Atlantic Ocean. The main research subject is the impact of variability of sea-ice cover and ice sheet dynamics on climate during the last glacial cycle and the Holocene.

Research group
The postdoctoral researcher will be part of a newly established research group working with organic biomarkers in (sub-)polar paleoceanography, in close collaboration to existing groups in the same department as well as the departments of Chemistry, Bioscience and Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University. The main research questions of the research group are:

  • How anomalous is the current loss of Arctic sea-ice cover over a longer time perspective?
    • During the Holocene (last ~11,700 years)
    • During previous interglacials of the Late Quaternary
  • What is the impact of meltwater input from ice sheets on ocean circulation and climate?
    • In the early Holocene (North American ice sheet)
    • Present and future (Greenland)

Duties
The main duties of the postdoctoral researcher will be the study of organic biomarkers from marine sediments, and to assist with building up a biomarker extraction laboratory and GC-MS method development. Recent biomarkers will be used to reconstruct sea-ice cover and productivity, while ancient biomarkers will be analyzed to study the provenance of detrital sediment input. Several sediment records are available for analysis from a large geographic area including the Arctic Ocean, Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay and East Greenland.

Within the general framework of Arctic biomarker paleoceanography, there is freedom for the postdoctoral researcher to develop her/his own ideas. Candidates are therefore invited to formulate their research plans in a short research proposal as part of the application. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to assist with the (co-) supervision of thesis projects for (under-) graduate students and the (co-) writing of larger grant applications. Classroom teaching is optional.

Qualifications
The applicant is expected to have experience with organic geochemistry and biomarkers from marine sediments as proxies for reconstructing past climate and oceanography. The ideal candidate has experience with the Arctic environment and sea-ice biomarkers such as IP25. Experience with other proxies, including micropaleontology, is advantageous, but not a requirement. Knowledge of multivariate statistical methods and scientific programming (R, Matlab, Python) are very useful. Candidates should hold a PhD degree (or complete one before summer 2018) in Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Oceanography or similar. The applicant should have good proficiency in English and should be able to work in a large team.

Place and conditions of employment
This full-time postdoctoral position is limited to two years, with preferred starting date before summer 2018. In case external funding is secured within the academic area the candidate is assessed obviously qualified for, an extension is possible for up to a total maximum of 4 years of employment as a postdoc. The place of employment is the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh Guldbergs Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Application
Applications should include an application letter, CV with publication list, a research plan (1-2 pages max.), and up to three letters of recommendation.

Contact
For further enquiries, contact Assistant Professor Christof Pearce (christof.pearce@geo.au.dk, +45 9350 8915).

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities. Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

Deadline
All applications must be made online and received by: 15.01.2018 Please apply online here

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 40,000 students and 8,000 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 860 million Learn more at www.au.dk/en.


🔶 Postdoctoral Position (Marine Micropalaeontology and Palaeoceanography), Centre for Past Climate Studies, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Posting Date: 12 December 2017
Closing Date: 15 January 2018

The Centre for Past Climate Studies at the Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a position in marine micropalaeontology and palaeoceanography at the postdoctoral level.

The successful candidate will be part of a research group studying late Quaternary palaeoclimate and palaeoceanography of the larger North Atlantic region. He/she will partake in an international, multidisciplinary team.

The position is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and has a fixed term of 2 years, starting as soon as possible.

Job description
The postdoctoral project will focus on investigating changes in sea ice and surface ocean circulation off Greenland through the Holocene. The overall purpose of this research project is to improve our basic understanding of the processes determining sea-ice cover and its variability, which is needed for a better prediction of the fate of Arctic sea ice in a warmer world. The main tools of the postdoc project will be the investigation of marine sediment cores using a combination of micropalaeontological (e.g., diatoms or dinoflagellates) and sedimentological proxies aided by geochemical (e.g., XRF core scanning data, stable isotopes, CaCO3, TOC etc.) analyses in a multi-proxy study.

The postdoctoral project is part of a larger research project, G-ICE, which has the purpose of testing the linkage of sea-ice variability to ocean and atmospheric circulation.

The postdoc will thus contribute to the objectives of G-ICE:

  1. Define the baseline of Greenland sea-ice cover under pre-industrial climatic conditions.
  2. Document the natural variability of sea ice around Greenland through time, at decadal to millennial scales beyond the instrumental period.
  3. Identify natural trends, range of variations and extremes conditions, and test their relation to e.g. solar forcing, precipitation, bathymetry, ice-ocean heat exchange, and volcanic activity.
  4. Evaluate the short- and long-term response of sea-ice cover and ocean circulation to Greenland ice-sheet melt.
  5. Develop and test scenarios of sea ice and ocean conditions under a future “warm climate” from intervals marked by climate optima, such as the mid-Holocene and the medieval warm period.

Participation in supervision of B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and some classroom teaching is also expected.

Qualifications
The successful applicant will have a PhD in geoscience or related fields. Candidates should preferably have knowledge on Quaternary marine micropaleontology (especially diatoms or dinoflagellates), although specialists in other techniques/proxies are also invited to apply. Experience in multi-proxy studies, sea ice variability and/or numerical/statistical data treatment will be considered favourably. Excellent oral and written English skills are a requirement.

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of work is Centre for Past Climate Studies, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact Information:
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

Professor Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz
mobile phone +45 2778 2897
Email: mss@geo.au.dk.

Dr. Christof Pearce
mobile phone +45 9350 8915
Email: christof.pearce@geo.au.dk.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications. Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by: 15.01.2018. Please apply online here.

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 40,000 students and 8,000 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 860 million Learn more at www.au.dk/en.


🔶 PhD and/or Post-Doctoral Position (Historical ecology of the Lessepsian migration - to be funded by an Ernst Mach Grant), Department of Palaeontology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 26 October 2017
Closing Date: 1 March 2018

The project "Historical ecology of the Lessepsian migration" targets the temporal and spatial patterns of the largest marine biological invasion. This project is at the interface of bio- and paleosciences and merges ecological and paleontological approaches to provide novel insights into the Lessepsian invasion dynamics.

Initially designed to use molluscs as model group and involving a small team, the project now involves 17 established researchers from 10 institutions worldwide, increasing its taxonomic coverage (now from forams to fishes) and scope. Several students at all levels are also involved.

I am looking for candidates (PhD students and very early post-docs) interested in the project and willing to apply for the Ernst Mach fellowship (https://oead.at/en/to-austria/grants-and-scholarships/ernst-mach-grant/) which can financially support a stay of some months at the University of Vienna.

Depending on the interests of the applicant, potential research projects may deal with sample-based research on the temporal and spatial patterns of the Lessepsian invasion, building of databases of taxonomic and functional reference information to compare sample-based data, geochronology, data analysis and modelling. I will support preferentially proposals dealing with molluscs and candidates with a background in malacology (recent or fossil) or advanced statistics/modelling. Still, I am interested in the candidate's own interests and ideas, which you are welcome to describe.

Deadline for applications: 1 March 2018. I wish to identify the potential applicant by late December. Proposal writing is planned for January and February.

Interested candidates are invited to reply with a description of their research interests, how such a fellowship would fit their broader career objectives and a CV.

Master students and those interested in internships can also join the project: http://www.univie.ac.at/lessepsian/Student_opportunities.html

Please forward to any potentially interested candidate. Apologies for cross-posting.

Paolo Albano
pgalbano@gmail.com



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