The PaleoNet Pages

PaleoNet Jobs Page

Stacks Image 373

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

🔵 Lecturer (Paleobiology, Sedimentology, and Stratigraphy), Department of Geology, in the School of Earth, Society, & Environment, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA

Posting Date: 23 March 2017
Closing Date: 10 April 2017

The Department of Geology, in the School of Earth, Society, & Environment, invites applications for a full-time Lecturer with research and teaching experience in sedimentology, stratigraphy, and/or paleobiology. Significant fieldwork and laboratory experience is desirable. The applicant should demonstrate excellent and innovative teaching ideally in large and small classroom settings, field and laboratory environments, and in-person and online formats. Responsibilities will include introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses, supervision of graduate teaching assistants and teaching collection curation. The successful candidate should demonstrate success and enthusiasm in teaching and have strong interpersonal skills. While the focus of this position is teaching, the candidate is strongly encouraged to mentor undergraduate students in research.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by April 10, 2017. We will contact all references electronically within 1-2 business days to request recommendation letters upon application submission; applicants should notify references of this procedure before submitting their application, noting the deadlines given above. Applicants must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. The preferred start date is August 16, 2017. Salary depends on qualifications and experience. This is a 9-month position paid over 12 months; the successful applicant could be eligible to receive additional salary in the summer from additional service provided through grants or summer teaching. The appointee will be evaluated annually. Pending successful evaluation, the appointment will last for two years and may be renewed beyond that, contingent upon availability of funding, departmental need, and continued strong performance.

To apply, create a candidate profile through and upload your application materials: a letter of application, CV listing publications, a statement of teaching that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and creativity, a statement of research interests and the names of three professional references in a single pdf.

For inquiries about the position and application procedures, contact the Search Committee through Jill Randell at The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

--If you would like a personal opinion and more information about the position, you can also contact me – Jackie Wittmer at –

Jacalyn M. Wittmer Malinowski Ph.D.
Department of Geology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

🔵 Human Anatomy Instructor/Coordinator, Department of Biology at California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, USA

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

The Department of Biology at California State University San Bernardino seeks an instructor and coordinator for it's human anatomy and physiology courses for allied health science students. The official ad is copied below. It is open broadly to qualified applicants with teaching experience in these areas. Whereas it is not restricted to VP types, I would anticipate many would be qualified to apply.

Please note, the position is not a tenure track position, but it does offer a position in a department with strong paleobiological and functional morphological interests. Folks on the ground at CSUSB include: Angela Horner (mammal biomechanics), Tomasz Owerkowitz (archosaur cardiovascular function and paleobiology), Stuart Sumida (Late Paleozoic tetrapods), Eric Scott (Adjunct, Pleistocene mammals), and a host of graduate students. Opportunities exist for collaboration with vertebrate paleontologists at the nearby Alf Museum of Paleontology and Western University of Health Sciences.

Please see the ad below:
California State University, San Bernardino invites applications for the position of:
Biology/Anatomy and Physiology ­Full­Time Lecturer
Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Opening date: 02/10/17; Closing Date: Continuous OVERVIEW:
Department: Biology
Appointment: Full­Time Lecturer
Effective Date: September 2017

Area of Specialization: Anatomy and Physiology
The Department of Biology at California State University San Bernardino invites applications for the position of Full­Time Lecturer effective September 13, 2017 for non­majors human anatomy & physiology, and as Academic Coordinator for majors and non­majors laboratory courses with large enrollments.

California State University, San Bernardino is a comprehensive regional university that serves approximately 20,700 students and offers 47 undergraduate, 35 graduate, one doctoral degree and 13 academic programs with national accreditation. CSUSB actively encourages qualified candidates to apply who demonstrate a commitment to serving a diverse student population as well as a commitment to maintaining a respectful and inclusive work environment. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of historically underrepresented groups.

As Lecturer, the incumbent will teach multiple lecture sections of non­majors human anatomy & physiology and will work with the faculty to keep the lecture and laboratory curriculum up to date. They will be expected to participate in intramural and extramural professional development both in terms of content knowledge and science pedagogy, and to engage in pedagogical and course innovation. Other teaching duties such as general biology courses for the non­majors general education program may be assigned as appropriate. Furthermore, as Academic Coordinator for the Department, the incumbent will coordinate and oversee the conduct and/or content of laboratory sections for several majors and non­majors biology courses with large enrollments, including but not limited to human anatomy & physiology, microbiology, and general biology. The ideal candidate will have experience in coordinating a group of graduate student teaching assistants and part­time instructors and will handle personnel scheduling, coordinate with instructional support staff for lab supply purchases and lab set up, coordinate with faculty for course content and exam scheduling, coordinate with administrative staff to handle enrollment issues, and other related duties as appropriate. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

A MS degree in Biology or related discipline is required, with a Ph.D. and research/teaching experience in anatomy & physiology desired, especially for allied health programs such as nursing, health sciences and kinesiology.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, copy of transcripts and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references. Please have each referee send a confidential letter of recommendation to

To learn more about the Biology department, visit our website at

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply at­anatomy­and­physiology­full­time­lecturer?pagetype=transferJobs

Stuart S. Sumida; 苏多让
Professor of Biology
California State University San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, California 92407
909-537-7038 (FAX)

Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 Summer Internships, Department of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, USA

Posting Date: 15 February 2017
Closing Date: 19 March 2017

The Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History is offering a small number of full-time, 8-week internships for graduate or undergraduate students in geology, invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields (June 12, 2017 start). The interns will participate in an IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection in the Invertebrate Paleontology department at AMNH. A description of the Mapes collection at the AMNH can be found here:

A summary of the IMLS-funded project to curate the Mapes collection can be found here:

The interns will work with collection management staff to rehouse, conserve, catalog and database specimens.
A stipend will be provided as support over the internship period.

Required Qualifications:
Applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree course, or about to apply to a graduate course in invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields. Ability to work with paleontological research collections, ability to perform tasks requiring physical strength and high manual dexterity, proficiency in the use of Mac and PC based software, good organizational, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently. Experience working in museum collections a plus.

Interested parties should apply online:

Applications must be received no later than March 19, 2017

Applications cannot be accepted via email or snail mail. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to email inquiries about application status.

Applicants will only receive notification if they qualify for an interview.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

Melanie Jane Hopkins
Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St
New York, NY, 10024
Phone: +1 212 769 5558

🔶 Summer Fellowship, Indiana University Paleontology Collection, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Posting Date: 17 March 2017
Closing Date: 27 March 2017

A competitive fellowship to support two weeks of summer research in the Indiana University Paleontology Collection is available through the IU Institute for Advanced Study ( The IU Paleontology Collection contains 1.3 million fossils with specialties in mid Paleozoic macroinvertebrates ( Deadline for applications is March 27, 2017.

The Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study is now accepting applications for its 2017 Summer Repository Research Fellowship. In partnership with repositories on the IU Bloomington campus and supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the program funds a short-term fellowship for a faculty member or community scholar to conduct in-depth research in the collections of one or more of our partner repositories. Applicants from Minority Serving Institutions, community colleges, and source communities are welcome. Preference will be given to applicants who are collaborating with Indiana University Bloomington faculty members.

This initiative is intended to support research in the rich collections of the IU Bloomington campus and to build partnerships between scholars at and beyond IUB. The fellowship provides funding for travel costs, accommodation, per diem, and a two-week stipend. Please note: This fellowship is intended to support research in IU Bloomington’s unique collections; the application should focus on materials that cannot be accessed elsewhere.

Summer 2017 partner repositories include the Archives of African American Music and Culture, the Archives of Traditional Music, the Black Film Center/Archive, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, The IU Art Museum, the IU Herbarium, the IU Libraries, the IU Paleontology Collection, the Jerome Hall Law Library, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies Central Asian Archives.

Applications are due by March 27, 2017. For application materials and additional information, please visit our website at

🔶 PhD Opportunity in Biological Anthropology, Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 9 February 2017
Closing Date: 30 March 2017

50% employment (20 hours/week), duration 3 years

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OREA) seeks to employ a PhD student from mid-2017 for three years to undertake research on human pelvic morphology and the physical effects of childbirth in the framework of the ERC-Starting Grant Project 676828 ‘VAMOS: The value of mothers to society: responses to motherhood and child rearing practices in prehistoric Europe’, PI Dr Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (Austrian Academy of Sciences, OREA).

Key-areas of responsibility
The PhD candidate will work on archaeologically recovered skeletal material dated from c. 3000 BC to AD 1900. Activities include the systematic 3D-recording of pelvic features and an extensive statistical analysis and interpretation of the data.

Data acquisition will primarily take place at the Natural History Museum Vienna under the guidance of Dr Doris Pany-Kucera (Austrian Academy of Sciences, OREA), who is responsible for the implementation of the anthropological aims of the project.

Academic supervision will be available from Dr Philipp Mitteroecker (Dept. of Theoretical Biology, Univ. of Vienna). The Department of Theoretical Biology is well known for its expertise in morphometric and quantitative modelling in evolutionary biology and anthropology, and it is part of a wide national and international research network.

The successful candidate will have an MA in biological anthropology or biomedical statistics. Good English language skills as well as competent computing skills are required. Expertise in geometric morphometric and prehistory is advantageous.

We welcome an enthusiastic person who is dedicated to interdisciplinary research in archaeology, biological anthropology, (bio)statistics and morphometrics. We provide a varied and stimulating working environment with many opportunities for professional development.

Applicants should send a CV, list of publications and a cover letter that addresses how the PhD project relates to their previous and future work (max. 500 words) to Katharina Rebay‐Salisbury per e‐mail only. In addition, two independently sent letters of reference are required.

1.363,40 € (for a 50% employment , paid 14 times a year) T he absolute costs of this appointment are fixed, but may be adjusted in terms of FTI or duration according to the qualification and needs of th e candidate.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunities employer. Closing date for applicants is 30 March 2017, the interview will tentatively take place in the first week of May 2017. Start date is negotiable, around 1 July 2017.

Contact :

Dr. Katharina Rebay-Salisbury
Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Hollandstrasse 11+13
A-1020 Vienna, Austria
+43 6991 1679761

🔶 Summer Internships, Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal, Nebraska, UDA

Posting Date: 9 February 2017
Closing Date: 1 April 2017

Several summer internships are available for field studies in vertebrate paleontology. With preference to geology or biology students, the positions are open to all students with a genuine interest in, and knowledge of vertebrate paleontology, especially those aspiring to further their experience outside of the classroom. Duties include excavation, sorting of micro-vertebrate fossils, prep lab tasks, interpretive duties and other park support tasks. 36-38 hour workweek. $11.50 per hour.

E-mail: rick.otto@UNL.EDU or sandy.mosel@UNL.EDU for details and application form. Find out more about the Ashfall site at

Three internships will be offered for May 24 to August 10. * Two internships will be offered for June 20 to September 15. * One internship will be offered for September 3 to October 20.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled, but no later than April 1st. Therefore, advantage to early applicants.

Ashfall Fossil Beds SHP 86930 517th Ave Royal, NE 68773 (402) 893-2000 (A division of the University Of Nebraska State Museum)

🔶 Postdoctoral Postion (Microgastropod Ecology/Paleontology), Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

Posting Date: 16 March 2017
Closing Date: 7 April 2017

A vacancy has arisen for a malacologist with focus on microgastropods to support a SENACYT funded project on the ecological and environmental changes in Tropical American seas over the last 10 million years.

The position is for 18 months and pay is at a post-doctoral level. The position will be based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama ( in the O’Dea lab (, with a visit to the Stable Isotope Geosciences Facility ( at Texas A&M to conduct stable isotope analyses under the supervision of Dr. Ethan Grossman (

The successful candidate should have:
  1. A good understanding of paleontology and marine ecology with a focus on malacology
  2. A solid publication record commensurate with position and experience
  3. Good command of written and spoken English
  4. The ability and motivation to develop their own research program

Candidates with a PhD, experience in stable isotopes, sea-going and SCUBA dive experience, and good spoken and written Spanish will be at an advantage.

For further information about the position and details on how to apply please contact Aaron O’Dea.

🔶 PhD Opportunity (Rhizaria: an unexpected role in oceanic ecosystems and in the silica biogeochemical cycle - SILIRAD), Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO)-Accueil, Brest, France

Posting Date: 18 March 2017
Closing Date: 15 April 2017

This PhD thesis is funded for 3 years, starting October 2017, by U Brest (Allocation doctorale) and ARED ‐ Région_Bretagne (Labex Mer).

Candidates should email a detailed Curriculum Vitae and Statement of Interest to Aude Leynaert Aude.Leynaert@univ‐ and Fabrice Not not@sb‐ (More information about PhD applications can be find at https://theses.u‐‐2017)

Thesis supervisors:

Aude Leynaert & Paul Treguer
LEMAR IUEM Technopole Brest Iroise
29280 Plouzané France
Tel. Office :+33 (0) 298 498 657
e‐mail: Aude.Leynaert@univ‐

Fabrice Not
Plankton Group
Station Biologique de Roscoff ‐ Place George Teissier 29682
Tel: +33 (0)2 98 29 25 37
e‐mail: not@sb‐

PhD research topic
Organisms with silicified structures are extremely important for oceanic ecosystems. There are able to biomineralized silica, the second most abundant element in terrestrial crust, to build skeleton providing key functions such as protection against predator, enhancement of light and nutrient capture, etc...Among them the diatom microalgae are important members of food webs in pelagic ecosystems and have been well studied in the last decades. Recently, researcher from the Roscoff Plankton group, have demonstrated that another group of silicified organisms, the Rhizaria (among which belong the Radiolaria, best known from their excellent fossil record), have been largely underestimated (Biard et al. 2016). They represent 33% of large zooplankton (size > 600um) and at least 5% of total oceanic carbon standing stock. This discovery opens new avenues for a better understanding of these silicifying plankton in the ecosystems.

The objectives of the thesis is to better understand the role of silicifying Rhizaria in oceanic ecosystems and the silica biogeochemical cycle through the development of a multidisciplinary approach merging marine ecology, ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, in situ imaging and genomic. Based primarily in Brest, the PhD candidate will work on samples from nearby marine environment (Brest bay and Iroise sea) first and follow up with analysis of samples from contrasted environment (e.g. Mediterranean sea, Canadian Arctic, Micronesia) in order to achieve a global perspective on the topic of research.

PhD candidate profile
The successful PhD candidate should have a good oceanography, marine biology and ecology background. She/he will be familiar with basic ecophysiology and molecular biology techniques and present an interest on image analyses. Together with strong interest for marine microbial ecology and field campaigns, working in a team, good oral and written communication skills in English are necessary.

Reference : Biard, Tristan; Stemmann, Lars; Picheral, Marc; Mayot, Nicolas; Vandromme, Pieter; Hauss, Helena; Gorsky, Gabriel; Guidi, Lionel; Kiko, Rainer; Not, Fabrice (2016): In situ imaging reveals the biomass of giant protists in the global ocean. Nature, 532(7600), 504‐507, doi:10.1038/nature17652

Stacks Image 5828
The PaleoNet Pages were created by Norman MacLeod as part of the PaleoNet communications system. Sponsorship of The Palaeontological Association is gratefully acknowledged (follow this link to find other PalAss-sponsored websites). The PaleoNet Pages are maintained by Norman MacLeod with contributions from the extended PaleoNet Community. Anyone wishing to post an item, establish a link, contribute artwork, etc. to these pages should contact Norm.

Home page image: Detail of Awful Changes by Henry de la Beche (1830).