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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

🔵 Paleontology Curator, Cooper Laboratory, Orange County Community Resources, Orange County, California, USA

Posting Date: 20 September 2019
Closing Date: 27 September 2019

The Cooper Laboratory is a curation and preparation facility for Orange County's artifacts and fossils. The lab is named after Dr. John D. Cooper, a professor emeritus of geological sciences at California State University, Fullerton, who was instrumental in creating this facility for the County of Orange Paleontological and Archaeological collections. An advocate for the collection since the early 1970s, he obtained a grant that established a curatorial framework in 1999 and volunteered his time after the funding ended until he passed away in September 2007. His legacy continues with ongoing work to curate and research the collections, as well as share their world-class riches with the people of Orange County.

The Paleontology Curator is responsible for the day to day activities associated with Orange County's paleontological collections. This world-class paleontology collection include fossils as far back as the Jurassic period 180 million years ago. Notable specimens include Eocene terrestrial mammals, late Oligocene-early Miocene terrestrial mammals, and Miocene-Pliocene marine mammals. The paleontology collection features marine life that contains rare and even unique species in the fossil record, including holotypes. The collection contains ancient vertebrate mammals including whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions as well as other invertebrate species. Although rare, the collection also has a few dinosaur specimens. The land animals include horses, mastodons, mammoths, ground sloths, American lions, and other fossils from the Pleistocene. The Paleontology Curator will be responsible for developing relationships with stakeholders and partners to maximize engagement and knowledge of the paleontological collections. They will also manage contracts to perform a variety of tasks including the development of programs to promote the scientific value of the collections and provide engaging interpretive programs to the public.

The Paleontology Curator duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Collections Management
  • Stakeholders Collaboration
  • Contract Management
  • Program Development
  • Administration

The ideal candidate will possess a Master's degree or higher in Paleontology, Geology, History, Museum Studies or other related field.

The ideal candidate's application will also demonstrate extensive experience, knowledge, and ability in the following core competencies:

Technical Expertise | Paleontological Collections Management
  • Master's degree or higher in Paleontology, Geology, History, Museum Studies or other related field
  • Knowledge of paleontological fossil/collection management and historic preservation concepts and guidelines
  • Knowledge of equipment and materials needed for proper curation
  • Understand proper accessioning, loaning and deaccessioning of all artifacts
  • Maintain the collections database using information technology systems used in an office setting
  • Implement best practices for preparation, storage and handling of paleontology collections
  • Recommend and implement changes to Collections Management plans
  • Provide work-in-progress status updates proactively and informs others when work is completed

Leadership & Supervision
  • Report writing, writing employee evaluations, and responding to park emergencies
  • Manage contract and vendor relationships
  • Anticipate problems and mitigating risks
  • Coordinate with customers when problems or conflicts occur that might impact the timely completion of work.

Oral & Written Communication
  • Identify and use effective communication channels and methods (e.g., presentations, electronic dissemination, social media) to work with and foster the growth of non-profit support organizations as well as managing active docent programs
  • Utilize skills in presenting information, analysis, ideas and positions in a clear, succinct, accurate, convincing manner, appropriate for the audience
  • Communicate effectively in order to coordinate activities/programs with other agencies, parks and staff members
  • Engage and communicate with people of all ages in recreational and educational environments

Research & Analysis
  • Compile documentation and analysis of historical artifacts and events to interpret for the public to develop and execute cultural education programs, in keeping with the vision, mission and goals of OC Parks
  • Analyze and investigate up-to-date information from various sources and in various formats

Organization & Planning
  • Coordinate with others in response to multiple, competing demands to ensure work is completed in a timely manner
  • Maintain a high level of energy and commitment to juggle multiple tasks and priorities, and using available resources to get more done with less; all without losing focus
  • Maintain high standards for quality work and responsiveness in providing administrative services
  • Adjust to priorities to respond to pressing and changing demands

Please click
here to view the minimum qualifications for Paleontology Curator.

Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all application materials for minimum and/or desirable qualifications. After screening, applicants who meet the minimum and/or desirable qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All applicants will be notified via email of their status in the process.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Freddy Jimenez at 714-480-2863 or by email at

🔵 Assistant Professor (Evolutionary Biology), Biological Sciences Department, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA

Posting Date: 24 July 2019
Closing Date: Open until filled

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position for an Evolutionary Biologist. We are seeking highly collaborative candidates with expertise in the evolution of any non-model, multi-cellular animal organism, including vertebrates or insects. The department has excellent biodiversity collections offering significant opportunities for individuals who wish to serve in a curatorial role.

The anticipated appointment date is fall 2020 or earlier. The successful candidate is expected to (1) establish an extramurally funded research program; (2) teach and mentor undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students; and (3) have a strong potential for collaboration across ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments.

For how to apply and more information, see
here. More information about the collections is listed here.

As a reminder, UTEP has excellent collections in vertebrate paleontology, entomology and malacology

For inquiries and questions, please email
Dr. Eli Greenbaum.

🔵 Tenure-track Appointments (Science, Mathematics, and/or Statistics), Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Posting Date: 24 July 2019
Closing Date: 7 October 2019

The Division of Science at Harvard University is searching for tenure-track faculty (at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor) who will be appointed in one or more of the following departments: Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Human Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Physics, Statistics, and Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. This is an open-field search, and we invite scholars whose research overlaps with one or more departments or disciplines to apply. This open-field search is independent of and concurrent with other department/discipline-specific searches ( We are committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and we particularly encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups. The appointee will direct an independent research program, and teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students. This appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Basic Qualifications
Doctorate or terminal degree in an applicable field required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications
Candidates should have a strong record of or commitment to:
  1. teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  2. to broadening institutional diversity
  3. scholarly excellence

Special Instructions
Your application will be considered complete when the following documents have been submitted to
  1. Cover letter, to include which of our academic departments you think are most appropriate for you (
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching statement describing your teaching and mentoring experience, approach, and philosophy. Include teaching evaluations if available. 
  4. Research statement including accomplishments and future plans (1-3 pages) and one to two introductory paragraphs summarizing your main research questions and significance in language accessible to a general scientific audience. 
  5. PDFs of three representative publications, and your ORCID or Google Scholar identifier (or similar) if available.
  6. Statement (1-2 pages) describing your efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.
  7. Recommendation letters from 3-5 references. One of these letters must come from someone who has not served as your graduate or postdoctoral advisor.

All applications and materials must be submitted by October 7th, 2019. Selected candidates will be invited to mandatory interviews on campus on Thursday November 14th and Friday November 15, 2019.

Contact Information
Zoe Fonseca-Kelly (
Assistant Dean for Science

🔵 Paleobiology Curator, National Museum of Natural History, Smirthsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

Posting Date: 24 July 2019
Closing Date: 7 October 2019

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History seeks a paleobiologist to conduct an integrative, specimen-based research program in the paleobiology of marine macro-invertebrate fossils. The successful candidate is expected to pursue creative studies of evolutionary and/or paleoecological patterns and processes using morphology, phylogenetics, biogeography, and/or biogeochemistry. Publication in peer-reviewed journals in specialty areas is expected, as is curation of appropriate collections, professional service to the scientific community, and educational outreach to the public in a manner commensurate with emerging leadership in the area of specialty.

This position is a full-time, permanent appointment with full Government benefits to be filled at the GS-12 level; U.S. citizenship and a one-year probationary period are required. The museum’s authorized salary range for this position is $83,938-$88,959 per year commensurate with experience.

All candidates are encouraged to apply, including those whose academic status is “All But Dissertation” (ABD), currently performing postdoctoral work, or engaged in early stages of their academic careers. College transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study must be submitted online by the closing date of announcement.

For complete requirements and application procedures go to or and refer to Announcement 19A-JW-304802-DEU-NMNH. Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on-line by October 7, 2019 and must reference the announcement number. This is an interdisciplinary position to be filled by either a Research Geologist or a Research Biologist, depending upon the applicant’s primary discipline. All applicants will be notified by email when their application is received. The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

🔵 Two Lecturers/Seniors Lecturer in Palaeontology, School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

Posting Date: 20 September 2019
Closing Date: 8 October 2019

The School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences is seeking to appoint two committed individuals to the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Palaeontology.

The School is based within the Faculty of Science and Health and holds strong teaching and research links with many collaborators both from within academia, industry and the public sector. The successful applicant will be passionate about education, research and innovation and be able to effectively articulate their contribution to delivering high quality services. You will join our existing team delivering first class education to students in the School.

We are seeking applicants with expertise in at least one of the following areas: vertebrate palaeontology, palaeobotany, micropalaeontology, isotopes, climate proxies, carbonate sedimentology and/or petroleum geology. The post holder will be required to design and deliver first class teaching (including fieldwork) and pastoral support to our students in addition to undertaking research and/or innovation activities at a level commensurate to their role. Their teaching contribution will draw upon their specialist expertise as well as contributing to the broad coverage of provision across our courses.
The successful applicant will be appointed on the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer scale in accordance with qualifications and experience.

For further information regarding this appointment please contact Dr Michelle Hale (Head of School) via email:

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.

For detailed information about the vacancy, please select this

Postdoctoral, PhD & Technical Positions

🔶 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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