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Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Bayesian Chronostratigraphy), Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, UK

Posting Date: 9 August 2021
Closing Date: 26 August 2021

Durham University
Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Department
Durham Earth Sciences is one of the very best UK Earth Science departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and both the satisfaction and employability of its students. It is regularly ranked in the top five UK departments and is within the global top 30.

The department has around 35 academic staff, 15 research staff, 90 PhD students and 250 undergraduate students. Its research covers a spectrum of Earth Science disciplines around four broad themes: Solid Earth; Climate and Environmental Change; Geoenergy, Resources and Waste; Geohazards. The themes reflect our aim to not only undertake fundamental and intrinsically excellent research, but also research which is relevant to and which impacts society. We collaborate widely, and within Durham we work closely with both the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (link to
https://www.dur.ac.uk/ihrr/) and the Durham Energy Institute (link to https://www.dur.ac.uk/dei/).

The Department is committed to providing the highest level of education to its students, giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence to contribute positively to the world beyond Durham. We provide research-led teaching with a large proportion of practical classes and a deep commitment to field-based teaching. We regularly receive > 90% satisfaction scores on the annual National Student Survey and our students are highly sought after by a range of employers.

The Department strives for a collegial, collaborative and flexible working environment and is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, currently holding a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN award.

More information on the department, its research and its facilities can be found at
https://www.dur.ac.uk/earth.sciences/.

The Role
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bayesian Chronostratigraphy, with a particular emphasis on the development and implementation of statistical approaches to correlation on geological time scales.

The Research Associate will join a ongoing research programme led by Martin Smith (PI, Earth Sciences), Andrew Millard (Archaeology) and Tom Nye (Statistics, Newcastle University). Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, this research project will develop new quantitative tools to infer evolutionary processes from the geological record, with a particular focus on the origin of complex animal ecosystems in the ‘Cambrian explosion’.

The successful applicant will take forwards the progress of the first 18 months of the project, developing, implementing and testing an objective Bayesian model for chronostratigraphic correlation that will be applied to geological and palaeontological datasets.

A coherent statistical technique for synthesizing all available data will generate precise stratigraphic correlations between independent geological sections, allowing simultaneous analysis of geochemical, ichnological, biostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic information, and the integration of absolute radiometric age estimates. A Bayesian approach will allow uncertainties to propagate between data types, giving accurate age estimates with well-constrained error margins.

The principal output will be a stratigraphic model that takes as inputs radiometric dates, chemostratigraphic measurements, fossil occurrence data and observations of sequence stratigraphy. This will draw on analogous models developed for a Quaternary context by Co-Investigator Andrew Millard. Building on preliminary analyses of the best Cambrian sections, the model will be used to generate a coherent reference stratigraphy for the latest Ediacaran–early Cambrian, which will contribute to the formalization of the Cambrian timescale. More generally, the model will allow statistical tests of the synchroneity of biological and geochemical events, and thus inference about causality, throughout the geological column.

Responsibilities
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects that contribute to the delivery of the Research Project Grant objectives, under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators.
  • To work with colleagues in the research team, as appropriate, to develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.
  • To identify and exploit appropriate opportunities to further develop the research program.
  • To understand and communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature.
  • To communicate research activities and outputs to academic and non-academic audiences.
  • To publish high quality outputs in peer-reviewed journals, and to present research outputs at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator.
  • To create user-friendly, open source software implementations of statistical models generated during the position.
  • To identify and minimize problems that affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
  • To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To plan and manage research activity and resources.
  • To deliver training in research techniques and approaches to peers, visitors and students, as appropriate.
  • To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses.


This post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust for a fixed term of 15.5 months.

The post-holder is employed to work on a research project led by Martin Smith. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas. The successful applicant will be supported to pursue fellowship opportunities to continue to take the project forwards beyond the term of the present appointment.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by no later than 1st January 2022.

How to Apply
For informal enquiries please contact Martin Smith at
martin.smith@durham.ac.uk or Andrew Millard at a.r.millard@durham.ac.uk. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site.
https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University .

What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
  • A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  • Two research outputs (published or unpublished)

Next Steps
The assessment for the post will include shortlisting based on application materials, and an oral interview.

The Requirements
Essential:
Qualifications
  • A good first degree in a subject related to the research project.
  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in Earth Sciences, or a subject relevant to the research objectives.
  • Experience
  • Experience in conducting high quality academic research.
  • Demonstrable ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly-ranked journals.
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate complex information to specialists and within the wider academic community.
  • Experience in Bayesian statistics.
  • Programming experience, ideally including high-level languages (C/C++).
  • Skills
  • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.
  • Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable:
Experience
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career.
  • A track record of presenting research at national and international conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.
  • Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other academics.
  • Record of securing external research funding.
  • Experience of overseeing students with respect to the development of their practical/research skills e.g. acting as a demonstrator; supervising student projects/practicals.
  • Familiarity with archaeological, geological and/or palaeontological data.

Skills
Ability to plan and manage independent research.

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Cambrian Stratigraphy), Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, UK

Posting Date: 9 August 2021
Closing Date: 19 September 2021

Durham University
Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Department
Durham Earth Sciences is one of the very best UK Earth Science departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and both the satisfaction and employability of its students. It is regularly ranked in the top five UK departments and is within the global top 30.

The department has around 35 academic staff, 15 research staff, 90 PhD students and 250 undergraduate students. Its research covers a spectrum of Earth Science disciplines around four broad themes: Solid Earth; Climate and Environmental Change; Geoenergy, Resources and Waste; Geohazards. The themes reflect our aim to not only undertake fundamental and intrinsically excellent research, but also research which is relevant to and which impacts society. We collaborate widely, and within Durham we work closely with both the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (link to
https://www.dur.ac.uk/ihrr/) and the Durham Energy Institute (link to https://www.dur.ac.uk/dei/).

The Department is committed to providing the highest level of education to its students, giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence to contribute positively to the world beyond Durham. We provide research-led teaching with a large proportion of practical classes and a deep commitment to field-based teaching. We regularly receive > 90% satisfaction scores on the annual National Student Survey and our students are highly sought after by a range of employers.

The Department strives for a collegial, collaborative and flexible working environment and is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, currently holding a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN award.

More information on the department, its research and its facilities can be found at
https://www.dur.ac.uk/earth.sciences/.

The Role
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambrian stratigraphy, with a particular emphasis on constraining the timing of key evolutionary events during the Cambrian ‘explosion’.

The Research Associate will join a research programme led by Martin Smith (PI, Earth Sciences), Andrew Millard (Archaeology) and Tom Nye (Statistics, Newcastle University). Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, this research project is developing new quantitative tools to infer evolutionary processes from the geological record, with a particular focus on the origin of complex animal ecosystems in the ‘Cambrian explosion’.

The successful applicant will organise and conduct fieldwork to obtain and process geochemical and biostratigraphic samples from sections spanning the earliest Cambrian (Terreneuvian), particularly targeting δ13C isotopic ratios, zircons for radiometric dating, and small shelly / small carbonaceous fossils. Working with two PhD students and a second Postdoctoral Research Associate, the successful applicant will synthesize available data into a Bayesian framework. This will generate precise stratigraphic correlations between independent geological sections, allowing simultaneous analysis of geochemical, ichnological, biostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic information, and the integration of absolute radiometric age estimates.

The principal output, a coherent reference stratigraphy for the latest Ediacaran–early Cambrian, will contribute to the formalization of the Cambrian timescale, and will allow statistical tests of the synchroneity of biological and geochemical events – and thus inference about causal links between evolutionary innovations and environmental change during the Cambrian explosion.

Responsibilities
  • To understand and communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature.
  • To communicate research activities and outputs to academic and non-academic audiences.
  • To publish high quality outputs, in peer reviewed journals and papers and to present research outputs at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator.
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects that contribute to the delivery of the Research Project Grant objectives, under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To work with colleagues in the research team, as appropriate, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.
  • To identify and minimise problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To plan and manage research activity and resources. To deliver training in research techniques/approaches to peers, visitors and students as appropriate.
  • To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate, and assist with the assessment of the knowledge of students.
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses.


This post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust for a fixed term of 26 months.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project led by Martin Smith. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post from a start date between 1st January and 1st April 2022.

Note: the majority of the responsibilities should be included, along with any other specific responsibilities.

Note: A rationale for the fixed term MUST be included along with an end date.

Please note that for UKVI purposes, candidates MUST be in post within one year of the post being advertised

How to Apply
For informal enquiries please contact Martin Smith at: martin.smith@durham.ac.uk. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site.
https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University .

What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
  • A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  • Two research outputs (published or unpublished)

Next Steps
The assessment for the post will include shortlisting based on application materials, and an oral interview.

The Requirements
Essential:
Qualifications
  • A good first degree in a subject related to the research project.
  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in Earth Sciences, or a subject relevant to the research objectives.
  • Experience
  • Experience in conducting high quality academic research.
  • Demonstrable ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly-ranked journals.
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate complex information to specialists and within the wider academic community.
  • Relevant field and laboratory experience.
  • Skills
  • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.
  • Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable:
Experience
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career.
  • A track record of presenting research at national and international conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.
  • Involvement in the planning and execution of stratigraphic or paleontological fieldwork, ideally including wilderness settings.
  • Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other academics.
  • Success in obtaining funding for research through competition.
  • Experience of overseeing students with respect to the development of their practical/research skills e.g. acting as a demonstrator; supervising student projects/practicals.

Skills
Ability to plan and manage independent research.
Track record of presenting research findings to non-specialist audiences.

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Post-Doctoral Research Opportunity, Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Ecology (IEZ), University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Posting Date: 19 August 2021
Closing Date: 31 October 2021

Research at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Ecology (IEZ) aims to increase our understanding of evolutionary processes in animals, with the workgroup of Prof. Alexander Blanke focusing on form-function relationships in animals with different feeding modes. The workgroup Blanke would like to strengthen its team with 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 scientific staff position, the applicant principally can develop his own research initiative. 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 applicants’ 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, geometric morphometrics, image analysis, biomechanics, or material testing of biological samples.

The position includes a teaching obligation of four semester hours (“Semesterwochenstunden”). Due to the teaching obligation, in particular within the Bachelor degrees in Biology, it is expected from non-native German speaking applicants that they learn German up to the B2/C1 level within one year.

The position is paid according to the provisions of the collective agreement for the public service of the Länder (TV-L) within pay group 13 (100%). Experience levels are taken into account. Initially, the duration of the contract is 24 months if the requirements stated above are met. After a successful evaluation, the duration of the contract can be extended for another 24 up to 48 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 detailing your previous research experience and an outline of your research plans for this position. Please also state up to three publications from other workgroups which have considerably influenced your scientific thinking. While detailing your future research, please take into account that you can plan with a considerable research budget. Details will be communicated upon request, inquiries can be made with Alexander Blanke (
blanke@uni-bonn.de).

The application (as a single pdf file) should be sent to the secretary of the IEZ (
secretary@evolution.uni-bonn.de) with the reference number 1848. The deadline for application is October 31st 2021, the estimated start date would be January 2022. If no suitable candidate is found, the position is open beyond these dates. We regret that the state of North Rhine-Westphalia cannot cover application and travel costs.

Equal opportunities are important to us. The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university and aims to increase the proportion of women employed in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers. To that end, it urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.

We look forward to reading your application!


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Sponsorship of The Palaeontological Association is gratefully acknowledged with special thanks to Alan R. T. Spencer,
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