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Tenure-Track Professorship (Geobiology), Department of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 3 November 2021
Closing Date: 10 January 2022

We are looking for applicants from palaeontology and related fields in Earth sciences with an excellent track record in geobiology. The successful candidate is expected to initiate and develop cooperations within the University also beyond the special field.

Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree/PhD and at least two years post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution; as a general rule, applicants must have gained research experience outside the University of Vienna for a total of at least two years during or after their doctoral studies
  • Outstanding achievements and potential in research, excellent publication record, international reputation
  • Experience in designing and participating in research projects, ability to lead research groups, willingness to acquire third-party funding
  • Potential for successfully acquiring an ERC Starting Grant or an ERC Consolidator Grant (depending on career level) or comparable renowned funding within the qualification period.
  • Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities or a teaching concept.
  • Candidates are expected to be willing to teach students at all levels (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promote junior colleagues

The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in university committees.

We offer:
  • the opportunity to obtain a permanent position and eventual promotion to full professor. The successful candidate is hired as “Assistant professor” for a maximum duration of six years. If the candidate meets the conditions stipulated in the qualification agreement, the assistant professor is promoted to tenured “associate professor”, i.e. obtains a permanent position. If the conditions are not met, the employment will end upon expiry of the contract. Associate professors can be promoted to “full professor” through a university-internal competitive procedure.
  • at least a salary according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff: section 49, job group A2
  • in addition to the statutory social insurance, the University of Vienna offers a pension scheme to its employees
  • a dynamic research environment
  • attractive working conditions in a city with a high quality of life
  • a wide range of support services offered by central service institutions

The University of Vienna is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at). The University strives to increase the share of women in professorial positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Application documents:

Please submit a
single PDF document named “LastName_FirstName.pdf” to tenuretrack.personal@univie.ac.at containing the following information (in English).

  1. Cover Sheet and Table of Contents
  2. Letter of motivation
  3. Academic curriculum vitae
  • key terms that best describe your own research interests
  • education, degrees (incl. information about the PhD granting institution and the exact date DD.MM.YYYY when the PhD was conferred)
  • professional experience
  • applicable parental leave, family or other care times, …
  • scientific or scholarly “esteem factors” (e.g. experiences as a publisher, functions in research societies or programme committees)
  • previous and current cooperation partners
  • complete list of acquired third-party funded projects as principal investigator (role, subject, duration, funding agency, funding volume), and, if applicable, of inventions/patents
  • list of most important scientific talks (max. 10)
  • list of courses taught o list of theses supervised
  1. List of publications
  • link to own ORCID iD record
  • if common in your field of research provide information about indexation in data bases such as SCIE, SSCI, AHCI, citations resp. book reviews received or other indicators of scientific quality/international visibility (best paper award, etc.)
  1. Research statement
  • explain your previous research achievements (max. 2 pages) and future research plans (max. 4 pages)
  • name the three most important publications with an explanation of their relevance for this tenure track professorship
  • describe your publication strategy
  1. Teaching statement
  • explain your teaching and supervision concept, including a description of the previous and planned priorities in academic teaching and supervision (max. 2 pages)

Appendices to application document (in a single PDF or ZIP file named “LastName_FirstName_Appendices.pdf/zip”):

  1. Three key publications as electronic full text version (if not publicly available)
  2. Teaching evaluations (if available, compiled into a single PDF file)
  3. Copies of certificates of academic degrees (mandatory, compiled into a single PDF file)


Fixed-Term, Postdoctoral & Technical Positions

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Research and Technical Specialist, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Posting Date: 19 January 2022
Closing Date: 31 January 2022

Reference No: UW/IDUB/2021/89 (see the original ad here)
Position: research and technical specialist
Scientific discipline: Biological sciences
Key words: Palaeontology/Paleobiology; Paleoparasitology; Paleopathology; Macroevolution; Bioinformatics; Database; Data Mining; Data Science
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment contract
Working pattern/ Hours: Full time
Number of job offers: 1
Salary: Up to 9,400 PLN gross per month
Position starts on: March 2022
Minimum period of employment: 18 months, extendable to 36 months, subject to evaluation. The extension for another 18 months depends, among others, on the extension of financing for the Action after 2023.
Department: Faculty of Biology
Project title: PARADIVE: the integrated study of parasitism, biodiversity and environmental change

IDUB Programme and project description
"Excellence Initiative - Research University" (IDUB) is a programme of the Minister responsible for higher education and science, which enables the University of Warsaw to increase the quality of scientific activity and education, and, consequently, the international recognition of the university.

The project is a part of the IDUB I.3.4 Action “Creation of three research teams that will initiate development of scientific networks conducting studies in the area of civilization diseases, emerging pollutants and circular economy”. The recruited person will perform duties in the Action.

PARADIVE will refine state-of-the-art approaches to integrate past observations of parasitic interactions into models to predict changes in occurrence and prevalence of marine and terrestrial parasitism and their relationship with climate, disease, host diversity and parasite specialization during environmental crises. This will be achieved by building a large database of parasitic interactions based on the historical and fossil record of parasitic traces associated with skeletons of marine ectotherms and resistant propagules of terrestrial zoonotic parasites associated with vertebrate remains using approaches from data mining and machine learning to computed tomography and microscopy. Combined with modelling, simulations and comparative phylogenetic analysis, the results will not only be crucial to better predict the response of parasites and diseases they cause to current climate change, but also better understand the evolution of parasitehost interactions, food webs and the extinction risk of symbionts more generally.

Job description and responsibilities
Main focus: Working in close collaboration with the PARADIVE team in developing and maintaining fossil databases and website as well as fossil preparation, imaging (microscopy, tomography) and cataloguing fossil specimens ranging from marine invertebrate to vertebrate coprolites.

Main responsibilities:
  • contribute to and maintain lab website and associated databases,
  • fossil preparation,
  • microscopy and computed tomography of coprolites to invertebrates remains,
  • help in data mining the literature,
  • participation in outreach and workshop activities and aid with organisational duties of the group.

Key requirements
  • first-hand experience with fossil imaging (computed tomography, microscopy), fossil preparation and/or database/website management,
  • English language skills are required.a PhD degree in palaeontology, geosciences, biology or data science;

Desirable are also:
  • a BSc or MSc in palaeontology, geosciences or biology,
  • experience in quantitative methods of ecology, paleoecology and palaeobiology,
  • broad experience with fossil taxonomy and literature

Beneficial would be experience with quantitative analyses and/or programming.

Application
  1. CV;
  2. a cover letter describing the candidate’s motivation to apply for the position;
  3. a letter of recommendation from a previous supervisor
  4. scan of the signed information on the processing of personal data (the form is attached to this job offer)

Documents have to be prepared in English.

Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.

What we offer
  • work in a friendly and collaborative working environment ,
  • opportunity to learn new and refine skills related to fossil preparation, database and website management, computed tomography and microscopy as well as data mining.

How to apply
Please send an e-mail to:
recruitment_i.3.4@uw.edu.pl and dziekanat@biol.uw.edu.pl with a subject line ‘technician in Kenneth De Baets’ lab, (UW/IDUB/2021/89)’

Questions: Please, direct your questions to Dr Kenneth De Baets, e-mail address: kenneth.debaets@gmail.com
Closing date for applications: 31/01/2022
Notification about the results: 28/02/2022
Results will be announced: By email

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Visiting Assistant Professor (Geology), Geology Department, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA

Posting Date: 5 January 2022
Closing Date: 1 February 2022

The Geology Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of 1 year, beginning fall semester of the 2022-2023 school 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 the US 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. Among liberal arts colleges, Oberlin is a national leader in successfully placing graduates into PhD programs.

The Geology Department consists of five faculty, a lab manager/GIS instructor, a staff member who provides technical support for teaching and student research, and about 30 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 three germanium detectors (two broad energy). Instrumentation for spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction is 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.

Responsibilities
The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of Paleontology or Geobiology including at least one topical introductory course, an intermediate-level course in historical geology with laboratory, and possibly an upper level course with laboratory in the applicant’s area of expertise.

Qualifications
Oberlin College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2022-2023). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.

Quick Link for Posting
https://jobs.oberlin.edu/postings/11382

Compensation
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at
https://jobs.oberlin.edu. A complete application will be comprised of
  1. a Cover Letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service, detailing any connections to supporting an inclusive learning environment;
  2. a Curriculum Vitae;
  3. an unofficial graduate transcript;
  4. a statement detailing your commitment to and experience in diversity and equity in teaching including specific plans about actions you can take at Oberlin;
  5. a statement detailing your teaching philosophy and experience;
  6. a research statement that includes how you will support undergraduate research and, if applicable, how you might incorporate undergraduate students into your research program; and
  7. Letters of Reference from three recommenders.* All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at: https://jobs.oberlin.edu/

*By providing contact information for three letter writers, you agree that we may contact those individuals.

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications, including letters of reference, received by the February 1, 2022 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: aschmidt@oberlin.edu or Amanda Schmidt, Chair of Geology, at 440-775-8342.
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Postdoctoral Position (Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology), Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Posting Date: 18 December 2021
Closing Date: 1 February 2022

The Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate Group at the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a position in quantitative paleoceanography and paleoclimate at the postdoctoral level. The successful candidate will be part of a research group studying Holocene and late Quaternary paleoceanography and paleoclimate of the circum-Greenland and North Atlantic region.

The postdoctoral project is part of a large international EU Horizon 2020 project, ECOTIP, on the effect of climate and other external drivers on ecosystems and biota in the Arctic region. The role of Aarhus University in the project is to provide and study paleoceanographic data sets to add the long-term perspective on these changes. Focus is on recent centuries to millennia and will include previous periods of climate warming, ice retreat, and ocean freshening.

The position has a fixed term of 2 years, starting as soon as possible, or whenever the successful applicant is available (preferable no later than June 1, 2022), but end date can be no later than May 31, 2024, when the project ends.

Job description
The postdoctoral project will focus on investigating the link between temporal changes in climate (including the state of the cryosphere and the oceans) and biodiversity and ecosystem changes in the Greenland and North Atlantic regions, with special focus on the reaction of biota to climate change. The candidate is expected to combine and synthesize existing published data as well as new results focusing on the response of biota to physical changes over time. This will include proxy data from geological archives, but also results from climate models.

Within the framework of the ECOTIP project, there is some freedom for the postdoctoral researcher to develop the project together with the hosts at Aarhus University. We therefore invite applicants to include a detailed research plan describing their proposed research project. The research plan should not exceed more than two pages.

Qualifications
The successful applicant will have a PhD in geoscience or related fields. Candidates should preferably have knowledge on Quaternary paleoceanography based on proxy records and a strong numerical and statistical understanding is expected. The candidate should have a solid basis in scientific programing (using Matlab, Python, R, or similar) and experience in working with databases will be considered favourably. Excellent oral and written English skills are a requirement.

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark:
https://geo.au.dk/forskning/forskningscentre/paleoceanography-and-paleoclimate-group

Contact Information
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:
Professor Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark; mobile phone +45 2778 2897; Email:
mss@geo.au.dk

Dr. Christof Pearce, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark; 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.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences 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, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). 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.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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 a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more
here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it
here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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Assistant Professor (Post-Doc), Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Posting Date: 19 January 2022
Closing Date: 15 February 2022

Reference No: UW/IDUB/2021/90 (see the original ad here)
Position: Assistant Professor (post-doc)
Job type: Research
Scientific discipline: Biological sciences
Key words: Palaeontology/Paleobiology; Paleoparasitology; Paleopathology; Macroevolution; Bioinformatics; Database; Data Mining; Data Science
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment contract
Working pattern/ Hours: Full time
Number of job offers: 1
Salary: Up to 11,200 PLN gross per month
Position starts on: April 2022
Minimum period of employment: 18 months, extendable to 36 months, subject to evaluation. The extension for another 18 months depends, among others, on the extension of financing for the Action after 2023.
Department: Faculty of Biology
Project title: PARADIVE: the integrated study of parasitism, biodiversity and environmental change

IDUB Programme and project description
"Excellence Initiative - Research University" (IDUB) is a programme of the Minister responsible for higher education and science, which enables the University of Warsaw to increase the quality of scientific activity and education, and, consequently, the international recognition of the university.

The project is a part of the IDUB I.3.4 Action “Creation of three research teams that will initiate development of scientific networks conducting studies in the area of civilization diseases, emerging pollutants and circular economy”. The recruited person will perform duties in the Action.

PARADIVE will refine state-of-the-art approaches to integrate past observations of parasitic interactions into models to predict changes in occurrence and prevalence of marine and terrestrial parasitism and their relationship with climate, disease, host diversity and parasite specialization during environmental crises. This will be achieved by building a large database of parasitic interactions based on the historical and fossil record of parasitic traces associated with skeletons of marine ectotherms and resistant propagules of terrestrial zoonotic parasites associated with vertebrate remains using approaches from data mining and machine learning to computed tomography and microscopy. Combined with modelling, simulations and comparative phylogenetic analysis, the results will not only be crucial to better predict the response of parasites and diseases they cause to current climate change, but also better understand the evolution of parasitehost interactions, food webs and the extinction risk of symbionts more generally.

Job description and responsibilities
Main Focus: Studying the relationship between host diversity and parasite prevalence based particularly on data from resistant remains of invertebrates across extinction events. Diverse research opportunities ranging from case-studies of molluscs and/or echinoderms across particular mass extinction events (Permian-Triassic; End-Cretaceous) to Phanerozoicwide modelling studies.

Main responsibilities:
  • developing/programming specimen-level symbionthost database;
  • producing new data from new and old collections as well as mining literature data on parasite-related pathologies/traces as well as developing modelling approaches to allow the study of host selectivity and parasite prevalence and their relationship with evolutionary and environmental perturbations;
  • aid in mentoring graduate students;
  • support in writing grant applications and peer-reviewed publications;
  • presenting research at conferences;
  • participation in outreach and workshop activities and aid with organisational duties of the group.

Key requirements
The position is open to persons who meet the conditions set out in the Act on Higher and Science of July 20, 2018 (Journal of Laws of 2021, item 478 as amended) and the Statute of the University of Warsaw (Resolution No. 443 of the Senate of the University of Warsaw of June 26, 2019, Monitor item 190).

  • a PhD degree in palaeontology, geosciences, biology or data science;
  • experience in quantitative methods including for example ecology, paleoecology and palaeobiology;
  • experience with specimen-level databases and programming;
  • track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage;
  • English language skills.

Desirable are also:
  • experience and strong interest in invertebrate palaeontology, (paleo)biology and/or (paleo)parasitology;
  • broad experience with databases, modelling approaches and programming (preferentially in R).

Previous knowledge of the taxonomy and ecology of invertebrates hosts and/or parasites would be beneficial, but not mandatory.

Application
  1. an application addressed to the Rector of the University of Warsaw containing a following consent:
    “I give my permission to the University of Warsaw, registered at the address of ul. Krakowskie PrzedmieĊ›cie 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, to process my personal data for the purposes of carrying out the recruitment procedure, choosing the employee, and entering into an employment contract with the University of Warsaw, if applicable. I have been informed about my legal rights and obligations in relation to these actions. I acknowledge that providing the aforementioned personal data is done by me on a voluntary basis.“;
  2. information on the processing of personal data (the form is attached to this job offer)
  3. A signed declaration:
    "I declare that I have read and accepted the rules of conducting competitions set out in the ordinance No. 106 of the Rector of the University of Warsaw of September 27, 2019 on specifying the detailed rules and procedure for conducting a competition for the position of an academic teacher at the University of Warsaw.”
  4. a transcript of a PhD diploma;
  5. one portrait photo;
  6. 6an academic CV including a list of publications and information about previous professional employment;
  7. a cover letter describing the candidate’s motivation to apply for the position;
  8. a letter of recommendation from the last supervisor or the PhD supervisor;

CV, cover letter and the letter of recommendation have to be prepared in English.

The application, the information on data processing and the declaration (no. 1-3 of the list above) should be presented as scans of the signed documents. Alternatively, the whole PDF file can be signed with a certified electronic signature.

Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.

What we offer
• supportive, collaborative working environment
• work in an exciting project with international and interdisciplinary collaborations
• prospects of publishing in very good scientific journals
• opportunity to learn new skills related to conservation (paleo)biology, data science, (paleo)parasitology and macroevolution
• opportunity to develop an original research profile

How to apply
Please send an e-mail to:
recruitment_i.3.4@uw.edu.pl with a subject line ‘postdoc in Kenneth De Baets’ lab, (UW/IDUB/2021/91)’

Selection and recruitment procedure
Applications will be evaluated by the Recruitment Committee. The Committee reserves the right to respond only to the selected applications and to close the competition without selecting a candidate.

The candidate might be asked for an interview with the Recruitment Committee. The candidates will be informed about the results of selection procedure by e-mail.

The competition is the first stage of the employment procedure, defined by the University of Warsaw Statute, and its positive outcome is the basis for further proceedings.

Prior to commencement of employment, the candidate selected in the competition is required to submit original documents in order to certify their transcripts or copies.

The University of Warsaw reserves the right to terminate the competition without cause.

Equal opportunities
The constitutional principle of the equal treatment of all members of the University community is fundamental to its activities. The University of Warsaw promotes diversity and prevents discrimination. The University maintains the highest ethical standards, upholds scientific integrity, and is guided by principles stemming from the European Charter for Researchers.

Questions: Please, direct your questions to Dr Kenneth De Baets, e-mail address: kenneth.debaets@gmail.com
Closing date for applications: 15/02/2022
Notification about the results: 15/03/2022
Results will be announced: By email

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Assistant Professor (Post-Doc), Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Posting Date: 19 January 2022
Closing Date: 15 February 2022

Reference No: UW/IDUB/2021/91 (see the original ad here)
Position: Assistant Professor (post-doc)
Job type: Research
Scientific discipline: Biological sciences
Key words: Palaeontology/Paleobiology; Paleoparasitology; Paleopathology; Macroevolution; Bioinformatics; Database; Data Mining; Data Science
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment contract
Working pattern/ Hours: Full time
Number of job offers: 1
Salary: Up to 11,200 PLN gross per month
Position starts on: April 2022
Minimum period of employment: 18 months, extendable to 36 months, subject to evaluation. The extension for another 18 months depends, among others, on the extension of financing for the Action after 2023.
Department: Faculty of Biology
Project title: PARADIVE: the integrated study of parasitism, biodiversity and environmental change

IDUB Programme and project description
"Excellence Initiative - Research University" (IDUB) is a programme of the Minister responsible for higher education and science, which enables the University of Warsaw to increase the quality of scientific activity and education, and, consequently, the international recognition of the university.

The project is a part of the IDUB I.3.4 Action “Creation of three research teams that will initiate development of scientific networks conducting studies in the area of civilization diseases, emerging pollutants and circular economy”. The recruited person will perform duties in the Action.

PARADIVE will refine state-of-the-art approaches to integrate past observations of parasitic interactions into models to predict changes in occurrence and prevalence of marine and terrestrial parasitism and their relationship with climate, disease, host diversity and parasite specialization during environmental crises. This will be achieved by building a large database of parasitic interactions based on the historical and fossil record of parasitic traces associated with skeletons of marine ectotherms and resistant propagules of terrestrial zoonotic parasites associated with vertebrate remains using approaches from data mining and machine learning to computed tomography and microscopy. Combined with modelling, simulations and comparative phylogenetic analysis, the results will not only be crucial to better predict the response of parasites and diseases they cause to current climate change, but also better understand the evolution of parasitehost interactions, food webs and the extinction risk of symbionts more generally.

Job description and responsibilities
Main Focus: Studying the relationship between host diversity and parasite prevalence based particularly on data from resistant remains of invertebrates across extinction events. Diverse research opportunities ranging from case-studies of molluscs and/or echinoderms across particular mass extinction events (Permian-Triassic; End-Cretaceous) to Phanerozoicwide modelling studies.

Main responsibilities:
  • developing/programming specimen-level symbionthost database;
  • producing new data from new and old collections as well as mining literature data on parasite-related pathologies/traces as well as developing modelling approaches to allow the study of host selectivity and parasite prevalence and their relationship with evolutionary and environmental perturbations;
  • aid in mentoring graduate students;
  • support in writing grant applications and peer-reviewed publications;
  • presenting research at conferences;
  • participation in outreach and workshop activities and aid with organisational duties of the group.

Key requirements
The position is open to persons who meet the conditions set out in the Act on Higher and Science of July 20, 2018 (Journal of Laws of 2021, item 478 as amended) and the Statute of the University of Warsaw (Resolution No. 443 of the Senate of the University of Warsaw of June 26, 2019, Monitor item 190).

  • a PhD degree in palaeontology, geosciences, biology or data science;
  • experience in quantitative methods including for example ecology, paleoecology and palaeobiology;
  • experience with specimen-level databases and programming;
  • track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage;
  • English language skills.

Desirable are also:
  • experience and strong interest in invertebrate palaeontology, (paleo)biology and/or (paleo)parasitology;
  • broad experience with databases, modelling approaches and programming (preferentially in R).

Previous knowledge of the taxonomy and ecology of invertebrates hosts and/or parasites would be beneficial, but not mandatory.

Application
  1. an application addressed to the Rector of the University of Warsaw containing a following consent:
    “I give my permission to the University of Warsaw, registered at the address of ul. Krakowskie PrzedmieĊ›cie 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, to process my personal data for the purposes of carrying out the recruitment procedure, choosing the employee, and entering into an employment contract with the University of Warsaw, if applicable. I have been informed about my legal rights and obligations in relation to these actions. I acknowledge that providing the aforementioned personal data is done by me on a voluntary basis.“;
  2. information on the processing of personal data (the form is attached to this job offer)
  3. A signed declaration:
    "I declare that I have read and accepted the rules of conducting competitions set out in the ordinance No. 106 of the Rector of the University of Warsaw of September 27, 2019 on specifying the detailed rules and procedure for conducting a competition for the position of an academic teacher at the University of Warsaw.”
  4. a transcript of a PhD diploma;
  5. one portrait photo;
  6. 6an academic CV including a list of publications and information about previous professional employment;
  7. a cover letter describing the candidate’s motivation to apply for the position;
  8. a letter of recommendation from the last supervisor or the PhD supervisor;

CV, cover letter and the letter of recommendation have to be prepared in English.

The application, the information on data processing and the declaration (no. 1-3 of the list above) should be presented as scans of the signed documents. Alternatively, the whole PDF file can be signed with a certified electronic signature.

Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.

What we offer
• supportive, collaborative working environment
• work in an exciting project with international and interdisciplinary collaborations
• prospects of publishing in very good scientific journals
• opportunity to learn new skills related to conservation (paleo)biology, data science, (paleo)parasitology and macroevolution
• opportunity to develop an original research profile

How to apply
Please send an e-mail to:
recruitment_i.3.4@uw.edu.pl with a subject line ‘postdoc in Kenneth De Baets’ lab, (UW/IDUB/2021/91)’

Selection and recruitment procedure
Applications will be evaluated by the Recruitment Committee. The Committee reserves the right to respond only to the selected applications and to close the competition without selecting a candidate.

The candidate might be asked for an interview with the Recruitment Committee. The candidates will be informed about the results of selection procedure by e-mail.

The competition is the first stage of the employment procedure, defined by the University of Warsaw Statute, and its positive outcome is the basis for further proceedings.

Prior to commencement of employment, the candidate selected in the competition is required to submit original documents in order to certify their transcripts or copies.

The University of Warsaw reserves the right to terminate the competition without cause.

Equal opportunities
The constitutional principle of the equal treatment of all members of the University community is fundamental to its activities. The University of Warsaw promotes diversity and prevents discrimination. The University maintains the highest ethical standards, upholds scientific integrity, and is guided by principles stemming from the European Charter for Researchers.

Questions: Please, direct your questions to dr Kenneth De Baets, e-mail address: kenneth.debaets@gmail.com
Closing date for applications: 15/02/2022
Notification about the results: 15/03/2022
Results will be announced: By email

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Research Associate (Conservation Paleobiology), Geology Department, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA

Posting Date: 20 January 2022
Closing Date: 28 February 2022

Job Category: Technical
Position Title: Research Associate, Conservation Paleobiology (you may access the original ad documentation here)
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the Faculty
Department: Geology

Department Statement
The Geology Department at Colgate University seeks to hire a post-baccalaureate research associate to engage in marine conservation paleobiology research. Start date is negotiable between May 2nd and May 23rd, 2022; the position is funded for 9 months. For more information about the Harnik Paleo Lab, visit
https://www.harnikpaleolab.org.

Accountabilities
Accountable for involvement in fieldwork in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and lab work and data analysis at Colgate University. The research associate will work closely with Paul Harnik, Assistant Professor of Geology, and a team of undergraduate students to collect and process samples of seafloor sediment and will use these to investigate the responses of marine mollusks to natural and anthropogenic environmental change. Accountable for engaging in mentored research and other activities that position them for success in their chosen career path.

Accountable for adherence to Colgate University’s laboratory safety policies, practices, and procedures that ensure a safe learning environment for students, staff and faculty. Accountable for staying current with relevant regulations (e.g. health, safety, care, and otherwise) and availing oneself of relevant training offered by Colgate’s EH&S office.

An opportunity to assist with field courses and labs may be available.

Technical Competencies
  • Demonstrated expertise in geology and or related discipline sufficient to effectively collect, process, and analyze shell-rich sediment samples.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize lab environment and effectively manage inventory levels of materials and supplies.
  • Demonstrated ability to diagnose problems with relevant lab and/or field equipment and/or arrange for proper repair and maintenance. Knowledge of all related equipment sufficient to teach others on proper use.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and train others on the proper use of equipment and safe handling.
  • Working knowledge of laboratory safety policies, practices and procedures sufficient to ensure a safe learning environment for students, staff and faculty.

Behavioral Competencies
  • Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.
  • Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.
  • Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.
  • Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.
  • Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.
  • Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.
  • Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.
  • Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications
  • enthusiasm for conducting mentored research in conservation paleobiology
  • comfort in learning new skills
  • self-motivated
  • able to work independently and with others
  • strong written and oral communication skills
  • dependability in managing multiple tasks and complex projects
  • maintenance of a well-organized working space

Preferred Qualifications
Desirable competencies include the following (note that a single candidate is not expected to have all of these):
  • use of research instruments, such as a scanning electron microscope and/or light microscope
  • documentation of research methods and/or data
  • data analysis in R or another programming environment
  • experience working outside under varying conditions (e.g., heat, humidity)
  • experience being on boats
  • mentoring of peers

Education
B.A. or B.S. degree by start date, with a major or background in geology, biology, environmental science, or related disciplines.
Certifications

Physical Requirements
Responsible for following all procedures to conduct work activities in a safe manner including but not limited to wearing PPE required for specific duties and safe handling of chemicals as outlined by University policies and/or the supervisor. Responsible for immediately reporting any unsafe conditions to the supervisor and/or Environmental Health and Safety.

Other Information
To receive full consideration, applicants should submit their materials by February 28, 2022. Review of applications will begin February 28, 2022 and will continue until position is filled.

The cover letter should describe your interest in the position, your career goals, what skills or experiences you might bring to the position, and what benefits you hope to get out of the position.

Please include an unofficial undergraduate transcript with your application. You can upload the document in the Transcripts document heading.

Requisition Number: 2022S004Posting

Special Instructions Summary
Colgate has a diverse student, faculty, staff, and alumni population representing a variety of races, gender identities, social economic status, sexual orientations, languages, national origins, etc. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan presents a framework for continuing the creation of an inclusive campus and engaging the Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead.

Please describe how you would connect and work with a diverse community. The statement can be any length (e.g. paragraph or page). You can upload the statement under the Diversity Statement document heading. For information on how to write a diversity statement, see our Guidance on Crafting Diversity Statements.

Application
You may apply for this position
here.

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


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