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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 ( 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 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

None of which we are aware at the moment.

Educational Opportunities

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University Assistant, Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 2 December 2021
Closing Date: 3 January 2022

The Palaeoecosystem team (Prof. Dr. Petra Heinz) has an open position in the field of micropalaeontology. The advertised position is located in the Department of Palaeontology which represents an interface between Earth Sciences and Life Sciences.

Surface sediments from the Arctic Ocean will be analysed, with main focus on benthic foraminiferal faunas. The project is planned in strong cooperation with Jutta Wollenburg (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany).

The group is looking for a highly motivated research assistant aiming at a doctoral degree working with benthic foraminifera. We offer an excellent working environment in a creative team.

The successful candidate will be member of the Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences VISESS (

The announcement is made for four years, whereby the employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of four years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
  • Participation in research, teaching and administration:
  • Participation in research projects / research studies
  • Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations
  • We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.
  • Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
  • Supervision of students
  • Involvement in the organisation of meetings and field trips
  • Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

  • Masters or Diploma degree in Palaeontology, Biology, Geology, or other related fields of sciences
  • Willingness to participate at scientific cruises
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • IT user skills
  • Ability to work in a team

Desirable qualifications:
  • Experience and knowledge in the field of foraminifera/micropalaeontolgy
  • Teaching experience
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures
  • Basic experience in research methods and academic writing

Application documents:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • Degree certificates

Research fields:
Geosciences, Palaeontology

Geology/Mineralogy, Palaeontology
Biology/Botany, Zoology

English/Very good knowledge

Basic Knowledge/MS Office

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 03.01.2022, mentioning reference number 12506.

For further information please contact Heinz, Petra +43-1-4277-53580.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 12506
Privacy Policy of the University of Vienna

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Curator & Chair, Vertebrate Paleontology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Posting Date: 25 October 2021
Closing Date: 7 January 2022

We seek to recruit a highly motivated doctoral student to pursue dissertation research on the evolutionary history of the island fox,
Urocyon littoralis. The island fox is smaller than its progenitor, the mainland gray fox, and includes six subspecies, each restricted to a different island in Southern California’s Channel Islands due to their unique migratory history during the Ice Age and thereafter. Extreme population crashes occurred on several of the islands in the 1990s, followed by dramatic demographic recoveries, but incomplete genetic recoveries. The work will take advantage of fossils and historical samples from museum collections, taken before the population crashes, as well as recent samples.

The research will be part of a multidisciplinary project (morphological, paleontological, molecular) involving collaboration between the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the University of Southern California. This is a funded project and the Ph.D. student will have five years of support (including tuition remission) through a combination of RAships, TAships and fellowships.

Analyses of morphological and genetic changes can be used to address a number of important questions. When did the fox arrive at each island and how much migration has there been amongst islands? Were humans (Paleo-Indians) involved in the colonization of each island? What is the genetic basis for the evolution of dwarfism? Is dwarfism a result of natural selection or artificial selection? What morphological changes (at various levels of bone anatomy) are associated with reduction of body size?

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact either Xiaoming Wang ( or Suzanne Edmands ( for more information. Before applying, candidates should complete a pre-interview by December 20, 2021. Applications should then be submitted by January 7, 2022 to the Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Program at the University of Southern California (

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