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DATE ADDED: 02/07/2015

University of Birmingham

Postdoctoral Researcher, Vertebrate Palaeontology

Ref: 55212

Fixed term - 36 months

Full time

Salary: £28,695 to £37,394 pa

Source: Jobs.ac.uk

"TERRA. 375 Million Years of the Diversification of Life on Land: Shifting the Paradigm?"

A postdoctoral research position in diversification patterns of fossil tetrapods is now available based within the research group of Dr Richard Butler. The successful applicant will work as part of a European Research Council-funded team focused on documenting the spatial and temporal patterns and testing the abiotic and biotic drivers of the diversification of terrestrial tetrapods over the Phanerozoic, from the Devonian through to the present day. The researcher will work together with other members of the team to develop spatially and temporally comprehensive datasets of fossil vertebrate taxonomy and occurrences, including working within the framework of the Paleobiology Database. Utilising these and other existing data they will conduct quantitative analyses to document major temporal and spatial patterns in species-richness over long geological timescales and across mass extinction events, and test relationships with potential drivers.

The researcher will be expected to disseminate research results through outstanding publications in leading journals, conference presentations and outreach activities. Further duties will involve co-supervision of undergraduate student projects, and contributing to the training and mentoring of doctoral researchers and research assistants. Funding will be available for the researcher to undertake relevant training courses and present work at both national and international conferences. 

The researcher will join a very active community of palaeobiologists and palaeoclimatologists, associated with a significant geological museum and collection (the Lapworth Museum of Geology), and will be part of the broader Geosystems research group of the School. 

Closing date: 29th July 2015

View: further details / job description


NewDATE ADDED: 19/07/2015

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator

Ref: 36448BR

Full time

Source: SPNHC jobs


Operates the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology preparation laboratory within the MCZ Paleontology Preparation Facility, providing preparation for the faculty curator. In order to foster the scientific and educational components of our preparation facility, the position will provide supervision and training of graduate students in the scientific techniques of fossil vertebrate preparation. Will serve as the primary contact for researchers and students to provide a high level of support for the collection and study of fossil vertebrates. Advises and assumes a major role in planning field expeditions, including bibliographic searches, preparation of materials/data for grant proposals, map and aerial photo surveys, and testing and purchase of field equipment. Assumes responsibility for geographical sectors and expeditionary personnel in the field, including supervision and training of graduate students in the specialized scientific techniques of collecting fossil vertebrates, with the clear ability to apply all basic and research skills necessary in providing leading care for all specimens. Authorizes purchases of VP laboratory supplies, especially those necessary to develop new techniques of preparation.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BSc or equivalent in geology with emphasis on vertebrate paleontology (anatomy and taxonomy).
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in vertebrate paleontology preparation.
  • Specialized technical skills required in preparation of fossil vertebrates, including microscopic dissection; sound knowledge of vertebrate skeletal anatomy, as well as fundamental concepts of stratigraphy, sedimentology and vertebrate evolution.
  • Experience conducting field work, including excavating, consolidating, collecting and documenting fossil discoveries.
  • Experience using manual and mechanical fossil preparation techniques, including use of air scribes, air abrasives, rock saws, etc.
  • Experience molding, casting, restoration, and conservation of fossils (including all related materials).

Additional Qualifications

MSc in a related discipline preferred. 5+ years of experience is preferred in vertebrate paleontology preparation.  Hands-on experience using acid preparation methods. Experience organizing the logistics of field expeditions, including permits and mapping. Familiarity with x-ray and CT scanning technology. Experience presenting preparation techniques at local and/or national conferences.   Competence with a wide range of mechanical devices is helpful.   Good organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of administrative duties. Member of a scientific society is preferred.

Closing date: 31st July 2015

Further details and application online



NewDATE ADDED: 19/07/2015

The Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake City, UT

Geologist (Paleontology)

Full time

Salary: $70,192.00 to $108,507.00 / Per Year

Ref: PH-15-RH-1453226

US Citizens

Source: USA Jobs


Serve as the BLM’s Regional Paleontologist for Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. 

Serve as the BLM’s senior technical expert for paleontological resources in the region, and is responsible for advising the State Directors, Deputy State Directors, District Managers, and Field Managers regarding paleontology program needs, priorities, and direction. 

Provide field staff with technical assistance on implementing the paleontology program’s mission, and ensures that paleontological resources are addressed in the Bureau’s National Environmental Policy Act and land use planning processes. 

Develop regional and statewide program policies, provides program budget oversight and direction, and serves as the BLM’s representative for numerous partnership initiatives across the region.

Oversee the administration of the BLM’s Paleontological Resource Use Permits issued to researchers and consultants across the region. 


Closing date: 3rd August 2015

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 02/07/2015

Grant Museum, UCL

Grant Museum Curator

Full time


Salary: £33,353 - £40,313 per annum

Ref: 1472841

Source: Museum Studies Jobsdesk

UCL Museums and Collections
UCL Museums and Collections is a dynamic and growing service that has won national awards. The museums are part of the UCL Public and Cultural Engagement (PACE) department that also includes the university’s Public Engagement Unit and the Bloomsbury Theatre. The collections house over half a million outstanding artefacts and specimens across arts and science disciplines. Promoting research and teaching with these collections is a high priority, and the museums play a key role in engaging new audiences with UCL’s academic work.

We are a friendly team, committed to recruiting, developing and retaining the best staff, and to diversifying our staff and audiences. We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic and creative people with a strong commitment to public service, collections management, audience development, and academic innovation.  Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential for all posts.

The Grant Museum of Zoology
The Grant Museum is one of the UK’s foremost zoology museums, with a reputation for innovative and experimental work. It is named after its founder Professor Robert Edmond Grant, who was the country’s first Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy. The collection comprises around 68,000 skeletal, taxidermy, fossil and wet specimens, covering the whole of the animal kingdom. It is accredited by Arts Council England and works to influence the museum sector in areas of audience engagement and collections management. Alongside a lively public events programme, the Museum is used daily in academic programmes across the disciplines at UCL and other Higher Education Institutions.

Job Purpose
The post-holder’s primary responsibility will be to undertake curatorial work and collections care and management for the Grant Museum collection, including documentation, imaging, storage, collections development and databases, in line with UCL Museums’ policies. The Curator will recruit and supervise volunteers and promote and facilitate research use of the collection. The Curator will also play an active role in the development and delivery of appropriate university teaching, particularly for Museum Studies related courses. The post-holder will promote the use of the collection in teaching and make the collection available for object-based learning activities. 

The post-holder will also participate in the development of new exhibitions and displays, and will participate fully in the Department’s public engagement programmes. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to all areas of museum work such as visitor services (including staffing the front desk), fundraising, learning and administration as needed. The post-holder will also take part in cross-collections and cross-departmental activities, such as joint exhibitions, the development of new galleries and collections stores, and other special projects.

The Curator will work closely with colleagues across UCL Museums and Collections and PACE and will report to the Grant Museum Manager. The post-holder will play an active role in the Grant Museum team and will work closely alongside the Museum Manager, Learning and Access Officer and UCL Museums Collections Management team in developing and delivering the overall strategic aims of the Grant Museum and wider UCL PACE services.

Closing date: 3rd August 2015

Further details online / job description


NewDATE ADDED: 19/07/2015

Tullie House Museum

Curator of Natural Sciences

Full time

Fixed term for 1 year

Salary: £25,440 - £27,123

Ref: TH058

Source: Museum jobs.com

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, experienced and highly organised individual who is passionate about the care, curation, learning potential and development of natural sciences collections to join the Collections & Programming team at Tullie House.

The postholder will lead on the development of the Natural Sciences Collection (which are subject to a current Designation application) in relation to engagement activities, acquisitions, collections care projects, research, exhibitions and collection displays. This will involve working in collaboration within the Trust and external organisations.

Candidates must have demonstrable knowledge and experience of Natural Sciences collections, developing engagement activity and exhibitions and liaison with internal and external stakeholders.

This role requires a degree in a relevant subject and a postgraduate qualification in museum/gallery studies and/or an AMA or equivalent experience. Knowledge of documentation systems and experience of working with volunteers will also be essential, as will excellent communication skills.

Closing date: 10th August 2015 (noon)

Further details online


NewDATE ADDED: 28/07/2015

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Research Assistant, Vertebrate Palaeontology

Salary: £25,513 to £31,342 pa

Full Time

Fixed-term for 12 months

Job Ref: 55231

Source: jobs.ac.uk

"TERRA. 375 Million Years of the Diversification of Life on Land: Shifting the Paradigm?"

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

A research assistant position in vertebrate palaeontology is now available based within the research group of Dr Richard Butler, within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. The role would suit a recent graduate with a background in palaeontology or geology, who wishes to build experience and skills in palaeontological research.

The successful applicant will be employed for one year to work as part of a European Research Council-funded team focused on testing the spatial and temporal patterns and abiotic and biotic drivers of the diversification of terrestrial tetrapods over the Phanerozoic. The research assistant will be primarily focused on developing spatially and temporally comprehensive datasets of fossil vertebrate taxonomy and occurrences. They will need to conduct comprehensive literature searches to recover and extract from the scientific literature information on fossil vertebrate distribution, which they will then incorporate into the online Paleobiology Database. Some travel outside of Birmingham (e.g. to London) may be necessary to acquire key scientific literature. Opportunities may be available to attend relevant training courses and conferences, and to collaborate on research publications with other members of the research team.

The researcher will join a very active community of palaeobiologists and palaeoclimatologists, associated with a significant geological museum and collection (the Lapworth Museum of Geology), and will be part of the broader Geosystems research group of the School.

Closing date: 19th August

Further details online

NewDATE ADDED: 28/07/2015

Natural History Museum

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Forams


Fixed Term - 36 months

Salary: Up to £30,332 per annum (dependant on experience) plus benefits

Source: NHM Current vacancies

Brief Summary of Role

This NERC-funded project aims to test whether adaptive zones have been important in shaping macroevolution, by focusing on the clade with the most detailed fossil record – macroperforate planktonic foraminifera – over the last 23 million years.

This role involves three main tasks. First, existing IODP cores will be stitched together to provide continuous synthetic stratigraphic columns through the Neogene in each of two widely-separated subtropical gyres. Second, these columns will be sampled at regular intervals, with the foraminiferal community characterized by complete assemblage counts and 2-D morphometrics. Third, the resulting data will be analysed using community phylogenetic and phylogenetic comparative approaches to test a range of predictions, and the results written up for publication.

The post is based with Prof Andy Purvis at the Natural History Museum in London. Some training is available on foraminiferal systematics and R programming, but a reasonable baseline of knowledge is required.

Role competences:

If you wish to be considered for this role you will need to address all of the following competences in your ‘cover letter’:

1. PhD in micropaleontology, comparative biology or a similar discipline
2. Up to 3 years of postdoctoral experience
3. Micropaleontology:
- Considerable experience with planktonic foraminifera is essential
- Expertise in taxonomy of Neogene planktonic foraminifera is desirable
- Ability to rapidly and accurately identify specimens to species is highly desirable
- Experience of assemblage counts is desirable
- Experience mounting, imaging and measuring specimens is desirable
4. Statistical computing:
- Considerable experience with R is essential
- Experience of morphometrics is desirable
- Experience of community phylogenetics is desirable
- Experience of phylogenetic comparative analysis of trait evolution is desirable
- Experience of writing R functions and packages is desirable
5. Other:
- Sufficient knowledge of sedimentology, including preservation and dating, to design the synthetic stratigraphic columns is highly desirable
- Experience of writing publication-quality manuscripts is essential
- Experience with specimen-level databases or Scratchpads is highly desirable
- Experience of stable isotope geochemistry is desirable
- Experience of supervising Masters project students is desirable

Closing date: 23rd August (midnight)

Further details online

NewDATE ADDED: 19/07/2015

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Assistant Curator (Palaeontology)

Full time

Source: CHIN Jobs

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is Canada's pre - eminent uni - disciplinary museum in the making, dedicated to the display, study, research, and collection of paleo - fauna and allied narrative drawn from the rich fossil heritage in northern Alberta.

Job Description:

Plan, organize and direct daily operations as they relate to fulfilling the paleontological needs of the museum, exhibit content development, visitor gallery tours, field tours; contribute to advancing the museum as a world class facility and as a centre of excellence for paleontology in Northwest Alberta; coordinate, develop and review projects and programs; implement education activities/programs as required by students and members of the general public; participate in developing communication strategies; prepare reports; write research grants, and as required, deliver presentations and other duties as assigned.

Scholarly communications and research dissemination, including print and non - print publications; Evaluation, documentation, or professional usage of material culture and fossil collections for research and communications; Multidisciplinary or team - based wo rking environments; Interpretive and interactive content development for traveling exhibits, education outreach and e - learning programs.


The ideal candidate is an exceptional scholar with a record of achievement in a museum/ academic envir onment, with peer recognized research, publications, exhibit development work and community engagement initiatives.

The candidate is a dedicated and creative team player who will work closely with the Curator/Professor , Education Coordinators, Docents and Volunteers.

The candidate will have superior inter - personal skills and a principled commitment to and understanding of public engagement.

The incumbent Assistant Curator will hold a Ph.D. and must be eligible for a Collection Permit under the Historic Resources Act.

The museum aspires to develop an on - going collaboration with the University of Alberta to evolve into a recognized satellite collection, repository and display institution. To that end, the Assistant Curator will work diligently to meet academic and other criteria necessary, in the best interests of both institutions.

Minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role with excellent written and oral communication skills.

Evidence of published work, continuing academic engagement, publications and in - depth knowledge of curatorial practices, museum work and proficiency with best practices in collections management, museum standards, visitor engagement, interpretive and creative content development.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details online

Please apply with resume and three references, to JCousins@dinomuseum.ca

DATE ADDED: 02/07/2015 (still open 19/07/2015)

Spokane Falls Community College, Washington

Dinosaur Paleontology Instructor

Ref: #00-00

Part time

Source: HigherEd Jobs

The Department of Life Sciences at Spokane Falls Community College invites applications for a part-time Adjunct Instructor to teach Dinosaur Paleontology one to three quarters per academic year. The candidate selected for the position will have access to our paleontological collection, which includes actual dinosaur bones and teeth, as well as invertebrate and plant fossils contemporary with the dinosaurs.


  • Prepares for and instructs paleontology classes through various instructional modalities.
  • Provides availability and accessibility to students for the purpose of academic consulting and support, in a manner appropriate to meet student's needs, through a combination of scheduled office hours, e-mail accessibility or other effective means of responsive and timely communication;
  • Communicates expectations and establishes clear criteria through appropriate instructional means, to include but not limited to developing course syllabi, handouts, and material supporting the instructional process; evaluates student progress and provides clear, timely feedback;
  • Complies with state and federal law applicable to professional duties and responsibilities; Follows established procedures in areas such as printing, turning in grades, bookstore orders, student financial aid requirements, safety and health issues and related administrative process.
  • Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform other duties as assigned.

COMPETENCIES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Required Competencies (Minimum Qualifications):

A Master's degree in paleontology, biology, zoology, or a closely related field with coursework in paleontology from an accredited institution.
A Bachelor of Science degree combined with teaching and relevant work experience (e.g., work in a museum) may also be considered.
Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals and objectives of CCS.
The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, community and technical college system.
A demonstrated understanding and value for the contributions that a diverse workforce can make to the success of the organization and the students we serve.


This is an adjunct (part-time) position. Compensation will be pro-rated according to the amount of workload assigned. CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice. Academic employees are represented by the Association of Higher Education (AHE), which is affiliated with NEA and WEA. Membership is optional.


Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the U.S. This is an absolute condition of employment. In addition, CCS maintains a drug free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and state-owned vehicles. CCS employees must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural and diverse work and educational environment. Requires Criminal background check. If using personal vehicle for travel, proof of driver's license and car insurance required.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details online


DATE ADDED: 21/02/2015 (still open 19/07/2015)

University of Nebraska State Museum


Full time

Salary based on experience

Ref: S_150043

Source: SPNHC jobs

Vertebrate Paleontology Division at the University of Nebraska State Museum is seeking a qualified individual to perform work as a Preparator or Chief Preparator. The Preparator prepares, conserves, and replicates specimens in support of curator and museum research. Orders lab supplies, supervises and trains students and volunteers. May participate in Vertebrate Paleontology Division field research.

In addition to these duties, the Chief Preparator manages the vertebrate paleontology preparation laboratory, actively recruits students and volunteers to work in the laboratory, and attends professional meetings.

Compensation for the position will be determined at the time of the offer and will depend upon candidate qualifications and the level of the position.

Minimum required qualifications

Bachelorís degree or equivalent experience in the geosciences, biology, zoology, anthropology, museum studies, or related fields. At least two years of experience in the preparation, conservation, and replication (molding and casting) of vertebrate fossils is required. Knowledge of advanced fossil preparation, replication, and conservation techniques is essential. Experience must demonstrate the ability to prepare fossils ranging from delicate microvertebrates that require work under a microscope to large macro fossils. Must also have the ability to make high quality molds and casts of specimens ranging from microvertebrates to large skulls. A working knowledge of vertebrate anatomy is necessary. Background must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively. Must demonstrate the ability to work independently with a strong work ethic. Must have basic computer skills using word processing and spreadsheet software.

Preferred qualifications

Masterís degree preferred. Formal training in vertebrate paleontology with an emphasis on Cenozoic mammals and reptiles. Five years experience in the preparation, conservation, and replication (molding and casting) of vertebrate fossils, with experience supervising students and volunteers. Detailed knowledge of mammal and reptile anatomy is preferred.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details and application online

DATE ADDED: 04/04/2015 (still open 19/07/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant, Vertebrate Paleontology

Reference 91860

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers


The Scientific Assistant, Paleontology will be responsible for the preparation of drawings, photographs and illustrations to assist curatorial research and advancement of the division's collections and research activities; this includes publications and talks; processing digital and other imaging data for illustration and research using commonly available software packages.

Will be responsible for working with museum students, postdoctoral fellows and other key staff on illustration and photographic techniques; other divisional duties as needed.

Required Qualifications

A college degree (BS, BA, BFA) or commensurate experience is required.
Training in art and/or experience in scientific illustration is preferred.
Outstanding hand-eye coordination, computer skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, Aperture, database/computer record-keeping and image file management, etc.), digital photography and imaging skills, and rendering skills are required.

Closing date: None stated

Further details and application online



DATE ADDED: 08/02/2015 (still open 19/07/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant, Paleontology

Reference 91777

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

The Scientific Assistant will assist curatorial research and advancement of division's collections and research activities which includes:

- Prepare drawings, photographs and illustrations
- Process digital and other imaging data for illustration
- Works with museum students, postdoctoral fellows and key staff on illustration and photographic techniques.
- Other divisional duties as required.  

Required Qualifications

- BS, BF, BFA or commensurate is required,
- Outstanding hand-eye coordination
- Computer skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, Aperture, database/computer record-keeping and image file management, etc.)
- Digital photography and imaging skills, and rendering skills are required.
- Training in art and/or experience in scientific illustration is preferred.  

Closing date: None stated

Further details and application online


DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 19/07/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Research Scientist

Reference: 91741

Full time

Source: AMNH Jobs

This Research Scientist manages the electron microprobe (SX100) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) laboratories in Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, maintaining instruments and support equipment, budgeting and procuring supplies, and supervising and training users.

The Research Scientist participates and collaborates in the EPS seminar program, science education, and research activities.

The SX100 is a mission-critical instrument for all NSF and NASA research grants in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the FTIR is critical to several research projects.

The Department provides unique opportunities for collaboration, public outreach, and research.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Earth Science with an active research program.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with electron beam instruments, well organized and comfortable interacting with instrument users.

Closing date: None stated

Please apply online

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