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Research/technical specialist with background in (paleo)biology/paleontology

Oberlin College is seeking a one year visiting assistant professor in Paleontology/Geobiology

Stantec Consulting Inc. is now hiring for several positions in mitigation paleontology out of our Denver and LA office.

TWO POSITIONS—University of Oklahoma

Research/technical specialist with background in (paleo)biology/paleontology (application deadline: 31/01/2022)

We are looking for a research/technical specialist with a background in (paleo)biology/paleontology to join our PARADIVE Project Team at the University of Warsaw

Please share widely among potentially suitable/interested candidates.

The position is available for (up to) 3 years.

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 invertebrates 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.

Desirable is 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.

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 (Deadline: 31/01/2022): send your application (CV, cover/motivation letter, letter of recommendation by previous supervisor, signed information on the processing of personal data in the form attached to the job offer) to the email addresses (not mine) listed in: (not to me)

More information on the project can be found here:

Please do not hesitate to contact me personally (on kenneth.debaets(at) if you have further questions.

Oberlin College is seeking a one year visiting assistant professor in Paleontology/Geobiology. The person will teach an introductory course for non-majors, the 200-level required course Evolution of the Earth with lab, and an upper-level course in their specialty to add up to a five-course load (labs count in this calculation). 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.

The job posting is here:

Stantec Consulting Inc. is now hiring for several positions in mitigation paleontology out of our Denver and LA office. We have an exciting array of field projects across the American West and are looking for paleontologists and paleontological field technicians. Please see the individual job postings below for details.

Stantec is grounded in safety, quality, and ethics. Our experts lead their fields and guide our work with rigor, a creative spirit, and vision for growth. We draw from more than 20 technical specialties around the globe and are committed to fostering an inclusive community of diverse talents, backgrounds, and expertise. We’re a place to apply your passion and collaborate with top environmental talents on work that’s critical to our clients and the communities they support. Join a team that has the environment down to a science.

For questions please contact Cara Corsetti.

Paleontologist, Denver CO – Req #210002WT

Paleontologist, Monrovia CA – Req #210002WQ

Paleontological Technician, Monrovia CA – Req #210002WV

TWO POSITIONS—University of Oklahoma

  1. Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Sam Noble Museum & Assistant Professor, School of Geosciences, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy; and
  2. Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, Sam Noble Museum & Assistant Professor, School of Geosciences, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy

The Sam Noble Museum ( and the School of Geosciences ( at the University of Oklahoma seek two innovative and enthusiastic colleagues to fill tenure-track split positions as Assistant Curators at the Sam Noble Museum and Assistant Professors in the School of Geosciences to begin in July 2022.

We seek colleagues who will establish discipline-leading, student-involved, and externally funded research programs; build collaborations within and outside the University; and work with colleagues and students toward OU’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals. The ideal candidates for these Assistant Curator/Assistant Professor positions will perform specimen-based research in any related subfield of vertebrate or invertebrate paleontology, including but not limited to biodiversity, paleoecology, phylogeny reconstruction, evolutionary or conservation paleobiology, isotope or trace element geochemistry, and/or paleoclimatology, and would have experience working with museum collections.

In the Sam Noble Museum, the Curators will be responsible for growing and curating the museum’s collection of fossil vertebrates or invertebrates from around the world, obtaining grants, and interpreting its community, public and intellectual significance through research, exhibits, education and outreach.

With over 80,000 cataloged specimens spanning over 300 million years, the nucleus of the vertebrate paleontology collection was made under the auspices of the Works Projects Administration led by the museum’s first director, J. Willis Stovall. The collection has roughly tripled in size since the late 1980s, and the numbers of type and figured specimens have increased accordingly. The collection is especially strong in Early Permian tetrapods, Jurassic dinosaurs, Cretaceous vertebrate faunas from the Western Interior including important microvertebrate (e.g., mammals and lizards) faunas, and Mio-Pliocene mammals of Oklahoma.

With nearly one million specimens from every major invertebrate fossil group, the invertebrate paleontology collection is among the most scientifically important in North America. It contains nearly 3,000 primary type specimens and about 7,000 figured specimens. A large donation of fossils from BP-Amoco expanded the collection into a unique resource for research. Much of the collection comprises Paleozoic-age specimens from the southern mid-continent, with significant material from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic of Alaska.

The School of Geosciences has over a century of history preparing students for impactful careers in basic and applied geosciences. In the School of Geosciences, the successful candidates will teach and mentor undergraduates from diverse backgrounds in support of the major and the School’s popular paleontology concentration, which includes courses in vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, evolutionary paleobiology), and/or through general education classes. The candidates for these positions will also provide invested mentorship and instruction in the graduate program at Master’s and Ph.D. levels, as well as teach graduate level courses in their specialization. The Assistant Curators/Assistant Professors will play an important role in facilitating wider synergies among the Museum, the School, and other units on campus and around the State.

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by embracing each person’s unique contributions, background and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma recognizes that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission. The commitment enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty and staff and for the communities we engage.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic, and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In Fall 2019, approximately 23% of OU’s freshmen were first-generation students, 33% of all students belonged to a minority race/ethnicity and 6% were international.

Applicants must have:

  • Ph.D. in geoscience, biology, or other related field in hand by start date;
  • an established record of high-quality research and publications;
  • a demonstrated record of or clear potential for strong extramural funding;
  • a familiarity with and commitment to inclusive teaching and mentoring;
  • a record of specimen-based collection experience and of, or potential for, specimen-based curation and obtaining collection grants;
  • a record of or potential for collection interpretation, exhibition, and outreach and community engagement;
  • a demonstrated or explicit commitment to outreach, community engagement, and service to the museum, school, university and discipline.

Application Instructions
    For the position of Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology & Assistant Professor of Geosciences, please submit to
    For the position of Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology & Assistant Professor of Geosciences, please submit to

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and the search will continue until the positions are filled. The anticipated starting date for both positions is July 2022.
Applicants are requested to submit the following documents as (1-3 pages each): 1) a cover letter describing your interests in and qualifications for the position including your museum experience with collections, collection interpretation, exhibition, and outreach and community engagement; 2) your current CV including contact information for three potential references; 3) a teaching statement briefly describing your past instructional and mentorship experiences, your pedagogical philosophy, and your plans/goals for teaching at OU (including existing and proposed courses) and advising a diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students; 4) a diversity statement describing your knowledge of and/or experience addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the geosciences and an outline of plans for contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusivity efforts through research, teaching, and/or service; 5) and a research statement describing your research focus, methods, and future trajectory. Questions, information requests, and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Richard Lupia, University of Oklahoma, Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK 73072 or [email protected].

Application Process
This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.