University Assistant (post doc) at the University of Vienna

We invite applications for a 6-year university assistant position (post doc; "Universitätsassistent/in") at the Department of Palaeontology of the University of Vienna. The advertised position is within the “Evolutionary Morphology Research Group” (www.evomorg.org), which is an interdisciplinary research team working at the interfaces between palaeobiology and evolutionary developmental biology of vertebrates for better understanding their evolutionary history. We build on a good working atmosphere, close collaboration with our students and collaborators from other institutions, and self-dependent involvement and co-ordination of research projects. The working language of the group is predominantly English. Applicants from abroad are also encouraged to apply.

Job description: 

  • Supporting the Chair of Palaeobiology and Vertebrate Palaeontology in research and teaching.
  • Supervising BSc, MSc and PhD students.
  • Teaching courses in the Bachelors' and Masters' Programs in Geo Sciences and Life Sciences independently (as defined by the collective agreement).
  • Supporting the Head of the Micro-CT lab.
  • Acquiring third-party funding through national and/or international funding agencies.
  • Participating in the academic self-administration.


Application deadline is July 11, 2017.

More information can be found here.


PhD position in Palaeobiology/Biomineralisation at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

The project will seek to develop quantitative methods of ultrastructural analysis of conodont tissues to reconstruct their growth process and test hypotheses on its evolutionary and ecological constraints.

The student will receive training in:

1. EBSD and orientation contrast to characterize crystal size distribution, crystallographic orientation and crystal lattice deformations in function of tissue growth conditions and use

2. AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy) on polished and fractured samples

3. STEM and TEM

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in Biology, Palaeontology, Palaeobiology, or Chemistry with experience in biomineralisation. The project will require the candidate to perform systematic laboratory tasks with delicate microscopic specimens, therefore excellent documentation of work and manual agility will be required. Previous training in SEM and TEM, experience with embryology and/or histology will be desirable. The candidate should be able to start on the 1st October 2017. Knowledge of German is not required.

Application deadline is July 10th, 2017.

A description of the project and more information on the position can be found here.

Information on Joint Conference in China, October 10-13, 2017


After the successful First Joint Conference of the Palaeontological Society of China and the Paläontologische Gesellschaft held in Göttingen, Germany, in September 2013, great progress has been made between China and Germany concerning palaeontology and related subjects. In order to summarise these four years of progress and to present the results, the Second Joint Conference will be held in Yichang City, Hubei Province, China, from October 10th to 13th, 2017.

The first circular can be downloaded here.


The first circular for the joint conference with the Palaeontological Society of China has been ...

October 10-13, 2017, a joint conference of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft with the ...

This year's Fossil of the Year is the Upper Cretaceous oyster Pycnodonte (Phygraea) ...


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