Position in scientific management/curatorship, Geological-Paleontological Department, Natural History Museum Vienna

This full-time position (40 hours) comprises the scientific management/curatorship of the micropaleontological collection of the Geological-Paleontological Department, at the Natural History Museum Vienna.



  • planning and realization of research projects concerning micropaleontology and stratigraphy;
  • raising external funding for such research projects;
  • presentation of research at international congresses and workshops;
  • publication of results in international scientific journals.



  • curating the relevant collections of the Natural History Museum, including management, administration and updating of the collection;
  • international curatorial cooperation;
  • improvement of the database.


Education and Public Relations

  • support of the educational role of the museum (exhibitions, popular science publications, presentations, guided tours; answering relevant requests of students and laypersons) in collaboration with the Department of Exhibition and Education of the NHM;
  • cooperation with media and institutions of education (publications, presentations, interviews, advice and projects) in consultation with the Department of Communication and Media of the NHM.


Application deadline is September 30, 2019.

More information can be found here.



W2 Professorship for Systems Palaeobiology (Associate Professor)

The Faculty of Sciences at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invites applications for a

W2 Professorship for Systems Palaeobiology (Associate Professor)

at the Department of Geography and Geosciences, GeoZentrum Nordbayern. The professorship is a full-time and permanent position to be filled by the earliest possible starting date.

 We seek to appoint an expert who will develop an internationally visible research and teaching profile in Systems Palaeobiology. Applicants will have a strong background and an international reputation in Palaeobiology. The research should conceptually bridge palaeontological and geological, especially palaeoclimatological information and should address global processes using modelling approaches. A focus on macroevolution (including phylogeny) or macroecology considering the impact of climate change is desired. We expect the appointed professor to actively participate in interdisciplinary collaboration and become involved in establishing joint research projects within GeoZentrum Nordbayern, the Department, the Faculty of Sciences, and the University. The duties of the successful candidate include active participation in the degree programmes (particularly the ‘Palaeobiology’ and ‘Earth Systems Research Lab’ areas of specialisation in the international Master’s degree programme).

More information can be found here and on this website.




PhD position in ichthyosaur ontogeny and evolution, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart

The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart (SMNS) is an internationally renowned research institution with extensive palaeontological and neontological collections. The museum is seeking to the earliest possible date a highly motivated student with an interest in vertebrate palaeontology and palaeoecology to fill a three-year PhD position funded by the SMNS.

The Project

The Posidonia Shale is one of the classic European fossil lagerstätten. It has been intensively sampled for both invertebrate and vertebrate fossils for over 400 years, resulting in extensive museum collections, one of the largest of which is housed at the SMNS. The doctoral student (m/f/d) is expected to scientifically focus on the evolution of ontogenies in Posidonia Shale marine reptiles (ichthyosaurs) with the goal of understanding how growth and development vary with species and change over evolutionary time in these marine reptiles. The Museum has an ongoing emphasis on understanding the evolution of ontogenies and life history strategies in a phylogenetic context, and the student will have access to top experts in this field of research.

The project will be supervised by Dr. Erin Maxwell (http://www.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/forschung/palaeontologie/maxwell) and PD Dr. Rainer Schoch (SMNS),  Evolutionary variation in ontogenies in the Ichthyosauria. A small proportion of working time may be dedicated to museum-specific Tasks.

Deadline is August 20th, 2019.

More information can be found here.



University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Palaeontology, University of Vienna

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with an excellent research and publication record in the field of marine ecosystems, with a special focus on foraminifera. The advertised position is associated with the chair for palaeoecosystems (Prof. Petra Heinz) at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s
Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week

Job Description: 
Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves 
- Developing and strengthening the independent research profile 
- Involvement in research projects / research studies 
- International publications and presentations 
- Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding 
- Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement 
- Supervision of students 
- Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance 
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research Administration

- Doctoral/PhD degree in Earth Sciences or Life Sciences 
- Good knowledge of the taxonomy and ecology of foraminifera
- Methodological competence in culturing foraminifera and marine algae, laboratory and in situ experiments, analysis of marine sediments, analysis of stable isotopes, statistics
- Experience in marine field work
- Very good command of written and spoken English
- IT user skills
- Ability to work in a Team

Find more information here.




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