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To advertise a micropalaeontology job

The only requirements to advertise a position via this service are that the role is related, at least in part, to micropalaeontology and that industrial advertisers agree to pay 50GBP per listing. Postings are free for academic and charitable sector advertisers. To post an advertisement, please contact the TMS secretary with a brief summary of the position details and a web-link for more information.


Current academic/charitable advertisements

PhD candidate in Palaeoecology & Landscape Ecology, University of Amsterdam

“Characterization of Neotropical ecosystems by their modern pollen spectra and organic chemical composition ”

  1. Develop skills in pollen identification, pollen chemical characterization, and the analysis of organic biomarkers.
  2. Examine ecological variation across an altitudinal gradient of nearly 4000 meters on the tropical western Andean flank.
  3. Improve understanding of how ecosystems function in a biodiversity hotspot, and how they might be identified in the fossil record.

The considerable biodiversity of Neotropical ecosystems is under pressure from projected climate change and human activity. Modern ecosystems can be characterized by their pollen rain and organic chemistry, which can in turn provide information about ecosystem health and functioning. However, little is known about how pollen assemblage and chemical composition (of pollen and plants) vary along environmental gradients. Altitudinal transects provide an opportunity to study a range of environments and ecosystems with a relatively small geographic area. By improving our understanding of modern ecosystems we can improve our interpretation of fossil records, and consequently better understand how modern ecosystems came into being.

The main objectives of this PhD project are to:
1. Generate the first modern pollen assemblage and chemical data set for the Neotropics,
2. Characterize the landscape‐scale variation in pollen assemblage and chemistry composition, and
3. Identify the key environmental drivers that determines pollen assemblage and chemistry composition variation.

Level of education: University (Masters)

Salary indication: €2,125 to €2,717 gross per month

Hours: 38 hours per week

Closing date: 18 September 2015

More information: here


Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Forams) at Natural History Museum, London

Salary: Up to £30,332 per annum plus benefits

Contract: 36 Month Fixed-Term Appointment

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 23rd August 2015

The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

We are currently recruiting for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant – Forams to work with Prof Andy Purvis on a NERC-funded project within Life Science.  This 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. The successful candidate will focus on three essential tasks. The 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.

BEFORE beginning your application – Please read the section about the ‘Online Application Process’ carefully as we will require an up-to-date CV and Covering Letter to be submitted for initial selection purposes.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Defined benefit occupational pension scheme
  • Annual leave allowance of 27 ½ days a year plus 8 public holidays
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Access to a full programme of learning and development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

For more information on this position and to apply please visit the Natural History Museum website on http://www.nhm.ac.uk/search-vacancies


PhD “Understanding the global ocean zooplankton diversity and its response to climate change”

Models have been invaluable in understanding the impact of climate change on the ocean and its ecosystems. While the physics of ocean circulation is well understood, modelling the ecology of marine plankton is at the cutting edge of science. Progress has been made with a number of phytoplankton groups (see ref) but zooplankton such as foraminifera have been underrepresented despite their importance for the ocean and biogeochemical cycles (Schmidt et al., 2006).

This PhD will create a unique representation of planktic foraminifera in the global ocean MITDarwin model (Monteiro et al., 2010; Follows and Dutkiewicz, 2011) based on key ecological tradeoffs of foraminifera in relation to calcification, temperature, food sources and size (Schmidt et al., 2004). The student will explore importance of ocean acidification, temperature, and oxygen stressors on the distribution and diversity of foraminifera in the global ocean. The ultimate goal of the project is to make projections of the impact of future climate change on the marine plankton community and feedbacks with atmospheric pCO2.

The PhD student will learn how to use and develop complex marine ecosystem models, with statistical and modelling skills highly transferable to a wide range of jobs as well as being highly in demand in academic research. The student will develop expertise in marine plankton ecology and physiology. The student will be part of the dynamic BRIDGE group – an internationally leading centre studying natural Earth system variability, based within the School of Geographical Sciences, as well as be part of the vibrant Palaeobiology group in the School of Earth Sciences. Bristol is one of the top-five universities for research in the UK with a formal Graduate School and excellent facilities for doctoral research. The Ph.D. project will be part of the European Research Council project “PaleoGENie” under the direction of Andy Ridgwell.

Please send your CV and a letter of motivation as well as 2 names for references to Fanny Monteiro. The interview will be in July either in Bristol or via Skype.


 PhD FULLY FUNDED “Early Paleozoic radiolarian evolution”

This FULLY FUNDED PHD was recently been awarded Australian Research Council Discovery Project funding to investigate: Early Paleozoic radiolarian evolution. As part of the research a PhD student and/or Post Doc will work on this project and have the funding to support them.

The project will apply a new transformative technology; X-ray micro computed tomography (3D micro-CT) to the study of Early Palaeozoic (530-300 million year old) radiolarian microfossils. This will for the first time allow non-destructive examination to elucidate the internal skeletal architecture of these fossils that is critical to understanding their evolution. Computer reconstruction of 3D images will reveal details upon which an understanding of early phylogenetic relationships within this phylum can be developed. This in turn will allow realization of the full biostratigraphic potential of this important long-ranging group of marine protozoans that commonly occur in great abundance in deep marine sedimentary rocks.

Email contact for more details: jona@uq.edu.au


 PhD “Ocean ecosystem modelling in a 400ppm world: reconstructing and modelling seasonality signals during the mid-Pliocene Warm Period”

PhD opportunity at the University of Leeds.

More info


PhD “Ostracod-based reconstructions of North Atlantic deep-water environments”

PhD opportunity at the University of Birmingham, 2015 start.

More info


Funded places on Birmingham MSc course.

A fully-funded studentship will be available for the coming academic year on the MSc in Applied and Petroleum Micropalaeontology at the University of Birmingham in just the second year of running. One studentship, which covers fees and contribution towards living expenses, is funded by BP and is open to UK and EU students. More details will appear on the course homepage in the coming weeks.

RPS have agreed to provide one Fees scholarship for a UK/EU student for the coming academic session. We will post further details of application processes and deadlines on the University webpage in the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks to BP and RPS for supporting the course.

Don’t forget – additional funding support is available for members of the PESGB and TMS who hold offers for the course.


Current industrial advertisements

There are no current positions, please check back regularly.