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Current academic/charitable advertisements

Lecturer Position (Maître Assistant) in Applied Micropaleontology

The Department of Earth Sciences (DESTE) of the University of Geneva immediately seeks applicants for a lecturer position in the field of “Applied Micropaleontology”.

We are particularly interested in candidates using different microfossils to date and document key climatic changes and oceanographic changes throughout Earth history. This research theme is also expected to bring new insights on the evolutionary response of microorganisms to climatically induced environmental changes. Research specialties may include – but are not limited to – taxonomy, diversity and phylogenetic analyses of key microfossil groups, quantitative biostratigraphy, and shell geochemistry. Candidates with experience evidenced by publications in leading international journals appropriate to her/his career stage as well as for proven track record of successful acquisition of external research funding will be given priority.

The chosen candidate’s research will be carried out in close collaboration with that of our existing groups (e.g. sedimentology, biostratigraphy, micropaleontology, limnogeology, geomicrobiology, isotope geochemistry, reservoir geology and basin analysis).

This position will reinforce the expertise in sedimentary geology at the DESTE (http://cms.unige.ch/sciences/terre/en/Earth_Science_department.php).

The successful candidate for this three years appointment will be involved in teaching at both the BSc and MSc levels. She/he will also be requested to organize field classes, to supervise Bachelor, Master and PhD students, and to take part in laboratory management in the Department.

Please contact Prof. Rossana Martini by e-mail for further information and/or application. When applying include your curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research interests, record of teaching experience and contact details of two academic referees as a single PDF file to Rossana.Martini@unige.ch. The announcement remains valid until the position is filled.


 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


Post-doctoral Research Assistant in Micropalaeontology (foraminifera) at The Natural History Museum, London

The role will contribute to the Natural History Museum’s BP Micropalaeontology Project. The project is designed to undertake a thorough taxonomic, stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental reappraisal of the former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection, with specific focus on the material associated with northwest Europe. The Post-doctoral Research Assistant will contribute to the successful completion of the project by undertaking analysis and research into multiple northwest European Mesozoic/Cenozoic well run and outcrop sequences, housed at the Natural History Museum, London. The role holder will be responsible for leading research into the analysis of foraminifera assemblages (both benthic and planktonic), which in turn will be used to update the existing interpretations of the well and outcrop material. Such information will then be used in order to provide palaeoenvironmental interpretations for the northwest European region in-line with the project scope.

Applications close on 20th May.

Please contact Tom Hill for more details.


 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.


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