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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

Research Fellow in Environmental Change, University of St. Andrews

School of Geography and Geosciences, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, Salary: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum, Start: As soon as possible, Fixed term for 3 years.

Professor William Austin (HoD/co-HoS) seeks to appoint a research fellow to provide support across a range of projects in the broad area of Environmental Change. The successful applicant will have recently completed or be near to successful completion of a PhD and should, ideally, have expertise in the study of Foraminifera. The role will include contributions to currently funded projects (BBSRC/NERC) and support of Professor Austin’s research group.

The post is available immediately, for a period of 3-years.

Interested applicants should contact Professor Bill Austin (; +44(0)1334 463988).

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;


UCL Research Technician in Micropalaeontology
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated individual to provide research assistance/technical support for a range of scientific research projects in micropalaeontology, as well as general laboratory support. The post holder will combine excellent organisational and communication skills, with the ability to perform technical tasks with care and attention to detail.
Application deadline: 10th February 2016

Details on how to apply are available on the UCL jobs website: here

For further information please contact Professor Bridget Wade

PhD “Size control on extinction dynamics in Cenozoic planktonic foraminifera”

This project focuses on the dynamics of extinction with the aim of documenting changes in size preceding extinction events. Planktonic foraminifera have many characteristics considered ideal for evolutionary studies – morphologically distinct, diverse, rapidly-evolving, highly abundant, often globally distributed and high preservation potential. It has long been recognized that the survivors of mass extinction events are smaller in size. However, more recently Wade and Olsson (2009) documented a decrease in specimen size in several species of planktonic foraminifera prior to extinction, a phenomenon they termed ‘pre-extinction dwarfing’. The reduction in species’ size 2-20 kyr before extinction suggests an adaptive response to less favourable environmental conditions. Further detailed quantitative morphometric analyses, on expanded sedimentary sequences are needed to establish size related trends associated with extinction in the pelagic realm and to fully capture size changes on thousand-year timescales. Key lineages will be analyzed using morphometric techniques to document stratigraphic variation in size and shape. Stable isotope analyses will determine whether changes in size were linked with climatic change and/or variations in water column structure.

Analyses will be conducted in the new micropalaeontology laboratory at UCL which is equipped with multiple microscopes with image capture facilities. The student will be provided with a wide range of training including planktonic foraminiferal taxonomy, stratigraphy, morphometric analyses and scanning electron microscopy. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of postgraduate training workshops at UCL and will be encouraged to present their research at relevant UK and overseas conferences.

More info here

PhD “Death in the Oceans: extinction risk in the marine realm”

A fully funded NERC PhD as part of the Leeds York DTP scheme. The project will use morphometric, geochemical and phylogenetic approaches to investigate extinction risk in the planktonic foraminifera throughout the last 65 million years.

More info from NERC

TMS-Scholarship to work on the former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection

An opportunity has arisen for a funded four-week, full-time TMS-Scholarship to investigate and catalogue microfossil content from selected wells within the ‘former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection’; more details of the collection can be found at the link below.

Over 3,500 exploration wells are recorded within the BP collection yet the details of the age and status of most accompanying samples remains unavailable in any useful manner. The project aims to draw up a detailed list of possible postgraduate projects that might be undertaken on these samples that will be made available on-line. All work will take place within the Natural History Museum, London. The intern must be able to work independently but will have initial guidance from NHM staff and direction from external academic and industrial micropalaeontologists.

The intern will be expected to complete the equivalent of four weeks full time work (38 hours per week) and to prepare a final summary report. A stipend of £400 per week is available courtesy of The Micropalaeontological Society, and their Educational Trust Fund.

The successful candidate should ideally have a postgraduate qualification with significant micropalaeontological content. No specific taxonomic experience is required, but some familiarity with at least one of the following microfossil groups is preferred (Foraminifera, Palynology, Ostracoda, Nannofossils), an understanding of industrial exploration drilling would also be an advantage.

Although the timing is flexible, it is envisaged that the internship will be completed by the end of 2015.

Applications should be made by CV with name of two academic referees and accompanying cover letter stating your reasons for applying for this post (together totalling no more than 2 sides A4). Applications should be e-mailed to Dr Ian Boomer) by midday Monday 19th October. If it is necessary to conduct interviews, these will probably take place by phone/Skype.

Professorship in Paleontology and Paleoenvironmental Change, University of Lausanne

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne invites applications for a professorship in Paleontology and Paleoenvironmental Change. The position will be based at the Institute of Earth Sciences. This professorship is dedicated to the understanding of evolutionary patterns during Earth history and their relationship with paleoenvironmental, paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic change.

A clear interest in fundamental research and a process-oriented and quantitative approach is requested. We particularly seek applicants with interest in establishing collaborative research projects with other Earth and environmental science disciplines. We will consider exceptional applicants from other domains of relevance to Paleontology and Paleoenvironmental Change. The successful candidate is expected to have a proven capacity or potential of developing an internationally competitive research program and to attract external funding.

The candidate must have a sufficient background in and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching of a range of paleontological topics, including field courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching activities will also include participating in doctoral programs and supervising Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. students. The ability to teach in French should be acquired within two years following the appointment. The appointment is expected at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track), with Associate or Full Professor status achieved within 5-6 years. However, exceptionally, we will consider outstanding candidates for direct appointment to the Full Professor level. The University of Lausanne is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women are particularly encouraged.

Application deadline: November 30, 2015
Starting date: August 1, 2016 (or as mutually agreed).

Applications are to be submitted by e-mail only in a single pdf file to the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (, except for publications that may be submitted sequentially. The maximum file size that can be received by the University of Lausanne e-mail system is 30 MB. An automatic reply will acknowledge reception of the file. In case of problem, please contact The application material should include:

1. Letter of motivation
2. Curriculum Vitae including the year of birth, the date of the PhD thesis defense, and the title of
the dissertation.
3. Complete list of publications
4. Statement of research and teaching goals and interest (not exceeding 4 pages)
5. The five most significant publications (pdf files)
6. The names and contact information of five referees knowledgeable with your work.

For any specific enquiries, please contact Prof. Stefan Schmalholz

Full PDF download:

Assistant professor of micropaleontology , Natural History Museum in Paris

A new position of assistant professor in micropaleontology will open at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturel, Paris. Following French protocol, in order to be able to apply for the position, interested candidates must first be “approved” (“qualifié”) by the French Ministry of Research. This approval procedure will be closed by the time the actual position description opens. Hence, only those who were “approved” will be able to apply for the position. The approval process, “Qualification”, will close on October 22nd; the procedure is in French.

Interested candidates should go to :

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geology (Micropalaeontology), University of Birmingham

 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 “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

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