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Micropalaeontology jobs

Please check back regularly on this page for new micropalaeontology jobs.
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

Research Technician in Micropalaeontology at UCL

Part-time (18.5 hours) Research Technician in Micropalaeontology at UCL (Ref: 1743683)
Department: Earth Sciences
Reports to: Prof. Bridget Wade
Grade: Grade 4
Salary: £21,808– £23,442 per annum (pro rata) (Inclusive of London allowance)
Start date: 1st October 2018 (or soon after)
The post is funded by NERC for one year in the first instance.

Job Summary
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 role holder will combine excellent organisational and communication skills, with the ability to perform technical tasks with care and attention to detail. They will have a flexible approach and a keen interest in developing laboratory and research skills. The post holder will have experience in working to good laboratory standards within a scientific environment to enable micropalaeontological research to be conducted efficiently. They will be involved in sediment separation and preparation of samples for geochemical analysis, supporting research students and maintaining clear and accurate records.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Bridget Wade, telephone +44 (0)20 3108 6359, email;

Current industrial advertisements

Micropalaeontologist -Petroleum Development Oman

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Application Closing Date: Open until position filled.

Purpose of Job

To provide consultancy and carry out specialist studies in stratigraphy and micropalaeontology for PDO Exploration and Production assets in close cooperation with other Geological Services teams, incorporating external data and participating in relevant business decisions. Provide specialist micropalaeontology in-house training and courses.

Principal Accountabilities

• Supervise PDO’s sample processing laboratory and train technical staff in sample processing techniques.

• Undertake detailed micropalaeontological analysis, including thin-section analysis, delivering high quality data and consequently well-considered stratigraphic interpretation.

• Provide specialist support and advice to Exploration and Production customers on request or through own initiative.

• Plan, define, monitor, QC and close-out stratigraphy projects either internally or with external support, including budgeting and cost control.

• Identify stratigraphic related problems and improvement opportunities and technologies.

• Provide stratigraphic support to drilling operations.

• Conduct specialist studies as part of integrated projects, play a leading role in defining the scope and deliverables of such studies.

• Provide expert input in stratigraphic (correlation) risk issues as part of the exploration process.

• Provide expert input for all production related stratigraphic/correlation issues, being field production / operation and/or enhanced oil recovery studies.

• Manage quality control of contractor specialist studies.

• Timely provision of required data.

• Maintain an effective communication with customers; present study findings on a regular basis; identify and discuss possible new projects.

• Interface with research laboratories and other institutions and companies, to support the introduction of new technology/systems to benefit the business and to maximise the leverage to be gained from technology, R&D activities and external/internal projects, on the basis of an assessment of critical success factors and cost/benefit considerations.

• Contribute to skills development of all staff, coaching associated staff, promote on the job training for Omani staff to develop the required skills aiding Omanisation.

• Meet HSE responsibilities as cascaded through the exploration department


• PhD/M.Sc. in Micropalaeontology with minimum of 7 years experience as a stratigrapher/palaeontologist in a commercial environment (oil and gas operator and/or service company/consultant).

• Expert understanding of biostratigraphy methods, principles and applications.

• Extensive laboratory sample preparation experience and expertise.

• Expert understanding of Mesozoic and Cenozoic micropalaeontology, systematics and taxonomy.

• Demonstrates coaching skills gained from ‘on the job’ training of junior staff.

• Ability to integrate relevant stratigraphy subsurface data to derive a stratigraphic framework.

• Ideally knowledge of Oman/Arabia regional geology and stratigraphy.

• Good understanding of exploration and development business issues/drivers.

• Be able to champion and implement new technology and develop and disseminate good practices procedures.

• Innovative, able to manage demands and expectations from various stakeholders and accept diverse opinions.

• Good interpersonal skills are required to effectively work across teams, organizational boundaries and cultures. The implementation of new technology and best practices is required. Understand cost challenges whilst being able to convince stakeholders that investing in and application of new technology is a prerequisite for asset performance improvement.

• Demonstrate working in an environment in which there is not always enough data and no clear right or wrong answers.

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