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Micropalaeontology jobs

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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

Radiolaria biostratigrapher – Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History Expedition (379)

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) offers you the unique opportunity to sail on Expedition 379 onboard the JOIDES Resolution in the framework of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), an international research program for drilling at sea.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is largely marine-based, highly sensitive to climatic and oceanographic changes, has had a dynamic history over the last several million years, and if completely melted, could result in a global sea-level rise of 3.3-4.3 m. Expedition 379 will obtain records from the continental shelf and rise of the Amundsen Sea to document WAIS dynamics in an area unaffected by other ice sheets as well and that currently experiences the largest ice loss in Antarctica.

The primary objectives include (a) reconstructing the Paleogene to Holocene glacial history of West Antarctica, (b) correlating the Amundsen Sea WAIS-proximal records with global records of ice volume changes and air/seawater temperature proxy records, (c) constraining the relationship between incursions of warm water masses onto the continental shelf and the stability of marine based ice sheet margins, and (d) reconstructing major WAIS advances onto the middle and outer shelf, including the first ice sheet expansion onto the continental shelf of the Amundsen Sea Embayment and its possible control by the uplift of Marie Byrd Land.

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 28th February 2018.

More information and application

 Palynology Laboratory Technician – British Geological Survey

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 11th February 2018.

More information and application

 Researcher, Invertebrates and Plants – Natural History Museum

This is an opportunity for early career palaeontologists who do specimen-based research to join a world-class institution with a unique scientific mission and public profile. We particularly welcome applications from holders of externally-funded fellowships.  The successful applicant(s) will join a science group that includes 300 scientists, in an institution that hosts some of the largest, most significant scientific collections in the world. The Museum is also home to a suite of advanced analytical and imaging facilities, and active programme of collaborative postgraduate research training, and offers the opportunity to communicate science to national and international audiences.

Applications are open for early career researchers in invertebrate palaeontology or palaeobotany who use their expertise to address fundamental questions concerning the evolution of life on Earth. Successful applicant(s) will join researchers within the Division of Invertebrates and Plants, who have a world-class reputation in applying 21st century tools to existing historical and new collections of fossils to tackle a range of key scientific challenges.

More information and application


Current industrial advertisements

Micropalaeontologist -Petroleum Development Oman

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Application Closing Date:- 28.04.2018

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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