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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


PhD position at the University of Angers

Application deadline: 17th May 2021

The LPG (UMR CNRS 6112, University of Angers, France) is looking for a PhD student to work on Sedimentary record of historical hypoxic events in the Loire estuary: reactivity of mineral phases and geochemical proxies

In the Loire, dissolved oxygen deficits have been a recurring problem in the estuary for several decades. Various studies highlight the influence of organic matter degradation processes on oxygen consumption, but the exhaustive diagnosis of the causes remains complex, due to the multiplicity of biogeochemical processes at work in an estuary.

To help identify this problem, the UMR CNRS LPG (University of Angers) is proposing, within the framework of the European project LIFE REVERS’EAU, a study focused on the potential role of stocks of phosphorus and reducing chemical species contained in the superficial sediment in worsening episodes of hypoxia.

The hypotheses formulated are that:

  • the reactivity of the stored particles is high enough to generate a significant drop in the quantity of oxygen in the water column when the sediments are suspended,
  • the increase in the residence time of water at low flow is increasing in the estuary, therefore the decrease in oxygenation by benthic processes is favoured. By a positive feedback effect, this allows the transfer of reduced compounds and nutrients like phosphates and ammonium from the sediment to the water column.

The aim of the PhD is:

  1. to provide elements of understanding on the occurrence of hypoxic-anoxic episodes in the Loire estuary focussing on the estimation of the oxygen consumption potential by the sediments already present in the estuary and potentially geochemically different from the current upstream inputs.
  2. to evaluate the kinetics of these processes in the short and medium term (historical chronology of hypoxic events thanks to the application and development of geochemical and morphological proxies based on meiofauna), and to model the interactions between sediment and water quality to arrive at a quantified assessment on the scale of the entire estuary of the effect and duration of these oxygen-consuming processes.

For more information, or to submit an application visit before May 17th, 2021


14 month lectureship in palaeontology at Bristol University

  • Deadline: May 19th 2021
  • Salary: £38,017 – £42,792 per annum
  • Contact: Professor Daniela Schmidt

The School of Earth Sciences wishes to appoint a short-term Lecturer in Palaeontology with a focus on marine systems to assist in the delivery of its undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. The research area is broadly defined as interactions between marine ecosystems, climate and environments. We welcome applications working with a range of fossil groups, with an emphasis on Mesozoic and Cenozoic earth systems.

The Bristol Palaeobiology Research Group explores all aspects of the history of the biosphere including early evolution of life, functional biomechanics, macroevolution and mass extinctions to learn from the deep past to inform our predictions of the future. We have strong collaborations across the School, and lead and participate in diverse multidisciplinary collaborations with other schools in Science, Life Sciences and Engineering at the University.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with plans to take advantage of the world-class facilities housed within the School, including image processing, climate modelling and geochemical analysis. University researchers also have free access to a growing range of exceptional high-performance computing resources, including the BlueCrystal 4 and Isambard supercomputers.

The School is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Information on our policies and strategy is available on our website, and we strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds especially those historically underrepresented in academia. We are committed to providing mentorship and a collegial and inclusive working environment for staff and have a proactive EDI committee with broad representation across the School.

Please include a full CV and cover letter that briefly summarises your vision for research (including impact), education, and EDI, including how you will contribute to our collegial, collaborative and inclusive community.

To apply, or for more details, please follow this link

Current industrial advertisements

Micropalaeontologists and Nannopalaeontologists – PetroStrat

We have exciting opportunities to further expand our skilled and experienced team of 35 biostratigraphers. To complement our current
skill base we are looking for candidates ideally experienced in wellsite and routine micropalaeontology and nannopalaeontology.

The roles will require working within a team on a wide variety of analytical studies, including single or multi-well and reservoir to regional
scale projects, to be undertaken either in our UK offices, overseas and at wellsite. We offer varied and interesting career opportunities
and are currently active in many areas including North, West & South Africa, the Middle East, North & South America, the North Sea,
Norwegian Sea, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, SE Asia and Australasia. Applicants should ideally be qualified and willing to conduct
wellsite work, both onshore and offshore. This post will involve a balanced mix of office-based analytical work and wellsite work, with
excellent opportunities for career progression within an expanding and dynamic organisation which has exciting plans for further

The successful candidates will have a minimum of an MSc in an appropriate biostratigraphic discipline. Previous industrial experience,
including wellsite work is preferred, but not essential as appropriate training will be given.
We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including pension and bonuses for wellsite work. Salary will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience

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