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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 advertisements

PhD Position (fully funded)

Application Deadline: August 26th 2022

A fully-funded PhD position with a strong micropalaeontological focus (forams and conodonts) is currently available in NUI Galway. The start date is November 2022.

Correlating the Tournaisian-Viséan boundary in Ireland – A multidisciplinary approach (integrating biostratigraphy, carbonate microfacies analysis and gamma-ray spectrometry) will be used to precisely track and correlate the Tournaisian-Viséan boundary across several regions in Ireland, with field data collection at a number of sites. This important time interval is located within the Carboniferous (at c.346.7Ma) and it witnessed profound palaeoenvironmental changes. This project will help to better constrain the timing of these events, which significantly affected the geological evolution of Ireland during the Carboniferous.

More details can be found here:

Postdoc Position

Postdoctoral researcher to investigate the palaeoceanography of the Red Sea (micropalaeontologist, sediment samples analyst)

Application deadline: Wed 7th September 2022 (to start by 31st October)

A new analysis of high-resolution seismic reflection datasets has revealed contourite-like mounds of sediment in the lower Plio-Pleistocene (PP) stratigraphy of many parts of the Red Sea.  At the present day, deep waters move at rates that are too slow to be measured with shipboard ADCPs but these mounds imply that the circulation was much more vigorous earlier in the PP.  That in turn may have implications, for example, it may imply a greater flux of salty water to the Indian Ocean and a broader seaway through the Bab el Mandeb Strait (implying a barrier for dispersions of mammals, including hominids).  Alternatively, there may have been a greater influence of wind-driven circulations on the seabed at that time as reconstructions show that the floor of the Red Sea was significantly shallower.

We are seeking a micropalaeontologist as a priority to work on samples from the DSDP – although these are now very old, the report photos suggest that quite a lot of the cores were extracted without major drilling disturbance.  The work would involve collaborating with Michael Kaminski on the foraminifera (pelagic & benthic) and with Ian Hall on other measures of bottom water velocity.  There is funding for some travel to Krakow (Poland) to study Indian Ocean fauna at the European Micropalaeontology Reference Centre with Michael and to Cardiff to work on samples using facilities there.

Please note the short deadline of Wed 7th September.  Under the terms of the grant from the NERC Global Partnerships Seedcorn fund, the post needs to start by 31st October 2022.

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 expansion.

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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