The Micropalaeontological Society

Micropalaeontology Positions

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Current Academic Positions

PhD: Evolution of symbiosis in a warming world – Apply here

Institution: University of Southampton, UK
Supervisor(s): Dr Alex Auderset, Dr Tom Ezard, Dr Kirsty Edgar
Funding Status: Competition funding
Description: Everyone knows about coral bleaching, but what about foraminifera bleaching? In this project, you will investigate how the photosymbiotic relationship between the major marine calcifiers, planktic foraminifera and their symbionts changed in response to past global warming and ocean acidification over the past 60 million years (e.g. MMCO, MECO, PETM). More information…
Expiry Date: Wednesday, January 03, 2024

PhD: Plankton dynamics in the Iceland Basin and Greenland Margin – Apply here

Institution: University of Birmingham, UK
Supervisor(s): Dr Tom Jones, Glem Wheeler, Dr Kirsty Edgar, Melanie Leng
Funding Status: CENTA studentship
Description: Phytoplankton – single cellular organisms that photosynthesise in the surface ocean – are the base of the open ocean marine food chain. In the mid-to-high latitude oceans phytoplankton growth is often dominated by rapid cell growth over a large area through spring and early summer, so called phytoplankton ‘blooms’. Although these blooms consist of single celled organisms, they reach such abundances as to be observable from space. This rapid growth of phytoplankton cells, with their uptake of carbon from the oceans by photosynthesis, plays a major role in both the ocean carbon cycle and marine food chains. More information…
Expiry Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024

PhD: Identifying critical temperature thresholds in marine ecosystems – Apply here

Institution: University of Birmingham, UK
Supervisor(s): Dr Kirsty Edgar, Dr Shan Huang, Prof. Carrie Lear, Dr Sonal Khanolkar
Funding Status: CENTA studentship
Description: Anthropogenic climate change is impacting biodiversity with direct consequences for ecosystem functioning and Earth system dynamics. However, our ability to predict changes is largely limited by the lack of clarity in the complex relationship between environmental and community change. This is particularly true of planktic foraminifera, a major group of calcifying marine plankton and key players in global carbon cycling. Fortunately, planktic foraminifera have an exceptional fossil record that spans multiple short-lived (~100-170 kyrs) global warming events or ‘hyperthermals’ that occurred between ~57-48 Myrs ago, our best geological analogues for the ongoing anthropogenic change. More information…
Expiry Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024

PhD: Tetrapod diversity in Purbeck Limestone Group of England: implications for Jurassic-Cretaceous faunal turnover – Apply here

Institution: University of Birmingham, UK
Supervisor(s): Prof. Richard Butler, Dr Kirsty Edgar, Dr Luke Meade, Dr Susannah Maidment, Dr Chris Reedman
Funding Status: CENTA studentship
Description: The Jurassic–Cretaceous (J/K) transition is an interval of important faunal turnover in Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems, occasionally hypothesized to represent a poorly understood mass extinction event. Substantial faunal changes occur most notably within dinosaurs, where the sauropod and stegosaur-dominated herbivorous communities of the Late Jurassic are replaced in the Early Cretaceous by ornithopod-dominated communities. Other tetrapod groups such as lepidosaurs (lizards and snakes), amphibians and mammals show evidence for significant diversification around the J/K boundary. However, understanding of faunal change has been limited by the generally poor global record of latest Jurassic and earliest Cretaceous fossils. More information…
Expiry Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Current Industrial Positions

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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