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Open PhD position - Palaeontological Institute and Museum - University of Zurich

Shark extinction mechanisms We are offering a fully funded PhD position in evolutionary biology, focused on modelling evolutionary processes using shark paleontological and neontological data. The successful candidate will work in a Swiss National Science Foundation project that aims at establishing the factors that predict extinction risk in the past and future. The specific objectives of the PhD project include: a) estimating shark extinction rates in the geological past; b) forecasting future shark extinctions; and c) modelling biological determinants of extinction. These can be re-defined based on the interests and skills of the selected candidate.

The student will be enrolled in the PhD Program in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zurich (UZH) and will be hosted at the Palaeontological Institute and Museum (PIM) under the supervision of Dr. Catalina Pimiento. The candidate will be able to learn new methods in computational biology in collaboration with Dr. Daniele Silvestro. Additionally, the student will be offered ample opportunities to learn from world-leading experts in palaeontology, ecology and conservation. The position will be fully funded for 3 years, with a possible 1-year extension.

The successful candidate will:

• Be highly motivated to pursue their research project.
• Have received a Master's degree or equivalent by the start of the PhD.
• Have a biological or palaeontological background.
• Have excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken).
• Be willing to collect large sets of data and learn new methods in R or Python.
• Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Non-essential but desirable criteria include experience in quantitative methods in paleobiology using R or Python and basic knowledge on shark biology, ecology or conservation. The UZH is one of the top research institutions in Europe and the city offers the conditions for an excellent quality of life. With a critical mass of researchers in Palaeontology and Evolutionary Biology, the UZH offers exceptional conditions for research and study. The PIM further offers state-of-the-art research facilities in an international and stimulating academic environment.

To apply, please send your application as a single PDF via e-mail to catalina.pimientohernandez(at) including:

1. Short cover letter (max 2 pages) explaining background, motivation and research interests.
2. A CV including any publications, pre-prints, or manuscripts, if applicable.
3. Contact information for 2-3 referees who may be contacted during the evaluation process.

The deadline to apply is April 1st (included) but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Candidates will be evaluated by a committee and those shortlisted will be invited for an interview (by Zoom or in person) in the summer of 2021. The selected candidate is expected to start in September 2021 (negotiable).

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1 PostDoc & 2 PhD positions - Institute for Geology - University of Hamburg

William Foster is advertising 3 positions to work on the Permian-Triassic transition: 1. PhD Micropalaeontology, 2. PhD Lipid Biomarkers, 3. Postdoc (2.5 to 5 years) Inorganic Geochemistry.

All are part of the project  “Ocean life on the brink: Quantifying the collapse of marine ecosystems during the Permo-Triassic climate crisis".


PhD position in plateosaurid evolution (m/f/d) - State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart (SMNS)

*PhD position in plateosaurid evolution** (m/f/d)*

* at the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart*



We are seeking a highly motivated student with an interest in vertebrate palaeontology and palaeoecology to fill a PhD position funded for a three-year period by the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart (SMNS). The position is intended to be filled *by March 1, 2021 or later*. The museum is an internationally renowned research institution, with extensive palaeontological and neontological collections.


*Project: *

The *fossillagerstätte* Trossingen (Knollenmergel) forms one of the richest dinosaur deposits of the Triassic worldwide, and has been the focus of several excavations over the past century. The SMNS holds a vast collection of *Plateosaurus* material from these excavations, in addition to records of sedimentological and taphonomic data. The aim of the PhD project is to integrate these data with data on the morphological variation of *Plateosaurus* across the excavated rock sequence, which probably spans several hundred thousand years. Analysis of the impact of changes in climate and vegetation on the morphology of *Plateosaurus* form the major goal of the project. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rainer Schoch (SMNS/University of Hohenheim)


*Required qualifications:*

   - M.Sc./Diploma or equivalent in palaeontology/earth sciences or biology by the time the project starts

   - strong English language skills

   - interest in scientific collection work

   - research experience dealing with fossil reptiles (especially morphology) is an asset

*Please note*: Employment will be at the SMNS, Stuttgart. The successful applicant expected to enroll in a doctoral program at the University of Hohenheim to obtain the appropriate degree.


*In turn we offer:*

   - the opportunity to pursue your academic career in an internationally renowned research museum with state-of-the-art facilities

   - intensive academic and personal mentoring in the course of the Phd-project

   - exciting research projects in an international and multidisciplinary environment

   - an attractive workplace in the centre of Stuttgart

   - flexible and family-friendly working hours

   - benefits from occupational health management

Salary corresponds to the German civil service salary scale E 13 TV-L, 50%. The position should be filled by March 1, 2020 and is funded for 3 years.


Your application should include a cover letter, CV including the contact information of two academic references, relevant certificates, as well as a 1-page statement of research interests detailing past research experience. Please submit your electronic application exclusively online (in one file, max 5 MB) to *phd-plateosauriden(at) <phd-plateosauriden(at)>* prior to *January 20, 2021*. Job interviews are scheduled for January 29, 2021.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Rainer Schoch: 0049-(0)711/8936-143.


The SMNS is an equal opportunity employer; disabled applicants will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.

Please note that your incoming data will not be automatically encrypted. By submitting your application documents, you agree to share them with members of the selection committee in compliance with the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO).


Further information on data protection law for applicants can be found on our homepage under “Jobs” (in German).


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60314 Frankfurt am Main
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