Vertebrate Palaeontology Research Assistant @ UBath


  • Position: 
  • Employer: University of Bath
  • Qualifications: Extensive experience in fossil preparation
  • Location: Bath, United Kingdom
  • Application Deadline: the position is available until 7th June 2017
  • Applications: here
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Offer full description:

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Salary:  Starting from £25,298, rising to £31,076
Placed On:  Wednesday 10 May 2017
Closing Date:  Wednesday 07 June 2017
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  SF4890

The project goal is to understand the severity, selectivity, and recovery from the K-Pg extinction and its role in generating biodiversity. As part of this project we are describing a remarkable marine fauna from the latest Cretaceous and early Paleogene of Morocco. It represents far and away the richest and most diverse fauna of its kind. With over 100 species of mosasaur, plesiosaur, pterosaur, turtle, crocodile, snake, bird, and fish in the assemblage, it documents what may be the most diverse marine vertebrate fauna known from the entire Mesozoic, just below the K-Pg boundary, followed by the most diverse marine vertebrate fauna known from the early Cenozoic. Applications are invited for a Vertebrate Palaeontology Research Assistant as part of a project studying mass extinction and recovery across the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary, led by Dr. Nicholas Longrich. This post is part of a 5-year project funded by the Leverhulme Foundation and based at the new Milner Centre for Evolution. The Milner Centre is a new, researcher-led initiative to do fundamental research and outreach on evolution, answering major questions in evolutionary biology. Supported by a £5 million donation to create a new building, and three recent faculty hires, our goal is to create an internationally excellent centre for evolutionary biology and establish Bath as a leader in the field, producing excellent researchers and excellent scientists.

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To study this fauna, we require a highly skilled palaeontology technician and lab manager to undertake specialized preparation of specimens, oversee the running of a paleontology prep lab, and to assist in developing collections and documenting the fauna. The successful candidate must be a highly skilled preparator and also skilled and experienced in managing both collections and people, working with and building teams.

Responsibilities of the post include:

• Preparation and conservation of fossil vertebrates

• Management of collections, including storage, shipping, documentation and cataloguing

• Training and oversight of postgraduate and undergraduate students and volunteers

• Collaboration with the PI, postdocs and students to facilitate research

• Identifying sources of funding, managing lab expenses

• Specimen photography and image editing

The successful candidate should have:

• Extensive experience in fossil preparation

And ideally:

• Previous experience managing collections

• Prior experience training and managing students and volunteers

• Field experience

• Palaeontology research experience

Please include with your application:

• Full CV

• Cover letter, discussing experience and what you will bring to this project

• Contact details for two references

This is a full time, fixed term position for up to 3 years.The University of Bath and our Department, which both hold Athena SWAN Bronze awards, are committed to equality of opportunity. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, including women.”

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Image Credit: click here (Canadian Museum of Nature)

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)