Paleonet: Palaeontology Postdoc position at University of Lausanne

Allison Daley allison.daley at
Wed Apr 5 22:15:53 UTC 2017

Hello everyone,

We are seeking a palaeontology postdoc to join our lab at the University of Lausanne, with a specialisation in arthropod evolution, Fezouata Biota fossils, and/or taphonomy experiments. Details are listed below.

With best wishes,

Allison Daley

Associate Professor of Paleontology

Institute of Earth Sciences

University of Lausanne

Geopolis, CH-1015 Lausanne


Arthropod Evolution Research Project Manager


The University of Lausanne (UNIL) promotes learning, research and living and hosts 14'100 students and nearly 3'800 collaborators, professors, and researchers. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.


In order to complete our team, the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment / Institute of Earth Science is looking for an Arthropod Evolution Research Project Manager  to join the lab of Allison Daley.

Job information

Expected start date in position : 01.06.2017 or to be agreed

Contract length : 1 year, renewable 1 year

Activity rate : 100%

Workplace : University of Lausanne, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, Institute of Earth Science

Your responsibilities

A post doctoral researcher is sought to join the lab of Allison Daley. This person will act as the project manager for an arthropod project on Fezouata Biota fossils (50%), which includes:

  *   Being responsible for the acquisition, shipping, curation, and initial taxon survey of the collection;
  *   Preparation of fossil material;
  *   Liaising with project partners;
  *   Managing the associated social media, crowdsourcing resources and public outreach endeavors;
  *   Planning and leading fieldwork in Morocco.

The post also includes being responsible for arthropod decay experimentation in the Aquarium Lab (20%), with the following duties:

  *   Design and implementation of decay experimentation on modern arhthropods;
  *   Management of experimental lines
  *   Collection of data and data analysis;
  *   Preparation of figures, photographs and images for research publications.

The successful candidate will also contribute to laboratory installation, maintenance and user management (10%) of the newly developed Aquarium Lab, Macro-imaging Llab, and Fossil Preparation Lab. This includes contributions to regular maintenance of equipment, ordering of supplies, aquarium water changes, animal care and training of users. This post also includes 20% of time dedicated to the development of the candidate's personal research profile, with expectations to publish research papers, attend scientific congresses, assist teaching, and undertake training to develop technical skills.

Your qualifications

In order to complete our team, we are looking for someone with the following skills :

  *   Ph.D. in Earth Sciences or Biological Sciences, with a specialisation in Paleontology
  *   Experience working with arthropod fossil or extant material (preferably)
  *   Expertise in preparing, photographing and analyzing fossil material (required)
  *   Experience working with data analysis programs (PAST, Paup, TNT, etc.)
  *   Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, effective communication and interpersonal skills
  *   Project management skills are essential, as is a willingness to plan and lead field excursions to Morocco
  *   Candidates with no more than two years of postdoctoral experience are preferred.

Your benefits

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training. Possibilities of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

At your disposal for further information

Allison Daley, Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Lausanne.

Géopolis building

CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.

Email: allison.daley at

Your application

Deadline for applications : 30.04.2017

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF.
Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

Applications should include: a CV, Cover Letter, and a 1-page Statement of Research Interests, as well as the names of two persons who can be contacted for references.

We thank you for your understanding.

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Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.
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