Paleonet: Peter Buck Deep Time Postdoctoral Fellowship

N. MacLeod n.macleod9 at
Sun Dec 17 07:47:23 UTC 2017

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Peter Buck Deep Time Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Department of Paleobiology, MRC-121
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012
Washington D.C. 20013-7012, U.S.A.  

Opening Date: December 18, 2017
Closing Date: January 15, 2018

Applications are invited for a two-year Research Fellowship (postdoctoral) in Paleobiology relating to the goals of the Deep Time Initiative at the National Museum of Natural History.  This fellowship involves 75% time commitment to research and 25% time commitment toward advancing science education at NMNH through direct interaction with our public. The appointment provides stipend ($50,400/yr), research/travel allowance ($4 K/yr), support for health insurance ($2K/yr), and a one-time relocation allowance ($1K). 

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct independent research through the study of systematics, paleoecology, functional biology, field investigations, etc., and involving NMNH collections.  The awardee will be expected to be involved in the scholarly activities of the department and public outreach in the museum.  Priority will be given to proposals that: 1) involve research on Deep Time over-arching themes, especially relating to dinosaurs and related vertebrates, 2) indicate a high standard of research productivity, creativity, and interactivity, 3) provide evidence of ability to communicate about science and engage the public with scientific topics – specifically: direct interaction with the public, orally, in writing, through social media, citizen science, etc.

The Deep Time (DT) initiative is focused on understanding connections between 4.6 billion years of environmental change, the diversity of life, and the future of our species on Earth. The four focal themes for our Deep Time research, exhibits, and outreach include: 1) evolution of organisms, 2) evolution of ecosystems, 3) earth processes, 4) connections among these forces including to our human past, present and future.  Through understanding of the fossil and geological record, the Deep Time Initiative seeks to inform and inspire the global community about connections between the past, present, and future of life on Earth and help create citizens for a changing planet.  In addition to their scientific research, Peter Buck Deep Time Fellows can expect to be involved in the lead-up to and opening of the new NMNH Fossil Halls (Deep Time) exhibition in June, 2018.  

Information about the Paleobiology Department and the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems (ETE) Program can be found at, , the collections at, and the Deep Time exhibit renovation at  

Applicants should have a proven record of research accomplishment and knowledge of the fossil record.  Preferred starting dates for the fellowship are between March 31 and June 30, 2018, and all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the end of this time interval. To apply, send: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) pdfs of recent publications (maximum of three); (3) proposed research for the two-year interval (up to 5 double-spaced pages, including figures, 11 point type); (4) a 1-page education and outreach statement of interests and accomplishments in communicating science to the public, and (5) two letters of reference submitted separately by the referees. 

All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Brian Huber, huberb at, in pdf format by 15 January, 2018.  Questions regarding the fellowship should be emailed to Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, behrensa at or Dr. Brian Huber, huberb at

Note that this Deep Time Fellowship call is separate from the Smithsonian’s regular Fellowship Program, which has a deadline of December 1 and is 100% research. 

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Professor Norman MacLeod
The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
(0)207 942-5204 (Office Landline)
(0)785 017-1787 (Mobile)

Department of Earth Sciences, University College
London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Nanjing Institute of Geology & Palaeontology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, 39 Beijing, Donglu, Nanjing, China

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