Paleonet: Deep Time Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship

N. MacLeod n.macleod9 at
Wed May 8 08:09:13 UTC 2019

This just in. A fellowship under the same progam was advertised 
recently. That search has closed, but this is a new one.


Deep Time Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of 
Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian 
Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Opening Date: May 15, 2019
Closing Date: June 30, 2019

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 and outreach for the 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 paleobiology, paleoecology, and/or 
taphonomy involving NMNH fossil collections.  The awardee will take part 
in the scholarly activities of the Department of Paleobiology and in 
public outreach and education relating to Deep Time.  Research in any 
aspect of paleobiology will be considered, however, priority will be 
given to applications that: 1) propose innovative research on an 
exciting collections-based topic in Paleobiology, 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 involving 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 educate citizens for a changing planet.  The Fellow will join a 
diverse intellectual community at NMNH and two other Deep Time Peter 
Buck Fellows involved in research, education, and outreach activities 
relating to the new NMNH Fossil Halls (Deep Time) exhibition opening in 
June, 2019.

Information about the Paleobiology Department can be found at,
The Fossil Halls - Deep Time Exhibit at, 
and the NMNH Office of Education and Outreach at

Applicants should have a proven record of research accomplishment and 
knowledge of the fossil record. Preferred starting dates for the 
fellowship are between October 1 and December 31, 2019, 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) contact 
information for three referees who could provide letters of reference 
should an applicant be chosen for the next stage of the selection process.

All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Brian Huber, 
huberb at, in pdf format by June 30, 2019.  Questions regarding the 
fellowship should be emailed to Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, 
behrensa at or Dr. Brian Huber, huberb at  Interviews and the 
decision about the next Deep Time Fellow are expected to occur during 
mid-August to mid-September, 2019.

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

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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