Department of Earth Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Macroecology

Grade 7: £31,604 - £33,518 per annum
Fixed term contract for 3 years until 31 December 2021

A position is available within the invertebrate palaeontology group that is led by Dr Erin Saupe. The post is funded by a Leverhulme Foundation grant awarded to Dr Saupe, and will conducted in coordination with Professor Wolfgang Kiessling (FAU, Germany) and Professor Martin Aberhan (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin). The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will focus on quantitative tests on the evolution of species' tolerances in the fossil record. They will also assemble and vet spatial and temporal occurrence datasets from online occurrence compendia, manipulate global climate model data and communicate research results with other members of the team.

The successful applicant will hold (or be very close to completion of) a PhD relating to paleontology, evolutionary biology, macroevolution, ecology or a cognate discipline and a track record of research publication in international, peer-reviewed journals. They will also have experience in computer programming, evidence of analytical skills required to carry out specified research activities, and evidence of innovation and insightful thinking in the areas of macroecology and/or macroevolution.

The successful applicant will have an option to engage in teaching. This may include lectures and small-group teaching of undergraduates and graduate students. There is also scope for the PDRA to supervise Masters projects.

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Erin Saupe (

For further details about this role, please see the job description.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 midday on Friday 23 November 2018. Interviews will be held in early December 2018.

posted: 09 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.