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Faculty Position in Paleontology

The Museum of Paleontology and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan are searching for a full-time tenure-track faculty candidate in the field of Paleontology at the assistant professor/assistant curator level. This is a university year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2020. The Museum of Paleontology has recently relocated its internationally significant collections of plant, invertebrate and vertebrate fossils to the new Research Museums Center. Paleontology faculty labs and offices are in the newly completed Biological Sciences Building, which houses other academic units and the Museum of Natural History which attracts over 165,000 visitors a year. 

We seek applicants who have broad research and teaching interests within developing areas of evolutionary or environmental paleontology. We are especially interested in applicants investigating the invertebrate fossil record, although exceptional candidates with other areas of taxonomic expertise will be considered. The Museum and Department invite applicants in fields including, but not restricted to: macroevolution, interactions of developmental biology and evolution, extinction dynamics, paleoecology, organismal paleobiology, and biotic responses to global change.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an externally funded research program and contribute to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment and should submit a: (1) cover letter; (2) CV; (3) statement of current and future research plans; (4) statement of teaching philosophy and experience; (5) evidence of teaching excellence, if available; (6) a statement of activities contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia; (7) up to four publications; and (8) the names and contact information for at least four references.

Information about the Museum and Department can be found at and To apply please go to, complete the online form, and upload the required application documents as a single PDF file.  If you have any questions or comments, please send an email message to

The application deadline is August 31, 2019 for full consideration.  We expect to begin on-campus interviews in late Fall, 2019, but applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.