James R. Colclough Paleontology Postdoctoral Fellowship

San Diego Natural History Museum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the Department of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM).  This is the first year of the James R. Colclough Paleontology Postdoctoral  Fellowship, which supports research in marine mammal paleobiology and  evolutionary biology. The Fellowship was created to honor the memory of James  R. Colclough, longtime volunteer in the Department of Paleontology, and is  funded by the James R. Colclough Paleontology Endowment.
 
Objective
The Fellowship is designed to advance the academic and professional training  of the next generation of vertebrate paleobiologists by providing them with  
the funding and facilities to pursue specific, time-limited research projects  in association with Museum scientists and utilizing vertebrate fossil  specimens housed in the SDNHM Department of Paleontology.
 
Responsibilities:
Duties will include conducting original research in marine mammal  paleobiology, providing research assistance to the Curator of Paleontology,  curating the Museum’s marine mammal fossil collections, and introducing new  technologies and analytical methods into the Museum setting. Postdoctoral  Fellows are expected to be in residence at SDNHM full time and actively  engaged in the SDNHM community. The position will include opportunities for  interactions with colleagues at nearby San Diego State University and/or  University of California, San Diego.
 
Compensation:
Annual compensation is $48,432 to $51,324 (depending upon experience), plus  fringe benefits. Supplemental research funds also may be available.  Appointments will typically be made for two years contingent on satisfactory  progress in year one.
 
Qualifications:
To be considered for this position, applicants must have received a PhD  degree within the past six (6) years. Soon-to-graduate PhDs may apply, but  all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the start of the  appointment.
 
Applicants should submit a cover letter (2-3 pages), a succinct statement  (~700 words) detailing current work and research interests, an up to date  curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and the names and contact  information for two professional references. Please submit materials to  
Thomas A. Deméré (tdemere@sdnhm.org) by December 15, 2018.