Researcher, Invertebrates and Plants

The Natural History Museum - Biological Sciences

This is an opportunity for early career palaeontologists who do specimen-based research to join a world-class institution with a unique scientific mission and public profile. We particularly welcome applications from holders of externally-funded fellowships.  The successful applicant(s) will join a science group that includes 300 scientists, in an institution that hosts some of the largest, most significant scientific collections in the world. The Museum is also home to a suite of advanced analytical and imaging facilities, and active programme of collaborative postgraduate research training, and offers the opportunity to communicate science to national and international audiences.

Applications are open for early career researchers in invertebrate palaeontology or palaeobotany who use their expertise to address fundamental questions concerning the evolution of life on Earth. Successful applicant(s) will join researchers within the Division of Invertebrates and Plants, who have a world-class reputation in applying 21st century tools to existing historical and new collections of fossils to tackle a range of key scientific challenges.

Application is open to scientists who will use and enhance our collections of fossil invertebrates and plants through actively growing the collections and enhancing the scientific value of existing ones. We are particularly interested in palaeontologists with a multidisciplinary skill set and expertise in one or more key areas, which include, but are not limited to, palaeoecology, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental change, morphometrics, molecular phyologenetics, and evolutionary patterns and processes.

The successful candidate(s) will complement and extend our expertise and will be able to form strong collaborations with colleagues in Earth and Life Sciences. They will have a track record of funding and potential to attract funds from a range of sources. We are currently enhancing our research through the development of collaborative research centres in the fields of “Oceans: Past, Present and Future”, and “Life in the Anthropocene”, and we are especially interested in applications from candidates who may contribute towards these. The primary role is to undertake independent and collaborative scientific research, support postgraduate training, and engage with outreach activities organised by the NHM Public Engagement and Development teams.

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