Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Fixed term for 24 months

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

The successful applicant will be employed for two years to work as part of a team funded by the European Research Council (ERC) focused on testing the spatial and temporal patterns and abiotic and biotic drivers of the diversification of terrestrial tetrapods over the Phanerozoic, including comparisons to marine diversity.

The researcher will play a key role in the development of spatially and temporally comprehensive datasets of fossil vertebrate taxonomy and occurrences. Utilising these and other existing data the researcher will conduct quantitative meta-analyses to document major temporal and spatial patterns in species-richness over long geological timescales, and test relationships with potential drivers. We are particularly interested in individuals who are interested in pursuing questions relating to long-term patterns and drivers of Mesozoic–Cenozoic marine tetrapod diversity and/or Neogene tetrapod diversity patterns, and there will be some flexibility for the researcher to define their own research questions and target groups/questions.

The researcher will be expected to disseminate research results through outstanding publications in leading international journals, conference presentations and outreach activities. Further duties may involve co-supervision of undergraduate student projects, contributions to undergraduate teaching, and contributing to the training and mentoring of doctoral researchers and research assistants. Funding will be available for the researcher to undertake relevant training courses and attend both national and international conferences.

Skills and Experience require for this post are as follows:


  • First degree in a relevant area such as Geology, Zoology, Ecology or Palaeontology and a PhD in Palaeontology or Evolutionary Biology or other relevant field
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills, including demonstrable experience of using and programming in the statistical language R
  • Track record of high-quality scientific publications
  • Demonstrable experience in disseminating research results via conference presentations
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Understanding of and ability to interpret and work with published stratigraphic, taxonomic and other fossil record data
  • An ability to work independently and identify and develop novel and significant research questions and approaches 


  • Previous experience working with fossil vertebrates and/or deep time diversity patterns
  • Demonstrable experience in disseminating research results to the public through public engagement and media activities
  • Experience in supervising or co-supervising research work by undergraduate and/or graduate students

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Richard Butler,  

Please note this post is aligned to external funding and therefore the salary on offer is up to a maximum of £31,604 only.

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