Assistant Professor and Curator 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 August 29, 2022. 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 biology units (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology) and the Museum of Natural History

We seek applicants who have broad research and teaching interests within developing areas of evolutionary or environmental paleontology. The Museum and Department invite applicants in fields including, but not restricted to: macroevolution, interactions between developmental biology and evolution, extinction dynamics, paleoecology, organismal paleobiology, and biotic responses to global change. We will consider outstanding applicants in any of these areas, and are particularly interested in candidates whose work bridges subdisciplines within paleontology and Earth sciences. Taxonomic expertise is expected, with preference for areas that add new curatorial strength. 

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: (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 (e.g., evaluations, awards), if available; (6) a statement of activities contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia; (7) up to four publications; and (8) 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 October 1, 2021 for full consideration, 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.


Faculty Transition Program: LSA Collegiate Fellowship/President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
, University of Michigan

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH) in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan seeks exceptional applicants for the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) and LSA Collegiate Fellows Program (LCF).  Both the PPFP and LCF are postdoctoral fellowship programs that include the possibility for a tenure-track position offer, either at the start or the completion of the fellowship period. Both Fellowship programs seek applicants whose research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with a demonstrated interest in bringing to their teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement, and/or research the critical perspectives that come from nontraditional educational backgrounds and pathways, and/or scholarly understanding of the experiences of groups who are historically underrepresented or marginalized in higher education. Successful candidates are offered either a postdoc alone or a combined postdoc and tenure track faculty appointment.  Fellows participate in a program that includes faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities.  The anticipated start date is September 1, 2022.  Previous participants in these programs include current tenure-track faculty members in the department.

The PPFP and LCF programs are competitions for scholars across multiple disciplines/fields and are administered by the Provost’s Office and College of LSA, respectively.  They have slightly different eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and application materials.  The department can assist applicants in confirming their eligibility, and links to the programs are provided below.

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by October 4, 2021 for departmental review and recommendations to the respective programs. Additionally, candidates must also submit their application materials directly to the PPFP (October 18) and LCF programs (November 1), according to their respective deadlines. Detailed information about PPFP and LCF are on their respective websites:

Applications to the EARTH department will consist of the following with the given page limits:  1) CV; 2) Research statement (3 pp); 3) Personal statement including commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (3 pp); 4) Teaching statement (3 pp); 5) Dissertation abstract; 6) Two sample papers (links to publications or copies of preprints), (7) the names of three recommenders. Please submit electronic (pdf) materials of items 1-6 to, and request recommenders to send their letters directly using the same procedure.  Email inquiries may be directed to chair of the search committee, Professor Brian Arbic (  The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  The University is supportive of dual-career couples.