Assistant Professorship tenure track in Digital Paleobiology

Feb 26, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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We are seeking candidates in the field of paleobiology with a focus on 3D-data and their analyses, databases, digitalisation, use of machine learning, or similar digital approaches to address palaeobiological questions. Profound knowledge in at least one group of fossil organisms is ex-pected. The aim of the new professorship in Digital Paleobiology is to respond to the substantial and rapidly evolving needs for acquisition and handling digital data of, e.g., digitalized specimens, CT-data, photogrammetry, and to complement existing expertise at the Paleontological Institute and the University of Zurich (UZH). Hereby, the professor will ensure the sustainability and open accessibility of the unique resources of the Natural History Museum of the University of Zurich. The successful candidate will apply new cutting-edge digital techniques to push the frontiers of paleobiology. Therefore, they will bring a strong emphasis on digitalisation techniques, experience in their application, and analysis. The professor will be expected to teach at the bachelor and master level and supervise PhD students. In particular, teaching courses on paleobiology and digital methods in paleobiology will be part of their responsibility. We further welcome active participation in regional, national and international societies and committees.The University of Zurich sees researchers as modern leaders who conduct excellent research – taking into account the Open Science principles – through their own research projects as well as the promotion of excellent junior researchers, and who help shape a future-oriented University with innovative research-based teaching.UZH provides generous research support, including dedicated funds for personnel, running expenses and competitive start-up packages. Additionally, the successful applicant is expected to acquire external research funding. Zurich’s scientific environment encompasses a rich spectrum of diverse activities.Assistant professors tenure track are typically evaluated for tenure after 6 years. The employment conditions for this position follow UZH’s legal regulations including part-time options. UZH is an equal-opportunities employer, and the Faculty of Science, in particular, strives to increase the percentage of women in leading positions. Therefore, qualified female researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Care-time interruptions are considered during the evaluation of applicants of all genders.

The open-minded and family-friendly city of Zurich combines the vibrant cultural scene in a modern European city with the convenient accessibility to its beautiful natural surroundings.

Applicants are kindly invited to submit their applications, which should include:

  • a cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • a curriculum vitae, including teaching and supervisory track-record; outreach activities; and a list of acquired research funding, including role and amount awarded; with date of sub-mission
  • a description of their relevant research outputs for this application and their importance for the field (at most five outputs, max. 1 page in total)
  • a research plan describing their mid-term scientific strategy and expected impact (max. 2 pages)
  • a teaching reflection on their educational values, tools and methods, and their potential contribution to the curriculum development at UZH (max. 1 page)
  • a description of their track-record and/or planned measures towards diversity, equality, and inclusion (max. 1 page)
  • a list of publications and other research outputs including code, etc.
  • a copy of their PhD certificate

Please note that page limitations do not include references.The evaluation processes at UZH and its Faculty of Science follow the DORA recommendations for assessing research quality and impact. Applicants are thus asked to refrain from referring to non-personal measures such as impact factors.Please upload your application until 26th February 2023.

Prof. Dr. Christian Klug, Paleontological InstituteDr. Fanny Georgi, Office of the Dean