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NEWLY POSTED: Brimley Postdoctoral Scholar

Title—Brimley Postdoctoral Scholar

Work Location—Paleontology Research Lab (PRL), Nature Research Center (NRC), North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS).

The Paleontology Research Laboratory (PRL) at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) ( and the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University (NCSU) ( jointly invite applicants for the Brimley Postdoctoral Scholar—a two-year postdoctoral research position in the Zanno Lab. The successful candidate will conduct original research in the field of paleontology and/or geology commensurate with the PRL’s current research efforts in macroevolution, dinosaurian paleobiology, Mesozoic paleoecology and paleobiogeography, comparative phylogenetic methods, ecomorphology, and/or advanced visualization, and have a vested interest in science communication and public engagement. Applicants should have completed their PhD in a relevant field and have a demonstrated record of publications and grant writing. The Brimley Postdoctoral Scholar is an employee of NCSU, with a professional appointment at the NCMNS.

Essential Job Duties—The Brimley Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct and publish original research, assist with fieldwork, support the PRL’s effort to engage the public in active research, and contribute to the creative and welcoming culture of the lab.  Grant writing is expected.

Minimum Experience & Education— Possession of a PhD in biology, zoology, geology, or a related field required. Experience with Mesozoic biodiversity highly recommended. Degrees must be from appropriately accredited institutions. The applicant’s CV should demonstrate a strong publication record.

Institutional Resources—The NCMNS is the largest natural history museum in the southeastern US with an annual visitorship of approximately one million, a global leader in natural science collections-based research, science communication, and citizen science, and is a 2014 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The museum’s new wing—the Nature Research Center (NRC)—is an 80,000 square foot innovative, platinum LEED certified Green Building housing five state-of-the-art research laboratories (Genomics & Microbiology, Astrophysics, Biodiversity, Paleontology, and Evolutionary Biology) in which scientific staff advance their research in front of public audiences. The Zanno Lab occupies the newly constructed, glass-walled Paleontology Research Laboratory (PRL) on the exhibit floor of the NRC, and was conceived as part of this mission. The 2,600ft2 PRL has fully equipped preparation, paleohistology, 3D scanning/printing labs, access to CT facilities, and advanced visualization software. Strengths of the NCSM’s Paleontological Collections include Triassic and Cretaceous vertebrates.

Together, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University border North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, one of the largest US centers for high-tech and biotechnology research. Surrounding universities include Duke University, UNM Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University. Raleigh was recently voted America’s Best City by Bloomberg Businessweek and the 2nd fastest growing city in the US (Forbes, 2014). The area consistently ranks among the top places to live and work in the US.


*Cost of Living Equivalent based on $35,000 salary in Raleigh, NC: Manhattan ($86,846), Chicago ($44,692), Cleveland ($38,962), LA ($53,500), Salt Lake City ($37,150), Dallas ($37,077), Philadelphia ($46,000), D.C. ($56,115) (

Employer: The Brimley Postdoctoral Scholar will be an employee of NC State University with benefits and resources conferred and will work onsite at the NCMNS.

Application Procedure—Interested applicants should upload a cover letter detailing their research and extension expertise, a brief 1-page project proposal, and a CV at Review of applications will begin immediately and close June 30th, 2016. Applications will be considered after this date, until the position is filled. Start date negotiable, position available beginning July 11th, 2016.

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Lindsay Zanno (


Paleontology Research Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences



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