Robert Day Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of Queensland has a full time 12 month position in palaeontology and stratigraphy open for applications!

Primary Purpose of Position
To engage in original research in the field of palaeontology or stratigraphic palaeontology. The position will benefit from a larger initiative to strengthen research and training in palaeontology at The University of Queensland and is open to any field of palaeontology, biostratigraphy or palynology. However, preference will be given to applicants who can provide expertise relevant to palaeontological and stratigraphic problems in Queensland. The successful candidate will be part of a diverse team of research professionals and students aimed at fundamental and applied research in these areas. Applicants should also refer to the UQ Academic Criteria for Performance policy. This policy applies to staff at levels A to E, across all of the academic categories – Teaching and Research, Teaching Focused, Research Focused and Clinical Academic.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Develop an independent research program with goals to obtain external funding in an appropriate area and as agreed.
• Manage a research program in a field of palaeontology or stratigraphic
• Undertake research into palaeontological and stratigraphic problems in Queensland.
• Conduct research and publish in high quality journals.
• Work with colleagues and postgraduates in the development of joint research
projects with special emphasis on relevance to Queensland.

• Contribute to teaching and supervision at appropriate levels and as required.

Service and Engagement
• Foster the School’s relations with industry, government departments, professional
bodies and the wider community.
• Attend School based meetings and Seminars.
• Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.

Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:
• The University’s Code of Conduct
• Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation
and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or
• The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with
associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and
• Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the
National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and
procedures developed by the University

Selection Criteria
• PhD in the broad area of palaeontology/stratigraphy or equivalent.
• Demonstrated expert knowledge in a relevant area of palaeontology/stratigraphy
including expertise in one or more systematic groups important for Queensland
• Demonstrated track record of success through peer-reviewed publication and/or
conference presentations of original research.
• Demonstrated skills in sample preparation and analysis relevant to research
• A vision for your own research agenda and ability to develop an appropriate research
project that addresses problems in Queensland palaeontology and/or stratigraphy.
• Evidence of a contribution to research, including successful external grant
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
• Ability to attract independent research funding is desirable.
• Ability to seek and establish collaborations and linkages with external groups such as
other universities, the Queensland Museum and industry.

If you are interested in applying or for more information check out the website ( ) or contact us at

To discuss the role, email Professor Gregory E. Webb at, or Assoc. Professor Patrick Moss at at the University of Queensland.