Current PositionsDr. Elizabeth Nicholls Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society, in collaboration with the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, invites applications for the position of Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Nicholls Postdoctoral Fellow. The Nicholls Postdoctoral Fellowship, established in 2005 by the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society, supports research from a wide range of disciplines in palaeontology.


How To Apply


Patty Ralrick
Business Manager
Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society
Phone : 403-821-2117
Fax: 403-820-6288
Mail: P.O. Box 7500, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0

We are seeking qualified applicants with expertise in the fields of invertebrate palaeontology, palaeobotany, or marine reptiles. This is a two-year position with the opportunity for a one-year extension. Prospective applicants should assess their qualifications and interests against the following information before applying:

Fossil invertebrate collections: The Museum houses significant collections of fossil invertebrates, with the bulk of the collection comprising Cretaceous ammonites and gastropods, and Late Cretaceous and early Palaeogene freshwater and terrestrial gastropods and bivalves. We seek an individual with interests in any of these areas, with expertise that can include taxonomy, systematics, and biostratigraphy.

Palaeobotanical collections: The palaeobotanical collections at the Museum include large collections from the Late Cretaceous (e.g., Horseshoe Canyon Formation) and early Palaeogene (e.g., various early-late Palaeocene localities from south-central Alberta). Applicants with interests in macrobotany, with expertise that can include morphology and systematics, evolutionary ecology, and palaeoclimate reconstruction, are encouraged to apply.

Fossil marine reptiles collections: The collection of fossil marine reptiles at the Museum is recognized globally as being among the largest and most spectacular. Our collection includes significant mosasaur and plesiosaur specimens from the Late Cretaceous of southern Alberta, as well as plesiosaur and ichthyosaur specimens from the Early Cretaceous of northeastern Alberta. We seek applicants with interests in any of these areas, with expertise that can include taxonomy, systematics, and functional morphology.

Setting: The Royal Tyrrell Museum is situated in Midland Provincial Park in southeastern Alberta, in the badlands of the lower Horseshoe Canyon Formation and the Red Deer River Valley. We are within a day’s drive of Dinosaur Provincial Park, Dry Island Buffalo Jump, and several significant exposures of Cretaceous and early Palaeogene age in southern Alberta.

To apply, applicants must:
• Be legally able to work in Canada
• Have completed within the past five years a Ph.D. in a field relevant to palaeontological research
• Show a track record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications

The successful applicant for this position will:
• Work within the guidelines of the Province of Alberta Historical Resources Act, the legislation that governs palaeontological resources (
• Undertake fieldwork in support of research goals (if necessary)
• Work in cooperation with members of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology research, preparation, and collections teams
• Contribute to exhibit, communications, and educational programs of the Museum
• Publish scientific papers on the results of research
• Present research results at scientific meetings and other venues
• Be able to work independently and demonstrate evidence of excellence in research

• $50,000 annual salary
• Competitive benefit package
• Professional development, travel, and research budget

The Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society is strongly committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace and welcomes all applicants who may contribute to the further advancement of the field of palaeontology.

Interested individuals should email their curriculum vitae, a research proposal (two pages maximum) detailing their interests, expertise, and prospective research project, and the names and contact information of three references, no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 16, 2019 to:

Patty Ralrick
Business Manager
Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society
Phone : 403-821-2117
Fax: 403-820-6288
Mail: P.O. Box 7500, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0

Please note that only applicants who are chosen for the next stage of this selection process will be contacted. Shortlisted applicants will be expected to deliver a one-hour presentation to the public as part of the interview process.

Deadline has expired - Job Posting is closed.

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