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Deep Time – Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship Program



The Deep Time (DT) initiative is focused on understanding connections between 4.6 billion years of environmental change, the diversity of life, and the future of our species on Earth.

The four focal themes for our Deep Time research, exhibits, and outreach include: 1) evolution of organisms, 2) evolution of ecosystems, 3) earth processes, 4) connections among these forces including to our human past, present and future.

This is a critical time in the history of our planet because one increasingly abundant, heterotrophic species has become a global scale force of rapid environmental and biotic change.

Through understanding of the fossil and geological record, the Deep Time Initiative seeks to inform and inspire the global community about connections between the past, present, and future of life on Earth and help create citizens for a changing planet.

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The Deep Time Buck Fellowship is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for research in Paleobiology relating to the goals of the Deep Time Initiative at the National Museum of Natural History.  This fellowship involves 75% time commitment to research and 25% time commitment toward advancing science education at NMNH through direct interaction with our public.

The award provides stipend ($50,400/year), a research/travel allowance ($4,000/year), support for health insurance ($2,000/year), and a one-time relocation allowance ($1,000).

The Deep Time Buck Fellow will be expected to conduct independent research through the study of systematics, paleoecology, functional biology, field investigations, etc., and involving NMNH collections.  The awardee will be expected to be involved in the scholarly activities of the Department of Paleobiology and public outreach in the museum.  In addition to their scientific research, Deep Time Buck Fellows can expect to participate in the lead-up to and opening of the new NMNH Fossil Halls (Deep Time) exhibition in June, 2019.

Priority will be given to proposals that: 1) involve research on Deep Time over-arching themes, especially relating to dinosaurs and related vertebrates, 2) indicate a high standard of research productivity, creativity, and interactivity, 3) provide evidence of ability to communicate about and engage the public with science – specifically: direct interaction with the public, orally, in writing, through social media, citizen science, etc.



Postdoctoral.  Applicants should have a proven record of research accomplishment and knowledge of the fossil record.  Starting dates for the next fellowship will be between 31 March 2018 and 30 June 2018, and all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the end of this time interval.


How to Apply

To apply, send:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publications: pdfs of recent publications (maximum of three)
  • Research Proposal: proposed research for the two-year interval (up to 5 double-spaced pages, including figures, 11 point type)
  • Outreach Statement: a 1-page (11 point type) statement of interests and accomplishments in communicating science to the public
  • References: two letters of reference submitted separately by the referees.


The application period for the next Deep Time Fellowship opens on December 17, 2017 and closes on January 15, 2018.

Questions regarding this fellowship should be emailed to Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, behrensa@si.edu or Dr. Brian Huber, huberb@si.edu.