Career perspectives in palaeobiology
FAU taught me the data management and computer programming skills I needed to get my current position and continue to thrive in academia. — George William Mallory Harrison, Class of 2019
- Universities and research institutions
- Research funding, policy, and administration
- Museums and geoparks
- Conservation biology
- Scientific publishing houses, editorial offices, media
- Extractive industry and geological surveys
- Science popularisation
What does the job of a palaeobiologist look like?
You can read interviews with widely defined palaeobiologists on the following pages:
- Palaeontological Association
- “Meet the Scientist” series of Time Scavengers
- A Day in the GeoLife Series
- Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
How do palaeobiologists find jobs?
Many jobs are advertised through professional societies such as the Palaeontological Association or German Palaeontological Society. For a career in academia, you need to obtain a postgraduate (PhD) degree. In Germany, PhD positions take 3-4 years and are commonly funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (for students of any nationality) or DAAD for German applicants going abroad or foreign applicants looking for a PhD position in Germany. Postdoctoral opportunities are offered through grants from these institutions, as well as the Humboldt Foundation and many smaller funding bodies. Visit our Graduate Centre to find out more about the academic system in Germany and career perspectives at FAU.
I had loads of fun with great people during my time at FAU! The course gave me insight into a wide range of palaeo research areas and enabled me to shape projects around the things I am passionate about. This experience made me a more confident, independent researcher. For me, the coding and data skills I developed are invaluable as they enabled me to enter a career in Data Science after my degree. Erlangen is a lovely bike friendly town which makes it really easy to get around and enjoy what’s going on. Also make sure to check out the Language centre and take the opportunity to learn a new language alongside your degree! – Fiona Pye, Class of 2019.