Career perspectives in palaeobiology
- 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.