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  • T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowship

    September 08, 2023

    The T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowship allows early career scholars the opportunity to pursue their research interests within the department. We are happy to be accepting applications this autumn. Interested applicants can learn more here.

  • Open-rank cluster search for faculty to be associated with Climate Systems Engineering initiative

    July 27, 2023

    The University of Chicago invites applications from scholars who will make significant contributions to Climate Systems Engineering. The University is building a world-leading Climate Systems Engineering initiative with multiple faculty hires addressing solar geoengineering, open-system carbon removal such as enhanced weathering, and interventions to limit loss of glacial ice. We seek individuals who will lead research programs that will produce significant contributions to their field and to this research initiative.

    Applications are welcome from all relevant academic disciplines including physical and biological sciences, social sciences, engineering, and humanities at the rank of tenured Professor. Applications are welcome from scholars who have not previously worked on climate systems engineering and from scholars who focus on the physical or social risks of Climate Systems Engineering. Appointments will be made in an appropriate primary department based on field, with secondary appointment(s) in another unit possible.

    Research on Climate Systems Engineering is inherently interdisciplinary, so we seek individuals with a track record of collaboration beyond their discipline; the University’s culture is highly collaborative.


  • UChicago scientists study how bivalves evolved after the Cambrian Explosion

    May 31, 2023

    The research team, including Stewart Edie (PhD’18) with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Katie Collins with the U.K.’s Natural History Museum, and Sharon Zhou, a fourth-year undergraduate student at UChicago, went through the fossil record to get a picture of how the bivalves evolved new forms and ways of living. “For example, you can look at the shape of the shell and tell if they are likely digging into the seafloor sediment, because they become long and thin for burrowing,” explained Zhou.

    They pieced together a comprehensive picture of the bivalves’ evolution—and were surprised.

    “You might think that they would take immediate advantage of this new body design and go on to fame and biological fortune,” said David Jablonski, the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Geophysical Sciences at UChicago and co-corresponding author on the paper. “But they didn’t.”

    What kept them out of the evolutionary spotlight? Read here!