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DATE ADDED: 5/11/16 (still open 05/12/16)

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology & Paleobotany and Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences

Reference: 07197

Full time

Source: Source: SPNHC Jobs

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado - Boulder invite applications for a tenure-track appointment as Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology & Paleobotany in the Museum and Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences. We seek a scientist who will conduct field and collection-based research in one or more of the following areas: evolutionary studies, systematics, organismal paleobiology, paleoecology, taphonomy, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction.

The Museum's Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections house approximately 200,000 catalogued specimens, with strengths in Cenozoic terrestrial arthropods (and associated plants), as well as marine invertebrates and foraminiferans from the Western Interior Seaway. Most holdings are from the Rocky Mountain region, but the collection includes other US and international materials.

Primary responsibilities will be to develop a research program at the forefront of paleontology; to curate, develop and increase the visibility of the Museum's Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections, including their digital assets; and to teach in the Museum and Field Studies Graduate Program and the Department of Geological Sciences. Qualifications Applicants must have a doctoral degree in geology, biology, paleontology, or a related field, and express a commitment to research, curation, teaching, and mentoring.

The successful candidate should complement existing expertise in paleontology and related fields in the Department of Geological Sciences.


Closing date: 30th November 2016 - open until filled

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DATE ADDED: 5/11/16

American Museum of Natural History

Curator, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Ref: 92438

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

The Division of Physical Sciences of American Museum of Natural History seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. We seek candidates who will bring petrological and geochemical methods to bear on problems related to planetary evolution. For example, candidates might integrate field, analytical, and theoretical studies of the rock record to provide insights into fundamental aspects of climate, environmental, and biogeochemical variability through time. The successful candidate will have demonstrated scientific creativity and the potential to build and sustain an innovative research program. They will be expected to take advantage of resources available at AMNH, which include world-class geological collections; a wide range of optical, electron beam, and x-ray analytical tools; experimental laboratories; LA-ICPMS facilities shared with Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University; and a program supporting scientific expeditions. They will also oversee and expand the AMNH petrology collection. We welcome an intention and ability to collaborate with colleagues within AMNH and the regional academic community, including Columbia University and The Graduate Center of CUNY, and to engage in AMNH's MA in Teaching of Earth Science and other education initiatives.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The Museum's dedicated employees and volunteers who serve in a variety of ways are each a part of the Museum community, and are each important to the life of the Museum

Required Qualifications


Closing date: 15th December 2016

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DATE ADDED: 13/10/2016

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Director of Collections

Full Time

Source: SPNHC Jobs

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks a Director of Collections, an individual with a Ph.D. degree or equivalent experience, and the ability to provide a vision for the development, growth, enhancement, direction, and management of the Museum’s vast and diverse natural and cultural collections.

NHM is the largest natural history museum in the western United States and home to one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history. These collections are world-class in size, quality, and research importance, and they sustain award-winning research, education, and exhibit programs. Included in the collections are more than 35 million specimens and objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. These collections encompass those at the main Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, and the historic William S. Hart Museum in Newhall, as well as collections maintained at several off-site facilities.

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Research & Collections, the Director of Collections will assist and advise the leadership of Research & Collections on policy development and implementation. He or she will guide collections plans, funding initiatives, strategic growth, digitization efforts, inventories, space allocation, and performance metrics. The Director of Collections will work closely with (but not directly supervise) the curatorial and collections staff, the registrars, conservators, and database managers to oversee a wide-range of collections activities and programs aimed toward making the Museum’s collections more relevant to research and education while increasing their accessibility and use. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, a talent for collaboration across disciplines, and the ability to engage and excite both our colleagues and public audience through the relevance of our collections. This position will also be responsible for maintaining and strengthening NHM’s presence in key professional and governmental networks, and for establishing active internal NHM collaborations and cross-departmental initiatives.

The qualified candidate will have a strong background in collections care, management, digitization, and records documentation. He or she will have experience in generating external funding via competitive grants and/or other external sources to support collections. Experience in conducting collections-based research would be an advantage, as would an interest in creative ways of engaging the public in collection support initiatives (e.g., citizen science collections-based activities).


Closing date: 15th December 2016

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newDATE ADDED: 05/12/16

University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences

Collections Assistant (Mineralogy and Petrology)

Salary: 25,298 to 29,301

Ref: LB10147

Part time (0.6 FTE)


Source: jobs.ac.uk

The role holder will assist the Collections Manager and Curator of Mineralogy & Petrology with the identification and cataloguing of specimens, organisation of museum stores, processing of incoming and outgoing loans and the provision of specimens for research, teaching and examinations.

The petrology collection contains about 250,000 igneous and metamorphic rock thin sections and about 160,000 hand specimens. This includes about 500 meteorites. It also has about 100,000 sedimentary rocks. The mineral collection comprises about 40,000-50,000 specimens.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience: degree level qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject; knowledge of geology and an enthusiasm for mineralogy/petrology; ability to identify rocks and their mineralogy in thin section (knowledge of optical petrology); good ICT skills (word processing, image processing, spread sheets, email, museum documentation and databases); excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; effective problem solving skills.

The following attributes are desirable: experience of museum documentation and standards; familiarity with Health and Safety and COSSH regulations; full clean drivers licence; recognise and mitigate the risks of hazardous rocks and minerals.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This post is part time (0.6FTE) and we envisage that the person appointed will work 3 days/week.


Closing date: 7th January 2017

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newDATE ADDED: 05/12/16

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Earth Collections Manager

Salary: 27,629 - 32,958

Full time


Source: jobs.ac.uk

Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University’s internationally important geological and zoological collections, which are used for research, teaching, and public engagement in science.

The Collections Manager will work flexibly across Earth Collections (palaeontology, mineralogy and petrology), but with particular emphasis on the development and management of the mineralogy and petrology collections. 

The post holder will be responsible for documentation, imaging, databases and preventative conservation, and will facilitate research visits and loans. 

The post holder will also participate as part of a team to develop new exhibitions and displays, and will participate fully in the museum’s outreach and public engagement programme. 

It is expected that the postholder will engage in field collecting and collections-based research.

You should have a degree with a substantial Earth Sciences component together with a postgraduate degree in museum studies or geology. 

You will have an excellent working knowledge and understanding of mineralogy and petrology, a track record of collections-focused museum work, evidence of working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and experience of working with relational databases and collections management systems.


Closing date: 10th January 2017 (noon)

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DATE ADDED: 27/09/2016 (still open 05/12/16)

The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Vertebrate Paleontology

Source: Field Museum Careers

The Field Museum seeks two postdoctoral scholars working in vertebrate paleontology, with a focus on archosaur paleobiology and evolution. Successful candidates will have a PhD in earth or life sciences or in a related discipline, and are expected to have a track record of publication and grant writing.

Demonstrated experience working with three-dimensional data generated through scanning of fossils is desirable.

The postdoctoral scientists will work directly with Dr. Peter Makovicky to conduct research on dinosaur evolution and paleobiology, and will also collaborate with Dr. Makovicky and staff in the Exhibit department on the creation of exhibits related to dinosaurs.

For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Makovicky:pmakovicky@fieldmuseum.org

Each postdoctoral scientist will be employed by the Museum on a 12-month term, with benefits. The term for each position is up to two years with a review of performance after the first year.


Closing date: Until filled

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DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016 (still open 05/12/16)

Des Moines University, Iowa

Paleobiology Postdoctoral Researcher

Full time

Fixed term: 1 year

Source: Vitae Careers


Applications are now being accepted for a postdoctoral scholar for an NSF-funded project on Natural Trap Cave to start immediately, but consideration will be given to candidates that can start as late as January 1, 2017. This 1-year postdoctoral position (plus health benefits) will be based in Des Moines, IA at Des Moines University with PI Julie Meachen. The postdoc will be working with the field site of Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming. Duties will include an independent research project related to Natural Trap Cave, helping the PI with fossil curation duties, and assisting in the field for 2-3 weeks in the summer of 2017. The postdoc will also travel to Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in the Bay Area of California to analyze AMS radiocarbon samples (this will be about 2-3 weeks per year on-site in Livermore), a living stipend will be offered to defray these costs. There will also be time for the postdoc to work on independent research projects and with students. If desired, the candidate may also obtain some human gross anatomy laboratory experience.


A Ph.D. in a paleo-related field (Biology, Geology, or Anthropology), with a degree in hand no later than the start date. Field experience is preferred, and the candidate should have the ability to do rigorous fieldwork (rappelling and ascending 85 feet). Experience with AMS radiocarbon dating is a plus, but not a requirement. Experience using R programming language is also viewed positively. The candidate must be willing to travel for approximately 1 month a year and be able to work independently.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online

Questions about the position can be directed to Julie Meachen at julie.meachen@dmu.edu. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016 (still open 05/12/16)

American Museum of Natural Hsitory

Collection Assistant, Minerology

Reference: 92392

Fixed Term

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

Position Summary

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History seeks an individual to assist in the management and documentation of its world-class mineral and gem collections for a period of approximately 3.5 years.

Experience with mineral nomenclature, use of spreadsheets and relational database systems and collection management, as well as photography and mineral care and conservation are desirable.

The successful applicant will work with and under supervision of the Curator of Minerals and the mineral collection manager.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have obtained a bachelor's degree in an area of geoscience or have equivalent experience knowledge and be competent and interested in mineralogy and related fields in geoscience and/or gemology.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 05/12/16)

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research Assistant Professor

Reference: 496762

Full time

The salary is commensurate with experience

Source: Inside Higher Education Careers


The Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida in association with the Florida Museum of Natural History, invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor with expertise in micropaleontology, especially Foraminifera. The successful candidate will be expected to improve the stratigraphic and systematic microfossil collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History, develop independent research projects utilizing those collections, and teach one undergraduate paleontology course one other course as appropriate. This is a twelve-month, full-time, time-limited, non-tenure track position. It is renewable annually upon successful review, with an expected maximum term of three years.

Minimum Requirements:

A Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field is required.

Additional information

Please contact Dr. John Jaeger, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, P.O. Box 112120, Gainesville, FL 32611-2120.


Closing date: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 10/08/2016 (still open 05/12/16)

The Field Museum Chicago, IL

Director, Gantz Family Collections Center

Source: SPNHC Jobs

The Field Museum ("Field," or "Museum"), one of the world's preeminent natural history museums, seeks a dynamic, imaginative, and collaborative science professional as its next Director of the Gantz Family Collections Center ("Director"). The Director will provide strategic vision and direction for the Museum's collections and programs, overseeing maintenance, use, and growth of what is currently 30 million specimens and artifacts that are studied by the national and international scientific community and serve as the basis for the Museum’s conservation action, public education, permanent and traveling exhibitions.

A private institution, The Field Museum is considered one of the premier natural history museums in the United States. The Field Museum is distinctive in its encompassing the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology under a single roof; its collections are among the world's largest, rich in both historic and modern material. Research and environmental conservation techniques and standards developed at the Museum have become definitive and authoritative. The Field attracts up to 2 million visitors annually and interacts digitally with ever increasing numbers around the world.

Reporting to the Vice President of Science and Education, the Director will be a trusted colleague and partner for the directors and staff of other departments throughout the Museum. With them, the Director will continue The Field Museum's work of collecting, cataloging, and researching specimens and artifacts, while envisioning future directions and opportunities for collections to play increasingly central roles in our lives and society. The Director leads a staff of more than 50 accomplished professionals and distinguished scientists.

The new Director of the Gantz Family Collections Center will join The Field Museum at a pivotal point in its history. Reorganization in 2012 has reinforced the central role that the collections play in inspiring and supporting the scientific, educational, and programmatic work of the Museum. The Director will be a passionate champion of collections management, research, education, and conservation action in the biological, geological and cultural sciences; a thoughtful manager of people, processes, and systems; a compelling public advocate for the Museum and its collections; and an energetic presence and partner in the Museum's broader community.


Closing date: None stated

Please direct all inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations in confidence to: Anita Tien, Vice President; Ben Tobin, Managing Associate; and Cortney Tunis, Associate at Isaacson, Miller: www.imsearch.com/5888.

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DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016 (still open 05/12/16)

Oakland Museum of California

Director of Curatorial Affairs

Reference: 2016-1146

Full time

Targeted start date: 1st July 2016

Source: AAM Jobs


The Director of Curatorial Affairs provides leadership to OMCA in directing and supporting a team of Curatorial and related staff, working across disciplines to develop and implement gallery and exhibition experiences that engage the diversity of Oakland audiences in conversation and exploration of issues and ideas that matter, and help the Museum achieve its mission and business goals. This position also directs OMCA’s collecting activities, working closely with the Collections Team to establish priorities and plans for collection care, research, documentation and access.



The following reflects OMCA’s definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement


Collection Responsibilities

  • Lead OMCA’s collecting activities in keeping with the goals, protocols and guidelines articulated in the Museum’s Collecting Plan and Policies including chairing regular collection and acquisition review meetings with LAB colleagues; collaborating with LAB Administrative Coordinator to prepare agendas and documentation for Collections Committee meetings; partnering with Collections colleagues to ensure the high quality and consistency of collection research and documentation
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Collections to develop multi-year and annual priorities and plans for collection care, research, documentation, digitization and access
  • Lead annual planning, and direct process and protocol for acquisitions and de-accessions in keeping with OMCA’s Collecting Plan and Policies; prepare justifications and presentations related to proposed acquisitions/de-accessions as required
  • Direct and supervise the activities of interns and volunteers, as required

Core Gallery and Exhibition Responsibilities

  • Lead the creation of the vision and strategy for the core galleries in collaboration with the Center Director and Director of Exhibition Strategy and Senior Curator of Art
  • Lead the development of both multi-year and annual plans for core gallery activities that meet OMCA’s business and mission priorities – includes balancing the creation of compelling visitor experiences with responsible collection management/care and meeting the mission and business needs of the organization; collaborating with leadership in Public Programs and Learning Initiatives to develop core gallery related programming; collaborating with colleagues in Collections and Production to ensure activities can be achieved within institutional resources
  • Develop, in partnership with the curatorial team, experience developers and outside collaborators, new models of participatory, visitor-centered gallery experiences and exhibitions based on research, evaluation, and visitors’ diverse learning styles and motivations; partner with leadership colleagues in Lab to develop and exhibition ideas that will meet institutional priorities, and to prepare and assess proposals and business cases for major projects
  • Supervise and support curatorial participation throughout the process of exhibition proposal development and implementation

Project Management and Administration

Lead and serve on cross-functional teams and committees

  • Participate in Center and cross-institutional priority setting, and strategic and annual business planning
  • Direct and supervise the day-to-day activities of the curators including priority setting, coaching, and performance management; participate in OMCA’s performance management and staff development programs
  • Develop, negotiate, and monitor professional services contracts
  • Recruit, supervise, coach and train project collaborators, staff, volunteers and interns
  • Develop and steward collection donor relationships in partnership with Center Director, CEO and leadership in Development and Enterprise departments; identify new donor prospects amongst local collectors, businesses and philanthropists
  • Contribute to the development, writing, implementation and reporting of major grants; participate in the development of corporate and other partnership proposals
  • Contribute to the development and writing of public relations and external communications materials as needed
  • Cultivate a network and community of experts, thought and cultural leaders, and change makers as potential future collaborators and partners
  • Keep abreast of developments in the fields of California history, art, natural science exhibitions, museums and related events; stay current with general museum news nationally and internationally
  • Engage in public outreach in the form of lectures, tours, research assistance and media appearances and serve as a spokesperson for the Museum with general public and media



A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:

  • M.A. degree in relevant field such as museum studies, art, art history, cultural studies, history or equivalent work experience required
  • 7-10 years of related experience required
  • 4+ years leadership experience required


  • Demonstrated leadership in museum field specifically related to curatorial, collections and exhibition development work;
  • Demonstrated ability to direct, coach and motivate teams of both direct reports and other colleagues;
  • Exceptional communication skills and experience with general public, donor groups, press, external and internal stakeholders;
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Google Apps


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas
  • Typical office environment
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds

Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 05/12/16)

The University of Texas at Austin, TX

Paleontology Laboratory Manager

Reference: 16-03-17-01-4210

Monthly Salary: $3,210+ depending on qualifications

Full time

Immediate start

Authorization to work in the United States is required

Source: Global Museum Jobs


To improve the Jackson School Museum of Earth History Paleontology Collections and contribute to the Jackson School of Geosciences graduate program in paleontology.

Essential Functions

Prepare and conserve micro- and macro- fossil specimens and recent vertebrate skeletons for research, assist in curatorial care, and assist in computational tasks and infrastructure maintenance for teaching and research. Mold and cast specimens for research and exchange. Make specimen cradles for storage and research, using gypsum, fiberglass, and other materials. Assist in all aspects of the physical maintenance of the fossil and recent collections. Train and supervise staff, students, and volunteers in various techniques of fossil and sample preparation and in the techniques and hazard-avoidance in preparing recent vertebrate skeletons for study. Maintain EHS compliance of laboratory spaces. Oversee the security and general maintenance and cleanliness of the fossil conservation laboratory, including interfacing with Facilities Services staff. Maintain laboratory tools and equipment and make them available to all laboratory users. Assist in maintaining the existing database for fossil and recent specimens and in managing digital images and records for use in an online database. Assist in preparation of histological specimens without compromising their integrity. Organize and execute, or assist in, field work in vertebrate paleontology, adhering to all permitting and legal requirements for each field area.

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate mastery of fossil preparation materials and methods and an understanding of the basic competencies involved (see: Defining the Professional Vertebrate Fossil Preparator). BS or BA degree, with a major in paleontology, biology or geology. Three years of experience in fossil preparation, with thorough knowledge of standard procedures and best practices; experience with a variety of tools and techniques, including air scribes and acid preparation. Ability to interpret CT data as applicable to fossil preparation and collections activities. Experience with museum collections, including various conservation methods and collection databases. Knowledge of preparation and curatorial standards for fossil and Recent skeletons. Keen attention to detail for accurate record keeping, cataloging, and documentation. Experience organizing and participating in field work under demanding conditions. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills to facilitate work with faculty, students, volunteers, and activities with the public. Ability to work as part of a team or individually. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in geology, biology, paleontology, or museum science is preferred. Highly desired attributes: Experience preparing delicate fossil specimens from extremely hard matrices; advanced knowledge of vertebrate taxonomy; knowledge of and experience with federal and state permits for field work and collecting; teaching experience in an informal setting. Helpful attributes: Knowledge of maintenance and operation of modern skeletal preparation facilities and some experience in making recent osteological preparations. Ability to drive 4x4 vehicle in difficult terrain safely; basic vehicle maintenance skills.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Lifting and moving Field work (combinations of hot, dry, wet, cold, and few physical amenities). Must be able to lift 75 pounds and operate lifting equipment such as fork lifts, pallet jacks, and winch hoists. Security sensitive - background check required.


Closing date: None stated

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