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DATE ADDED: 05/09/2014

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Collections Assistant (Earth Collections)

Vacancy Ref: 114378

Salary: £24,057 - £28,695

Duration: 12 months (maternity cover)

Source: Leicester Museum Studies Jobsdesk

The 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. It is seeking to appoint a Collections Assistant for the Earth Collections for 12 months, to provide cover during the maternity leave of one of our Collections Managers.

The successful candidate will work flexibly across all areas of Earth Collections, but have an emphasis on carrying out a programme to treat and store in anoxic/low humidity conditions, specimens that have 'pyrite decay' or are vulnerable to it.

They will also facilitate research and educational visits, manage research loans; answer enquiries from researchers and the wider public, work with teams to progress the cataloguing, storage and exhibition of the Earth Collections, and deliver outreach and public engagement in science activity. They will train and manage museum volunteers and interns, including those assisting with the pyrite conservation programme.

For this post, you should have a track record of collections-focused museum work, and an excellent knowledge and understanding of general geology.

You will need to have excellent team working skills, show evidence of working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and have good IT skills with a track record of working with relational databases.

Closing date: 26th September 2014

For further details, including a job description and selection criteria, visit the website

As part of your online application, you will be required to upload a covering letter and a full CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Head of Earth Collections, Monica Price (monica.price@oum.ox.ac.uk).

Interview date 6th October 2014

DATE ADDED: 14/07/2014

Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) of the University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral Scholar – Vertebrate Paleontology Research and Curation

1 year

Full time

Starting November 2014

Annual salary range: $42,000-$49,128 depending on experience.

Source: Paleonet

The Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) of the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a one-year full-time Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee appointment, renewable for a second year. The candidate will work with curators and other museum staff on a new initiative from the Doris O. and Samuel P. Welles Fund that links curation of the Museum’s world-class vertebrate fossil collections with cutting-edge research questions. The position will be approximately 50% curation, 50% research, and offers a competitive salary plus benefits. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, and the position can begin as soon after that as a successful applicant is identified, with an anticipated start date of November, 2014.

The candidate, upon consultation with Museum personnel, will identify an important paleontological research problem or problems that can be largely addressed in a two-year time frame using the Museum’s fossil vertebrate collections, and carry out this research program while curating associated specimens and mobilizing these data into appropriate online databases. Collaborative research, discussion, and presentation of results in collaboration with members of the UCMP community are expected. Some funds for research expenses and travel are possible. Start date is negotiable within limits, by arrangement with the Director.

Minimum/Basic Qualification Required:
The minimum application requirement is the completion of all doctoral degree requirements except the dissertation or equivalent in the biological, earth sciences, or similar field, with an emphasis on specimen-based paleontological and paleobiological questions.

Additional Required Qualifications:
• PhD or equivalent foreign degree required by start date
• Applicants must have no more than three years of research experience since receipt of PhD at the start of the appointment, and must never have held a formal professorial appointment
• Demonstrated curatorial experience, and taxonomic expertise relevant to the project
• Research interests that are appropriate to the UCMP vertebrate fossil collections
• Explicit plan to collaborate with existing members of the UCMP community
• Demonstrated ability to publish in English-language peer-reviewed journals
• An explicit proposal, detailed in the application, of your research question(s) and how you plan to use and curate specific parts of the UCMP collection to this end

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be able to complete the following:
(1) mobilize large amounts of UCMP data (i.e., specimen records and images) as part of the proposed research as well as the curatorial work
(2) incorporate several taxonomic groups and time scales into the research and curatorial work; (3) develop new data sets and methods for their study
(4) involve undergraduates and contribute to outreach components (blogs, online images, etc.); (5) focus on a substantial part of the UCMP fossil vertebrate collections important to a fundamental research questions

Closing date: 1st October

Details online

Please provide contact information for 3 experts who can provide letters of reference. Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

Applications must be received by October 1st, 2014. If you have any difficulties uploading your application or any questions, please e-mail azin.gervin@berkeley.edu.


DATE ADDED: 25/08/2014

The University of Michigan, Museum of Paleontology & Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tenure-track faculty candidate in the field of Paleontology

Expected start date: 1 September 2015

University-year appointment

Source: nature jobs

Seeking Tenure-Track Faculty Candidate

The Museum of Paleontology and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan are searching for a tenure-track faculty candidate in the field of Paleontology.

This is a university year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2015. We anticipate an appointment at the assistant professor/assistant curator level, but applications at other levels will be considered.

We seek applicants who have broad research and teaching interests within developing areas of evolutionary or environmental paleobiology, including, but not restricted to, macroevolution, interactions of developmental biology and evolution, extinction dynamics, paleoecology, organismal paleobiology, and biotic responses to global change. The Museum and Department will consider outstanding applicants in any of these areas. Taxonomic expertise is expected, but the specific area is open.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a leading research program and contribute to both undergraduate and graduate teaching. The appointment in the Museum of Paleontology involves shared curatorial responsibility for a major research collection, now on the threshold of
significant enhancement of its online footprint. Applicants must have a PhD

Closing date: 31 October 2014

The application deadline is October 31, 2014 for full consideration, but applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Further information about the Museum of Paleontology and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences can be found at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/paleontology/ and
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/earth, respectively.

Please submit a CV, a statement of current and future research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, and names of at least four persons who can provide letters of recommendation.

To apply please complete the online form, and upload the required application documents as a single PDF file. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email message to: Michigan-paleosearch@umich.edu.

DATE ADDED: 14/07/2014

Illinois State Geological Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Director of the Illinois State Geological Survey (State Geologist)

Regular full-time academic professional position

Starting date is negotiable

Salary is commensurate with experience

Source: Paleonet

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology.  The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety.   The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.   


We are seeking an individual to serve as the chief executive officer and lead scientist for the ISGS, a person who will provide outstanding leadership, direction, and overall administration to:

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement scientific research and service programs, public engagement activities, state-mandated functions, and professional services.
  • Lead an ambitious research agenda for ISGS and ensure that sufficient funds are available to realize that agenda.
  • Mentor staff in developing research programs and professional advancement.
  • Encourage, foster and develop collaborative relationships within the University as well as with stakeholders in state, federal, and international agencies, other academic institutions, and the public. 
  • Execute the ISGS mission.
  • Encourage and lead a strong commitment to diversity.
  • Establish retention and recruiting priorities. 
  • Foster a culture of innovation and high level of performance at both the individual and organizational level.
  • Encourage and commit resources to support lifelong learning at all levels.
  • Foster a culture focused on awareness, scientific integrity, open communication, and safety.
  • Serve as the Illinois State Geologist and represent the ISGS through professional affiliations.
  • Collaborate with other State Geologists in the formulation of national earth science policies, programs, and related issues. 
  • Serve on national committees for science and public policy for the benefit of scientific organizations and the public.
  • Direct and oversee the allocation and use of resources and facilities assigned to ISGS.
  • Develop and interface with ISGS and PRI advisory committees, serve on University committees, and communicate with other offices or campus officials.


Advanced degree in an earth science discipline.  Alternate degree fields may be considered depending on nature and depth of work experience as related to ISGS vision and priorities. Demonstrated successful research career and experience in research management, including science-related program development, science-team administration, and/or public service. An established leader demonstrated by success in an area of relevant research in a multidisciplinary research organization with a strong commitment to affirmative action and diversity.  Must have a demonstrated high level of professional credibility and personal integrity; an outstanding record of research; obtaining sponsored funding from state, federal, or international agencies and/or the private sector; publishing results in peer-reviewed outlets; and communicating the importance of science to varied audiences.  Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated experience in interacting successfully with scientists, staff, business, public, and/or elected officials. Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address the challenges facing society related to the geosciences, including water, environmental, earth hazard, mineral resource, and/or energy issues. 

Ph.D. A scholarly record appropriate for a national or international leader in her/his field, or significant other qualifications. Qualifications to be a licensed professional geologist in Illinois.  Collaboration with multiple geoscience subdisciplines or other multidisciplinary scientific efforts. Participation in national or international professional or scientific organizations.

Ideal candidates will hold a doctoral degree and an academic track record appropriate for a tenured full professor at the University, or commensurately significant other qualifications in the field of earth science or related field.

 This is a regular full-time academic professional position subject to the availability of continued funding and programmatic needs. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Closing date: 31st October 2014

Further details online.

Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at lwalston@illinois.edu

DATE ADDED: 10/08/2014

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Assistant Curator, Paleontology

Position #00089

Minimum Starting Pay:  $42,000-$44,000

Start date: 1st July 2015

Source: Global Museum Jobs

An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is now available.  The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.  

If you meet the qualifications for Assistant Curator – Paleontology, we invite you to apply to join our staff.  The starting date for this position is July 1, 2015.

We seek a dynamic individual to conduct integrative, field- and collections-based research in paleontology. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support their research efforts. Area of specialization is open, but an active interest in extant museum collections (Cenozoic marine vertebrates and/or invertebrates, Triassic vertebrates and/or insects, paleobotany) is a plus. VMNH is located in Martinsville VA, close to an important Triassic lagerstätte (Solite Quarry). VMNH is also actively involved in the excavation of an important Miocene marine mammal location on the Coastal Plain.

The state-of-the-art fossil preparation lab has full-time technical support and an active core of trained volunteers. VMNH also maintains a range of sterographic and petrographic microscopes, modern collections databases and a research library. Additional facilities are available at Virginia Tech less than 2 hours away. Most curators maintain active adjunct faculty appointments at Virginia Tech. This allows, among other things, internet access to the Virginia Tech library.

General competence in field collection, preparation, care, and management of fossil collections is required, along with the ability to interface with outside scientists requesting access to the collections.  Ph.D. in paleontology required.

Duties for this position also include interaction with other museum departments such as education, outreach, exhibits, and advancement. The ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences is an important qualification.

Closing date: 1st November 2014

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov

Only online applications are accepted.  In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and curatorial interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references.  These documents may be attached to the online application. 

Application review will begin 1 November 2014 and continue until the position is filled.


DATE ADDED: 05/09/2014 (still open 21/09/2014)

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

Museum Preparator

Vacancy Ref: #18487

Hourly salary $13.99

Full time

Temporary: This is a limited position which is not subject to career conversion under Article31, Positions/Appointments in the UC-UPTE Agreement. The position is scheduled to end after 12 months, but could be extended up to 18 months.

Source: Highered Jobs

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

The Human Evolution Research Center (HERC), at the University of California Berkeley, is dedicated to the study of human origins and evolution. HERC represents an international focal point for field and laboratory research and education. It is a center for the study of the process and products of human evolution. Research by the Human Evolution Research Center includes both field and laboratory investigation. The many steps in the process of generating knowledge about human origins and evolution are illustrated in this interactive diagram. The Middle Awash paleoanthropological research project is based in HERC.

In a research center combining anthropological and paleontological resources, incumbent performs assigned tasks including inventory, cataloging of collections, preservation and duplication of two and three dimensional objects such as 35mm transparencies and plaster/epoxy replicas, and bibliographic entry and organization involving published scholarly materials.  In addition, the Museum Preparator provides general collections access assistance to Visitors, Postdoctoral Scholars, and Graduate students


•Digitalize/scan field slides using 35mm transparencies.
•Assist with the compiling of basic bibliographic resources related to the HERC’s skeletal and cast collections.
•Assists with curation of current skeletal and fossil casts.
•Uses existing software, prepares labels for former/previous acquisitions and enters data into curatorial database.
•Collections data assistance (under the direction of Postdocs and Graduate students).
•Performs routine data entry for the previous acquisitions and the retroactive data capture of existing specimens.
•Performs routine data entry of transaction records.
•Routine clerical filing of transaction paperwork.
•Handles artifacts for a variety of purposes including exhibition installation.

Required Qualifications

•Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
•Basic computer skills in Word and Excel.
•Skilled in making computer generated specimen labels with high degree of accuracy, proven data entry skills.
•Ability to clearly understand and follow instructions in spoken and written English.
•Ability to perform routine tasks for extended periods of time with minimal error rate.
•Manual dexterity.
•Ability to handle archival material with care.
•Attention to detail.
•Knowledge of basic digital and hard-copy bibliographic resources.
•Physical ability to repetitively lift light objects to 6’ height (using a step stool if needed).

Preferred Qualifications

•Prior curatorial experience with skeletal remains, artifacts, and fossil casts
•Prior data-entry experience for geological, paleontological and archaeological specimens
•Prior bibliographic experience

Closing date: None stated

For further details and application instructions, please visit website

DATE ADDED: 10/08/2014 (still open 21/09/2014)

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Curatorial Associate, Vertebrate Paleontology

Auto req ID: 32924BR

Source: Harvard University Jobs

In conjunction with the Director, Collections Operations and the Faculty Curator, the Curatorial Associate (CA) will determine short- and long-term collection priorities. Assists with development of policies and processes conforming to best practice standards for the long term preservation and conservation of specimens within the collections in accordance with and as defined by natural history museum associations (e.g., Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, The American Alliance of Museums). Supervises the daily curatorial activities of the curatorial staff assigned to the collections, temporary staff and students. The CA also oversees the activities of academic and non-academic visitors, researchers and students using the collections. Management responsibilities include building and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; and ensuring compliance with Harvard-wide, FAS and MCZ policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Is responsible for managing the curation of existing and new collections.
Oversees and processes all incoming/outgoing loans of specimens, including
proper documentation for import/export permits. Identifies new acquisitions
through fieldwork, donations, etc and oversees the proper accessioning with the appropriate documents, including capture in the database and maintenance of departmental accession files. Provides oversight and is responsible for the accurate input, data enhancement and updating of computerized specimen database. Prepares and monitors departmental budgets, and orders collection-related supplies necessary for the overall activities of the collections. Consults on the development of work/research areas and collection housing space within the collections spaces for specimens. May assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement. Participates in museum-wide initiatives and collaborative projects, including with other MCZ collections. Assists the public with questions.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s Degree required in paleontology, geology or biology; with an emphasis in vertebrate paleontology and/or natural history museum studies with experience in handling specimens highly desirable. At least 7+ years of curatorial experience in a paleontology collection (or equivalent); knowledge of vertebrate systematics; 3-5 years of supervisory experience.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and organizational skills; excellent computer skills, including database management. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, as well as the ability to both work independently and in a busy team environment.

Closing date: None stated

Please apply online

Additional information

When applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter).

Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this staff position.

Useful websites:

University of Leicester Museum Studies Jobsdesk / Natural History Museum Current Vacancies / Museums Association: Find a job



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