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NewDATE ADDED: 27/01/2015

University of Cambridge, Sedgwick Museum

Public Programmes Coordinator

Salary: £24,775 to £28,695 Pro rata

Part time


Ref: LB05128

Source: jobs,ac.uk

The Sedgwick Museum is looking for a team member in the new role of Museum Public Programmes Co-ordinator. This part time role will fulfil an important aspect of the work of the Sedgwick Museum - to be a place of learning and inspiration to all.

The Museum Public Programmes Co-ordinator will provide and assist with facilitating the dissemination of information about the Museum through learning programmes and the production of information for the public through a variety of media, from the printed to the virtual. In doing so, they will contribute to the day-to-day running of the Museum as a public place of lifelong learning throughout the year.


The role holder will spend part of their time in organising adult education activities and working with the Education Coordinator in the delivery of family-orientated public programmes, especially the University's Science Festival and Festival of Ideas. Their other major role will be the production of written information distilling the essence of the exhibitions for production as a series of printed booklets. They will also disseminate information via virtual media, including the production of iBooks and apps, and make contributions to the website through writing blogs and social media. The role holder will also be responsible for giving or organising introductory lectures and tours to visiting groups to the museum. They will also play a crucial role in liaising with the Friends of the Sedgwick Museum.

The role holder will be responsible for the administrative work required to carry out these duties and to promote and maintain a friendly, efficient and effective public programmes service for the Sedgwick Museum in collaboration with the Education Coordinator. They will also work closely with the Exhibitions Coordinator and assist in production of material for displays. Within this role there will also be some collaborative working with colleagues in other Cambridge University Museums to develop and offer new and innovative public programmes opportunities.

The role also includes working alongside all other staff in the museum to ensure that the building and the collections are accessible to visitors 6 days per week and as a Duty Manager will have health and safety, security and key-holder responsibilities for the building.


Applicants must be graduates (preferably in Earth Sciences) with excellent communication skills and experience in scientific writing for general audiences. Extensive scientific knowledge (including geology) along with good research and time management, IT, and problem solving skills are required. Applicants must have experience of working with volunteers and freelancers and be able to work well within a team. Previous experience of working in a Museum environment is also required.


This is a part-time post equivalent to 3 full days/week. We anticipate that the hours will normally be concentrated over 3 days but will entail occasional Saturday working on a rota.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Closing date: 7th February 2015

Further details and application online

NewDATE ADDED: 27/01/2015

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Hell Creek Project Paleontology Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ref: NN9786

Full time

Temporary: 12 month contract

Competetive salary

Start date: March 2015

Source: Global museum jobs

Position Details

The University of Washington (Seattle, WA) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral research associate (Job Class 0148), renewable for a second year. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Gregory P. Wilson, Associate Professor of Biology and Adjunct Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, on the multi-institution, multi-disciplinary Hell Creek Project. The position is 100% FTE for 12 months and will be 40% research, 40% curation, 20% fieldwork (allocation is negotiable), and offers a competitive salary plus benefits. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2015, and the position can begin as soon after that as a successful applicant is identified, with an anticipated start date of March 2015 (negotiable).


1) The candidate, upon consultation with Dr. Wilson, will propose a paleontological research problem that is relevant to the Hell Creek Project (on plants, invertebrates, or vertebrates) and can be largely addressed in a two-year time frame using Hell Creek Project fossil collections, and carry out this research program.
2) The candidate will lead and manage personnel efforts to prepare and curate Hell Creek Project fossil specimens and to mobilize these data into appropriate online databases.
3) Collaborative research, discussion, and presentation of research results in collaboration with members of the Hell Creek Project are expected. Some funds for research expenses and travel are possible. Start date is negotiable within limits, by arrangement with Dr. Wilson.

Minimum/Basic Qualification Required:

By the start date, all elements of the PhD, including the dissertation, must be completed and the degree conferred in the biological, earth sciences, or similar field, with an emphasis on specimen-based paleontological and paleobiological questions.

Additional Required Qualifications:

• PhD must be conferred less than six years prior to start date
• Demonstrated curatorial experience, and taxonomic expertise relevant to the project (plants, invertebrates, vertebrates)
• Demonstrated experience managing personnel and planning/leading fieldwork
• Research interests that are appropriate to the Hell Creek Project
• Explicit plan to collaborate with existing members of the Hell Creek Project
• 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 Hell Creek Project collection to this end

Successful candidates will be able to complete the following:

(1) mobilize large amounts of Hell Creek data (i.e., specimen records and images) as part of the proposed research as well as the curatorial work; (2) develop new data sets and methods for their study; (3) organize and lead paleontological and geological fieldwork for eight weeks in Montana (duration negotiable); (4) involve undergraduates and contribute to outreach components (blogs, online images, DIG Field School, etc.); and (5) focus on a substantial part of the Hell Creek fossil collections important to a fundamental research question.

Closing date: 15th February 2015

Further details online

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled

Please submit (1) a cover letter (including contact information for three references), (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a brief statement of previous curation, preparation, and field research experience (2-page limit), and (4) a proposed research plan (2-page limit), all in a single PDF file to gpwilson@u.washington.edu.

NewDATE ADDED: 27/01/2015

Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Clemson University, South Carolina

Curator II

Full time

Salary: $ 31,805.00 - $ 40,000.00

Reference: 13787

Source: Inside Higher Ed Careers


The Bob Campbell Geology Museum (BCGM) Curator is a critical position for the BCGM/SCBG (SC Botanical Gardens) to ensure the persistence of our mission and strategic plan. The BCGM hosts thousands of University students, public school groups and visitors from the general public annually and is the largest and only regional exhibit to focus on geology and paleontology. The BCGM has been without a professional geologist/curator for nearly three years and the development of new exhibits/growth, proper maintenance of collections as well as research has been greatly impacted by this vacancy.  For the continued maintenance of the incredibly important resources of the BCGM this position must be re-established.  


The BCGM curator is expected to continue an active research program with anticipated collaboration with University faculty and students. Research will be effectively communicated through publication in scientific and popular media and through exhibits at the BCGM, and SCBG publications and media.  E/40%


This position is responsible for maintaining the collections (both archival research collections and public collections) and maintaining the exhibit space in a safe, educational, innovative, aesthetically appealing and inviting manner. Design and implementation of new exhibits in the public space is expected on a twice-annual basis.  E/20%

This position is responsible for interacting with the general public and school/University groups to ensure a fun educational experience for the visitor. The position is also expected to develop educational programming, participate in educational programming and collaborate with SCBG education staff in the areas of public education that pertain to geology or the BCGM. This position will also work on public submissions of specimens for identification to ensure that timely responses and positive identifications are provided for this service.  E/20%

This position is responsible for managing student and volunteer labor in the BCGM and gift shop.  E/10%

Working in collaboration with the SCBG retail manager and director, the BCGM curator will oversee the stocking of the gift shop and day-to-day gift shop transactions.  E/10%



A bachelor's degree in history, museology or a related field and related experience.


Bachelors Degree in geology or a related field, with advanced degree preferred and experience in curation, identification and research. Experience in educational programming and public museum operations and background in vertebrate paleontology. Knowledge of regional geology and paleontology preferred.


Knowledge of regional geology and paleontology.
Excellent written and oral communication skills essential.
Excellent customer service skills. Ability to develop educational programs. Must have ability to supervise volunteers and student workforce.

Must work well independently with limited supervision. Must be able to plan and execute daily workload effectively and efficiently. Proven ability to interact with varied audiences.


The position will require the applicant to be physically capable of working outside in adverse weather conditions and may require lifting, stooping and bending.

Closing date: 16th February 2015

Further details and application online

NewDATE ADDED: 27/01/2015

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Assistant/Associate Curator - Mineral Sciences

Salary commensurate with experience

Full time

The position will be available as early as of July 1st, 2015

Source: LA NHM careers

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks a Curator (Assistant or Associate level) for its mineral and gem collections, which are among the largest and finest in the United States. NHM, the largest natural history museum in the western United States, has recently finished a dramatic transformation including new ground-breaking exhibitions and a 3½ acre wildlife garden. The Museum’s mission is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. Our strategic intent—"To be the best at communicating how our planet and life on it changes over time and why this matters"—guides our priorities for the next decade.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., a strong track record of published research, experience in generating funding through competitive grants and/or other external sources, and the ability to lead a dynamic and productive research program that increases both the scientific and public appeal of our collections.

The Curator will be responsible for overseeing the development and curation of important collections, maintaining and strengthening the NHM’s presence in key professional and governmental networks, and establishing active internal NHM collaborations—especially with the Education and Exhibits, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement Departments.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide intellectual leadership for the development of a new permanent hall at the NHM. An extensive and thorough knowledge of minerals is essential; experience in collections management is important; an interest in making the results of scientific research accessible to the public is crucial. The Curator will be expected to develop working relationships with local universities and to mentor students and postdoctoral fellows.

The ability to communicate effectively and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHM's various stakeholders, is paramount. In addition to leading a strong research program, the successful candidate will actively participate in a broad range of museum activities, such as exhibits, education, outreach, training of educators, and public communications including, but not limited to, media interactions and fundraising.

Closing date: 15th March 2015

Further details and application online

NewDATE ADDED: 27/01/2015

The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology / Webb School, Claremont, California

Paleontology Teaching Fellow

Full time

Temporary / Seasonal

Source: Global museum jobs


The Paleontology Teaching Fellow is charged with crafting and delivering a high - end paleontology program for middle school students during The Webb Schools’ summer program. This involves working with Alf Museum of Paleontology faculty and staff to utilize the Museum’s resources and spaces, and collaborating with other summer school faculty in creating a fun and collaborative learning environment for students.

All faculty members who work at The Webb Schools are expected to contribute positively and productively to a campus community that promotes the development of honor, leadership, and character.


The Paleontology Teaching Fellow reports to the Director of Experiential Learning and must work closely with the Alf Museum of Paleontology faculty and staff. All summer faculty will work closely with the Summer Program Dean of Students and co - teachers to help create a positive and safe environment for learning and discovery.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Developing curriculum for a ten - day experiential paleontology summer program for middle school students, including planning field trips and hands - on research projects . The program will run for two sessions.

• Coordinating lesson times and use of space with museum staff and faculty and other summer faculty .

• Collaborating with other summer program faculty to create a cohesive program that knits together day and evening activities .

• Working on - site before and during the program .

• Preparing end - of - session summaries and comments for each student.

• Promoting the development of honor, character, and leadership in all dealings with students, including enforcing school rules .

• The program runs from July 8 through July 29, with a 3 - day break between each ten - day session. Faculty and staff training will run from July 5 - 7 and the fellow is expected to be available to assist with program shut - down on July 30.

• Other duties as assigned .


Faculty positions have no supervisory responsibilities.


Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in the academic discipline; master’s degree or higher and some teaching experience preferred. Experience with paleontological lab techniques (e.g., basic fossil preparation), museum methods (basic curation and proper handling of fossil specimens), and/or research techniques (e.g., measurement collection and other documentation from specimens) also preferred.


A current California driver license and clean motor vehicle record is required. A criminal background check is required and must be successfully completed before employment can begin .


• Able to communicate effectively with students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators

• Knowledgeable practitioners of their academic discipline.

• Technologically literate and able to guide and direct students’ use of technology.


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be occasionally required to climb up and down stairs and ladders; bend, lift, stoop to move and retrieve material; to push/pull, lift carry, large items; and to reach above and below shoulder height. Must be able to lift 30 - 40 pounds unassisted. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Closing date: None stated

Further details online

Interviews will begin in mid - January. Interested candidates should send resumes and cover letters to:

Dr. Theresa Smith, Director of Academic Affairs, 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont, CA 91711

Email: tsmith@webb.org


DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 27/01/2015)

University of California, Riverside

Museum Scientist

Salary: $44,412 - $71,472

Job number: 201411180601

Part time - 85% fte

Source: Inside Higher Ed

UC Riverside Earth Sciences Department seeks a Museum Scientist to conserve, oversee, and utilize departmental research, reference, and teaching collections; manage the museum outreach program, and serve as Lab Safety Officer (LSO) and Departmental Safety Coordinator. The position is 85% time with flexible Monday through Friday hours and will be starting Museum Scientist Level. Candidates seeking external research or outreach funding that may supplement salary while pursuing departmental goals are particularly encouraged to apply. The department, which is rapidly growing in faculty, is within the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, has strong specimen-based research in fault petrology, geochemistry, and paleontology. Such research complements departmental research foci in Organic and Paleoenvironmental Evolution, and Earthquake Processes (see http://cnas.ucr.edu/~earth/es.html/). We are looking for individuals with a strong background in specimen-based earth-life history research, familiarity with a broad range of geological materials, and an active interest in Museum Science. The new hire will engage with UCR's Center for Integrative Biological Collections, a rapidly evolving college-wide initiative. A Ph.D. is preferred, along with experience of and/or qualifications in collections management. The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Please visit http://jobs.ucr.edu/for more information and to apply for this career position.

Minimum requirements

Master's degree in geology or paleontology
Ability to identify and classify rocks, minerals and fossils according to established classification systems.
Knowledge and experience in library literature review for identification and documentation of earth science materials
Up to one year supervisory experience over one subordinate employee.
Experience writing reports in geology or paleontology.
Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Closing date: Open until filled

Applications received before January 16, 2015 will receive preference.

Further details online

NewDATE ADDED: 27/01/2015

American Museum of Natural History

Curatorial Assistant

Reference: 91793  

Part time

Source: AMNH Careers


Incumbent will prepare and streamline CT, SEM, and electron microprobe data sets integral to the meteorite and lab spectral library collections. These data sets will be incorporated into online systems in collaboration with EPS staff. Applicant will become involved in ongoing research on meteorite petrology and K/Pg impact phenomena.

Required qualifications

Applicants must have expertise in the use of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electron microprobe, image analysis of x-ray chemical maps and micro-CT data, and a working knowledge of the computer languages C, Python, and Java.
A BS in geological sciences, including coursework in mineralogy and petrology, is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates with experience with large data sets (CT or LCSM 3D data) preferred.  

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details and application online

NewDATE ADDED: 27/01/2015

The Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, NY

Exhibit Developer

Temporary: 21 month contract

Full time

Source: PRI Jobs

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) seeks an Exhibit Developer. PRI is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Our Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center make accessible the history of life on Earth, the processes by which the Earth system works, and the science by which we understand it. The Exhibit Developer reports to the Director of Exhibitions and collaborates with a project team while researching, writing, testing, and finalizing exhibit content for major projects at the Nature Center, and at the Museum as needed.


  • Propose and plan authentic, fun, personal, and memorable ways for visitors to discover natural history and its connections to them.
  • Lead the gathering and synthesis of information regarding appropriate content approaches, best practices, and existing work on exhibit topics.
  • Lead or support the research, writing, and procurement of content and images for labels, interactives, and interpretive programming for exhibits and related experiences.
  • Collaborate with exhibit design and fabrication staff on iterative prototyping activities. Conduct formal and informal audience research and evaluation.
  • Hold and promote the value that the visitor is the ultimate client for the work of the project team.


  • Minimum 3-5 years exhibit development experience — from concept to final product — of original museum/nature center/science center exhibits or comparable creative endeavors; excellent communication skills, both interpersonally and in writing; able to work in a fast paced environment with creativity, curiosity, integrity and determination. Demonstrated research and writing experience for public audiences, and basic understanding of developmentally appropriate educational approaches. Bachelor’s degree in Writing, Museum Studies, Science Communication, or related subject required, Master’s preferred. Familiarity with natural history/biology/geology preferred.
  • 21-month temporary position
  • Full time, evening hours as needed

Closing date: None stated

Further details online

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references via email to:
Beth Stricker
Director of Exhibitions

DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 27/01/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Research Scientist

Reference: 91741

Full time

Source: AMNH Jobs

This Research Scientist manages the electron microprobe (SX100) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) laboratories in Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, maintaining instruments and support equipment, budgeting and procuring supplies, and supervising and training users.

The Research Scientist participates and collaborates in the EPS seminar program, science education, and research activities.

The SX100 is a mission-critical instrument for all NSF and NASA research grants in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the FTIR is critical to several research projects.

The Department provides unique opportunities for collaboration, public outreach, and research.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Earth Science with an active research program.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with electron beam instruments, well organized and comfortable interacting with instrument users.

Closing date: Open until filled

Please apply online

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