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DATE ADDED: 22/08/2016

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Curatorial Assistant: Invertebrate Zoology & Geology

Full time

Reference # 18192

Source: California Academy of Sciences Jobs

The California Academy of Sciences, located in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, has an immediate opening in the Geology Section of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology for a full-time Curatorial Assistant. This person, working under the supervision of the curator and collections manager, will participate in a variety of tasks, primarily in the paleontological collections. The tasks involved in this job will be directed toward rehousing the collection, photographing specimens, and digitization of records. This work will be done during regular business hours, Monday through Friday (no holidays, nights, or weekends), unless otherwise arranged ahead of time.


  • Photographing and otherwise documenting specimens
  • Data entry into existing databases
  • Rehousing specimens & organizing existing collections
  • Assisting with processing incoming specimens and outgoing loans
  • Documenting large collections of micro- and macro-fossils
  • Assisting with the maintenance of departmental collections and files
  • Assisting with the maintenance of departmental laboratories and equipment
  • Assisting with public programs & other departmental or Academy activities as required.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:
  • B.A./B.S. in geology, earth science, natural history or museum studies, or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with collections, preferably in natural history


  • Ability to accurately type at least 35 wpm
  • Familiarity with word-processing and database computer programs (PC-type) Familiarity with digital cameras & image-processing software (PC-type)
  • Ability to responsibly handle valuable, irreplaceable and delicate materials
  • Ability to take direction and to work well with others in a variety of situations
  • Ability to work independently and with great attention to detail
  • Ability to use microscope and other technical equipment as needed


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals. English is the primary language necessary for this job, written and spoken.


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 25% of the time. Must be in good physical condition. Must be able to stand for prolonged periods & climb stairs and ladders.


Closing date: 31st August

Further information online


New!DATE ADDED: 27/08/2016

Natural History Museum

Postdoctoral Researcher to Head of Earth Sciences

Vacancy reference: NHM/JM/PDRHES

Fixed Term

Salary: £32,500

Full time

Source: NHM careers

Role description:

The post is based in the Earth Sciences Department in the NHM buildings in South Kensington where more than 90 scientific staff work in groups focused around mineral and planetary sciences, economic and environmental mineralogy, vertebrate, invertebrate and plant palaeobiology as well as anthropology. The successful applicant will join the vibrant, internationally-acknowledged LODE research group of (at any one time up to) 15 scientists who are focused on mineral deposit research. The post-holder will likely spend significant time using the state-of-the-art analytical facilities in the NHM's Core Research Laboratories, a facility uniquely supported by research-active scientific specialists. There will be opportunities to undertake fieldwork and participate in ongoing international research collaborations. LODE has significant industrial research support in addition to income streams from academic sources and there will be opportunity to work closely with mining industry colleagues.

The role will directly support the Head of Earth Science's (HoES) research programme (ca. 50%) but allows significant time (ca. 30%) for the post-holder to develop their own strand of personal research in line with the museum’s Strategy for Science. The current strands of research of the HoES are i) Understanding patterns in the mineral chemistry of felsic magmatic systems and how that relates to ore fertility and ii) Understanding the mineralogy of supergene ore-forming systems and how that applies to mineral processing technologies. Additionally the post-holder will be expected to contribute to public outreach, income generation and other museum corporate activities (ca. 20%).

Role competences:

1.Good geological background in mineral deposits studies
2. Good mineralogical skills
3. Experience of rock and mineral characterisation using standard petrological techniques
4. Skills in use of analytical SEM, XRD, Microprobe techniques and processing of datasets
5. Good communication skills
6. Understanding of geochemistry and handling geochemical datasets
7. Team player but ability to work independently
8. Ability to problem solve
9. Desirable - Appropriate fieldwork experience
10. Desirable - Established publication track record in appropriate journals


Closing date: 7th September (9am)

Further information online / download role description


DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016

University of Oxford, Department of Earth Science

PDRA in Evolution/Palaeobiology

Full time

Ref: 124626

Fixed term for 2.75 years

Salary: £30,738 - £37,768 pa

Source: jobs.ac.uk

The department seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Vertebrate Palaeobiology research group led by Dr Roger Benson. The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will implement research in collaboration with the PI. This involves initially generating a large, detailed morphological database using 21st century 3D data-capture methods such as micro-CT and structured light scanning on extant and fossil specimens from the mammalian and bird/crocodile evolutionary lineages, targeting approximately 5,000 species. This data will be used to address long-standing questions about the mode and tempo of morphological evolution on long evolutionary timescales.

The successful candidate will be expected to scan the osteology of extant bird, mammal and crocodilian skeletons, and their fossil relatives including dinosaurs and therapsids (mammal-like ‘reptiles’) in museum collections in the UK and worldwide, collect 3D landmark data using geometric morphometrics, and apply phylogenetic comparative methods to address questions about the evolution of aspects of morphology from cross the skeleton, including how rates and constraints on phenotypic evolution have changed over 300 million years. Writing and contributing to scientific articles and attending conferences to report findings of the project are also essential aspects of the job.

A PhD relating to Palaeontology, Macroevolution, Comparative Anatomy or a cognate discipline is required at the time of starting the post. The successful candidate must have the ability to conduct quantitative research on morphology and evolution, experience of specimen-based research using museum collections of fossil or extant animals, ability to plan and manage travel commitments and conduct data collection, a track record of research publication in international, peer reviewed journals.

The successful applicant will have an option to engage in teaching. This may include lectures and small-group teaching of undergraduates and graduate students. There is also scope for the PDRA to supervise Masters projects.


Closing date: 7th September (noon)

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DATE ADDED: 22/08/2016

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Earth Sciences Collections Manager

Source: CAM

We are seeking a Collections Manager in Earth Sciences. This is a full-time, exempt position, supported by endowment. The Collections Manager is responsible for the continued development of the geology and paleontology collections as well as promoting their study and appreciation through the Museum's nature education programs and exhibits. The Museum seeks an energetic candidate with broad interests in these disciplines and a passion for science outreach and education.

Essential Requirements

  • Master’s degree in geology, paleontology related discipline, or commensurate experience
  • Experience working with geology and paleontology collections, knowledge of vertebrate fossils desired
  • Experience in museum techniques and collections management
  • Experience in original scientific research and subsequent distribution of information through publications
  • Experience in the supervision and training of volunteers or related experience
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including an ability to interact with the general public
  • Strong working knowledge of computer software, including database management

Closing date: 15th September

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DATE ADDED: 22/08/2016 (still open 27/08/16)

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant for Earth and Planetary Sciences

Full time

Ref: 92349

Source: AMNH Careers

Position Summary

The Scientific Assistant for Earth & Planetary Sciences is responsible for the following:

Collection Responsibilities:

1. Oversee maintenance and organization of the mineral deposits collection.
2. Accession donated and collected samples with the museum's registrar.
3. Arrange and file paperwork for loans.
4. Maintain electronic database for the collection.
5. Write up the annual collections report for the mineral deposits.

Research Assisting Responsibilities:

1. Prepare rock or experimental samples for analysis.
2. Perform microprobe analyses on samples.
3. Use the scanning electron microscope to identify and characterize samples.
4. Perform FTIR analysis on samples

Electron Microphobe and FTIR Laboratory Responsibilities:

1. Teach new users how to operate instrument for quantitative and/or qualitative analysis.

Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree in in geology or a related field is required.
2. Experience in geochemistry or planetary science is required.
3. Basic office and organizational skills (filing, working with computers, and document software) required.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience with electron microprobe/SEM desirable
2. Candidate should possess strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with others.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016 (still open 27/08/16)

Museum of Geology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City  

Assistant Director of the Museum of Geology 

Ref: 0008268  

Full time

Fixed term contract: 12 months

Source: HigherEdJobs

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 98% placement rate and an average starting salary of over $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science. South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls over 2800 students from 47 states and 46 countries.


The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for an Assistant Director. The Museum of Geology consists of two distinct but interrelated components: the public museum, and the James E. Martin Paleontology Research Lab. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall administrative duties associated with the public floor of the Museum of Geology.


These duties include managing the gift shop, gift shop accounts, and 10-12 student workers. This position also is responsible for managing museum operating budgets and making all purchases for the gift shop and museum, which includes both product and advertisements. In addition to hiring and managing student workers, this position may oversee volunteer workers. This position also maintains museum exhibits and coordinates marketing and educational outreach for the museum.


A bachelor's degree in Geology or related field is required. Knowledge of geology and paleontology at a level to assist visitors and train student workers is required. Bookkeeping skills to keep records on museum budgets, placing orders, making purchases, inventory and pricing museum store stock, and keeping the cash register functioning properly also are required, as is the ability to work with the media relations office to design promotional materials and keep the Museum of Geology webpage up to date.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 27/08/16)

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


New!DATE ADDED: 27/08/2016

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Curatorial Assistant II

Full time

Ref: 40335BR

Fixed Term until 30th June 2017

Source: Harvard Recruitment

The MCZ was founded in 1859 by an act, signed into law, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts primarily through the efforts of Louis Agassiz, a brilliant lecturer and scholar from Switzerland. The museum established and served as a training ground for professional zoologists and influenced many budding US museums through this new generation.

Research at the MCZ continues to follow Agassiz’s vision to illuminate the structures of living things, their natural classification and relationship with their surroundings, while remaining a leading institution for modern zoological research. The present-day MCZ collections are comprised of approximately 21-million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, which continue to be a focus of research and teaching for MCZ, Harvard and outside students and researchers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • This position supports the NSF-funded, Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) project awarded to digitize the MCZ’s fossil insect collection, with more than 30,000 catalogued specimens.
  • The Curatorial Assistant (CA) will assist with taking photographs of fossil insect specimens (both rock compressions/impressions and amber inclusions) and obtaining stacked images through specialized software.
  • Once the CA has become familiar with the collection’s unique material, routine rough (pre)identification of specimens will be expected.
  • The CA will also assist with databasing and labeling of fossil insect specimens. Assist with basic curation of damaged amber pieces to make the inclusions within them photographable (polishing of cracked surfaces, restoration with synthetic resin).
  • Other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications

  • College courses in biology or museum studies.

Additional Qualifications

  • One to two years of collections-related experience.
  • At least one year of experience working with PC computers.
  • Knowledge of collection databases and programs preferred.
  • Strong interest in natural history.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.

Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 10/08/2016 (still open 27/08/16)

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.

Further information online / download full description


DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016 (still open 27/08/16)

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 27/08/16)

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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