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New!DATE ADDED: 27/06/2016

National Museum of Naturial History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Museum Technician

Ref: 16R-JW-300598-DEU-NMNH

Full time

Permanent

Salary: $43,684.00 to $56,790.00 pa

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

Source: USA Jobs
 

Job Description

This position is located in the sample preparation and analytical laboratories in the Department of Mineral Sciences (DMS) in the National Museum of Natural History.

The primary purpose of the position is to provide specialized preparation of geological specimens and to assist in the maintenance and operation of the analytical laboratories.

Duties

Operates and maintains shop equipment including a drill press, grinder and welder and a variety of powered and non-powered hand tools.

Performs a wide range of highly-skilled lapidary and geologic sample preparation work in support of geologic studies.Operates and maintains a variety of cutting, grinding and polishing equipment for lapidary applications.

Assists in the maintenance and operation of optical microscopes and analytical equipment.

 

 

Closing date: 29th June

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DATE ADDED: 14/06/2016

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

James C. & Julia D. Rea Postdoctoral Fellow

Annual Compensation up to $42,000

Duration: 1 year + potential for 2nd year

Source: Carnegie Museum Jobs
 

The Rea Postdoctoral Fellow must possess a Ph.D. and be able to conduct original research for the advancement of scientific knowledge at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. This research must be collections- and/or field-based and focused on the scientific disciplines (anthropological, biological, ecological, geological, systematics, and conservation biology) at the Museum. The successful Rea Fellowship candidate will have a record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals that sufficiently demonstrates their qualifications for the position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

The Rea Fellow must have prior graduate training in the scientific disciplines (anthropological, biological, ecological, geological, systematics, and conservation biology) at the Museum. The successful candidate will also possess basic skills in the formulation and testing of scientific hypotheses, as well as analytical skills and practical experience in collections- and/or field-based research in a natural history discipline. The Rea Fellow must also have the capacity to effectively communicate their research to public audiences via presentations, scientific seminars, and/or other avenues.

The appropriate skills, experience, and education of the successful Rea Postdoctoral Fellowship candidate will be determined by the Fellowship’s evaluation committee. The intent of the program is to train early-career scientists via collaborative postdoctoral research, and for these scientists to gain training under the tutelage of Carnegie Museum of Natural History staff to further their academic or research careers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Work may be primarily sedentary, but may also entail fieldwork that will require at least average levels of mobility and physical fitness.

DESCRIPTION

The Rea Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports training and early career development of outstanding young scientists interested in conducting research in the scientific disciplines (anthropological, biological, ecological, geological, systematics, and conservation biology) at Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH).

The Program provides funds to carry out a specific research project within a limited time period and under the supervision of the museum’s curatorial or other senior scientific staff.

Rea Fellows are eligible to receive annual compensation of US $42,000. Additional support may be provided for travel related to collections visits and/or field and lab work. The appointment will be for one year and may be extended for a second (and final) year upon performance review. International scholars will receive support to obtain a J-1 visa.

Awardees are expected to be in residence at the museum (except during any periods of travel associated with their project), to give a presentation as part of the museum’s R.W. Moriarty Science Seminar Series, and to participate in the museum’s educational activities and other public programs.

 

Closing date: 30th June

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DATE ADDED: 15/06/2016

Gallery Oldham

Collections Assistants - Natural History

Ref: NEI16/64119

Part time (0.5 FTE / 18.5 hours per week)

Fixed term: 3.75 years

Salary: £21,745 - £25,694 p.a. pro rata

Source: Personal communication
 

Role overview
This is an exciting time to join the Arts & Heritage Team team as we embark on a major capital development which will deliver a new Heritage and Arts Centre for Oldham.
We are seeking enthusiastic and committed Collections Assistants to support the development of collections and increase public access and engagement with heritage resources.

Key responsibilities

  • Prepare collections for conservation, relocation and accessible storage
  • Assist with exhibition preparation and display
  • Assist with the relocation of collections
  • Undertake documentation of museum collections
  • Support digitisation of collections and information to extend remote access to collections

Key Requirements

  • To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:
  • Recognised qualification or degree in relevant area of work (i.e. museum/heritage studies, archives etc.)
  • Experience of working in a Gallery, Museum or Heritage environment
  • Experience of working with museum collections including a specialism in one or more of the following areas: natural history, social history or archives.
  • Able to cope with a physically demanding job which includes exhibition preparation, packing and unpacking exhibitions and moving collections and equipment around sites and stores.
 

Closing date: 1st July

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DATE ADDED: 15/06/2016

Gallery Oldham

Collections Assistant Digital Access and Engagement

Ref: NEI16/64118

Part time (0.5 FTE / 18.5 hours per week)

Fixed term: 3.75 years

Salary: £21,745 - £25,694 p.a. pro rata

Source: Personal communication
 

Purpose

To work across heritage services to maximise the use of digital to widen access, increase enjoyment and learning, and develop the heritage offer feeding into the development of a new Heritage & Arts Centre for Oldham (working title Oldham Heritage & Arts Centre

Role overview

This is an exciting time to join the team at Gallery Oldham as we embark on a major capital development which will deliver a new Heritage and Arts Centre for Oldham. We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Collections Assistant Digital Access & Engagement to maximise the use of digital to widen access, increase enjoyment and learning, and develop the heritage offer.

Key responsibilities

  • Work closely with staff, stakeholders, partners and the wider public on identifying priorities for digitisation and remote access to remove barriers, engage target audiences, conserve and develop the collections
  • To support the development of an integrated search room and provide the widest possible access to information and resources
  • To lead on the programme for digitisation of collections and information to extend remote access to collections
  • Work with Education & Outreach staff and support digital engagement programmes which target currently under-represented sections of the community and assist with the development of a range of online learning resources.
  • Identify training needs in relation to the use of digital resources with staff and the wider public and to assist in the development of training sessions and resources

Key Requirements

  • To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:
  • Recognised qualification or degree in relevant area of work (i.e. museum/heritage studies, archives etc.)
  • Experience of working in, for/with, a Gallery, Museum or Heritage environment
  • High level ICT skills
  • Able to cope with a physically demanding job which includes moving collections and equipment around sites and stores
 

Closing date: 1st July

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New!DATE ADDED: 27/06/2016

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

Assistant Registrar

Salary: 23,146 - 25,924 p.a.

Full time

Ref: NMS16/683

Source: museumjobs.com
 

Job Description:

National Museums Scotland is one of the UK’s leading museum services. It has a national and international reach and operates four museum sites.

A major redevelopment programme has transformed the National Museum of Scotland and it is now the most visited attraction in the UK outside London. Inspired by a £80 million Masterplan, the redevelopment made fundamental changes to what we offer visitors, making much more of our beautiful building and rich collections to reveal our treasures in new ways. Two phases have been completed - on time and on budget. To date over £60 million of investment has been provided by the Scottish Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and over 1,000 generous donors.

The next phase is an ambitious £14.1 million vision for our internationally important collections of Art and Design and Science and Technology.

As well as a vibrant annual programme of exhibitions, events and digital experiences across our museums and collections, we are restoring two historic hangars at the National Museum of Flight with exciting new visitor displays and creating new research and storage facilities at the National Museums Collection Centre.

Required Skills:

  • Located in the newly focused Registrar team, this permanent appointment will report to the full time Registrar and play a key role in delivering National Museums Scotland’s loans, acquisitions and disposals programmes in accordance with Museum policy and procedures.
  • You will have a degree in a relevant subject, plus a postgraduate qualification in museum studies (or equivalent). You will have proven relevant work experience in delivering collection registration services in a museum or similar environment.
  • You will possess excellent working knowledge of all aspects of loan arrangements at both national and international level to assist the Registrar with delivery of the Museum’s programme of short and long term loans (incoming and outgoing). You will arrange insurance/indemnity cover for loans and maintain records of National Museums Scotland’s total indemnity.
  • With proven experience of museum acquisitions and disposals, you will apply professional knowledge and judgement to provide effective advice and support to Collections staff undertaking collections acquisitions and disposals. You will possess strong logistical and project management skills to assist with the management of transport and courier arrangements.
  • You will possess effective communication skills and the ability to foster excellent working relationships with a diverse range of staff, both within the Museum and externally. To manage multiple projects and competing priorities, you will have strong time management skills, proficiency in using databases and Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • A driving licence or ability to arrange suitable alternative transport is essential.
 

Closing date: 4th July

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New!DATE ADDED: 27/06/2016

Natural History Museum, London

Curator of Petrology

Vacancy reference: CW/NHM/CP

Permanent

Salary: £28,865 per annum plus benefits

Source: Carnegie Museum Jobs
 

Role description:

The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

The petrology collections curator is responsible for undertaking everyday curation, documentation, movements and preservation of the NHM collection including rock, Ocean Bottom Deposit and Building Stone collections.

Curation support will include hosting visitors, processing loans, answering enquiries and registration of the backlog of new acquisitions. The post will feed into and contribute to long term collections management, research and collections development goals.

The successful candidate will have a BSc in a geological subject or museum studies (or equivalent experience) and demonstrable knowledge of rock classification coupled with the ability to identify rock specimens (hand samples and under the microscope) without supervision.

You will have experience in the registration of collections materials in a museum collections management system, preferably KE Emu. You will also have experience of carrying out or supporting small collections- based research projects and handling requests for destructive or invasive sampling.

Role competences:

If you wish to be considered for this role you will need to address each of the following competences in the ‘other information’ section of your online application:

1. BSc in a geological subject or museum studies
2. Experience of dealing with complex requests and enquiries from the public, scientific researchers and exhibition designers.
3. Experience of handling requests for destructive or invasive sampling.
4. Ability to deal with difficult and demanding visitors in a firm and polite manner.
5. Experience of registration of collections materials in a museum collections management system, preferably KE Emu.
6. Knowledge of relevant national and international data standards.
7. Experience of carrying out or supporting small collections- based research projects.
8. Experience of carrying out independent or participating in group fieldwork..
9. Demonstrable knowledge of rock classification and ability to identify rock specimens (hand samples and under the microscope) without supervision.
10. Experience of giving talks, tours or demonstrations about collections to a wide variety of audiences.
11. Ability to recognise hazards and follow procedures to ensure risks are minimised in the workplace.
12. The ability to solve problems in a flexible and creative manner.

 

Closing date: 11th July (9am)

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DATE ADDED: 14/06/2016

Canadian Museum of Nature

Research Scientist, Mineralogy

Ref: NO.2090-16-CMN-OC-019.

Permanent

Salary: $70,801 to $85,450 per year

Location: Gatineau (Aylmer area), Québec

Candidates must legally entitled to work in Canada.

Source: CMN Jobs
 

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) in Ottawa, Canada is seeking an innovative entry-level mineralogist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative hypothesis-based research; to publish results of scientific research; to provide advice on the development and use of the CMN’s mineralogy collections and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits. The candidate will be expected to undertake significant outreach and use various media to actively promote mineralogy research and the Earth Gallery at the CMN to the public in the National Capital Region, nationally and internationally.

LANGUAGE EQUIREMENTS:
English essential; conversational French an asset.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.in Earth Sciences (Geology) with a specialization in mineralogy.

EXPERIENCE:
This is an entry-level museum research scientist position. Candidates will be trained and have experience in mineralogy, crystal chemistry, crystallography and analytical methods. Knowledge of mineral collections, mineral nomenclature and mineral identification techniques is required. The candidate’s research program at the CMN must include a Canadian component and the potential for field work. Research projects must not only utilize the existing national mineral collections but also contribute to their growth.

The candidate will have a proven publication record and should have experience in raising grants and external funds for research projects. The candidate must be able to present scientific results and explain mineralogical and geological concepts clearly and succinctly to a variety of audiences (i.e. scientific peers, amateur mineral collectors, general public of all ages, CMN staff, government officials, potential donors) and by using a variety of communication tools (i.e. social media, presentations, and conferences). Candidates must be comfortable with working in a multi-disciplinary environment where they will be called upon to interact with a variety of other scientists, education and exhibit experts, as well as development staff.

 

Closing date: 31st July

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New!DATE ADDED: 27/06/2016

American Museum of Natural History

Confocal Microscopy Specialist

Ref: 02319

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers
 

Position Summary

The Confocal Microscopy Specialist position is a grant funded research position analyzing high resolution 3D Laser Confocal Scanning Microscope (LCSM) image stacks of samples returned from the NASA Stardust mission.

Responsibilities include LCSM microscope and attached Raman spectrometer operation, data collection and analysis, synchrotron x-ray fluorescence (XRF) measurement and analysis of XRF results, handling of very large image data sets, travel to synchrotron facilities (APS and BNL), writing proposals for synchrotron beam time, and writing papers reporting results.

See also: Greenberg and Ebel (2010) Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy of Stardust Material. Geosphere 6: 515-523. & Ebel et al. (2009) 3-dimensional Textural and Compositional Analysis of Particle Tracks and Fragmentation History in Aerogel. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44: 1445-1463.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of physical sciences.
Preferred Qualifications
Computer and programming skills are highly desirable. Confocal microscope experience is desirable but not essential.

 

Closing date: Open Until filled

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DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 27/06/16)

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research Assistant Professor

Reference: 496762

Full time

The salary is commensurate with experience

Source: Inside Higher Education Careers
 

Description:

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.

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DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016 (still open 27/06/16)

Oakland Museum of California

Director of Curatorial Affairs

Reference: 2016-1146

Full time

Targeted start date: 1st July 2016

Source: AAM Jobs
 

POSITION SUMMARY

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.

Responsibilities:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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

Qualifications:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

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

 ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016 (still open 27/06/16)

Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma

Museum Registrar

Reference: 160910 

Full time

Salary Range:$31,000 - $40,000

Source: global museum
 

Description

The Registrar is the legal officer of the Museum and is responsible for the documentation, safety, and security of objects in the Museum's care, including the collection, loaned objects, and exhibitions. The registrar is expected to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the methods and procedures required to perform the job, including the practices, standards, philosophy, and theory of registration; (2) improve their knowledge, experience, skills, and/or abilities; and (3) participate in service to the Museum, museum community, university, and professional organizations at the local, state, regional, and national level. The Registrar receives supervision from the Head Curator. 

Duties are varied, but typical job functions include (but are not limited to):
Act as legal officer of the Museum. 
Responsible for documentation, safety, and security of objects in the Museum's care. 
Assist in the development and implementation of collection policies and procedures, including security, disaster, and emergency plans. 
Create and maintain all collections documentation and files, including deeds of gift, accessions, deaccessions, appraisals, incoming/outgoing loans, and permits and reports. 
Maintain the museum archives and media collections. 
Maintain the Museum's facilities reports and review borrower's facilities reports, and review contracts and policies. Assist with installation, deinstallation, condition reporting, packing, and shipping of objects. 
Manage requests for images, rights, and reproductions. 
Coordinate insurance requirements for objects on loan or special exhibition, or recommends insurance coverage on parts of or entire collection, programs, and/or operations. 
Maintain and develop the departmental databases and website. 
Participate in museum programs and outreach activities, the museum profession, and workshops, seminars, and other forms of professional development. 
Train and work with assistants, undergraduate and graduate student assistants, interns, and volunteers to carry out registration activities.  

Required Education:

Bachelor's degree in museum studies, anthropology, geology, biological sciences, or related field OR an equivalent combination of education/job related experience. 

Required Experience:

18-36 months museum registration and/or collection management experience in a natural history museum encompassing biological, paleontological, and cultural collections.  

Skills:

Advanced knowledge of museum registration methods, standards and practices for collection care, collections management, and conservation. 
Demonstrated knowledge of materials handling, packing, condition reports, collection's insurance, storage maintenance, transportation, collection's care and storage requirements, and collection management. 
Demonstrated knowledge of laws and regulations relating to wildlife and objects, copyright, and rights and reproduction. 
Must be proficient in MSWord, Excel, and FileMaker Pro or other database management software. 
Must be detail oriented for accuracy of data and information. 
Must be highly organized and able to handle multiple projects. 
Must be able to communicate well and build rapport with students, faculty and staff. 
Must be able to complete work within deadlines. 
Must have strong initiative to solve problems. 
Must be able to work independently and with interdepartmental teams and initiatives. 
Must have good oral and written communication skills and be able to communicate effectively. 
Must use established occupational health and safety practices.  

 

Closing date: None stated

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DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 27/06/16)

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
 

Purpose

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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