DATE ADDED: 29/03/13
Natural History Museum, Vienna
- University degree (doctorate level) in earth sciences (petrography, mineralogy, or geochemistry)
- Several years of post-doctoral research experience mainly in meteorite studies, as documented by peer-reviewed international publications
- Knowledge of modern petrologic, mineralogic, and geochemical analytical methods (e.g., electron microscopy, trace element analysis, isotope geochemistry)
- Record of performing and completing research projects; organizational talent and team work
- Detailed knowledge of computer applications; excellent knowledge of German and English
- Willingness to participate in curatorial work (meteorite and rock collection), exhibitions and outreach activities
- Demonstrated success in obtaining research funding is desirable.
Closing date: 17th May 2013
Further information and applications to be sent to Dr. Franz Brandstätter at the Department of Mineralogy and Petrography of the NHM), email@example.com
Applicants should email a curriculum vitae, scientific interests and activities, list of publications, names and complete contact information of two academic references, in the form of a single complied PDF file.
DATE ADDED: 16/04/13
State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart
Curator of Fossil Aquatic Vertebrates
Salary for a curator is at E 13 TV-L (German public service salary scale).
The official language is German.
We are seeking a highly motivated scientist with excellent team working skills and a strong desire to conduct research at a high international level including interdisciplinary projects. The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart is an international renowned research institution. The palaeontological collections contain over 4.1 million specimens with about 60.000 aquatic vertebrates (focus on 40.000 fossil fish specimens).
- Pursuit of high quality, largely collection-based research on fossil aquatic vertebrates including field work and regular publications in internationally renowned journals
- Development of cooperative and interdisciplinary third-party funded research projects
- Management, preservation and extension of the collection following professional museum standards, conservation principles, and museum policies and procedures,
- Curation of the palaeoichthyological collection (among other parts),
- Public outreach: communication of research results via popular science journals, lectures and other media; scientific conceptual design of exhibitions; responses to enquiries by the general public.
- ·Ph.D. in palaeontology/palaeobiology
- Excellent expertise in at least one group of fossil aquatic vertebrates
- Sound expertise in the application of new methods, e.g., in histology, isotope
- Analysis, etc.
- ·Outstanding publication record
- Experience in museum-specific tasks (curation of the scientific collections, exhibitions)
- Interest in systematics, phylogeny, evolution, fossil lagerstaetten (preferably post-Triassic)
- Spearheading national and international scientific collaborations and interdisciplinary projects
- Proven experience in fundraising
- Solid computer skills, knowledge of statistics and database management desired
- Ability to work in a team, including the supervision of students, PhDs, volunteers, technical staff, etc.
- Firm willingness to teach at a university
- Sound knowledge of English and the firm willingness to learn German
Closing date: 31st May 2013
Applications are highly welcome. Please send your written application with standard documents to the following address:
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, c/o Frau M. Lindner, Rosenstein 1, D-70191 Stuttgart, Germany.
For further information, please contact the director of the museum, Prof. Dr. J. Eder (+49 711 8936 112) or Dr. R. Schoch (+49 711 8936 143).
DATE ADDED: 28/04/13
Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Start date: Negotiable - July 1, 2013 to September 1, 2013
Fixed term: 12-months
The Sternberg Museum of Natural History occupies a completely renovated (completed in 1999), unique building adjacent to Interstate-70 Highway in Hays, Kansas. Its 101,000 square feet of floor space accommodates both public areas and collection management space. The collection space houses extensive research collections representing the disciplines of mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, ichthyology, entomology, botany, vertebrate paleontology, and paleobotany. The total number of specimens in these collections is in excess of 3 million, and the Museum thus serves as a major research resource for the academic departments of Biological Sciences and Geosciences. Public exhibits of the Museum are internationally known and focus on animals of the Cretaceous time period. These are supplemented with a program of temporary exhibitions, both leased and prepared in-house, relating to a broad spectrum of natural history topics. Educational programming for adults and especially for children is designed to instill a fascination for plants and animals in their environment.
Full time 12-month, non-tenure-track educator with specialization a following field: paleontology, zoology, botany, geology, ecology, environmental education, informal science education, museum studies or other related area of expertise.
This position will require developing, planning, and coordinating educational programs for diverse audiences, including children, teachers, community groups, the public, and those with disabilities or special needs. The education director must be able to work closely and cooperatively with private and state school systems in scheduling tours and programs.
Programs may include but are not limited to general and subject-specific museum tours, talks, films, come-and-go public events, classes, field trips, outreach booths, and teacher in-service training.
The educator will apply sound educational theory and conduct formative evaluation to maximize educational effectiveness of programs. All school-targeted programs will reinforce Kansas curriculum standards.
The education director will also be responsible for developing supplemental educational resources (both online podcasting and print) for use by teachers and/or the general public.
The educator will oversee the museum docent program, including initial and ongoing training in both accurate scientific content and effective presentation techniques. The education director is responsible for working closely with the biology, geology, and education departments in developing and overseeing a museum education intern program.
The education director will also teach one course per year and supervise interns in informal science education as a part of a proposed museum studies certificate.
The education director works with the exhibits director in developing tours and educational programs around the exhibits and in developing new exhibits with built in educational programming. Programs are expected to be self-sustaining with respect to all non-salary costs for these programs.
The Discovery Room at the Sternberg Museum is a vital component of its educational mission.
Qualifications include an earned Master’s degree in informal science education, and/or a biological or geological discipline that relates to natural history.
Other necessary qualifications include strong communication skills and the ability to interact with diverse constituents.
Preferred qualifications include a Master of Science degree and teaching experience in formal and informal settings.
Closing date: 1st June 2013
Contact: Dr. Reese Barrick, Director, Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, KS 67601. Phone: 1-877-332-1165. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preference will be given to applications postmarked by June 1, 2013. Electronic applications are encouraged. Applications must include at minimum:
1. Letter of application
2. Curriculum vita
3. Photocopies of all post-secondary transcripts
4. Statement of professional interests
5. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four references
Please do NOT request letters of recommendation.
DATE ADDED: 17/03/13
Michigan Tech, AE Seaman Mineral Museum
12 month contract
Expected starting date is January 6, 2014
The Associate Curator is the principal Curatorial staff member and is responsible for the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum’s outstanding collection of minerals and exhibits in the Thomas D. Shaffner Hall. The Associate Curator is also responsible for teaching of mineralogy and is eligible for non-tenure track appointment in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences. The Associate Curator is eligible for promotion to Curator.
1. Manage, research, and enhance the quality and usefulness of the mineral collection.
2. Research, design, and implement museum exhibits.
3. Represent the Museum to internal and external constituencies.
4. Teach introduction to mineralogy.
5. Conserve collection materials (specimens, labels, records, etc.).
6. Accession and deaccession of collection objects.
7. Maintain the Museum’s mineral collection database.
8. Maintain currency of collection taxonomy.
9. Maintain currency on retail and wholesale mineral values.
10. Evaluate specimens for acquisition by donation, purchase, or exchange.
11. Engage in mineralogical research independently or collaboratively.
12. Supervise mineralogical research by undergraduate and graduate students.
13. Advise Michigan Tech students, staff, and faculty on mineral research-related issues.
14. Publish in popular and technical journals.
15. Make public and technical presentations.
16. Assist Director as needed.
17. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Administrative supervision is exercised over museum staff and student employees.
Ph.D. in Geological Sciences or closely related field or M.S. degree with equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Experience with analytical mineralogy research instruments (e.g., XRD and SEM).
Published in popular and/or technical journals.
Advanced knowledge of personal computer applications, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Experience in a museum setting.
Experience in methods, procedures, research, and techniques in managing a mineral collection.
Experience in producing mineral exhibits.
Experience in teaching.
Experience in high-quality mineral photography.
Required Knowledge / Skills / Abilities
Demonstrated ability to manage the Museum’s mineral collection.
Demonstrated ability to research, design, and implement museum exhibits.
Demonstrated high level of ability and interest in minerals, research, technical knowledge, and identification.
Demonstrated knowledge of geology.
Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to teach mineralogy.
Demonstrated ability to present to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated motivation to work in a museum environment.
Demonstrated ability to independently initiate, organize, prioritize, and complete activities and projects.
Demonstrated knowledge of the availability and values of minerals in the mineral market.
Demonstrated knowledge in classic and modern mineral localities.
Demonstrated knowledge in conservation of mineral and geological specimens.
Demonstrated ability and commitment to work with diverse people from professionals to the general public.
Demonstrated willingness and ability to work flexible and extended hours and travel off-site.
Demonstrated ability to supervise research by undergraduate and graduate students.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
Desirable knowledge / skills / abilities
Ability to write research grant proposals.
Ability to work with digital databases
Closing date: 1st June 2013
Full consideration will be given to applications received by June 1, 2013.
Expected starting date is January 6, 2014, although the starting date is negotiable.
Pre-finalist interviews will be conducted by telephone.
Finalists will interview at Michigan Tech.
Reference list must include contact information for a minimum of three (3) references.
Three letters of reference will be requested from all pre-finalists.
Your Professional Statement must address the relevance of mineralogy and mineral museums in modern society and your research and teaching philosophy.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Salary: £29,541 to £36,298
Fixed term: 3 years
Ref: LNS 105972
Oxford University Museum of Natural History is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Mesozoic Vertebrate Palaeobiology. This is a fixed-term position for 3 years.
The postholder will be expected to undertake collections-based research in the area of Mesozoic vertebrate palaeobiology.
Applicants must have a PhD at the time they apply and research specialisation in geology and/or animal biology. The successful candidate will have an excellent research and publication record for their career stage, and an ambitious, viable research plan.
The post will be supported by a research allowance of £15,000 over the three years
The postholder will be expected to conduct research in an area closely aligned to research interests in the museum and the academic departments of Zoology and/or Earth Sciences, possibly in collaboration with current academic staff but utilising the museum’s collections. The Research Fellow is expected to integrate fully with the activities of the museum, acting as an advocate for collection-based research, enhancing the museum’s collections through documentation, conservation and/or acquisition, and increasing the research profile of the museum.
The postholder will be expected to continue publishing material of the highest quality and to seek additional sources of independent research funding
- Assist with the museum’s programmes for public engagement in science and citizen science
- Assist with the delivery of material to education groups at all age-levels, from pre-school to adult, but focussing on sixth form, university and adult group
- Assist with the development of displays and interpretation within the museum and its external exhibitions
- A PhD and research specialisation in Mesozoic vertebrate palaeobiology
- An excellent research and publication record commensurate with career stage
- An ambitious, viable research plan that complements current research in the museum and cognate academic departments
- A strong ability to communicate to groups of non-specialists and an enthusiasm for science communication and public engagement in science
- To have evidence of an ability to attract independent research funding such as research council grants or independent research fellowships
- Possess a broad knowledge of the animal kingdom
- To possess an interest in, and understanding of, natural history museums
Closing date: 4th June 2013 (noon)
You will be required to upload a full CV and a research proposal as part of your online application.
For further details see the website (www.oum.ox.ac.uk) or contact the Director of the Museum, Professor Paul Smith (T: +44 1865 272956; E: email@example.com)
Further information is available online:
Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology
Start date: 1st July 2013
Fixed term: 1 year, possible renewal depending on funding
The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is one of seven primary institutions and two federal participant institutions in an NSF-funded Thematic Collections Network (TCN) project that will make available all of the major collections of fossil insect specimens in the United States, along with their associated metadata. These important specimens constitute a deep-time record of ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental changes of the past and therefore provide invaluable data for understanding current biodiversity and the impacts of climate change.
We are seeking an outstanding, motivated post-doctoral fellow to oversee the data-gathering and documentation of the MCZ’s insect fossil collection, which is one of the premier fossil collections in the world, numbering 29,943 specimens including over 3,160 types. Responsibilities include checking the taxonomic identity of the specimens, managing the workflow of specimens, making decisions on handling and treatment for imaging, and uploading images and data corrections to MCZbase, the MCZ’s collections management system. The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to lead a small team, to communicate effectively with collaborators, and to participate in analyses and publications resulting from this research.
The position is funded by a grant from NSF’s Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) program, and will involve collaboration with University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Kansas Center for Research, the American Museum of Natural History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation, and the Peabody Museum at Yale University.
The position is based in Cambridge, MA. A start date of July 1, 2013 is anticipated; applications will be reviewed until position is filled. The fellowship is an annual appointment but pending satisfactory performance and the availability of funding, the position may be renewed for up to three years.
A Doctorate in entomology, preferably in insect paleontology, is required. The successful candidate must have the ability to identify insects on sight and by use of taxonomic keys, previous experience digital imaging tools, techniques and processes, including experience in workflows and efficient throughput, and experience with handling, preservation, and databasing of paleontological/natural history collections.
The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated. Excellent communication skills are expected, as is the ability to work collaboratively on a team project. Previous project management and supervisory experience preferred.
Closing date: Open until filled
Application details are available online
The Field Museum, Chicagio
Start date 5th August 2013
Full time (35 hours per week)
Fixed term: 2 years
The Field Museum seeks a vertebrate paleontologist for a two-year position focused on collections management in the fossil synapsid and mammal collection. The position is funded by an NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research grant that will integrate a large number of collected specimens into the fossil mammal collection. The postdoctoral researcher will take the lead in unpacking, organizing, accessioning and cataloging the material in the collection, and physically integrating it into the fossil mammal collection. She or he will also oversee associated inventorying, re-padding, relabeling, and rehousing of the nonmammalian synapsid collection, and will supervise undergraduate interns working on the project.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and experience in collections-based paleontological research. Familiarity with the taxonomy and diversity of Eocene mammals from the western interior of North America, and Eocene stratigraphy and biostratigraphy in Wyoming are strongly desired. Prior experience with collections management and the design and use of relational databases are desirable, but not required. The planned start date for the position is August 5, 2013.
Closing date: None stated
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statment of research experience and objectives, a statement of collections experience, and the names of three recommendations, electronically, to Ken Angielczyk, firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE ADDED: 16/04/13 (still open 12/05/2013)
Oakland Museum of California
Salary: $42,696.00 (Annual)
Start date 1st July 2013
End date: 30th April 2014 (possibility for extension)
SUMMARY OF POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Curator, Natural Sciences directs and manages the presentation, acquisition, documentation, research, and
development of OMCA natural science content and collections through exhibitions, public programs, publications, and
online activities. The Curator serves as facilitator in engaging multiple communities in dynamic conversations and
explorations of content, linking California’s natural environment and biological sciences to the diversity and
complexities of the California experience.
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.
• 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
• Exercise leadership, the highest level of integrity, and professionalism in all aspects of work on behalf of
OMCA and service to the public;
• Contribute creative ideas and propose solutions to support a proactive work environment;
• Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and
openness to many perspectives;
• Work within guidelines for the prudent management of the OMCA annual budget and finances;
• Adhere to personnel policies and practices;
• Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement;
• Participate on and/or lead project teams as assigned;
,• Participate in conversations and education about museum practices, standards, and trends that contribute to a
21st century museum in service to the public.
Collections, Exhibition, and Program Development
• Research, document and develop collections and exhibit elements related to the natural sciences that reflect
California’s biodiversity and environmental issues;
• Develop creative approaches to using collections to support diverse types of visitor experiences, delivery
platforms, interdisciplinary strategies, and topics representative of multiple viewpoints and perspectives;
• Identify and secure touring exhibitions that meet OMCA’s mission and, when feasible, create additional
elements to deepen the California experience for visitors;
• Collaborate in the development and implementation of collections management systems, collection policies
and procedures, and conservation activities;
• Attend to the Museum’s policies, procedures, and professional standards regarding the acquisition,
documentation, care, and presentation of collections.
Research and Facilitation of Content
• Develop high quality scholarship and content for exhibits and programs that is timely, interdisciplinary, and
most representative of issues and trends in California and its relationship with the rest of the world past,
present and future;
• Develop and conduct activities for engaging the public in dynamic conversations and explorations of content
relevant to the California experience, both historical and contemporary through such formats as OMCA
advisory councils, community organizations, thought leaders and peers; and
• Collaborate with staff in developing strategies for, and producing, a seamless integration of content with
interpretation across diverse platforms such as exhibition text, web content, articles, public presentations, and
• Work collaboratively with outside museums and educational institutions, environmental organizations, state
and federal agencies, science advisors, and citizen science programs.
Project Management and Administration;
• Assist in project management for exhibitions and other activities;
• Direct projects and initiatives including the research, preparation, and administration of related budgets,
timelines, reports, and funding proposals and applications;
• Develop, negotiate, and monitor professional services contracts;
• Supervise and train volunteers, interns and temporary staff.
• California natural history, through biology, ecology, conservation, geography or a closely related field
supported by principles and practices of scholarship research;
• Science outreach to visitors and local communities using exhibits, public programs, educational opportunities,
citizen science projects, in-the-fields of learning, internet & publications.
• Collection development and management of specimens or materials related to natural sciences, including
methods of selection, documentation, evaluation, preservation, exhibition, handling, and interpretation;
• Fundraising techniques, grant application procedures, and funding sources;
• Computer systems and applications;
• Museum ethics and standards for collections management and conservation;
• English, fluent in both spoken and written form; and,
• A secondary language, such as Spanish or Chinese, is desired.
Closing date: None stated
Further details are available online (opens as pdf).
Information about applying for this position is available online: www.museumca.org/employment-internships
DATE ADDED: 16/04/13 (still open 12/05/2013)
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas
Start date 1st July 2013
The lead Paleontology and Earth science educator works to create and provide visiting students with exciting, engaging, standards aligned programs that are consistent with the Museum’s mission. This lead educator: a)serves as the primary resource for Paleontology and Earth science content for the Programs Department, b) works in conjunction with the Paleontology department the quality control for the museum’s Paleontology and Earth Science based programming, and c) acts as the museum’s public liaison to other Paleontology and Earth science-based institutions. This position also serves as the primary resource for non-education departments such as exhibits and marketing including: innovative program content in support of the museum’s exhibits, and media contact for Earth science related events. This position may serve as the media contact for paleontology related events as coordinated with the Paleontology department.
SCHOOL PROGRAMMING RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Serve as the primary oversight for all Paleontology and Earth science based school programs. Teach Paleontology and Earth science programs an average of three to four days/week. Presentation of programs is expected to be approximately 60% of the Lead Educator’s time; lead is also expected to teach summer camp and spring camp sessions for Public Programs.
- Coordinate the purchase and maintenance of all supplies used for Paleontology and Earth science based school programs happening onsite at the Museum. Includes shared management of monthly supply budget with other lead educators, under the oversight of the Director of School Programs.
- Train all part time educators on Paleontology and Earth science school programs. Work with Director of School programs and Outreach Manager to evaluate these instructors through direct teaching observation and other methods.
- Participate in program evaluation training and use the Museum’s evaluation plan to assess programs.
- Work with Outreach Manager and as needed Collections Department to maintain the Paleontology and Earth science teaching collection.
- Create new and innovative Paleontology and Earth science programs that fit with the Museum’s school programs; public programs; exhibits, both permanent and temporary, using the Museum’s program development process.
- Stay current with content, events and state and national standards as they relate to Paleontology and Earth science.
- Create and deliver one Paleontology and Earth science based teacher workshop per year.
- Work with marketing department to serve as a media liaison for Paleontology and Earth science related events.
- Attend Sales Department, school or public programs related promotional events to serve as Museum representative as needed.
- Assist in the general workload of the Programs Division to accomplish all short and long-term goals; this will, on occasion, include weekends and evenings.
OTHER PROGRAMMING RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Train docents in conjunction with the Volunteer Department and the Director of Public Programs to lead gallery experiences in the Dynamic Earth Hall, Tom Hunt Energy Hall, Gems and Minerals Hall, and the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall.
- Work with Director of Public Programs to develop innovative, new gallery experiences for Paleontology and Earth science halls.
- Fill in for part time floor staff as needed in Paleontology and Earth science galleries.
- Work at least 3 after hours or weekend Public Programs per year. May include the development of new programs or activities.
- Develop and maintain relationships with partner organizations in the Paleontology and Earth sciences to enhance Public, and other, programs and events.
- Serve as Paleontology and Earth science resource to Exhibits Department for creation of new exhibit content as needed.
These duties are performed to satisfaction when the employee recognizes the importance of
new, additional or periodic assignments as needed.
Performs additional duties as directed and asks questins or claification when needed. Takes on additional responsibilites and works in a positive manner with other members of Perot Museum.
• Degree in Paleontology, Archaeology, or Earth science field (e.g.: geology or geophysics) required. Master’s degree in Paleontology, Archaeology or Earth science is preferred.
• 2-3 years of experience working in the field of non-formal education required e.g., science museum, zoo, aquarium, nature center; Experience writing curriculum preferred.
• Professional connections in the area of Paleontology and Earth science e.g., paleo. societies, gem and mineral clubs; Demonstrated ability to create and sustain long-term partnerships.
• Passionate interest and proven success in communicating Paleontology and Earth science content to all ages through various programming types.
• Understanding of informal science teaching methods and practices that have the greatest impact on school and public audiences.
• Demonstrated project management experience that involved short- and long-term outcomes, assessment, and multiple staff.
• Experience creating and/or managing a budget of at least $50,000 .
• Must be positive and energetic with the ability to work in a collaborative group that strives to find creative ways of communicating science to the public.
• Excellent customer service skills. Must be an effective communicator skilled at working with diverse audiences.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, experience with event registration software a plus.
• The physical demands 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 regularly required to stand; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
Closing date: None Stated
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