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NewDATE ADDED: 08/02/2015

Natural History Museum



Salary: £28,188 per annum plus benefits

Full time

Fixed term until March 2018

Source: NHM jobs

The Department of Earth Sciences at the NHM is seeking a talented, energetic postdoctoral researcher to join our team of internationally recognised meteoritics and planetary science researchers. The suitably qualified PDRA will investigate the geochemistry, mineralogy/petrology and habitability of the Martian subsurface utilising the world-class Meteorite Collection, analytical infrastructure and expertise that the Museum offers.

The project will require analysis of Martian meteorite samples primarily using electron microscopy (e.g. TEM/SEM/EPMA) and x-ray tomography (e.g. micro- and nano-CT-scanning and synchrotron), including relevant sample preparation techniques. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable expertise in one or more of these techniques and experience in meteoritics. However, candidates with proven experience analysing relevant terrestrial igneous samples using similar techniques are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Meteoritics and Planetary Science team enthusiastically participates in education and public outreach activities at the NHM and throughout the UK. While the post is primarily a research position, science communication is considered an important and necessary aspect and opportunity associated with this role.

Main tasks

  • Acquire, manage and interpret data from X - ray micro - CT and electron microscope.
  • Use geochemical, mineralogical and structural information to interpret petrology and aqueous alteration
  • Present results at s cientific meetings at the NHM, nationally and internationally.
  • Lead , or contribute significantly to , the production of research papers reporting the science results in professional journals
  • Travel on occasion to external labs and conferences
  • Engage in publ ic outreach at the NHM

Closing date: 22 February 2015

Further details and application online


NewDATE ADDED: 21/02/2015

Queen Victoria Museum, City of Launceston, Tasmania

Collection Officer - Natural Sciences


Part time

Salary: $58,290 - $63,611 (pro-rata)

Ref: POS 0865

Source: Museums Australia Jobs

The City of Launceston, an award winning Employer of Choice, is currently seeking to fill the position of Collection Officer - Natural Sciences (POS0865).

This position is based in a city rich with built heritage, natural beauty and voted Australia's most 'family friendly' city because of an easy lifestyle with the benefits of being a large regional centre.

In this permanent part-time position (54 hrs per fortnight) working for Australia's largest regional museum, you will be responsible for: 

  • Maintaining and caring for the natural sciences collections of the Queen Victoria Museum 
  • Facilitating access for customers to Natural Science's physical objects and electronic data 
  • Contributing to the delivery of community engagement programs; educational activities, public and research queries, exhibition development and volunteer resources

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification, sound knowledge and understanding of museum collection procedures and specimen preparation techniques, and the ability to safely handle museum objects. You will have strong attention to detail, excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and customer service skills, and be competent using numerous computer applications.

To be effective in the position, you will also need demonstrated ability to coordinate and oversee visitors and volunteers, to work collaboratively, and ideally the ability to conduct research. A drivers' licence is required, and from 1 April 2015, current registration in Tasmania to work with children will also become essential.

Closing date: 6th March 2015 at 5pm

View the Position Description and Advert (pdf)

NewDATE ADDED: 21/02/2015

University of Alabama

Director of Museum Research and Collections

Ref: 498895

Full time

Salary: based on qualifications

Source: SPNHC jobs

Job Summary: 

The Director of Museum Research and Collections is responsible for facilitating and promoting the pursuit, discovery and dissemination of knowledge through museum-based research conducted by University faculty, curators, and students as well as outside researchers. The Director will provide oversight for the acquisition of objects for the UA Museums collections and for the management of the collections, including necessary and appropriate documentation, conservation, preservation, protection, preparation, research, exhibition, and interpretation of collections objects belonging to or in the temporary custody of UA Museums. 

Additional Department Summary: 

The Director will facilitate the activities of the UA Museums Council of Curators as the Chief Curator and will encourage collaborative research efforts and interdisciplinary grant proposals by Museum Curators. The Director is expected to develop and conduct research in his/her own academic discipline and secure external grant funds. Results of research/scholarly work should be published, disseminated in peer-reviewed journals, and/or presented at conferences or symposiums. .

The Director will serve as a Curator in a museum-related discipline such as paleontology, biology, geology, or archaeology.

The Director will supervise staff in carrying out collections care and management.  The Director is expected to remain current with regard to developments in the field including relevant state and federal statutes and professional ethical standards.

Required Minimum Qualifications: 

Doctorate in Biology, Geology, Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field and extensive experience in collections-based research and museum collections management. 

Additional Required Department Qualifications:

 Valid U.S. driver's license.  Must be at least 21 years of age and have an acceptable motor vehicle report as determined by the insurance carrier.

Skills and Knowledge:

Must have strong record of scholarly research and publication in high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals.  Must have knowledge and skills in collections management policies and procedures and collections database management. Must have good organizational skills to maintain collections data, loans, general inventory, condition reports, and conservation needs. Ability to organize and direct the work of others and train staff for program specific requirements

Closing date: 9th March 2015

Further details and application online

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references when applying.


NewDATE ADDED: 21/02/2015

University of Nebraska State Museum


Full time

Salary based on experience

Ref: S_150043

Source: SPNHC jobs

Vertebrate Paleontology Division at the University of Nebraska State Museum is seeking a qualified individual to perform work as a Preparator or Chief Preparator. The Preparator prepares, conserves, and replicates specimens in support of curator and museum research. Orders lab supplies, supervises and trains students and volunteers. May participate in Vertebrate Paleontology Division field research.

In addition to these duties, the Chief Preparator manages the vertebrate paleontology preparation laboratory, actively recruits students and volunteers to work in the laboratory, and attends professional meetings.

Compensation for the position will be determined at the time of the offer and will depend upon candidate qualifications and the level of the position.

Minimum required qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in the geosciences, biology, zoology, anthropology, museum studies, or related fields. At least two years of experience in the preparation, conservation, and replication (molding and casting) of vertebrate fossils is required. Knowledge of advanced fossil preparation, replication, and conservation techniques is essential. Experience must demonstrate the ability to prepare fossils ranging from delicate microvertebrates that require work under a microscope to large macro fossils. Must also have the ability to make high quality molds and casts of specimens ranging from microvertebrates to large skulls. A working knowledge of vertebrate anatomy is necessary. Background must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively. Must demonstrate the ability to work independently with a strong work ethic. Must have basic computer skills using word processing and spreadsheet software.

Preferred qualifications

Master’s degree preferred. Formal training in vertebrate paleontology with an emphasis on Cenozoic mammals and reptiles. Five years experience in the preparation, conservation, and replication (molding and casting) of vertebrate fossils, with experience supervising students and volunteers. Detailed knowledge of mammal and reptile anatomy is preferred.

Closing date: 9th March 2015

Further details and application online

DATE ADDED: 08/02/2015

Natural History Museum Vienna (Austria)

Post-Doctoral: designing a European extraterrestrial sample curation facility

2 years

Salary: EUR 3.546 per month

Source: personal communication

This 2-year Post-Doctoral position available at the Natural History Museum Vienna is part of the Horizon 2020 European Commission Research and Innovation programme, call COMPET-8-2014: "Science in context: sample curation facility and scientific exploitation of data from Mars missions".

The plan of EURO-CARES is to create a roadmap for the implementation of a European Extra-terrestrial Sample Curation Facility (ESCF).

Our aim is to improve European competitiveness in this field by road-mapping the required steps and highlighting areas in which new research and innovation are required in order to create a suitable European ESCF.

After a review of the current state of the art in extraterrestrial sample curation, a plan for terrestrial planetary protection will be developed. The current knowledge and the essential requirements for an ESCF to be built, including building infrastructure, procedures and protocols, security, environmental conditions, documentation and databasing, etc., will be studied and synthesized together with the most suitable instrumentation for sample analysis. Finally, we plan to review suitable portable receiving facilities and to determine the technology required in order to be able to transport samples (including those with a potential biohazard) following return to Earth most effectively.

To summarize, we are investigating the steps that need to be taken to ensure that any possible European ESCF will be suitable for the curation of the samples returned from Solar System exploration missions to the Moon, asteroids, comets, and Mars.
The selected candidate will be mainly co-leading a work package called "Facilities and Infrastructure" within this project, with the objective to define the state of the art facilities required to receive, contain and curate extra-terrestrial samples and guarantee terrestrial planetary protection. All the aspects, from the building design (including the construction, operation, security, etc.) to the storage of the samples (sample holder, monitoring, etc.) as well as the curation (sample handling, storage and database) will be considered. An important part of the selected candidate’s role will be to liaise with other members of the consortium and learn about the many different aspects of planning for the curation of samples return from space. This role provides a unique opportunity to work with world-leading experts from a variety of European countries.

Supervisor: Dr. Ludovic Ferrière (NHM Vienna), in collaboration with Dr. Caroline Smith (NHM London) and several other European colleagues that are involved in this project.
We are seeking a highly-motivated candidate who enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary team environment. The candidate should have a PhD (or be expected to graduate before assuming the position) in the fields of geological, biological or planetary sciences with a strong emphasis on analytical work. Good oral and written proficiency in English is required; knowledge of German is a bonus but not a requirement.

Closing date: 13th March 2015

View the advert here

NewDATE ADDED: 21/02/2015

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Paleontology and Geology Collections Manager

Salary based on experience

Ref: 117165

Source: UW Employment

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Burke Museum currently has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Paleontology and Geology Collections Manager. Fossil collections at the Burke Museum are actively growing and include over three million specimens distributed in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology.  A smaller collection of minerals and meteorites is also part of the divisional holdings.  Currently, the fossil collections are managed by three half-time faculty curators and only one Collections Manager. The volume of the collection exceeds proportionally the number of individuals tasked with managing both the specimens and the accompanying digital resources.

This position must support diverse paleontogy collections, to include vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, malacology, and geology, on and off-site. Each collection must be managed appropriately, and each set of data is housed in a different database file. There is much work to be done to bring all of the collections under the appropriate level of care and organization, as the use of the collections for research is determined by their accessibility both digitally and tangibly


  • Masters Degree in Paleobiology or related field
  • Four to five years related work experience
  • Proficient experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections


  • PhD in Paleobiology or related field
  • Experience with GPS mapping and GIS technology
  • Experience with MySQL or related relational database systems
  • Experience writing funded grant proposals

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details and application online

DATE ADDED: 27/01/2015

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Assistant/Associate Curator - Mineral Sciences

Salary commensurate with experience

Full time

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

Source: LA NHM careers

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

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

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

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

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

Closing date: 15th March 2015

Further details and application online

DATE ADDED: 08/02/2015 (still open 21/02/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant, Paleontology

Reference 91777

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

The Scientific Assistant will assist curatorial research and advancement of division's collections and research activities which includes:

- Prepare drawings, photographs and illustrations
- Process digital and other imaging data for illustration
- Works with museum students, postdoctoral fellows and key staff on illustration and photographic techniques.
- Other divisional duties as required.  

Required Qualifications

- BS, BF, BFA or commensurate is required,
- Outstanding hand-eye coordination
- Computer skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, Aperture, database/computer record-keeping and image file management, etc.)
- Digital photography and imaging skills, and rendering skills are required.
- Training in art and/or experience in scientific illustration is preferred.  

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details and application online


DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 21/02/2015)

University of California, Riverside

Museum Scientist

Salary: $44,412 - $71,472

Job number: 201411180601

Part time - 85% fte

Source: Inside Higher Ed

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

Minimum requirements

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

Closing date: Open until filled

Applications received before January 16, 2015 will receive preference.

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 27/01/2015 (still open 21/02/2015)

The Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, NY

Exhibit Developer

Temporary: 21 month contract

Full time

Source: PRI Jobs

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


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


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

Closing date: None stated

Further details online

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

DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 21/02/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Research Scientist

Reference: 91741

Full time

Source: AMNH Jobs

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

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

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

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

Required Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

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

Closing date: Open until filled

Please apply online

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