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DATE ADDED: 20/10/2014
Natural History Museum
Vacancy reference: JJ/NHM/C
Salary: £23,780 per annum plus benefits
Source: personal communication
The Mineral and Planetary sciences division of the Earth Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum has a rare permanent opening for a new member of its internationally active curation team. The role is an opportunity for the correct candidate to build a solid career foundation at the NHM and become involved within the wider international geological heritage community. For an already keen mineralogist-geologist the post is an opportunity to work with one of the largest and most scientifically significant mineral collections in the world.
The mineral collections curator is responsible for undertaking everyday curation, documentation, movements and preservation of the NHM mineral collections. The curator will provide access and supervision to both visiting international and NHM based scientists and scholars. With the supervision and guidance of the Senior Curator, the post will help deliver specific parts of the NHM digitisation project and contribute to long term collections management and development goals. The new curator will be encouraged to familiarise themselves with both the mineral collection and the wider mineral kingdom as part of their scholarly development.
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 (or equivalent) in Earth Sciences/Geology or Cultural Heritage/Museum studies
2. Proven experience of working with and safely handling large numbers of natural history objects in collections. (Geological objects desirable)
3. A reasonable knowledge of geological terminology. (Mineral specifics/taxonomy desirable)
4. Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of object & collections relevant information.
5. Ability to identify basic mineral & petrological (rock) specimens.
6. Experience using spreadsheets and database software. (KeEMu desirable)
7. Demonstrable understanding of the importance of geological collections and enthusiastic desire to develop collections through information, data and objects.
8. Excellent communication skills with demonstrable experience of solving problems in a flexible and creative manner
9. Experience and desire to talk and present to both peers and the public.
10. Proven time and project management skills.
11. Ability to confidently follow complex instructions, methods and procedures.
12. Experience of at least one other wider museum activity – (conservation, loans, facilitating displays, facilitating research, public outreach events, social media, specimen acquisition)
Closing date: 30th October 2014
Further information and instructions for applicants are available online.
DATE ADDED: 07/10/2014
Centre for Earth & Space, The Royal Ontario Museum
Salary: $91,664 - $105,725 per annum
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is seeking a motivated individual for the new position of Managing Director, Centres for Earth & Space and Fossils & Evolution. The ROM’s eight Centres of Discovery act as accessible entry points to the encyclopaedic scope of the ROM. They make visible the research and collections activities taking place behind-the-scenes, build community and visitor affinity with a subject area, and ensure a dynamic and visitor-focussed experience.
The successful candidate is specifically charged with advancing the mandate of these two Centres, acting as a champion for the rich content associated with each Centre, and ensuring that the ROM’s public engagement is aligned with the Museum’s research and collections strengths while continuing to focus on the community’s needs and interests. This position reports directly to the Deputy Director, Engagement and responsibilities will include:
Managing/Implementing Centre programs, projects, exhibitions and partnerships:
Work with ROM curators and programmes staff to conceive, develop and implement innovative public engagement experiences based on ROM research and collections; work on cross-departmental teams to co-ordinate and deliver projects; contribute to museum-wide planning and advancement efforts; liaise with senior management and ROM Governors; monitor and report on Centre outcomes.
Planning Centre programs, projects, exhibitions and partnerships:
Work with ROM leadership to develop strategic plans for implementation of Centre objectives and collaborate with ROM Governors to develop and deliver the Centres’ philanthropic plans.
Networking and Capacity Building
ROM point of contact for the Centres for the general public, external partners, and internal stakeholders; develop external relationships and strategic partnerships; conceive and manage specific projects of mutual benefit with external partners; establish and work with external advisory committees; attend and contribute to conferences and meetings.
- Graduate degree in in Earth Sciences (Geology, Mineralogy or Meteoritics), Palaeontology or related fields;
- Minimum of six (6) years of experience in a museum, cultural or academic environment with at least four (4) years of progressively responsible management experience;
- Strong strategic planning skills;
- Demonstrated experience developing and managing large complex programs, projects, exhibitions and partnerships;
- Demonstrated ability to work with staff and volunteers across many internal teams, including: curatorial, programming, education, operations, marketing and communications, web and social media, philanthropy (ROM Governors), and volunteer teams;
- Knowledge of Earth Sciences methods and familiarity with peer-reviewed literature;
- Experience in the transfer of science content for use by the general public;
- Comfort and familiarity with technology, including experience with on-line mult-media and social media communication;
- Excellent communication and presentation skills.
- The ability to speak French would be an asset.
Closing date: 24th October 2014
Further details and application online
Applicants for the position should submit resumes by October 24, 2014 to: Mara Gunner, Human Resources Department, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6 or preferably: e-mail email@example.com – please quote file no. 2014-082-Managing Director, Centres for Earth & Space, Fossils & Evolution, in the subject line.
DATE ADDED: 25/08/2014
The University of Michigan, Museum of Paleontology & Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Expected start date: 1 September 2015
Seeking Tenure-Track Faculty Candidate
The Museum of Paleontology and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the
University of Michigan are searching for a tenure-track faculty candidate in the field of
This is a university year appointment with an expected start date of September 1,
2015. We anticipate an appointment at the assistant professor/assistant curator level, but
applications at other levels will be considered.
We seek applicants who have broad research and teaching interests within developing areas of
evolutionary or environmental paleobiology, including, but not restricted to, macroevolution,
interactions of developmental biology and evolution, extinction dynamics, paleoecology,
organismal paleobiology, and biotic responses to global change. The Museum and Department
will consider outstanding applicants in any of these areas. Taxonomic expertise is expected, but
the specific area is open.
The successful candidate is expected to establish a leading research program and contribute to
both undergraduate and graduate teaching. The appointment in the Museum of Paleontology
involves shared curatorial responsibility for a major research collection, now on the threshold of
significant enhancement of its online footprint. Applicants must have a PhD
Closing date: 31st October 2014
The application deadline is October 31, 2014 for full consideration, but applications will continue
to be reviewed until the position is filled.
Further information about the Museum of Paleontology and the Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences can be found at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/paleontology/ and
Please submit a CV, a statement of current and future
research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching
excellence, and names of at least four persons who can provide letters of recommendation.
To apply please
complete the online form, and upload the required application documents as a single PDF file. If
you have any questions or comments, please send an email message to: Michiganfirstname.lastname@example.org.
DATE ADDED: 14/07/2014
Illinois State Geological Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Regular full-time academic professional position
Starting date is negotiable
Salary is commensurate with experience
The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.
We are seeking an individual to serve as the chief executive officer and lead scientist for the ISGS, a person who will provide outstanding leadership, direction, and overall administration to:
- Develop, coordinate, and implement scientific research and service programs, public engagement activities, state-mandated functions, and professional services.
- Lead an ambitious research agenda for ISGS and ensure that sufficient funds are available to realize that agenda.
- Mentor staff in developing research programs and professional advancement.
- Encourage, foster and develop collaborative relationships within the University as well as with stakeholders in state, federal, and international agencies, other academic institutions, and the public.
- Execute the ISGS mission.
- Encourage and lead a strong commitment to diversity.
- Establish retention and recruiting priorities.
- Foster a culture of innovation and high level of performance at both the individual and organizational level.
- Encourage and commit resources to support lifelong learning at all levels.
- Foster a culture focused on awareness, scientific integrity, open communication, and safety.
- Serve as the Illinois State Geologist and represent the ISGS through professional affiliations.
- Collaborate with other State Geologists in the formulation of national earth science policies, programs, and related issues.
- Serve on national committees for science and public policy for the benefit of scientific organizations and the public.
- Direct and oversee the allocation and use of resources and facilities assigned to ISGS.
- Develop and interface with ISGS and PRI advisory committees, serve on University committees, and communicate with other offices or campus officials.
Advanced degree in an earth science discipline. Alternate degree fields may be considered depending on nature and depth of work experience as related to ISGS vision and priorities. Demonstrated successful research career and experience in research management, including science-related program development, science-team administration, and/or public service. An established leader demonstrated by success in an area of relevant research in a multidisciplinary research organization with a strong commitment to affirmative action and diversity. Must have a demonstrated high level of professional credibility and personal integrity; an outstanding record of research; obtaining sponsored funding from state, federal, or international agencies and/or the private sector; publishing results in peer-reviewed outlets; and communicating the importance of science to varied audiences. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated experience in interacting successfully with scientists, staff, business, public, and/or elected officials. Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address the challenges facing society related to the geosciences, including water, environmental, earth hazard, mineral resource, and/or energy issues.
Ph.D. A scholarly record appropriate for a national or international leader in her/his field, or significant other qualifications. Qualifications to be a licensed professional geologist in Illinois. Collaboration with multiple geoscience subdisciplines or other multidisciplinary scientific efforts. Participation in national or international professional or scientific organizations.
Ideal candidates will hold a doctoral degree and an academic track record appropriate for a tenured full professor at the University, or commensurately significant other qualifications in the field of earth science or related field.
This is a regular full-time academic professional position subject to the availability of continued funding and programmatic needs. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Closing date: 31st October 2014
Further details online.
Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.
To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board
For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at email@example.com
DATE ADDED: 10/08/2014
Virginia Museum of Natural History
Minimum Starting Pay: $42,000-$44,000
Start date: 1st July 2015
An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is now available. The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.
If you meet the qualifications for Assistant Curator – Paleontology, we invite you to apply to join our staff. The starting date for this position is July 1, 2015.
We seek a dynamic individual to conduct integrative, field- and collections-based research in paleontology. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support their research efforts. Area of specialization is open, but an active interest in extant museum collections (Cenozoic marine vertebrates and/or invertebrates, Triassic vertebrates and/or insects, paleobotany) is a plus. VMNH is located in Martinsville VA, close to an important Triassic lagerstätte (Solite Quarry). VMNH is also actively involved in the excavation of an important Miocene marine mammal location on the Coastal Plain.
The state-of-the-art fossil preparation lab has full-time technical support and an active core of trained volunteers. VMNH also maintains a range of sterographic and petrographic microscopes, modern collections databases and a research library. Additional facilities are available at Virginia Tech less than 2 hours away. Most curators maintain active adjunct faculty appointments at Virginia Tech. This allows, among other things, internet access to the Virginia Tech library.
General competence in field collection, preparation, care, and management of fossil collections is required, along with the ability to interface with outside scientists requesting access to the collections. Ph.D. in paleontology required.
Duties for this position also include interaction with other museum departments such as education, outreach, exhibits, and advancement. The ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences is an important qualification.
Closing date: 1st November 2014
The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov.
Only online applications are accepted. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and curatorial interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references. These documents may be attached to the online application.
Application review will begin 1 November 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
DATE ADDED: 07/10/2014
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Salary and title commensurate with experience
Start date: 1st July 2015
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks a Curator for its renowned late Pleistocene Rancho La Brea collections housed at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. The successful candidate will conduct collection-based research in evolutionary biology and paleoecology including systematics, biogeography, climate change, and biodiversity science. The NHM, the largest natural history museum in the western United States, has recently finished a dramatic transformation including new ground-breaking exhibitions and a wildlife garden. It anticipates completing a similar transformation at the Page Museum facility and adjacent La Brea Tar Pits during the next decade. The NHM¹s 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 record of outstanding research and publications as well as excellent communication skills, a talent for collaboration across disciplines and an innate ability to engage and enthuse the public and stakeholders through his/her work.
The Page Museum is the site museum for the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world¹s richest Ice Age fossil sites that has to date yielded an estimated 5 million specimens representing more than 600 species of animals and plants of Late Pleistocene age. These collections afford a huge potential for a broad array of research and public programs and are continuously growing through ongoing excavations.
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a dynamic, productive, and scientifically significant program of research to build a growing scientific and public profile, overseeing the development and curation of important collections, maintaining and strengthening the NHM¹s 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 have a Ph.D., a strong track record of published research, and experience in generating funding to support research.
- His/her demonstrated talent for successful public communications will enhance collaborations with non-scientists in the NHM's Education and Exhibits, Marketing and Communications and Advancement Departments.
- Experience in collections management would be an advantage, as would an interest in creative ways of engaging the public in research (e.g., citizen science).
- The Curator will be expected to develop an active and publically engaging research program, develop working relationships with local universities, mentor students and postdoctoral fellows, and maintain research through obtaining competitive grants and/or funding from other external sources
- The candidate must have the vision and capability to build a research program that can be integrated within the NHM¹s ongoing efforts to document and interpret biotic responses to environmental change.
- He/she will manage the collection's growth and undertake research in ways that increase both its scientific and public appeal.
- The ability to communicate effectively and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHM¹s various stakeholders is paramount.
- The successful candidate will be expected to help oversee staff and supervise the NHM's Rancho La Brea program including the collections and excavations
- He/she will actively participate in a broad range of museum activities, such as exhibits, education, outreach, training of educators, public communications including, but not limited to, media interactions, and fundraising.
- The successful candidate will be expected to play a key role in the ongoing transformation of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.
- The Curator will also be responsible for building productive ties with local universities, professional associations, educators, and other relevant organizations within the scientific and general community.
Closing date: 1st December 2014
Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and the full contact information of at least three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org, Page Museum Curatorial Search, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.
DATE ADDED: 07/10/2014
Dinosaur Institute, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM)
Salary and title commensurate with experience
Start date: 1st July 2015
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks a Curator (Assistant or Associate level) specializing in the study of non-avian dinosaurs to conduct collection-based research in evolutionary biology including taxonomy, systematics, ontogeny, functional morphology, and biogeography. The NHM, the largest natural history museum in the western United States, has recently finished a dramatic transformation including new ground-breaking exhibitions and a 3 ½ acre wildlife garden. The NHM’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 NHM holds important collections of non-avian dinosaurs and other Mesozoic tetrapods. These collections afford a huge potential for a broad array of research and public programs and are continuously growing through ongoing field efforts. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a dynamic, productive, and scientifically significant program of research to build a growing scientific and public profile, 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 have a record of outstanding research and publications as well as excellent communication skills, a talent for collaboration across disciplines and an innate ability to engage and enthuse the public and stakeholders through his/her work.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., a strong track record of published research, and experience in generating funding to support research.
His/her demonstrated talent for successful public communication will enhance collaborations with non-scientists in the NHM’s Education and Exhibits, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement Departments.
Experience in collections management would be an advantage, as would an interest in creative ways of engaging the public in research (e.g., citizen science).
The Curator will be expected to develop an active and publically engaging research program, develop working relationships with local universities, mentor students and postdoctoral fellows, and maintain research through obtaining competitive grants and/or funding from other external sources.
The candidate must have the vision and capability to build a research program that can be integrated within the NHM’s ongoing efforts to understand the evolution of dinosaurs. He/she will manage the collection’s growth and undertake research in ways that increase both its scientific and public appeal.
The ability to communicate effectively and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHM’s various stakeholders is paramount.
The successful candidate will be expected to help oversee staff and supervise the NHM’s dinosaur programs including collections and field efforts.
He/she will actively participate in a broad range of museum activities, such as exhibits, education, outreach, training of educators, public communications including, but not limited to, media interactions, and fundraising.
The Curator will also be responsible for building productive ties with local universities, professional associations, educators, and other relevant organizations within the scientific and general community
Closing date: 1st December
Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and the full contact information of at least three professional references to email@example.com, Dinosaur Institute Curatorial Search, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.
DATE ADDED: 20/10/2014
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Job Announcement: 1448
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered among the top 10 institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people.
Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. CMNH will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has currently launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.
CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum and its mission; exhibits strong project management and organizational skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working in an enthusiastic and fast paced environment.
The Collections Manager will assist the Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology by managing the operations of three main areas; fossil collection, preparation, and curation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
(Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with our without reasonable accommodation)
Under direction of the curator, prepares for, and conducts, local and remote site work. This will include: all logistics for field camp set up, the acquisition and transport to the site of all required equipment; fossil and data (maps, taphonomic data, photographs, videos, etc.) collection; and transportation of fossil vertebrates. Will include supervision of the field camp and related fossil localities in the absence of the curator, including the supervision of staff, student and volunteers. Will assist the curator in the preparation of grants, permits and reports relating to fossil collection. Will assist the curator in the collection of research data.
Under direction of the curator, manages all aspects of the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab and coordinates activities with other labs as required. Prepares fossils pertinent to the department's research. Also called on to occasionally prepare fossils for other reasons (exhibits, education, etc.). Will oversee and instruct other staff and volunteers in fossil identification, preparation, reassembly, cataloging and curation. Will actively recruit new volunteer preparators. Sees that the vertebrate lab is clean and orderly. Orders supplies required for the lab. Maintains lab equipment.
Curation and Cataloging
Under direction of the curator, sees that collected and prepared specimens are recorded in the vertebrate paleontology cataloging system, making sure they’re properly photographed, numbered, stored and protected. Has experience with GPS mapping and GIS technology, and can generate and maintain GIS maps and related databases. Maintains computer and hard copy files pertinent to vertebrate preparation, lab equipment, volunteers, collection status, etc. Provides curator with information for the monthly report. Will process loans. Assist visiting researchers to access collections within the departmental guidelines. Will assist in organizing outreach events using departmental collections.
Education and/or Experience
- M.Sc. in Earth or Biological Sciences, or related area, and related work experience in fossil collection and field camp management, preparation and curation.
- Ability to work independently and supervise crews in remote localities for extended periods of time.
- Ability to teach, direct and work with volunteers and students.
- Manual dexterity.
- Ability to use and repair all equipment pertaining to vertebrate preparation and/or fieldwork.
- Advanced knowledge of vertebrate anatomy, especially placoderms and archosaurs.
- Manage VP lab budget, including ordering supplies and equipment.
- Patience to complete sometimes tedious tasks.
- Ability to gather and use GPS and GIS data.
- Photo and videography skills.
- Ability to gather scientific data for research from specimens, including traveling to other institutions to examine specimens.
- Scientific writing ability with proficiency in Word, Photoshop, Illustrator and PowerPoint.
- Ability to talk to the public and make public presentations; organizing outreach events.
- Capability to devise special techniques for special situations.
- Certified wilderness first aid.
- Valid driver's license and passport.
Closing date: None stated
Further details online
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