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DATE ADDED: 19/07/2015

Tullie House Museum

Curator of Natural Sciences

Full time

Fixed term for 1 year

Salary: £25,440 - £27,123

Ref: TH058

Source: Museum jobs.com

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, experienced and highly organised individual who is passionate about the care, curation, learning potential and development of natural sciences collections to join the Collections & Programming team at Tullie House.

The postholder will lead on the development of the Natural Sciences Collection (which are subject to a current Designation application) in relation to engagement activities, acquisitions, collections care projects, research, exhibitions and collection displays. This will involve working in collaboration within the Trust and external organisations.

Candidates must have demonstrable knowledge and experience of Natural Sciences collections, developing engagement activity and exhibitions and liaison with internal and external stakeholders.

This role requires a degree in a relevant subject and a postgraduate qualification in museum/gallery studies and/or an AMA or equivalent experience. Knowledge of documentation systems and experience of working with volunteers will also be essential, as will excellent communication skills.

Closing date: 10th August 2015 (noon)

Further details online


NewDATE ADDED: 09/08/2015

Burke Museum, University of Washington

Burke Museum EPICC TCN Coordinator

Salary: 50% 0f $3017 - 4132 

Part Time

Fixed term: 4 years

Job Ref: 122247 

Source: SPNHC


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.

Our Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, has an outstanding opportunity for a  part-time, 50%, EPICC TCN Coordinator  (PRESERVATION & MUSEUM SPECIALIST 3).The Burke invites applications for a part-time position as a Burke Museum EPICC TCN Coordinator Funding for this position is for a 4-year period.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, located on the University of Washington campus is a repository for research collections and has substantial exhibit and K-16 outreach programs. Currently the paleontology division includes three curators, one full-time collections manager, one full-time fossil preparator, and more than 20 adjunct curators and research associates. Fossil collections at the Burke Museum are actively growing and include over three million specimens distributed in several sub disciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including pollen and photoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology.

Reporting to the Paleontology Collections Manager, the Burke Museum EPICC TCN Coordinator  is responsible for coordinating the Burke Museum’s segment of the NSF Digitization TCN:  Collaborative:  Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific. The EPICC TCN Coordinator is tasked with digitizing appropriate collections to increase availability of the collection to researchers and the public.

Basic Functions:
The successful candidate will be responsible with coordinating the digitization of fossil marine invertebrates. Specific responsibilities include:
•     Image capture and processing
•     Georeferencing
•     Pre-digitization curation and preparation
•     Complete data entry of collections
•     Schedule, train and supervise student and hourly employees
•     Create digital catalogues of selected collections
•     Provide written and oral reports related to grant implementation to Curator and Collections Manager
•     Manage work flow to meet grant and reporting deadlines    
A Bachelor's Degree related to assigned collection specialty AND two years of experience assisting with care and preservation of collections, with interpretation of collecting or with display design and execution OR equivalent education/experience. 

Additional Skill Requirements
•     B.S. in paleobiology or related discipline
•     Experience in collections management
•     Experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections    
•     M.S. in paleobiology or related discipline
•     Experience with photographic image capture and manipulation
•     Experience with GPS mapping and GIS technology
•     Experience with MySQL or related relational database systems
•     Familiarity with invertebrate fossils

Closing date: 18th August

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 28/07/2015

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Research Assistant, Vertebrate Palaeontology

Salary: £25,513 to £31,342 pa

Full Time

Fixed-term for 12 months

Job Ref: 55231

Source: jobs.ac.uk

"TERRA. 375 Million Years of the Diversification of Life on Land: Shifting the Paradigm?"

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

A research assistant position in vertebrate palaeontology is now available based within the research group of Dr Richard Butler, within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. The role would suit a recent graduate with a background in palaeontology or geology, who wishes to build experience and skills in palaeontological research.

The successful applicant will be employed for one year to work as part of a European Research Council-funded team focused on testing the spatial and temporal patterns and abiotic and biotic drivers of the diversification of terrestrial tetrapods over the Phanerozoic. The research assistant will be primarily focused on developing spatially and temporally comprehensive datasets of fossil vertebrate taxonomy and occurrences. They will need to conduct comprehensive literature searches to recover and extract from the scientific literature information on fossil vertebrate distribution, which they will then incorporate into the online Paleobiology Database. Some travel outside of Birmingham (e.g. to London) may be necessary to acquire key scientific literature. Opportunities may be available to attend relevant training courses and conferences, and to collaborate on research publications with other members of the research team.

The researcher will join a very active community of palaeobiologists and palaeoclimatologists, associated with a significant geological museum and collection (the Lapworth Museum of Geology), and will be part of the broader Geosystems research group of the School.

Closing date: 19th August

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 28/07/2015

Natural History Museum

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Forams


Fixed Term - 36 months

Salary: Up to £30,332 per annum (dependant on experience) plus benefits

Source: NHM Current vacancies

Brief Summary of Role

This NERC-funded project aims to test whether adaptive zones have been important in shaping macroevolution, by focusing on the clade with the most detailed fossil record – macroperforate planktonic foraminifera – over the last 23 million years.

This role involves three main tasks. First, existing IODP cores will be stitched together to provide continuous synthetic stratigraphic columns through the Neogene in each of two widely-separated subtropical gyres. Second, these columns will be sampled at regular intervals, with the foraminiferal community characterized by complete assemblage counts and 2-D morphometrics. Third, the resulting data will be analysed using community phylogenetic and phylogenetic comparative approaches to test a range of predictions, and the results written up for publication.

The post is based with Prof Andy Purvis at the Natural History Museum in London. Some training is available on foraminiferal systematics and R programming, but a reasonable baseline of knowledge is required.

Role competences:

If you wish to be considered for this role you will need to address all of the following competences in your ‘cover letter’:

1. PhD in micropaleontology, comparative biology or a similar discipline
2. Up to 3 years of postdoctoral experience
3. Micropaleontology:
- Considerable experience with planktonic foraminifera is essential
- Expertise in taxonomy of Neogene planktonic foraminifera is desirable
- Ability to rapidly and accurately identify specimens to species is highly desirable
- Experience of assemblage counts is desirable
- Experience mounting, imaging and measuring specimens is desirable
4. Statistical computing:
- Considerable experience with R is essential
- Experience of morphometrics is desirable
- Experience of community phylogenetics is desirable
- Experience of phylogenetic comparative analysis of trait evolution is desirable
- Experience of writing R functions and packages is desirable
5. Other:
- Sufficient knowledge of sedimentology, including preservation and dating, to design the synthetic stratigraphic columns is highly desirable
- Experience of writing publication-quality manuscripts is essential
- Experience with specimen-level databases or Scratchpads is highly desirable
- Experience of stable isotope geochemistry is desirable
- Experience of supervising Masters project students is desirable

Closing date: 23rd August (midnight)

Further details online

NewDATE ADDED: 09/08/2015

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Research Fellow, Vertebrate Palaeontology

Salary: £28,695 to £39,685 A year.

Full Time

Fixed-term for 12 months

Job Ref: 55233 

Source: jobs.ac.uk


A postdoctoral research position in the palaeogeography of late Permian to Jurassic fossil vertebrates is now available based within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The successful applicant will be employed for one year to work with Dr Richard Butler and Dr Martín Ezcurra, as well as external collaborators, as part of a Marie Curie funded research project examining faunal change on land in the crucial transition from the late Palaeozoic to the early Mesozoic. Specifically, the researcher will utilise a range of approaches to document and quantify the palaeobiogeographical patterns of terrestrial tetrapods such as archosaurs, parareptiles and synapsids through this interval, and test potential explanatory mechanisms, such as climate variation and continental fragmentation. The researcher will be expected to disseminate research results through one or more outstanding publications in leading journals, and through outreach activities. Funding will potentially be available to the researcher to cover research costs, such as relevant training courses and research and conference-related travel.

The researcher will join a very active community of palaeobiologists and palaeoclimatologists, associated with a significant geological museum and palaeontology collection (the Lapworth Museum of Geology), and will be part of the broader Geosystems research group of the School. 

Closing date: 24th August

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 19/07/2015 (still open 09/08/2015)

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator

Ref: 36448BR

Full time

Source: SPNHC jobs


Operates the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology preparation laboratory within the MCZ Paleontology Preparation Facility, providing preparation for the faculty curator. In order to foster the scientific and educational components of our preparation facility, the position will provide supervision and training of graduate students in the scientific techniques of fossil vertebrate preparation. Will serve as the primary contact for researchers and students to provide a high level of support for the collection and study of fossil vertebrates. Advises and assumes a major role in planning field expeditions, including bibliographic searches, preparation of materials/data for grant proposals, map and aerial photo surveys, and testing and purchase of field equipment. Assumes responsibility for geographical sectors and expeditionary personnel in the field, including supervision and training of graduate students in the specialized scientific techniques of collecting fossil vertebrates, with the clear ability to apply all basic and research skills necessary in providing leading care for all specimens. Authorizes purchases of VP laboratory supplies, especially those necessary to develop new techniques of preparation.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BSc or equivalent in geology with emphasis on vertebrate paleontology (anatomy and taxonomy).
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in vertebrate paleontology preparation.
  • Specialized technical skills required in preparation of fossil vertebrates, including microscopic dissection; sound knowledge of vertebrate skeletal anatomy, as well as fundamental concepts of stratigraphy, sedimentology and vertebrate evolution.
  • Experience conducting field work, including excavating, consolidating, collecting and documenting fossil discoveries.
  • Experience using manual and mechanical fossil preparation techniques, including use of air scribes, air abrasives, rock saws, etc.
  • Experience molding, casting, restoration, and conservation of fossils (including all related materials).

Additional Qualifications

MSc in a related discipline preferred. 5+ years of experience is preferred in vertebrate paleontology preparation.  Hands-on experience using acid preparation methods. Experience organizing the logistics of field expeditions, including permits and mapping. Familiarity with x-ray and CT scanning technology. Experience presenting preparation techniques at local and/or national conferences.   Competence with a wide range of mechanical devices is helpful.   Good organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of administrative duties. Member of a scientific society is preferred.

Closing date: open until filled

Further details and application online



DATE ADDED: 19/07/2015 (still open 09/08/2015)

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Assistant Curator (Palaeontology)

Full time

Source: CHIN Jobs

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is Canada's pre - eminent uni - disciplinary museum in the making, dedicated to the display, study, research, and collection of paleo - fauna and allied narrative drawn from the rich fossil heritage in northern Alberta.

Job Description:

Plan, organize and direct daily operations as they relate to fulfilling the paleontological needs of the museum, exhibit content development, visitor gallery tours, field tours; contribute to advancing the museum as a world class facility and as a centre of excellence for paleontology in Northwest Alberta; coordinate, develop and review projects and programs; implement education activities/programs as required by students and members of the general public; participate in developing communication strategies; prepare reports; write research grants, and as required, deliver presentations and other duties as assigned.

Scholarly communications and research dissemination, including print and non - print publications; Evaluation, documentation, or professional usage of material culture and fossil collections for research and communications; Multidisciplinary or team - based wo rking environments; Interpretive and interactive content development for traveling exhibits, education outreach and e - learning programs.


The ideal candidate is an exceptional scholar with a record of achievement in a museum/ academic envir onment, with peer recognized research, publications, exhibit development work and community engagement initiatives.

The candidate is a dedicated and creative team player who will work closely with the Curator/Professor , Education Coordinators, Docents and Volunteers.

The candidate will have superior inter - personal skills and a principled commitment to and understanding of public engagement.

The incumbent Assistant Curator will hold a Ph.D. and must be eligible for a Collection Permit under the Historic Resources Act.

The museum aspires to develop an on - going collaboration with the University of Alberta to evolve into a recognized satellite collection, repository and display institution. To that end, the Assistant Curator will work diligently to meet academic and other criteria necessary, in the best interests of both institutions.

Minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role with excellent written and oral communication skills.

Evidence of published work, continuing academic engagement, publications and in - depth knowledge of curatorial practices, museum work and proficiency with best practices in collections management, museum standards, visitor engagement, interpretive and creative content development.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details online

Please apply with resume and three references, to JCousins@dinomuseum.ca

DATE ADDED: 02/07/2015 (still open 09/08/2015)

Spokane Falls Community College, Washington

Dinosaur Paleontology Instructor

Ref: #00-00

Part time

Source: HigherEd Jobs

The Department of Life Sciences at Spokane Falls Community College invites applications for a part-time Adjunct Instructor to teach Dinosaur Paleontology one to three quarters per academic year. The candidate selected for the position will have access to our paleontological collection, which includes actual dinosaur bones and teeth, as well as invertebrate and plant fossils contemporary with the dinosaurs.


  • Prepares for and instructs paleontology classes through various instructional modalities.
  • Provides availability and accessibility to students for the purpose of academic consulting and support, in a manner appropriate to meet student's needs, through a combination of scheduled office hours, e-mail accessibility or other effective means of responsive and timely communication;
  • Communicates expectations and establishes clear criteria through appropriate instructional means, to include but not limited to developing course syllabi, handouts, and material supporting the instructional process; evaluates student progress and provides clear, timely feedback;
  • Complies with state and federal law applicable to professional duties and responsibilities; Follows established procedures in areas such as printing, turning in grades, bookstore orders, student financial aid requirements, safety and health issues and related administrative process.
  • Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform other duties as assigned.

COMPETENCIES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Required Competencies (Minimum Qualifications):

A Master's degree in paleontology, biology, zoology, or a closely related field with coursework in paleontology from an accredited institution.
A Bachelor of Science degree combined with teaching and relevant work experience (e.g., work in a museum) may also be considered.
Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals and objectives of CCS.
The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, community and technical college system.
A demonstrated understanding and value for the contributions that a diverse workforce can make to the success of the organization and the students we serve.


This is an adjunct (part-time) position. Compensation will be pro-rated according to the amount of workload assigned. CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice. Academic employees are represented by the Association of Higher Education (AHE), which is affiliated with NEA and WEA. Membership is optional.


Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the U.S. This is an absolute condition of employment. In addition, CCS maintains a drug free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and state-owned vehicles. CCS employees must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural and diverse work and educational environment. Requires Criminal background check. If using personal vehicle for travel, proof of driver's license and car insurance required.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details online


DATE ADDED: 21/02/2015 (still open 09/08/2015)

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

Bachelorís 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

Masterís 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: Open until filled

Further details and application online

DATE ADDED: 04/04/2015 (still open 09/08/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant, Vertebrate Paleontology

Reference 91860

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers


The Scientific Assistant, Paleontology will be responsible for the preparation of drawings, photographs and illustrations to assist curatorial research and advancement of the division's collections and research activities; this includes publications and talks; processing digital and other imaging data for illustration and research using commonly available software packages.

Will be responsible for working with museum students, postdoctoral fellows and other key staff on illustration and photographic techniques; other divisional duties as needed.

Required Qualifications

A college degree (BS, BA, BFA) or commensurate experience is required.
Training in art and/or experience in scientific illustration is preferred.
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.

Closing date: None stated

Further details and application online



DATE ADDED: 08/02/2015 (still open 09/08/2015)

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: None stated

Further details and application online


DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 09/08/2015)

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: None stated

Please apply online

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