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DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 14/12/14)

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: 30/11/2014 (still open 14/12/14)

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Paleobotany and Paleoecology Postdoctoral Fellow

1 year positionn

Job Announcement Number: 1454

Source: CMNH Jobs

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Paleobotany and Paleoecology under the supervision of Dr. Denise Su, Curator of Paleobotany and Paleoecology.

The fellow will be responsible for dietary reconstructions of the fauna from a late Miocene site in China and should have research experience in techniques for dietary reconstructions, such as microwear and/or mesowear.

Preference will be given to candidates whose record shows knowledge of Asian Cenozoic faunas.

The fellow will be expected to participate in fieldwork; thus, travel to China will be necessary for at least one month during the postdoctoral fellowship.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Paleontology, Anthropology, Geology, Biology or a related field.

Closing date: Open until filled

Screening of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including the names and contact information for three references) and a research statement in a single PDF file to:
Human Resources, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, One Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Or email: hr@cmnh.org 

 

DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 14/12/14)

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

DATE ADDED: 07/10/2014 (still open 14/12/14)

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Curator, late Pleistocene Rancho La Brea collections

Salary and title commensurate with experience

Start date: 1st July 2015

Full time

Permanent

Source: NatureJobs.com

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: Open until filled

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and the full contact information of at least three professional references to thayden@nhm.org, Page Museum Curatorial Search, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.

Details online

DATE ADDED: 07/10/2014 (still open 14/12/14)

Dinosaur Institute, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM)

Curator (Assistant or Associate), Dinosaur Institute

Full time

Salary and title commensurate with experience

Start date: 1st July 2015

Source: NatureJobs.com

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.

Requirements

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: Open until filled

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and the full contact information of at least three professional references to thayden@nhm.org, Dinosaur Institute Curatorial Search, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.

Further details online

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