GCG Logo

 
HomeProjectsNewsMeetingsPublicationsCollectionsResourcesCommitteeJoinFollow
 

Home > News > Jobs / News Archive / SSN

Please note: this list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Please help us to keep this page up to date by sending information about new vacancies to the webmaster

DATE ADDED: 1/11/2014

Denver Museum of Science and Nature

Preparator (Earth Sciences)

Job Code: 94

Preferable start date: early 2015

Source: DMNS Jobs

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) invites applications for a Preparator in the Department of Earth Sciences to support and manage the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory (ES Lab). The ES Lab is an integral part of the museum’s Prehistoric Journey exhibit and supports the research, curation, and outreach efforts of the DMNS and staff.

The Department of Earth Sciences (DES) is an outwardly focused and collegial team of researchers with a strong regional focus and expertise in paleontology and geology. The DES paleontology program is among the leading field and lab-based programs in the world with active, long-term projects across the Rocky Mountain west.  The department currently includes four curators, a chief preparator, a collections manager, an assistant collections manager, an office manager, grant-funded curatorial assistants, and about 300 volunteers who engage in research, collections, preparation, fieldwork, and outreach.

The successful candidate will ideally have experience working with a large volunteer program in the areas of (1) fossil preparation (vertebrate, invertebrate, and paleobotany), (2) paleontological fieldwork, and (3) molding and casting. A significant portion of the position requires that this person provide technical expertise on aspects of specimen preparation at the highest professional standards based on the research direction of DES curators. The Preparator will conduct outreach by training and supervising a large volunteer corps in both preparation and molding and casting techniques while also developing, fostering, and maintaining outreach with the public via the articulation of the ES Lab with the Prehistoric Journey exhibit.

DMNS has strong local public support, a new state-of-the-art collections storage facility, and is strategically located at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. As a result, fieldwork will comprise up to 25% of the position. Fieldwork will be primarily in support of field-based research programs focused on the paleontology, paleoenvironments, paleoclimatology, and geology of the Rocky Mountain region. However, DMNS curators also have international fieldwork programs that this position will likely be asked to support. Fieldwork at the DMNS is heavily supported by volunteers. As a result, hands-on training of field techniques and supervision of volunteers in the field, while also developing, fostering, and maintaining an active core of field-trained volunteers, will be required.

The Preparator will be responsible for working with the Chief Preparator on day-to-day operations of the laboratory spaces including ES Lab inventory and budget; training, management, and safety of ES Lab volunteers; and organization and participation in ES fieldwork. Some weekend and night hours are required.

At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in the geological, paleontological, biological, or related sciences is required though preference may be given to candidates who possess graduate level degrees or equivalent experience. Successful candidates will also have experience in specimen preparation and/or specimen molding and casting.  While ideal candidates will have experience in all fields of fossil preparation and in geological techniques such as thin section and rock preparation, future training is possible for special techniques in which the candidate is deficient. Candidates must also be highly organized and have experience with, or willingness to learn, management of budgets and personnel. Previous museum experience preferred. The starting date for this position is flexible but ideally we’d like candidates who can start in early 2015.

Closing date: 20th November 2014

Application Instructions online

DATE ADDED: 1/11/2014

Denver Museum of Science and Nature

Vertebrate Paleontology Curatorial Assistant

Job Code: 487

2 year position starting January 2015

Source: DMNS Jobs

Description: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) seeks a curatorial assistant in the Department of Earth Sciences to organize its extensive collection of North American vertebrate fossils as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to rehouse and digitize collections. Successful candidates will have experience in vertebrate fossil research and identification, strong organizational skills, and a willingness to regularly engage the general public in collections-based outreach.

DMNS is an exciting place to work, with a large, highly-trained Earth Sciences staff and volunteer corps. The museum has outstanding conservation, volunteer management, and collections staff along with a new, state-of-the-art collections facility with excess storage. The vertebrate paleontology collections are sizeable and are growing; their composition and history are described at http://www.dmns.org/science/collections/. The Department of Earth Sciences also has four curators, a fully staffed preparation laboratory that operates 364 days per year, a full-time collections manager, and over 300 volunteers who engage in science, collections, and outreach.

The Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for organizing, rehousing, and digitizing the non-federal vertebrate paleontology collections at DMNS, consisting of fossils from across the American west. Independent research skills and knowledge of Tertiary vertebrates, especially Pleistocene mammals, is desired. The successful candidate will also have strong interpersonal and management skills to oversee a large, collections-based volunteer group for the duration of the project. Previous experience with museum databases, especially KeMU and Argus, are desired. Day-to-day tasks will include specimen identification, labeling, photography, and rehousing; computer-based databasing and online data management; and volunteer training and management.

A MS is required at the start of the position and previous collections and/or research experience is strongly recommended. The position is for a two-year term beginning January 15, 2015.  

Closing date: 20th November 2014

Application Instructions online

NewDATE ADDED: 15/11/2014

Imperial College London

Rock Collection Administrator

Full time

Permanent

Salary: £25,880 to £28,610

Reference: EN20140349KC

Source: jobs.ac.uk

The Department of Earth Science and Engineering is looking to recruit a Rock Collection Administrator. This is an exciting opportunity for those looking to pursue a career in higher education at a top ranking university. The post provides the opportunity to support the Department’s provision of a first class customer service experience.  

The post-holder will be responsible for the administration and curation of the department’s rock collection and associated materials to support the teaching programme and will be responsible for co-ordinating the planning and logistics of undergraduate fieldwork courses.

The Rock Collection Administrator will report to the Academic Tutor and the hours of work will be 08.30 to 16.30.

You should have considerable knowledge of geology and have the excellent administration and organisational skills vital for this post, as well as flexibility and thoroughness.  Previous experience in higher education is desirable but not essential.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Dr Lorraine Craig, e-mail l.craig@imperial.ac.uk  tel. ++44 (0) 020 7594 6436

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact: Mrs Darakshan Khan via email: d.khan@imperial.ac.uk

This post will be based at the South Kensington Campus.

Closing date: 21st November 2014

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment. (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20140349FHXX. Further information is also available on the job description (.docx)

NewDATE ADDED: 15/11/2014

University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences

Teaching/General Laboratory Technician

Salary: £21,391-£24,775

Reference: LB04650

Source: email

The Department has a vacancy for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic technician to assist in the organisation and operation of our undergraduate teaching laboratories. The role involves working with academic staff and students, setting out experiments, maintenance of teaching equipment, and general support in relation to undergraduate practical classes, field trips and examinations. The successful applicant will report to the Principal Technician but will also interact with academic staff, other support staff and undergraduate and graduate students across the Department.

The successful candidate will have a good general education to A level/ONC level 3 preferably in scientific subjects; GCSEs in physical or biological sciences are required. The person appointed must play a full part as a member of the Department's team of support staff, covering for others where necessary, and will have excellent time management, organisational and communication skills. The role demands a conscientious, accurate and methodical approach and the ability to work to fixed deadlines along with basic IT skills and the ability to think clearly and quickly when working under pressure. Experience of working in a teaching classroom would be an advantage.

This post will involve occasional Saturdays during the exam period in May-June and the post holder may also be required to work on 1 or 2 bank holidays during this period but will receive additional payment for this time.

Closing date: 6th December 2014

Further details (pdf)and application instructions are available online: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/5377/

NewDATE ADDED: 15/11/2014

University of California, Riverside

Museum Scientist

Salary: $37,750.20 (based on 85% time or 34h per week)

Job number: 201410240121

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. 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. This position requires driving so one will need to have a valid California Driver's License and will be added to the University DMV pull list for validation. The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Minimum Requirements:

Master's degree in geology or paleontology
Minimum of 2 years experience in curation of earth science materials
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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in geology or paleontology.
A broad knowledge of geology, geography, geophysics, paleontology, and geology of California and the southwestern United States

Additional Information:

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #8 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2012-13). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 46th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2012-13). The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details

NewDATE ADDED: 15/11/2014

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

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

Preferred

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

Closing date: Open until filled

Application Instructions online

DATE ADDED: 07/10/2014 (still open 15/11/14)

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 15/11/14)

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

Useful websites:

University of Leicester Museum Studies Jobsdesk / Natural History Museum Current Vacancies / Museums Association: Find a job

 

Disclaimer

GCG does not accept responsibility for the content or accuracy of information provided on this page. GCG accepts no responsibility for loss or inconvenience through inaccuracy, omission or misunderstanding.

 

FacebookTwitterLinkedinFlickrGeological Curators' Group Geological Collections Applications blog

Site Map | Contact Webmaster | Last Updated: November 2014 | Registered Charity Number: 296050