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NewDATE ADDED: 25/08/2014

The Smithsonian Institution

Museum Technician, Geology

Salary: $42,631.00 to $55,421.00 / Per Year

Job Announcement Number:14R-JW-299672A-NMNH

Full time

2 positions available

Contract: 1 year

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

Source: USA Jobs

This position is located in the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in the Preparation Laboratory in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology. The purpose of the position is to facilitate the de-installation, the conservation, and the remounting of the fossil specimens on exhibit as part of the Paleontology Halls renovation.


1. Rehousing for Collections: Use of proper and accepted housing materials and techniques to create the safest storage environment for each element before it is permanently placed into the research collections.

2. Specimen De-installation and Staging: Proper and careful removal of fossil specimens from exhibit, including vertebrate mounts, and invertebrate and paleobotanical specimens. Initial stabilization needed to stage the exhibit specimens as they come off exhibit, as they are moved to any secondary storage areas, and as they are moved into work areas for dismantling, conservation, and remounting.

3. Dismantling and Conservation: Careful dismantling of exhibit vertebrate mounts, using proper tools and techniques, in the course of the overall conservation of their bones.

4. Outreach: Interacting with a diversity of individuals and groups including visitors, volunteers, amateur paleontologists, students and colleagues from this and other institutions. This may include locating particular specimens or collections for visiting researchers, and overseeing the actions of film crews, etc. in the exhibit area.

Closing date: 29th August 2014

Further information and application online

DATE ADDED: 03/08/2014

NDIC Department of Mineral Resources-North Dakota Geological Survey, Bismarck, North Dakota


Position number: 405-4964

Job ID 3001239

Salary:  $5,625 – $7,083/month plus benefits including fully paid family health insurance

Full time

Source: Paleonet

Successful applicant will responsible for: the performance of the duties of the North Dakota State Paleontologist including the management of the Johnsrud Paleontological Laboratory and curation of the North Dakota State Fossil Collection at the North Dakota Heritage Center;  the management of the North Dakota Geological Survey paleontological resources regulatory program and supervision of paleontology staff during office, lab, and field work;  responding to public inquiries regarding paleontology in the state and acting in an advisory capacity to other governmental entities regarding paleontological resources in North Dakota;  the management of the review, approval, and issuing of paleontological collection permits within the state and supervision of the NDGS public fossil digs program; and, the creation and development of paleontological exhibits for the North Dakota Heritage Center and other public areas across the state.

Minimum qualifications will include:

  • a Doctoral degree in paleontology (preferred) or a Master’s degree in paleontology
  • ten years of related experience
  • experience managing personnel and volunteers on field paleontological investigations and fossil dig
  • experience in curating fossil collections and managing paleontological laboratory resources
  • effective verbal and written communication skills are essential as evidenced through a continuous and comprehensive paleontological publication and presentation record
  • applicant must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications will include:

  • a strong background in the conduct of geologic and paleontological public outreach programs
  • a background in the paleontology of Cenozoic vertebrates in the upper Midwest and Mesozoic and Paleozoic invertebrates
  • experience conducting paleontological assessments and managing paleontological resources on government lands
  • experience creating and developing paleontological exhibits for the public
  • extensive knowledge of the geology and paleontology of North Dakota and its context within the regional geologic setting
  • experience acting in a paleontological advisory capacity to state and federal agencies
  • computer experience with working knowledge of; Excel, Outlook, Word, Access, and other applicable programs.

Closing date: 15th September 2014

Further information online

Apply by submitting qualifications online through the nd.gov recruiting solutions system

Include, as attachments, a cover letter and resume, official college transcripts, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references (faculty as well as past or present work supervisors).
The Department of Mineral Resources-North Dakota Geological Survey staff will score applications against the minimum qualifications and preferences listed on the job announcement and qualifying military service. After the scoring is completed, a certified list of eligible candidates and the applications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview, based on the final scores.

DATE ADDED: 14/07/2014

Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) of the University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral Scholar – Vertebrate Paleontology Research and Curation

1 year

Full time

Starting November 2014

Annual salary range: $42,000-$49,128 depending on experience.

Source: Paleonet

The Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) of the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a one-year full-time Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee appointment, renewable for a second year. The candidate will work with curators and other museum staff on a new initiative from the Doris O. and Samuel P. Welles Fund that links curation of the Museum’s world-class vertebrate fossil collections with cutting-edge research questions. The position will be approximately 50% curation, 50% research, and offers a competitive salary plus benefits. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, and the position can begin as soon after that as a successful applicant is identified, with an anticipated start date of November, 2014.

The candidate, upon consultation with Museum personnel, will identify an important paleontological research problem or problems that can be largely addressed in a two-year time frame using the Museum’s fossil vertebrate collections, and carry out this research program while curating associated specimens and mobilizing these data into appropriate online databases. Collaborative research, discussion, and presentation of results in collaboration with members of the UCMP community are expected. Some funds for research expenses and travel are possible. Start date is negotiable within limits, by arrangement with the Director.

Minimum/Basic Qualification Required:
The minimum application requirement is the completion of all doctoral degree requirements except the dissertation or equivalent in the biological, earth sciences, or similar field, with an emphasis on specimen-based paleontological and paleobiological questions.

Additional Required Qualifications:
• PhD or equivalent foreign degree required by start date
• Applicants must have no more than three years of research experience since receipt of PhD at the start of the appointment, and must never have held a formal professorial appointment
• Demonstrated curatorial experience, and taxonomic expertise relevant to the project
• Research interests that are appropriate to the UCMP vertebrate fossil collections
• Explicit plan to collaborate with existing members of the UCMP community
• Demonstrated ability to publish in English-language peer-reviewed journals
• An explicit proposal, detailed in the application, of your research question(s) and how you plan to use and curate specific parts of the UCMP collection to this end

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be able to complete the following:
(1) mobilize large amounts of UCMP data (i.e., specimen records and images) as part of the proposed research as well as the curatorial work
(2) incorporate several taxonomic groups and time scales into the research and curatorial work; (3) develop new data sets and methods for their study
(4) involve undergraduates and contribute to outreach components (blogs, online images, etc.); (5) focus on a substantial part of the UCMP fossil vertebrate collections important to a fundamental research questions

Closing date: 1st October

Details online

Please provide contact information for 3 experts who can provide letters of reference. Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

Applications must be received by October 1st, 2014. If you have any difficulties uploading your application or any questions, please e-mail azin.gervin@berkeley.edu.


NewDATE ADDED: 25/08/2014

The University of Michigan, Museum of Paleontology & Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tenure-track faculty candidate in the field of Paleontology

Expected start date: 1 September 2015

University-year appointment

Source: nature jobs

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 Paleontology.

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: 31 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
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/earth, respectively.

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: Michigan-paleosearch@umich.edu.

DATE ADDED: 14/07/2014

Illinois State Geological Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Director of the Illinois State Geological Survey (State Geologist)

Regular full-time academic professional position

Starting date is negotiable

Salary is commensurate with experience

Source: Paleonet

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 lwalston@illinois.edu

DATE ADDED: 10/08/2014

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Assistant Curator, Paleontology

Position #00089

Minimum Starting Pay:  $42,000-$44,000

Start date: 1st July 2015

Source: Global Museum Jobs

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: 10/08/2014 (still open 25/08/2014)

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Curatorial Associate, Vertebrate Paleontology

Auto req ID: 32924BR

Source: Harvard University Jobs

In conjunction with the Director, Collections Operations and the Faculty Curator, the Curatorial Associate (CA) will determine short- and long-term collection priorities. Assists with development of policies and processes conforming to best practice standards for the long term preservation and conservation of specimens within the collections in accordance with and as defined by natural history museum associations (e.g., Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, The American Alliance of Museums). Supervises the daily curatorial activities of the curatorial staff assigned to the collections, temporary staff and students. The CA also oversees the activities of academic and non-academic visitors, researchers and students using the collections. Management responsibilities include building and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; and ensuring compliance with Harvard-wide, FAS and MCZ policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Is responsible for managing the curation of existing and new collections.
Oversees and processes all incoming/outgoing loans of specimens, including
proper documentation for import/export permits. Identifies new acquisitions
through fieldwork, donations, etc and oversees the proper accessioning with the appropriate documents, including capture in the database and maintenance of departmental accession files. Provides oversight and is responsible for the accurate input, data enhancement and updating of computerized specimen database. Prepares and monitors departmental budgets, and orders collection-related supplies necessary for the overall activities of the collections. Consults on the development of work/research areas and collection housing space within the collections spaces for specimens. May assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement. Participates in museum-wide initiatives and collaborative projects, including with other MCZ collections. Assists the public with questions.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s Degree required in paleontology, geology or biology; with an emphasis in vertebrate paleontology and/or natural history museum studies with experience in handling specimens highly desirable. At least 7+ years of curatorial experience in a paleontology collection (or equivalent); knowledge of vertebrate systematics; 3-5 years of supervisory experience.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and organizational skills; excellent computer skills, including database management. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, as well as the ability to both work independently and in a busy team environment.

Closing date: None stated

Please apply online

Additional information

When applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter).

Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this staff position.

DATE ADDED: 03/08/2014 (still open 25/08/2014)

Milwaukee Public Museum

Geology Grant Project Assistant

A competitive pay is offered

Part time (19 or 19-24 hours per week)

Source: MPM Jobs


Post secondary education with background in paleontology. Some experience in collection management practices through apprenticeship or internship would be most desired.  


To fulfill the requirements for a 3-year IMLS grant to assist with the digitization of MPM's Silurian fossil collections. Work under the direction of the Geology Collections Manager on written and digital documentation of the collection. Will work with other staff on improved intellectual controls for the collection.

The Milwaukee Public Museum seeks an assertive, responsible, dependable, and highly organized grant project assistant to be a part of our collection improvement team on a limited-term part-time I basis (up to 19 or 19-24 hours per week).

Responsibilities include labeling/moving drawers in the paleontology collections, enhancement of catalogue data & record verification, digital imaging, processing digital image files, computer/data base work and specimen inventory.

Assistants will oversee project workload, and once fully trained perform most tasks independently, keeping the Geology Collections Manager informed of progress at all times.

Knowledge of computer applications is essential.  Experience in digital photography of objects is desired. A competitive pay is offered.

Closing date: None stated

Please apply online

DATE ADDED: 03/08/2014 (still open 25/08/2014)

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T)

Graduate Research Opportunity

1 year in the first instance

Stipend support and partial tuition remission

Source: Paleonet

Academic-year stipend support and partial tuition remission are available through the SDSM&T Museum of Geology for graduate students interested in pursuing conservation paleobiology research using invertebrates and/or microfauna focusing on Miocene – Recent coastal and marine ecosystems.

Opportunities to extend funding beyond the first academic year for up to 2.5 additional years may be provided based on student performance. In addition to research mentorship, the student will receive training in natural-history collections and archives digitization, and online and public floor museum exhibit development.

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at SDSM&T offers MS degree programs in Geology and Geological Engineering and in Paleontology, and a PhD in Geology and Geological Engineering.

Closing date: None stated

Interested candidates may contact Drs. Laurie Anderson (Laurie.Anderson@sdsmt.edu) or Christina Belanger (Christina.Belanger@sdsmt.edu) for additional information.


DATE ADDED: 02/07/2014 2014 (still open 25/08/2014)

Vertebrate Paleontology group at Oklahoma State University

Research Assistant Senior 1

Salary: $39,996-$45,000

Job ID: 10679

Source: Paleonet Jobs

We are hiring again at OSU-CHS in Tulsa!  Below please find the advertisement for a Research Assistant in the Vertebrate Paleontology group at Oklahoma State University.  We have a dynamic and growing program, and need help to support four research labs with varied (and fascinating) research foci.  Tulsa itself is a fun and lively place to live - cost of living is low, and there are many concerts, art shows, sporting events, and performances to attend.  There are trails for bicycling and running, many civic improvements in progress, and no, those F5 tornados haven't come anywhere near us.  If you know someone who might be interested but is not on the list, please forward the advertisement below!

The Vertebrate Paleontology laboratories in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at OSU's Center for Health Sciences seek a Research Assistant to conduct and facilitate academic research in support of four faculty members.  The work is varied and includes: running a volunteer program; training students and volunteers; managing laboratories; preparing specimens, including paleohistological specimens; and a significant public outreach component.

The Research Assistant must have strong osteological knowledge, with broad experience across Vertebrata.  Must be able to use petrographic and binocular dissecting microscopes.  Must be able to work independently in the laboratory and as part of a team, good communications skills are key.  Should be familiar with general lab safety practices, able to use power tools, and comfortable with chemical preparation, or be willing to learn.  If not already proficient with an SEM, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and specialized analysis software, then should be motivated to learn.  Prior experience in a vertebrate paleontology lab, collection, and/or museum is desirable.  Creativity and initiative are a must. There may be opportunities to assist with field work but it is not required.

Closing date: Open until filled

Must apply online: https://jobs.okstate.edu, job # 10679.

Further details online


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