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NewDATE ADDED: 02/05/2015

Natural History Museum

Touring Exhibitions Collections Coordinator


Salary: £26,823 per annum plus benefits

Contract: Permanent Appointment

Source: NHM Jobs

This is a new role to join a growing Touring Exhibitions section of the Museum’s International Engagement Department.

The Touring Exhibitions Collections Coordinator will oversee the planning and installation of the Natural History Museum’s collections at venues worldwide, as well as assisting with the formulation and execution of related touring exhibition procedures.

This role will include extensive global travel to hosting venues. Reporting into the Touring Exhibitions Operations Manager, the role holder will manage object loans to hosting venues by liaising with external stakeholders and service providers, as well as other sections of the Museum, such as Central Registry, Conservation, Content Production, Heads of Collections, Curatorial, and Security.

The successful candidate must be experienced in object handling and have excellent interpersonal skills. Strong organisational, forward planning and problem-solving skills are essential, as is a keen attention to detail.

Candidates must additionally have sound knowledge of international standards for museum collections, be proficient with computer software (such as Excel and File Maker Pro, with experience of KeEMu also desirable), and ideally have extensive experience working with collections on tour, including experience of packing, transportation and exhibition installation.

Closing date: 6th May midnight

Further details (pdf), please apply online

Interviews expected: 15th May 2015


NewDATE ADDED: 02/05/2015

Natural History Museum

Post-doctoral Research Assistant: BP Micropalaeontology Project


Salary: £28,188 - £30,332 per annum plus benefits

Contract: 23 month Fixed-Term Appointment

Source: NHM Jobs

The Natural History Museum is one of the world's leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

The Earth Sciences Department's vast collections of meteorites, rocks, minerals and fossils support our staff's unique expertise in natural resources, planetary geology and the evolution of life on Earth. Our researchers are tackling compelling challenges in earth science research, from the formation of the solar system and the evolution of life through deep time to the characterisation of new mineral species.

The Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) will be joining the BP PalaeoGIS team based in the Micropalaeontology Unit and will provide foraminiferal expertise to help deliver the project to completion. With over a thousand northwest European well run and outcrop sequences held within the former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection, the role holder will have a substantial archive available to them in order to develop palaeoenvironmental reconstructions of the region during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. The PDRA will work closely with the project managers and fellow micropalaeontologists (particularly palynologists) in order to ensure the aims and objectives required for the delivery of this project are achieved by the time the position concludes.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in foraminiferal analyses, including a PhD that includes the study of this micropalaeontological group. You will have particular interest and experience in benthic foraminifera, ideally also with expertise in planktonic foraminifera. Existing knowledge and experience of northwest European Mesozoic/Cenozoic foraminifera would be of great advantage, as would knowledge of industrial biostratigraphic practices. Alongside these, you will also have a keen eye for detail, with an ability to work on multiple projects whilst being able to work to strict project deadlines. Experience in database development and GIS will be particularly beneficial, as will self-motivation and self-discipline.

This role will contribute to the Natural History Museum's BP NW Europe PalaeoGIS Project. The project is designed to undertake a thorough taxonomic, stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental reappraisal of the former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection, with specific focus on the material associated with northwest Europe.

The Post-doctoral Research Assistant will contribute to the successful completion of the project by undertaking analysis and research into multiple northwest European Mesozoic/Cenozoic well run and outcrop sequences, housed at the Natural History Museum, London.

The role holder will be responsible for leading research into the analysis of foraminifera assemblages (both benthic and planktonic), which in turn will be used to update the existing interpretations of the well and outcrop material. Such information will then be used in order to provide palaeoenvironmental interpretations for the northwest European region in-line with the project scope.

Role Competences (requirements)

1. PhD (or equivalent qualification) with specialist experience in micropalaeontology (foraminifera)

2. Taxonomy and systematics of foraminifera (particularly expertise expected in Mesozoic/Cenozoic)

3. Expertise in biostratigraphy and stratigraphic analysis

4. An understanding of, and desirably experience in, commercial micropalaeontology

5. Be familiar with up-to-date literature relating to foraminifera in palaeoenvironmental analysis

6. Experience in database design and development

7. The proven ability to undertake education and training activities, including teaching and presentations

8. Well organised with effective time management skills and the ability to successfully undertake multiple tasks through to completion

9. Demonstrable excellence in peer reviewed report/paper writing and oral presentations

Main tasks and responsibilities (job description)

- Undertake the analysis and taxonomic appraisal of foraminifera assemblages from a selection of northwest European well run and outcrops, spanning the Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras

- Contribute effectively to the development and application of a standardised palaeoenvironmental methodology

- Undertake in-depth reviews of academic and commercial literature associated with micropalaeontological diversity within the northwest European region

- Work with in-house and external micropalaeontology experts to assimilate palaeoenvironmental evidence obtained from multiple sources (especially palynology)

Closing date: 20th May midnight

Further Details (pdf), please apply online

Interviews expected: Thursday 18 or Friday 19 June 2015



DATE ADDED: 03/04/2015 (still open 02/05/2015)

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Preparation Facility Manager for Vertebrate Paleontology

Ref: 35233BR

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. Supervises the training of graduate students in the techniques of fossil vertebrate preparation. 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 techniques of collecting fossil vertebrates.  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: None stated

Further details and application online



DATE ADDED: 04/04/2015 (still open 02/05/2015)

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: 21/02/2015 (still open 25/04/2015)

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: 21/02/2015 (still open 25/04/2015)

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Paleontology and Geology Collections Manager

Salary based on experience

Ref: 117165

Source: UW Employment

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.

The Burke Museum currently has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Paleontology and Geology Collections Manager. Fossil collections at the Burke Museum are actively growing and include over three million specimens distributed in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology.  A smaller collection of minerals and meteorites is also part of the divisional holdings.  Currently, the fossil collections are managed by three half-time faculty curators and only one Collections Manager. The volume of the collection exceeds proportionally the number of individuals tasked with managing both the specimens and the accompanying digital resources.

This position must support diverse paleontogy collections, to include vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, malacology, and geology, on and off-site. Each collection must be managed appropriately, and each set of data is housed in a different database file. There is much work to be done to bring all of the collections under the appropriate level of care and organization, as the use of the collections for research is determined by their accessibility both digitally and tangibly


  • Masters Degree in Paleobiology or related field
  • Four to five years related work experience
  • Proficient experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections


  • PhD in Paleobiology or related field
  • Experience with GPS mapping and GIS technology
  • Experience with MySQL or related relational database systems
  • Experience writing funded grant proposals

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details and application online

DATE ADDED: 08/02/2015 (still open 02/05/2015)

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: Open until filled

Further details and application online


DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 25/04/2015)

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 02/05/2015)

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: Open until filled

Please apply online

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