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DATE ADDED: 10/09/2015

National Museum Wales

Head of Research

Contract: 35 hours per week

Salary: £49,833.25 - £61,512.42 (pro rata)

Source: Leicester Museum Studies Jobs Desk

Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales has a strong track record of research
across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including history, archaeology, art
history, earth sciences, life sciences, conservation, collections management.

The Museum also has a growing research expertise at a national level in learning,
interpretation, public engagement and museology – an expertise that will also be vital
for delivering impact for future funding and partnerships. The Museum is recognised by
Research Councils UK as an Independent Research Organisation.

This new post is required in order to drive forward a coordinated and ambitious
programme of well-funded and impactful research across Amgueddfa Cymru and
ensure its success.

The Head of Research will work with senior staff in departments across the Museum
and with external funders and research partners to set research priorities defined by the
Museum’s Vision, ensuring that the Museum significantly increases its external funding,
with the aim of making research projects self-sufficient, and develops excellent research
that delivers the required outcomes for the Museum and the public.

The Museum has recently established a Research Advisory Committee of external
experts and Trustees, to support the Head of Research in developing the Museum’s
programme of research and to advise on strategy.

It has also created two new internal groups with representatives from different
departments – one to develop strategic partnerships with universities in Wales and
beyond and bids to UK Research Councils, the other to develop European bids.
Research is fundamental to everything the Museum does. The Museum now needs to
prioritise, enhance and develop its research, driven particularly by the need to develop
the focus on impact and evidence outcomes, and develop high-value projects with
funding from Research Councils, the European Union and other sources.

The Head of Research will ensure that all research supports the Museum’s priority
projects and services. The Museum has an ambition to develop a Research
Department with staff and resources for research projects, and a key role for the person
appointed will be to take this objective forward.

Closing date: 2nd October (5pm)

Further details online / download job description

NewDATE ADDED: 27/09/15

University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences

Teaching/General Laboratory Technician

Fixed term: 12 months

Salary: £21,391-£24,775 pa

Full Time

Ref: LB07118

Source: jobs.ac.uk

The Department has a vacancy for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic technician to assist in the organisation and operation of our undergraduate classes. 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 Teaching Support Manager 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.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Closing date: 7th October 2015

Further details online / download job specification

NewDATE ADDED: 27/09/15

University of Bristol

Collections and Practicals Manager

Fixed term: 9 months

Salary: £27,864 to £31,342

Full Time

Ref: SUPP101854

Source: jobs.ac.uk

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the Schools in the Faculty of Science, providing discipline-specific support for academics and students in the School of Earth Sciences.

Whilst the role requires maintenance and organisation of the School’s collections, displays and map library, your role will be teaching support focused providing a high level of support to the academic and student community in the delivery of practicals. We envisage the breakdown of these activities will be 70% teaching lab support and 30% collection maintenance.

You must be able to plan and prioritise a busy and varied workload often working to tight deadlines. You will be an articulate and confident individual with excellent communication skills. A strong user care orientation and commitment to service quality is also required. Experience of working with academics or in higher education would be advantageous.


  • To prepare laboratory classes by laying out and subsequently storing the minerals, rocks, thin-sections, fossils and maps as required by teaching staff and assist with the development of new teaching resources.
  • To maintain microscopes for use by staff and students; obtaining and storing spare parts ready for use.
  • To maintain and catalogue the Map Library and operate a system for the inspection and/or loan of maps to staff, students and outsiders.
  • To assist with the smooth running of the School’s in-house examinations.
  • To provide general AV maintenance support to School lecture rooms and teaching laboratories.
  • To maintain and organise the school's collections of rocks, minerals and fossils, to the standards laid down for a museum that is accredited under the national scheme operated by the Arts Council.  It will also involve advising on the disposal and/or dispersal of research materials (books, papers, specimens etc.) left behind by departing staff and research workers, and to organise their dispersal to appropriate repositories.
  • To respond to enquiries and requests for loans from the school collections; to advise academic staff and research workers on the suitability of the material for teaching or research; to arrange and dispatch loans, or to host visiting researchers, as appropriate, when enquiries are made from outside the school.  Book publishers and film companies frequently make requests to use specimens from the museum, or of images of them.  Execution of these requests requires negotiation with regard to use of facilities, copyright and fees.
  • To maintain an on-line catalogue and website for the museum and teaching collections; to train and supervise volunteer labour to enter data; to monitor entries with reference to specialist literature in order to ensure consistency and correctness of the records. To control access to the collections by staff and students, according to policy agreed with the Head of School, and to monitor loans.
  • In association with the Photographer/Graphical Designer to produce material for the numerous display cases around the school, using materials from the collections and researching the background to provide informative exhibits which support the teaching programmes of the school, enhance learning experience for students, and provide a "shop-window" for the school's research and teaching for visitors and prospective students.
  • To control a small recurrent budget for museum and displays, supplemented by any income generated from right to use illustrations of (or to film) museum specimens; to control any income from museum grants.

Closing date: 8th October 2015

Further details online / download job specification

NewDATE ADDED: 27/09/15

Natural History Museum, London

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant – CoG3

Fixed term: 24 months

Salary: £28,470 per annum

Full Time


Source: nhm careers

This is a postdoctoral research assistant position funded by NERC as part of the multi-institute and multi-disciplinary research consortium “CoG3: The geology, geometallurgy and geomicrobiology of cobalt resources leading to new product streams”.

The position is based in the Earth Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum, London and the work will be carried out in conjunction with similar research at the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton.

The research is focused upon the investigation of new sources of cobalt, providing detailed mineralogical, chemical and atomistic-scale characterization of natural Co-bearing concentrations that represent potential new sources of the element. These are both new resources and the extension of previously exploited orebodies. This comprehensive characterization will underpin the proposed research of other work packages within the consortium that are examining novel techniques for Co extraction, enrichment and processing in order to provide tailored materials as required by the end users of this critical E-tech element.

Of the four, targeted geological environments to be investigated, two have an oxide-dominated mineralogy and two are sulfide/chalcogenide dominated. A combination of state-of-the-art synthesis, imaging, spectroscopy, geochemistry and mineralogy approaches will be applied to deliver two key objectives: ·

To improve understanding of the residence of cobalt in reduced, sulfide-rich hydrothermal systems, to better characterise the often complex ore types and assess the differences in deportment between cobalt and other transition metals such as Ni and Cu.

To study the behaviour of cobalt in the Critical Zone and in seafloor oxide deposits in order to develop a fundamental understanding of the mineral residence at the atomic scale within natural assemblages and synthetic analogues. Analysis of the samples will involve a range of analytical tools available at the Natural History Museum, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (EPMA and ASEM), infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal analysis (TGA) and Laser Ablation ICPMS. High resolution chemical and chemical-state imaging, and atomic-scale characterization will be performed using synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy and microscopy methods (µXRF, µXANES, µXAFS, STXM) performed at Diamond Light Source.

There is potential for the successful candidate to become involved in international fieldwork and the in situ collection of new samples. The successful candidate will join a research team of 5 PhD students and 6 post-doctoral researchers working within the CoG3 consortium. This consortium is a cross-discipline group of scientists, consisting of 8 academic institutes and supported by industrial partners from the mining and mineral processing sectors, and by the Cobalt Development Institute.Additionally, the successful candidate will be a member of the NERC Security of Supply of Mineral Resources cohort of about 30-40 students and early stage researchers with integrated training and outreach opportunities.

Role competences:

  1. Completed or about to submit a PhD thesis in a relevant area of geoscience
  2. Expertise in mineral and/or chemical analysis of natural/synthetic materials
  3. Experience in microbeam characteristation techniques
  4. Proven track record of publications in international journals
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to influence and negotiate at all levels
  6. Good analytical skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to undertake methodical tasks to a high level of accuracy
  7. Effective use of information technology for data anaylsis and research activities, communication and presentations
  8. Ability to work in a research team
  9. Willing to fulfil departmental, consortium and outreach duties when required Online application process:

Main tasks

  • To improve understanding of the residence of cobalt in reduced, sulfide-rich hydrothermal systems and in oxidised cobalt ores in the critical zone of the earth's crust and seafloor oxide deposits.
  • To better characterise the often complex ore types and assess the differences in deportment between cobalt and other transition metals such as Ni and Cu.
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the mineral residence at the atomic scale within natural assemblages and synthetic analogues using synchrotron methods when required.
  • Collaborate in a research team within the cohort of 6-post docs and 5 PhD research students
  • Participate in consortium-wide technical meetings and workshops to disseminate research outputs
  • Undertake public outreach and schools activities to publicise research activities
  • Publish results of research activities in international journals

Closing date: 18th October 2015 (midnight)

Further details online / download job specification

NewDATE ADDED: 27/09/15

Sierra College Natural History Museum, Rocklin, California

Museum Director

Fixed term: 1 year term of 48 weeks or a 52 week year (possibility of renewal depending on funding)

Salary: $55,000.00 - $55,000.00 pa

Part time: maximum of 29 hours per week

Ref: 25055181

Source: AAM Careers


For most of the past 50 years the Sierra College Natural History Museum has been run as an all-volunteer organization. The Museum is now hiring a Director to aid in the development of an endowment fund to establish long-term funding for permanent staffing and towards a new facility. This Director will also be responsible for expanding connections with the community via public outreach. Institutional Information:

The Sierra College Natural History Museum was established in the early 1960s. Initially the Museum received funding from the state for its Community Services Program, which provided tours and lectures, put on community events and provided teacher training. In the 1970s this funding was cut with the passage of Proposition 13 and all staff were let go and the programs were eliminated. A group of volunteers worked to bring back some of those programs.

In 2009 the Museum decided to make a move towards accreditation. We have since completed 3 Museum Assessments through the American Alliance of Museums and are implementing their recommendations.

The primary recommendation of all of those Assessments has been that the Museum needs to hire a Director. An internal hire was brought on in this position to help the Museum to establish policy for a three-year term. The Museum is now ready to move into the next phase with a new Director with a greater focus on Development.

The Museum is a unit of Sierra College community college in Rocklin, California, Placer County and is home to over 12,000 specimens including vertebrate fossils, partial and whole animal mounts and an herbarium. The Museum also manages an on campus nature preserve. Information about the Museum can be found online.


  • Applicants must have at least a Bachelors of Science in an appropriate field.
  • Candidates for this position should have successful fundraising experience with either a museum or non-profit organization, have written successful grant applications and have experience with performing community outreach.

Job Specifications:

  • Conduct fundraising for the Sierra College Natural History Museum. These activities may include:identifying potential donors, soliciting for donations, hosting of donor events, maintenance of the Membership program for the Museum, identification and solicitation of sponsors for Museum events and/or displays, and any additional campaigns or items designed to build the endowment for the Museum.
  • IIdentify and apply for grants (one-time or sustainable) that can be used to build the endowment for the Museum, or that can be used to support current activities, allowing the Museum to redirect funds otherwise spent on these activities towards the endowment.
  • Represent the Museum in the community by giving presentations about the Museum to community groups and conducting radio, TV or other media interviews designed to promote the Museum.
  • Act as a liaison between the Sierra College Natural History Museum Committee, the Sierra College Natural History Museum Guild and the Sierra College Foundation.
  • Conduct at least three Community Events per year (including Dinosaur Day: Science Fest) in consultation with the Museum Committee.
  • Conduct at least one major donor event per year, in consultation with the Museum Committee and the Sierra College Foundation.
  • Report to the Sierra College Natural History Museum Steering Committee and the Sierra College Natural History Museum Committee the status of ongoing activities related to the items listed above.

Closing date: 23rd October 2015

Further details and application online

NewDATE ADDED: 27/09/15

Australian Museum , Sydney

Branch Head, Natural Sciences


Salary: $116,042 - $134,202

Full Time

Ref: 00003X01

Source: museums Australia jobs

About the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum operates within the NSW Department of Justice. The Museum provides access, engagement and scientific research to increase our understanding of natural history and culture, particularly of the Australasian region. The Australian Museum is the first museum in Australia; founded in 1827 its mission is to inspire exploration, understanding and care for our world. The Australian Museum is at an exciting time in its evolution with transformational development works underway and significant plans for the future expansion of the Museum.

About the role

This is a strategic leadership role that is responsible for leading and managing the Branch that represents, cares for and develops the Museum’s natural science collections, undertaking research on those collections and ensuring effective implementation of the Museum’s Science Strategy. The position reports to the Director Australian Museum Research Institute, Science and Learning.

Essential Requirements

As the successful candidate, you will demonstrate:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field of the natural sciences at the level of PhD or Masters.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in order to deliver the Key Accountabilities and perform to the Focus Capabilities outlined in the Role Description.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provides leadership in the natural sciences, through commitment to the Museum's vision and goals and translation of the Museum's agenda into operational plans and ensuring that own behaviour aligns with the Australian Museum’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures
  • Implements plans and strategies that influence internal staff, external stakeholders and organisations and effectively communicate objectives to staff and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates an excellent knowledge of standards, legislation, policies and procedures relevant to the role and uses judgement and complex analysis of organisational issues to reach a solution.
  • Communicates work requirements, delegates responsibility, seeks ideas and feedback from staff to encourage a team-based environment and monitors and directs multiple teams performing different functions. Directs others in their research and provides authoritative advice.
  • Communicates with other teams and areas to coordinate activities and programs and to ensure accuracy, relevance and appropriateness of information the Museum provides to the public.
  • Deliver influential presentations, facilitate audience dialogue, synthesise views and provoke further discussion in the field of natural sciences and as relevant to the Australian Museum Science Strategy.
  • Prepare and manage the annual operating budget and monitor expenditure and cash flow for the Branch.
  • Identify grant and other external funding opportunities relevant to the work of the branch.

Closing date: 28th October 2015 (midnight)

Further details online / download job specification

NewDATE ADDED: 27/09/15

The Petroleum Institute - Petroleum Geosciences department, Abu Dhabi

Core Laboratory Technician (Petroleum Geosciences)


Full Time

Ref: IRC3899

Source: jobs.ac.uk

One of the leading oil & gas research institutes of Abu Dhabi is actively seeking to fill a position of Laboratory Technician, where the successful candidate will work in the Petroleum Geosciences Department’s laboratories within the institute's research centre.

An attractive remuneration on EXPAT terms will be negotiated with the successful candidates and will be in line with the very best the industry has to offer to attract the best talent. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for coordinating and undertaking all activities pertaining to geological core and rock sample handling, preparation and lay out.
  • Participates in the operation and general maintenance of relevant core store and laboratory equipment and management of the core store inventory.
  • Understands and keeps current with all aspects of laboratory health, safety and sample preparation techniques.

Qualification Required:

  • B.Sc. degree in Geosciences or related discipline is required.
  • Candidates with a proven educational background in the Earth Sciences will be given preference.

Experience Required:

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate experience in working in an active geological core store environment.
  • Experience of core curation would be advantageous.
  • Experience in the operation of conventional core preparation and analysis equipment is preferable.

Closing date: 17th November 2015

Apply online

DATE ADDED: 19/07/2015 (still open 27/09/2015)

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 / download competencies



DATE ADDED: 19/07/2015 (still open 27/09/2015)

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: 21/02/2015 (still open 27/09/2015)

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

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