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DATE ADDED: 27/09/2016

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Assistant Professor (Vertebrate Paleontology)

Fixed term: 9 months

Source: Global Museum Jobs
 

Applications are invited for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor with specialization in vertebrate paleontology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The main duties of the successful candidate will be to develop an active and rigorous research program that is supported by external funding and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

In addition, the candidate will co-supervise curation of the internationally significant mammal collections within the Vertebrate Paleontology Division of the University of Nebraska State Museum (UNSM).

We seek applicants with research and teaching interests that complement departmental strengths in the related fields of paleontology, sedimentary geology, and paleoclimatology.

Qualifications

Ph. D. in related field at the time of appointment; demonstrate strong potential for research and teaching; and research and teaching interests that complement departmental strengths in the related fields of paleontology, sedimentary geology, and paleoclimatology.

 

Closing date: 15 November 2016

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New!DATE ADDED: 5/11/16

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Collections Manager

Full time

Ref: 702

Salary: $38,590-$50,168

Source: SPNHC Jobs
 

Museum introduction:

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. Located in the heart of Denver’s City Park, and neighbor to the Denver Zoo, the Museum offers a variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities that help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. More than 300,000 students and teachers are served by Museum each year. The Museum houses artifacts and specimens in its collections from around the world.

Job Description

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks a Collections Manager in the Department of Earth Sciences to curate and manage approximately 1.2 million specimens in the areas of Vertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Paleontology, Paleobotany, Palynology, Ichnology, Research Casts, Gems, Minerals, Rocks, Micromounts, and Meteorites. The position supports the effort to grow the scientific output of the Department, to curate and expand its collections, and to help inspire diverse communities’ understanding of, and involvement in, science and the natural world.

The Department of Earth Science is an outwardly focused and collegial team that engages in international fieldwork but has strong emphasis on the geology and paleontology of the American West. The current staff has expertise in invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology and paleobotany, and each curator has at least one scholarly project in Colorado. The Department’s collections are sizeable and are growing; their composition and history are described at http://www.dmns.org/science/collections/. In addition to one full-time collections manager (this position), the Department has five curators, two fossil preparators who run a preparation laboratory that operates 364 days per year, and nearly 400 volunteers who engage in science, collections, and outreach.

Essential duties:

Practices professional collections management for department collections, including knowledge and application of laws and regulations pertaining to collections.
Facilitates the accession, deaccession, documentation, registration, and preparation of collections.
Organizes and systematically stores specimens for ease of access, and for long-term preservation.
Facilitates internal and external access and use of collections for purposes of research, education, loan, and exhibit.

Oversees the work of volunteers (approximately 75), provides trainings as required and mentors/supervises volunteers, students, and interns.
Provides information and expertise on collections to internal and external audiences.
Coordinates with Museum departments to support and deliver 5 – 10 (or more) internal and external educational programs per year.

Minimum qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, earth sciences or a related field required. Collection management experience can be substituted for education.
3 years’ experience handling museum collections required.
3 years’ experience with relational databases required.

Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required.

Ideal candidate will:

Be a great team player.
Extremely organized, highly motivated, proactive.
Have supervisory experience.
Be able to positively connect with a wide range of people.
Be able to work across diverse communities.
Desire to learn international, federal, state and local laws and protocols for specimen care, and understand the goals and needs of natural history collections.

Core values:

We love science.
We are curious, creative and playful.
We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
We think critically and act with empathy.

 

Closing date: 20th November 2016 (5:00 PM MST)

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New!DATE ADDED: 5/11/16

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology & Paleobotany and Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences

Reference: 07197

Full time

Source: Source: SPNHC Jobs
 

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado - Boulder invite applications for a tenure-track appointment as Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology & Paleobotany in the Museum and Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences. We seek a scientist who will conduct field and collection-based research in one or more of the following areas: evolutionary studies, systematics, organismal paleobiology, paleoecology, taphonomy, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction.

The Museum's Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections house approximately 200,000 catalogued specimens, with strengths in Cenozoic terrestrial arthropods (and associated plants), as well as marine invertebrates and foraminiferans from the Western Interior Seaway. Most holdings are from the Rocky Mountain region, but the collection includes other US and international materials.

Primary responsibilities will be to develop a research program at the forefront of paleontology; to curate, develop and increase the visibility of the Museum's Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections, including their digital assets; and to teach in the Museum and Field Studies Graduate Program and the Department of Geological Sciences. Qualifications Applicants must have a doctoral degree in geology, biology, paleontology, or a related field, and express a commitment to research, curation, teaching, and mentoring.

The successful candidate should complement existing expertise in paleontology and related fields in the Department of Geological Sciences.

 

Closing date: 30th November 2016 - open until filled

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New!DATE ADDED: 5/11/16

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Natural Science Research Curator II

Salary: $42,667.00 - $69,177.00 Annually

Permanent

Full-Time

Job Number: 16-10514 MNS60034992

Source: Paleonet Jobs
 

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences mission is to illuminate the interdependence of nature and humanity. It is the state's most visited museum, the largest institution of its kind in the southeast US, a National Medal recipient from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and an innovative player in the global field of nature and science museums. The Museum is adding a new section titled Community Engagement to its integrated structure comprising resource administration, collections and research, living collections, exhibits and digital media, education onsite, offsite, online and outdoors, and development in concert with the Friends of the Museum.

This position of Research Curator, Paleontology, has several areas of responsibility, including:

Development of an original scientific research program in Paleontology (vertebrate or invertebrate; taxon unspecified, but non-archosaur focus is preferred); research could involve systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), evolution, ecology, and/or related fields; research may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists.
Curatorial responsibilities for the Paleontology Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to database format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection

Assisting Paleontology Unit Head with the operational management and administration of the Paleontology Unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties may include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel.

Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, conducting tours, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Considerable taxonomic/systematic knowledge of Paleontology, in general, and of some taxonomic groups (vertebrate, invertebrate, or paleobotany, but non-archosaurian preferred), specifically experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of Paleontological systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), evolution, ecology, and/or related fields.
Demonstrated mastery of materials, equipment, and techniques used in relevant research (laboratory based protocols and fieldwork) and specimen collection curatorial activities.
Demonstrated track record of effective and creative science communication to diverse audiences.
Experience managing/supervising research projects, a research laboratory, and/or personnel.
Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund paleontological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections-related activities.
Experience in publishing technical science papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Possession of a master's degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: A Ph.D. in paleontology or related science field.

Additional Information to include: Applicants should attach: a current CV; contact information for 3 personal references; and a vision statement outlining their short and long term research goals, their approach to collection curation, and their philosophy and objectives regarding science communication

 

Closing date: 30th November 2016

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DATE ADDED: 27/09/2016

Drexel University, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Philadelphia

Assistant or Associate Professor in Invertebrate Paleontology

Reference: 7849

Full Time

Salary: Commensurate with experience  

Source: AGU Careers
 

The Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science at Drexel University seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor appointment in invertebrate paleontology.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, Paleoecology, Climatology and Conservation Paleobiology, with the aim of deploying paleontological data to understand patterns of global change.

The successful candidate will develop a research program in their subject area; will teach courses in Invertebrate Paleontology and Stratigraphy, and other potential courses; and will be Curator of the Invertebrate Paleontology collection at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences.

The ability to collaborate with other research groups at the university, such as Environmental Biogeochemistry and Environmental Engineering, is a plus. Drexel University emphasizes experiential learning and field-oriented candidates are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Geology, Invertebrate Paleontology or a related field, a record of scientific achievement, a strong interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and must be able to develop a high-quality, externally-funded research program. For the Associate level, the candidate must demonstrate extramural funding.

Essential Functions:

Teaching and mentoring undergraduates and graduate students; supervising teaching assistants and laboratory and curatorial staff; conducting scientific research; applying for and managing grants for research and curation; and service to the department, university and the scientific community.  

 

Closing date: 1st December 2016

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New!DATE ADDED: 5/11/16

American Museum of Natural History

Curator, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Ref: 92438

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers
 

The Division of Physical Sciences of American Museum of Natural History seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. We seek candidates who will bring petrological and geochemical methods to bear on problems related to planetary evolution. For example, candidates might integrate field, analytical, and theoretical studies of the rock record to provide insights into fundamental aspects of climate, environmental, and biogeochemical variability through time. The successful candidate will have demonstrated scientific creativity and the potential to build and sustain an innovative research program. They will be expected to take advantage of resources available at AMNH, which include world-class geological collections; a wide range of optical, electron beam, and x-ray analytical tools; experimental laboratories; LA-ICPMS facilities shared with Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University; and a program supporting scientific expeditions. They will also oversee and expand the AMNH petrology collection. We welcome an intention and ability to collaborate with colleagues within AMNH and the regional academic community, including Columbia University and The Graduate Center of CUNY, and to engage in AMNH's MA in Teaching of Earth Science and other education initiatives.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The Museum's dedicated employees and volunteers who serve in a variety of ways are each a part of the Museum community, and are each important to the life of the Museum

Required Qualifications
Ph.D.

 

Closing date: 15th December 2016

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DATE ADDED: 13/10/2016

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Director of Collections

Full Time

Source: SPNHC Jobs
 

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks a Director of Collections, an individual with a Ph.D. degree or equivalent experience, and the ability to provide a vision for the development, growth, enhancement, direction, and management of the Museum’s vast and diverse natural and cultural collections.

NHM is the largest natural history museum in the western United States and home to one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history. These collections are world-class in size, quality, and research importance, and they sustain award-winning research, education, and exhibit programs. Included in the collections are more than 35 million specimens and objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. These collections encompass those at the main Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, and the historic William S. Hart Museum in Newhall, as well as collections maintained at several off-site facilities.

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Research & Collections, the Director of Collections will assist and advise the leadership of Research & Collections on policy development and implementation. He or she will guide collections plans, funding initiatives, strategic growth, digitization efforts, inventories, space allocation, and performance metrics. The Director of Collections will work closely with (but not directly supervise) the curatorial and collections staff, the registrars, conservators, and database managers to oversee a wide-range of collections activities and programs aimed toward making the Museum’s collections more relevant to research and education while increasing their accessibility and use. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, a talent for collaboration across disciplines, and the ability to engage and excite both our colleagues and public audience through the relevance of our collections. This position will also be responsible for maintaining and strengthening NHM’s presence in key professional and governmental networks, and for establishing active internal NHM collaborations and cross-departmental initiatives.

The qualified candidate will have a strong background in collections care, management, digitization, and records documentation. He or she will have experience in generating external funding via competitive grants and/or other external sources to support collections. Experience in conducting collections-based research would be an advantage, as would an interest in creative ways of engaging the public in collection support initiatives (e.g., citizen science collections-based activities).

 

Closing date: 15th December 2016

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New!DATE ADDED: 5/11/16

Utah Museum of Natural History

Assistant Registrar

Full time: 40 hours per week

Requisition Number PRN12737B

Pay Rate Range up to $17/hr

Source: SPNHC Jobs
 

Job Summary

As Associate Registrar, you will be responsible for the museum’s centralized loan records, environmental data, image requests and registrarial issues related to exhibitions. You will work closely with colleagues to advance the museum’s mission. Additionally, you will support the registrar in handling issues that affect all or multiple collections at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
Responsibilities

• You are passionate about your job, working in our museum, and specification to detail.
• You will handle incoming, outgoing and gallery loans.
• Diplomatically liaising with coworkers, you will assist in finding solution for risks and concerns to collections.
• You will collect, track and conduct initial analysis of environmental data.
• Acting as lead to the museum pest team, you will:
-set and run traps for pests in the museum, trapped animals have included: insects, spiders, rodents, and snakes,
-identify pests and document and track Integrated Pest Management (IPM) data.
• You will collaborate with registrar to act as an EMu database administrator.
• Handle collections image requests from researchers and commercial entities.
• Act as liaison to exhibitions department for registrarial exhibition concerns: temporary internal and traveling.
• Assist the registrar completing functions required of the office.

Minimum Qualifications

Associates’ degree in Art History, Museology, or a related field, or equivalency; two years of museum or clerical experience; and a commitment to providing excellent customer service required.
Preferences

You will have:
• worked in a natural history collection and have a deep understanding of handling and risk concerns,
• previous experience working with loans, minimum of 2 years,
• experience with a relational data base system, ideally EMu,
• programming skills, ability to write scripts for use with our database system,
• Crystal Reports experience,
• monitored and analyzed environmental data,
• implemented and inspired adherence to a policy.

 

Closing date: Open until filled

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DATE ADDED: 27/09/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Vertebrate Paleontology

Source: Field Museum Careers
 

The Field Museum seeks two postdoctoral scholars working in vertebrate paleontology, with a focus on archosaur paleobiology and evolution. Successful candidates will have a PhD in earth or life sciences or in a related discipline, and are expected to have a track record of publication and grant writing.

Demonstrated experience working with three-dimensional data generated through scanning of fossils is desirable.

The postdoctoral scientists will work directly with Dr. Peter Makovicky to conduct research on dinosaur evolution and paleobiology, and will also collaborate with Dr. Makovicky and staff in the Exhibit department on the creation of exhibits related to dinosaurs.

For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Makovicky:pmakovicky@fieldmuseum.org

Each postdoctoral scientist will be employed by the Museum on a 12-month term, with benefits. The term for each position is up to two years with a review of performance after the first year.

 

Closing date: Until filled

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DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Collections Manager of Paleobotany and Paleoecology

Reference: 16A25

Part time

Source: CMNH Employment
 

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people.

Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. The Museum will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy. The Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, organized and energetic individual who is passionate about science education in our region and beyond.

Summary
Under the general supervision of the Curator and Head of the Paleobotany and Paleoecology Department, the Collections Manager of Paleobotany and Paleoecology will oversee the general management of paleobotanical and pollen collections within the department. Although the main role will be supportive in growth, management and protection of the collections, this position will be required to pursue research and educational opportunities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Management of Paleobotanical and Pollen Collections:
Responsible for the management and proper curation of paleobotanical and pollen specimens in the collection.
Responsible for the management of the systematic arrangement and proper storage of specimens.
Responsible for the acquisition of new material through research and other accessions and tracking collection growth.
Responsible for the identification of new material and producing labels.
Responsible for computer database development of new and existing material and entering the data into the database.
Responsible for the management of the departmental loan program and filing loan paperwork with the Registrar.
Responsible for ordering supplies and equipment.

Research:
Assist curator in research projects and encouraged to develop an independent research program.
Present research at regional and national meetings.

Outreach:
Responsible for offering departmental services to museum members, the general public, and businesses based on current departmental fees to provide specimen identification and biological background of paleobotanical specimens.
Responsible for engaging with the general public through participating in museum outreach activities, giving presentations to schools and other non-profit organizations, and other activities that will raise the visibility of the department and the museum.

Other Responsibilities
Performs other duties as assigned by the Curator of Paleobotany and Paleoecology or a member of the senior management team as required.

Education and/or Experience
Master’s degree (M.S.) in paleobotany, palynology, or related field with 3-5 years of experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience and knowledge of paleontological collections management and digital data management.
Database management experience.
Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite products to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Advanced knowledge and ability working with computers and computer systems, particularly those on Macintosh platforms.

Other Qualifications
Ability to communicate a passion or science to diverse audiences.
Ability to be an outstanding ambassador for the Museum.
Ability to research scientific information, ideas and methods.
Ability to deal effectively with public and private agencies and individuals in matters relating to paleobotany and the museum.
Ability to speak effectively with groups or donors, communicating the museum’s mission as well as why collections are necessary.
Ability to multi-task and efficiently prioritize assignments while working independently.
Professional demeanor, tact, diplomacy, discretion, good judgment, strong insight and instinct, maturity and sophistication.
Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team, including high-level division and department directors.
Demonstrated knowledge of writing clearly and informatively with a high level of sophistication; ability to vary writing styles to meet needs.
Advanced knowledge and ability working with computers and computer systems, particularly those on Macintosh platforms.
Ability to travel and engage with volunteers and community outside of the normal office environment.

 

Closing date: Open until filled

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DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

Des Moines University, Iowa

Paleobiology Postdoctoral Researcher

Full time

Fixed term: 1 year

Source: Vitae Careers
 

Description:

Applications are now being accepted for a postdoctoral scholar for an NSF-funded project on Natural Trap Cave to start immediately, but consideration will be given to candidates that can start as late as January 1, 2017. This 1-year postdoctoral position (plus health benefits) will be based in Des Moines, IA at Des Moines University with PI Julie Meachen. The postdoc will be working with the field site of Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming. Duties will include an independent research project related to Natural Trap Cave, helping the PI with fossil curation duties, and assisting in the field for 2-3 weeks in the summer of 2017. The postdoc will also travel to Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in the Bay Area of California to analyze AMS radiocarbon samples (this will be about 2-3 weeks per year on-site in Livermore), a living stipend will be offered to defray these costs. There will also be time for the postdoc to work on independent research projects and with students. If desired, the candidate may also obtain some human gross anatomy laboratory experience.

Qualifications

A Ph.D. in a paleo-related field (Biology, Geology, or Anthropology), with a degree in hand no later than the start date. Field experience is preferred, and the candidate should have the ability to do rigorous fieldwork (rappelling and ascending 85 feet). Experience with AMS radiocarbon dating is a plus, but not a requirement. Experience using R programming language is also viewed positively. The candidate must be willing to travel for approximately 1 month a year and be able to work independently.

 

Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online

Questions about the position can be directed to Julie Meachen at julie.meachen@dmu.edu. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

American Museum of Natural Hsitory

Collection Assistant, Minerology

Reference: 92392

Fixed Term

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers
 

Position Summary

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History seeks an individual to assist in the management and documentation of its world-class mineral and gem collections for a period of approximately 3.5 years.

Experience with mineral nomenclature, use of spreadsheets and relational database systems and collection management, as well as photography and mineral care and conservation are desirable.

The successful applicant will work with and under supervision of the Curator of Minerals and the mineral collection manager.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have obtained a bachelor's degree in an area of geoscience or have equivalent experience knowledge and be competent and interested in mineralogy and related fields in geoscience and/or gemology.

 

Closing date: Open until filled

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DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

American Museum of Natural Hsitory

Content Assistant, Minerology

Reference: 92393

Fixed Term

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers
 

Position Summary

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History seeks an individual to assist with the development of content for the revision of the Halls of Minerals and Gems for a period of approximately 3.5 years.

The successful candidate should have a breadth of knowledge in mineralogy, mineral systematics, mineral resources, and related topics, be able to research and write short reports on topics for inclusion in the new halls or related on-line resources, and preferably have familiarity with specimen mineralogy and Earth system science. The content assistant will work with and under supervision of the Curator of Minerals.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree in an area of geoscience and be competent and interested in mineralogy and related fields in geoscience and/or gemology.

 

Closing date: Open until filled

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DATE ADDED: 22/08/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant for Earth and Planetary Sciences

Full time

Ref: 92349

Source: AMNH Careers
 

Position Summary

The Scientific Assistant for Earth & Planetary Sciences is responsible for the following:

Collection Responsibilities:

1. Oversee maintenance and organization of the mineral deposits collection.
2. Accession donated and collected samples with the museum's registrar.
3. Arrange and file paperwork for loans.
4. Maintain electronic database for the collection.
5. Write up the annual collections report for the mineral deposits.

Research Assisting Responsibilities:

1. Prepare rock or experimental samples for analysis.
2. Perform microprobe analyses on samples.
3. Use the scanning electron microscope to identify and characterize samples.
4. Perform FTIR analysis on samples

Electron Microphobe and FTIR Laboratory Responsibilities:

1. Teach new users how to operate instrument for quantitative and/or qualitative analysis.

Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree in in geology or a related field is required.
2. Experience in geochemistry or planetary science is required.
3. Basic office and organizational skills (filing, working with computers, and document software) required.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience with electron microprobe/SEM desirable
2. Candidate should possess strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with others.

 

Closing date: Open until filled

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DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research Assistant Professor

Reference: 496762

Full time

The salary is commensurate with experience

Source: Inside Higher Education Careers
 

Description:

The Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida in association with the Florida Museum of Natural History, invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor with expertise in micropaleontology, especially Foraminifera. The successful candidate will be expected to improve the stratigraphic and systematic microfossil collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History, develop independent research projects utilizing those collections, and teach one undergraduate paleontology course one other course as appropriate. This is a twelve-month, full-time, time-limited, non-tenure track position. It is renewable annually upon successful review, with an expected maximum term of three years.

Minimum Requirements:

A Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field is required.

Additional information

Please contact Dr. John Jaeger, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, P.O. Box 112120, Gainesville, FL 32611-2120.

 

Closing date: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

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DATE ADDED: 10/08/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

The Field Museum Chicago, IL

Director, Gantz Family Collections Center

Source: SPNHC Jobs
 

The Field Museum ("Field," or "Museum"), one of the world's preeminent natural history museums, seeks a dynamic, imaginative, and collaborative science professional as its next Director of the Gantz Family Collections Center ("Director"). The Director will provide strategic vision and direction for the Museum's collections and programs, overseeing maintenance, use, and growth of what is currently 30 million specimens and artifacts that are studied by the national and international scientific community and serve as the basis for the Museum’s conservation action, public education, permanent and traveling exhibitions.

A private institution, The Field Museum is considered one of the premier natural history museums in the United States. The Field Museum is distinctive in its encompassing the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology under a single roof; its collections are among the world's largest, rich in both historic and modern material. Research and environmental conservation techniques and standards developed at the Museum have become definitive and authoritative. The Field attracts up to 2 million visitors annually and interacts digitally with ever increasing numbers around the world.

Reporting to the Vice President of Science and Education, the Director will be a trusted colleague and partner for the directors and staff of other departments throughout the Museum. With them, the Director will continue The Field Museum's work of collecting, cataloging, and researching specimens and artifacts, while envisioning future directions and opportunities for collections to play increasingly central roles in our lives and society. The Director leads a staff of more than 50 accomplished professionals and distinguished scientists.

The new Director of the Gantz Family Collections Center will join The Field Museum at a pivotal point in its history. Reorganization in 2012 has reinforced the central role that the collections play in inspiring and supporting the scientific, educational, and programmatic work of the Museum. The Director will be a passionate champion of collections management, research, education, and conservation action in the biological, geological and cultural sciences; a thoughtful manager of people, processes, and systems; a compelling public advocate for the Museum and its collections; and an energetic presence and partner in the Museum's broader community.

 

Closing date: None stated

Please direct all inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations in confidence to: Anita Tien, Vice President; Ben Tobin, Managing Associate; and Cortney Tunis, Associate at Isaacson, Miller: www.imsearch.com/5888.

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DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

Oakland Museum of California

Director of Curatorial Affairs

Reference: 2016-1146

Full time

Targeted start date: 1st July 2016

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POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Curatorial Affairs provides leadership to OMCA in directing and supporting a team of Curatorial and related staff, working across disciplines to develop and implement gallery and exhibition experiences that engage the diversity of Oakland audiences in conversation and exploration of issues and ideas that matter, and help the Museum achieve its mission and business goals. This position also directs OMCA’s collecting activities, working closely with the Collections Team to establish priorities and plans for collection care, research, documentation and access.

Responsibilities:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The following reflects OMCA’s definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Collection Responsibilities

  • Lead OMCA’s collecting activities in keeping with the goals, protocols and guidelines articulated in the Museum’s Collecting Plan and Policies including chairing regular collection and acquisition review meetings with LAB colleagues; collaborating with LAB Administrative Coordinator to prepare agendas and documentation for Collections Committee meetings; partnering with Collections colleagues to ensure the high quality and consistency of collection research and documentation
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Collections to develop multi-year and annual priorities and plans for collection care, research, documentation, digitization and access
  • Lead annual planning, and direct process and protocol for acquisitions and de-accessions in keeping with OMCA’s Collecting Plan and Policies; prepare justifications and presentations related to proposed acquisitions/de-accessions as required
  • Direct and supervise the activities of interns and volunteers, as required

Core Gallery and Exhibition Responsibilities

  • Lead the creation of the vision and strategy for the core galleries in collaboration with the Center Director and Director of Exhibition Strategy and Senior Curator of Art
  • Lead the development of both multi-year and annual plans for core gallery activities that meet OMCA’s business and mission priorities – includes balancing the creation of compelling visitor experiences with responsible collection management/care and meeting the mission and business needs of the organization; collaborating with leadership in Public Programs and Learning Initiatives to develop core gallery related programming; collaborating with colleagues in Collections and Production to ensure activities can be achieved within institutional resources
  • Develop, in partnership with the curatorial team, experience developers and outside collaborators, new models of participatory, visitor-centered gallery experiences and exhibitions based on research, evaluation, and visitors’ diverse learning styles and motivations; partner with leadership colleagues in Lab to develop and exhibition ideas that will meet institutional priorities, and to prepare and assess proposals and business cases for major projects
  • Supervise and support curatorial participation throughout the process of exhibition proposal development and implementation

Project Management and Administration

Lead and serve on cross-functional teams and committees

  • Participate in Center and cross-institutional priority setting, and strategic and annual business planning
  • Direct and supervise the day-to-day activities of the curators including priority setting, coaching, and performance management; participate in OMCA’s performance management and staff development programs
  • Develop, negotiate, and monitor professional services contracts
  • Recruit, supervise, coach and train project collaborators, staff, volunteers and interns
  • Develop and steward collection donor relationships in partnership with Center Director, CEO and leadership in Development and Enterprise departments; identify new donor prospects amongst local collectors, businesses and philanthropists
  • Contribute to the development, writing, implementation and reporting of major grants; participate in the development of corporate and other partnership proposals
  • Contribute to the development and writing of public relations and external communications materials as needed
  • Cultivate a network and community of experts, thought and cultural leaders, and change makers as potential future collaborators and partners
  • Keep abreast of developments in the fields of California history, art, natural science exhibitions, museums and related events; stay current with general museum news nationally and internationally
  • Engage in public outreach in the form of lectures, tours, research assistance and media appearances and serve as a spokesperson for the Museum with general public and media

Qualifications:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:

  • M.A. degree in relevant field such as museum studies, art, art history, cultural studies, history or equivalent work experience required
  • 7-10 years of related experience required
  • 4+ years leadership experience required

 ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated leadership in museum field specifically related to curatorial, collections and exhibition development work;
  • Demonstrated ability to direct, coach and motivate teams of both direct reports and other colleagues;
  • Exceptional communication skills and experience with general public, donor groups, press, external and internal stakeholders;
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Google Apps

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas
  • Typical office environment
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
 

Closing date: None stated

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DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 05/11/16)

The University of Texas at Austin, TX

Paleontology Laboratory Manager

Reference: 16-03-17-01-4210

Monthly Salary: $3,210+ depending on qualifications

Full time

Immediate start

Authorization to work in the United States is required

Source: Global Museum Jobs
 

Purpose

To improve the Jackson School Museum of Earth History Paleontology Collections and contribute to the Jackson School of Geosciences graduate program in paleontology.

Essential Functions

Prepare and conserve micro- and macro- fossil specimens and recent vertebrate skeletons for research, assist in curatorial care, and assist in computational tasks and infrastructure maintenance for teaching and research. Mold and cast specimens for research and exchange. Make specimen cradles for storage and research, using gypsum, fiberglass, and other materials. Assist in all aspects of the physical maintenance of the fossil and recent collections. Train and supervise staff, students, and volunteers in various techniques of fossil and sample preparation and in the techniques and hazard-avoidance in preparing recent vertebrate skeletons for study. Maintain EHS compliance of laboratory spaces. Oversee the security and general maintenance and cleanliness of the fossil conservation laboratory, including interfacing with Facilities Services staff. Maintain laboratory tools and equipment and make them available to all laboratory users. Assist in maintaining the existing database for fossil and recent specimens and in managing digital images and records for use in an online database. Assist in preparation of histological specimens without compromising their integrity. Organize and execute, or assist in, field work in vertebrate paleontology, adhering to all permitting and legal requirements for each field area.

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate mastery of fossil preparation materials and methods and an understanding of the basic competencies involved (see: Defining the Professional Vertebrate Fossil Preparator). BS or BA degree, with a major in paleontology, biology or geology. Three years of experience in fossil preparation, with thorough knowledge of standard procedures and best practices; experience with a variety of tools and techniques, including air scribes and acid preparation. Ability to interpret CT data as applicable to fossil preparation and collections activities. Experience with museum collections, including various conservation methods and collection databases. Knowledge of preparation and curatorial standards for fossil and Recent skeletons. Keen attention to detail for accurate record keeping, cataloging, and documentation. Experience organizing and participating in field work under demanding conditions. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills to facilitate work with faculty, students, volunteers, and activities with the public. Ability to work as part of a team or individually. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in geology, biology, paleontology, or museum science is preferred. Highly desired attributes: Experience preparing delicate fossil specimens from extremely hard matrices; advanced knowledge of vertebrate taxonomy; knowledge of and experience with federal and state permits for field work and collecting; teaching experience in an informal setting. Helpful attributes: Knowledge of maintenance and operation of modern skeletal preparation facilities and some experience in making recent osteological preparations. Ability to drive 4x4 vehicle in difficult terrain safely; basic vehicle maintenance skills.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Lifting and moving Field work (combinations of hot, dry, wet, cold, and few physical amenities). Must be able to lift 75 pounds and operate lifting equipment such as fork lifts, pallet jacks, and winch hoists. Security sensitive - background check required.

 

Closing date: None stated

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