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Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology - University of Nebraska State Museum

Assistant Professor Position in Sedimentology-Stratigraphy/Paleontology, Lamar University

Invertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager - Okla Museum of Natural History

Director, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery - The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Faculty Basic Sciences (Anatomy) - Des Moines University

Assistant Professor in Paleontology - Montana State University

Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow - Miami University, Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Geobiology and Bio-Geochemistry - UC, Santa Barbara

Paleontological Field Technician - On Call - SWCA

Endowed Professorship in Earth and Environmental Science - Wesleyan University


Position Title: Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Organization: University of Nebraska State Museum
Location: Lincoln, NE
Salary: $60,000 /yr minimum

Job Summary:
Primary job responsibilities are focused on collection curation and management, research on the UNL campus, and providing research oversight at Ashfall Fossil Beds with the purpose of enhancement and conservation of this unique in situ collection. With VP staff, manage the acquisition, preparation, organization, preservation, conservation, supervision, and promote the research use of paleo-vertebrate specimens in the collections of the UNSM Vertebrate Paleontology Division. This position ensures that visiting researchers are assisted and supervised, and that the following are also trained and supervised: UNL students, interns and collection volunteers, student employees, nonstudent employees and other users of the collections. The second set of responsibilities include overseeing specimen preparation, cataloguing and digitization – photography, data records, and community-based knowledge. Duties include monitoring the storage environment and security, ensure that monitoring of collection pests and taking appropriate pest management actions occurs, oversees coordinating incoming and outgoing loans, and processing new acquisitions. This position contributes to collection growth by soliciting specimen donations and actively collecting and documenting paleo-vertebrate diversity, conducting research and publishing results. The position is responsible for overseeing the procurement of all relevant permits required for these activities. The third set of responsibilities center on Ashfall Fossil Beds and the oversight of research and training of annual summer student interns with Ashfall staff. The fourth set of responsibilities supports the museum’s mission by assisting with exhibit curation (collection/selection of objects, drafting text, installing/de-installing exhibit objects), assisting with educational programs as a content expert and speaker, and contributing to the museum’s digital presence.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Minimum Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in Geology, Biology, or related discipline (Earth Sciences) with emphasis on paleontology systematics, evolution or ancient ecosystems reconstruction and 3 years’ experience in museum collections, including knowledge of professional practices in object care, documentation, loans, exhibitions, packing and shipping. Working knowledge of databases and standard MS office software proficiency (Word, Excel). Supervisory experience. Demonstrated systematics expertise in a group of vertebrates. Demonstrated experience with research projects and publishing in peer-reviewed outlets. Museum curation skills. Knowledge of professional practices in object care, object reports, archives and other documentation, loans, exhibitions, packing and shipping. Ability to follow policies and procedures regarding sensitive data and maintain confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications
Ph.D. in Geology, Biology. Working knowledge of databases (Specify preferred). Experience working with general public, amateur scientists, faculty and students. Demonstrated experience writing exhibit text, exhibit curation; experience collaborating with educators as a content expert and providing appropriate text or references for curriculum; Experience working with professional collection managers to raise the standards of collection care through workshops and shared best practices. Demonstrated experience obtaining and overseeing extramural funding (grants, contracts) as PI or co-PI.

Please apply online at https://employment.unl.edu/postings/84075


Assistant Professor Position in Sedimentology-Stratigraphy/Paleontology, Lamar University

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Lamar University seeks to hire a sedimentologist-stratigrapher or paleontologist for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Expertise in both areas is preferred. Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in the geosciences. Ability to teach and conduct research in Sedimentology-Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and possibly Geomorphology, including labs in each of these courses is required. Candidates must have the ability to undertake field work, including leading field trips and potentially teaching or aiding with teaching Geology Summer Field Camp.

We seek candidates that will teach and develop an active research program in sedimentology, stratigraphy, and/or paleontology. This includes submission of research grants and contract proposals to various internal and external funding entities, presentation of research at local, regional, national, and international conferences, and publication of research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Knowledge and use of geospatial technologies, including GIS and remote sensing is a plus. Candidates should be prepared to teach any combination of courses in the undergraduate and graduate curricula in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences that they are qualified to teach. These may include, but are not limited to, Sedimentology-Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Geomorphology, Historical Geology, Physical Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography. Faculty of Lamar University are also expected to participate in service opportunities at the department, college, university, community, and professional levels (e.g., advising students, serving as mentors to students, participating in committees, serving in professional organizations, and helping with other departmental through university duties as needed). In addition, the candidate is expected to work collaboratively with colleagues and demonstrate commitment to working effectively with students from minoritized and marginalized social groups. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

If interested, please submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three references, unofficial transcripts, and other miscellaneous materials online at https://apptrkr.com/3801754 Please refer to Position #499686 and posting number 202218 for correspondence.

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


Invertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager - Job Number: 230215

Organization: Okla Museum of Natural History
Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8-5
Salary Range: Targeted salary $18.26 - $19.23/hr depending on experience
Benefits Provided: Yes

Required Attachments: Resume, Cover Letter, Other Document (See Job Requirements for details)

Job Description---

The Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is seeking a full-time Collection Manager to be responsible for the daily curatorial operations and management of the museum’s invertebrate paleontology collection. With nearly one million specimens from every major invertebrate Fossil Group, the invertebrate paleontology collection is among the most scientifically important in North America. It contains nearly 3,000 primary type specimens and 7,000 figured specimens. Much of the collection comprises Paleozoic-age specimens from the southern mid-continent, with significant material from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic of Alaska. For more information about the museum, visit the museum website at: samnoblemuseum.ou.edu.

The Collection Manager: supports the development and maintenance of the collection, database, and associated metadata, and supports research and exhibition programs; maintains the Invertebrate Paleontology Collection website, including the online database and image library; ensures proper permits and documentation for field collections, accessions, loans, and exchange of museum specimens; assists the invertebrate paleontology curators, faculty, scholars, and students in accessing and obtaining specimens for their research; assists in organizing and preparing presentations and programs highlighting collection materials and research activities; and trains and supervises students, interns and volunteers, and helps visiting researchers make use of the collection.

View the complete posting here. Review of applications will begin on February 20,2023 and continue until the position is filled.


Director, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery - The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) is seeking an innovative and committed individual to join our inclusive and collegial community, serving as the Director of the EMS Museum and Art Gallery. Located on the ground floor of the Deike Building on the University Park campus, the recently renovated EMS Museum and Art Gallery is perfectly positioned to be a vibrant and impactful center of learning, community, and outreach, telling the story of the EMS disciplines to a broad audience.

The EMS Museum and Art Gallery possesses a world-class collection of mineral and rock specimens, original artwork of historic significance (including the noteworthy Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art), and significant collections of fossils, ceramics, glass, and artifacts of science and industry. The responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Overseeing the collections
  • Developing relevant and engaging exhibits that capture the imagination and bring to life the expertise and research innovations of the College's five departments and three institutes
  • Implementing and supporting college events in the Museum and Art Gallery space
  • Providing a fully accessible and inclusive experience for all constituencies
  • Writing and managing successful grant proposals to develop and care for the collections, exhibits, and technical projects
  • Partnering with faculty to develop broader impacts/broadening participation activities and materials
  • Partnering with the Office of Development to coordinate revenue-generating activities to foster growth
  • Supervising staff and volunteers
  • Maintaining up-to-date web content
  • Participating in the teaching and research mission of the College including student engagement
  • Creating K-12 educational materials and programs
  • Fostering community outreach.

The directorship is a full-time, non-tenure-line academic position, funded for 3 years from the date of hire, with an excellent possibility of renewal. Non-tenure line academic rank will be commensurate with the final candidate's background and experience.

The Director must have significant experience in museum administration and a Master's degree or higher in museum science or a related field; experience in a university setting is highly preferred. A non-tenure-line faculty appointment in one of the College's academic departments (Geosciences, Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Mineral Engineering) may be possible. This position reports to the John Leone Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

To apply, please upload the following materials with your application:

  • A cover letter and concise vision statement for the EMS Museum and Gallery
  • A curriculum vitae
  • The names and contact information of at least three references.

The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, belonging, and engagement, which creates an inclusive environment in their workplace.

We will continue to receive and review applications until the position is filled. For additional information on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences go to https://www.ems.psu.edu/.

Apply online at https://apptrkr.com/3783141

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

 


Faculty Basic Sciences (Anatomy)

Summary: The Department of Anatomy in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University is is seeking a qualified individual for a 12-month, open-rank, tenure-track faculty member. This individual will participate in teaching graduate-level students in various medical and allied-health fields, maintain scholarly activity and/or seek extramurally funded independent research, and serve in academic governance responsibilities.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Anatomy or related field (by anticipated start date July 1, 2023). Candidates must also have at least one year of experience teaching in the anatomical sciences, including cadaver-based gross anatomy. Preference will be given to those with neuroanatomy experience. Scholarly activity in the form of educational research would also be considered beneficial. To learn more about the anatomy department faculty and curriculum visit: https://www.dmu.edu/anatomy/. The full job description, additional benefits information, and application portal is available at www.dmu.edu/employment.

Additional Information: Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising three colleges—College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences—offering nine graduate degree programs. Join us as we impact the future of medicine and healthcare in our new state-of-the-art campus opening in West Des Moines in 2023. In addition to salary commensurate of rank/experience, Des Moines University offers the Total Rewards program. Qualified faculty and staff enjoy 90% employer-paid medical, 10% retirement match, flexible work arrangements, community service time, tuition assistance, professional development funding, and access to wellness facilities with programs that promote a well-balanced lifestyle. Research facilities and start-up funds are also available commensurate with experience. 

To apply: All applications must go through DMU’s online submission portal: www.dmu.edu/employment. A curriculum vitae, cover letter, contact information for three professional references, and a one-page teaching philosophy are required at time of online submission. The teaching philosophy should provide evidence of the candidate’s effective teaching practices as well as their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in teaching and mentoring students. Application review will begin immediately, and position will remain open until filled.

Des Moines University is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”). Applications from candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Chair of the search committee: [email protected].


Assistant Professor in Paleontology - Montana State University

The Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Paleontology. We seek an active researcher and teacher who brings an innovative perspective to the study of Earth and evolutionary history and has the ability to develop an internationally-recognized research program. Specific areas of research could include but are not limited to vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, Earth history and evolution, sedimentary geochemistry as applied to paleontology, deep-time environmental change, and macroevolution and the fossil record. The successful candidate will have a clear vision for launching an innovative research program from our location in Bozeman, Montana. The candidate will be expected to teach courses such as Earth Systems Science, Earth History and Evolution, Invertebrate Paleontology, and contribute to our upper-division and graduate curriculum in their area of expertise. The candidate will provide graduate mentorship in our MSc and Ph.D. programs, and participate as a team player in a highly collegial and student-focused department.

Department of Earth Sciences, College of Letters and Science
Montana State University
For complete job announcement and application procedures, click on:
https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/33545
Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled

Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow - Miami University, Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science

The Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science at Miami University invites applications for a Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow in the area of Environmental Paleontology, beginning August 2023. Miami University’s Heanon Wilkins Fellows program recruits annual cohorts of up to ten (10) scholars whose interests align with Miami’s core values of diversity and community with a particular commitment to inclusive excellence. Heanon Wilkins Fellows are paired with dedicated mentoring and intentional preparation for a career in higher education, ideally as members of Miami’s permanent staff or faculty. In 2022-23, Miami University has 3-5 returning fellows and space to add up to 5-7 more.

The Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science seeks a Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow undertaking significant field and/or laboratory-based research in the area of Environmental Paleontology. The Department invites applicants in fields pertaining to the interactions between life and Earth through geologic time including, but not limited to, extinction dynamics, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and paleoenvironmental change. The particular research emphasis should contribute to our degree programs in both Geology and Environmental Earth Science, and should complement current program strengths. The department maintains active research programs in geobiology, geomicrobiology, geomorphology, geophysics, hydrogeology, igneous petrology, isotope geochemistry, mineralogy, paleoclimatology, paleontology, planetary geology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, structural geology, tectonics, and volcanology. The department is housed in a recently renovated building with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities in support of the above. The successful applicant will join an active department that consists of 14 faculty members, 3 research/technical staff members, and approximately 150 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. Please visit http://www.miamioh.edu/geology for additional information.

Applications should be submitted online at https://jobs.miamioh.edu/cw/en-us/job/501136/heanon-wilkins-faculty-fellowsvisiting-assistant-professor-or-instructor. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of proposed research (one to five pages) indicating area or discipline, statement of teaching philosophy, and sample scholarship, and a 1-page diversity statement addressing how you are prepared to work in an environment with people from cultures and environments different from your own. Discuss your contributions (or potential contributions) to the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Letters of recommendation may be requested from the references listed in the application and do not have to be included at the time of application; the dissertation advisor should be one of those references. Inquiries may be directed to Dana Cox at [email protected]. Screening of applications begins January 2, 2023 and will continue on a rolling basis until all fellowships are filled.

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all. For more information on Miami University's diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion at https://www.miamioh.edu/diversity-inclusion.

Miami University, an EO/AA employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami does not permit, and takes action to prevent, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560. Annual Security and Fire Safety Report may be found at http://www.MiamiOH.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/index.html. Criminal background check required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free.


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Geobiology and Bio-Geochemistry

UC Santa Barbara, Department of Earth Science

The Department of Earth Science at the University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023. The Department seeks applicants in the field of Geobiology/Biogeochemistry. The ideal candidate will be a scholar of Earth Science or a closely related discipline who investigates chemical and biological interactions of the Earth system or other planets, who is passionate about teaching and mentorship of diverse undergraduate and graduate students, and whose research interests complement existing strengths in the Department and across campus.

Responsibilities of faculty members generally include the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality, teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, and participation in university service and professional activities. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, their curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and statement of contributions to diversity.

Applications received by December 7, 2022 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF02300

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV- 2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


SWCA
Paleontological Field Technician - On Call
Location: Los Angeles, CA

About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is looking for a Paleontological Field Technician to work from our Pasadena, CA office. Your role will be to conduct paleontological resources monitoring and fieldwork for various projects in Southern California. You should be able to work a typical Monday through Friday schedule intermittently.

What you will accomplish

SWCA paleontological field Technicians assist with field surveys, construction monitoring, excavations, fossil salvages, and other field tasks as needed. We place an emphasis on thorough, accurate and efficient collection and recordation of paleontological, lithologic and stratigraphic data. Field techs may also be required to assist with data entry and management, and data analysis.

Experience and qualifications for success

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Education and professional experience in paleontology - possession of B.S. or B.A. degree with an emphasis in paleontology or geology or demonstrated equivalent experience is required.
  • One year experience monitoring in the state of California or geologic province of a specific project.
  • Knowledge of basic field geology skills, such as rock descriptions, measuring stratigraphic columns, and recognizing fossils including trace fossils. Monitors must demonstrate proficiency in recognizing various types of fossils, in collection methods, and in other paleontological field techniques.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork for long hours in sometimes inclement weather conditions, including walking up to 10 miles per day often in rugged terrain; must be able to carry various types of field equipment and supplies
  • Must have the ability to use excavation tools
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record; and must comply with SWCA safety policies

In addition, the following skills are preferred:

  • Data management and GIS experience.
  • Prior experience with paleontological mitigation projects including construction monitoring is highly desirable.

Click here to apply.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email [email protected] or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

This position is eligible for our wellness paid time off, employee assistance program and wellness program activities.


Endowed Professorship in Earth and Environmental Science, Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University invites applications for an endowed professorship in Earth and Environmental Science at the rank of associate or full professor to begin in July 1, 2023.

We seek a scientist who will contribute to our programs in Climate Change, Sustainability, and Environmental Management. We are looking for a scientist in one of three areas, including extinction.

For full advertisement, see https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/9164