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Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology or Paleobotany
Chicago, IL

The Field Museum invites applications for an Assistant Curator in the fields of Invertebrate Paleontology or Paleobotany. This term position has a probationary period of 3 + 3 years; after successful promotion to the Associate level it is renewable every 7 years, according to the Field Museum’s Policy Statement on the Curatorial Ranks. The start date for the position is on or after January 1, 2022.

The Field Museum's Geology Section has a record of scientific excellence in collections-based research, with current strengths in phylogenetic systematics, functional morphology, paleoecology, macroevolution, history and philosophy of biology, meteoritics, and cosmochemistry. Our Fossil Invertebrate and Paleobotany collections are world class. The Fossil Invertebrate collection is focused on the Paleozoic of the Midwest with significant collections of the Pennsylvanian Mazon Creek Lagerstätte, Devonian fossils from the Falls of the Ohio area, Silurian reef fossils from the Chicago area, and Paleozoic echinoderms. The Paleobotany Collection contains significant holdings of Late Carboniferous fossil plants preserved as compression-adpressions, permineralized peats, and within sideritic concretions. Cretaceous through Paleogene floras are well-represented, including angiosperm mesofossil assemblages from the Upper Cretaceous Raritan and Magothy Formations. Substantial fossil palynological collections and comparative extant pollen and spore preparations are also housed within the Collection.

We are seeking a collegial individual with strong communication skills who conducts innovative, integrative research that will complement and broaden the section’s strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded field and/or laboratory research program, to contribute to building and using the Invertebrate Paleontology or Paleobotany collections, and to participate in Museum exhibition, public outreach and education, and programmatic efforts. We particularly value a commitment to equity and inclusion in the context of museum-based research, curation, education, and outreach. Close relationships with local universities provide opportunities for participation in graduate and undergraduate training. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline must be held by the start of employment.

To apply and for inquiries, please email: [email protected]. Applications should include: (1) a Curriculum Vitae; (2) a statement of research interests and career objectives; 3) a statement describing experience in and/or vision for increasing diversity and inclusion in a museum setting; (4) names and contact information for three people from whom letters of recommendation may be sought; and (5) copies of up to five relevant publications in PDF format. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2021.

The Field Museum is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in science, and strives to create a working environment that is free of sexual, racial, and ethnic discrimination, and that promotes human dignity among all staff. As such, it is the policy of the Field Museum to hire without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation. The Field Museum strives to ensure that our career website is accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. Email us at [email protected] if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application as a result of your disability.


Graduate student opportunities in Geosciences at Baylor University

The Department of Geosciences at Baylor University invites applications for full-time PhD and MS students starting in August 2021. Admission to the program includes 5 years of financial support for PhD students and 2 years of financial support for MS students through research and teaching assistantships and fellowships. Admitted students also receive a full tuition waiver, 80% health insurance subsidy, annual travel funding from department and university for conference attendance, and research funding for graduate students on a competitive basis. Candidates should have at least an undergraduate degree in geology, geophysics, or in a related area and excellent analytical and writing skills. Students holding a BS degree may apply directly to the PhD program 

Faculty research covers a broad spectrum of Earth sciences, with strengths in biogeosciences, energy geoscience, hydrological and surface processes, lithospheric processes, paleoclimate, and solid Earth and planetary sciences. For more information about the Department of Geosciences, our research areas, and the graduate program please visit www.baylor.edu/geosciences and check out this short video: https://youtu.be/_OH3izpBo88

Applications are due by January 15, 2021 for Fall 2021 program entry, with a priority application deadline of December 1, 2020. Details about the application process and the priority deadline can be found here: https://www.baylor.edu/geosciences/index.php?id=952059. Applications to the Department of Geosciences can be submitted online here: https://grad.baylor.edu/apply/. Please contact our Graduate Program Director for more information or with questions at [email protected].