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Assistant Curator of Planetary Systems 

Cleveland Museum of Natural History 

Review of applications will begin April 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=49c26a0f-b438-4d50-910e-e2fca33d6a29

Summary: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History seeks to invest in a deeper understanding of ancient environmental change to contribute to current interpretations and enhance future predictions of global change. Tapping into the millions of years of accumulated data, the CMNH envisions playing an active role in charting a sustainable future for humans. We seek a highly-motivated scientist capable of developing a modern, relevant research program, in a Museum focused on connecting people with the natural world. The Museum seeks a strong communicator that can inspire, connect, and engage with a broad audience on the importance and relevance of science and nature.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers to incorporate the use of Museum collections into understanding how Earth’s environments have changed through deep time. A strong background in geology or paleontology are critical. Understanding historical climate and environmental change and regional implications for the Great Lakes of the United States is of particular interest to the Museum. The successful candidate will develop a research program that may include, but is not limited to, 1) modeling past and future climate change on local and global scales, 2) geochemistry and extinctions, 3) the mechanisms of paleoenvironmental change through time. They will help provide oversight for the Earth Sciences Collections which include over 300,000 specimens from vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany and mineralogy. A highlight of these collections are the fossils from the Cleveland Shale Member, which preserve evidence of a Devonian-aged ecosystem during a time of catastrophic extinction events and additional samples can be collected locally. The Museum houses laboratory spaces including a Molecular Lab for extant material and an Earth Sciences Lab equipped for fossil preparation, thin sectioning, microscopy and paleomolecular analyses. Additionally, the Museum has 66 natural area preserves across Northern Ohio that can be used for monitoring and real-time experiments. Other resources pertinent to the development of an impactful, relevant research program on paleoenvironment include collaboration with a diversity of curatorial and collections staff and access to a variety of Museum collections, as well as opportunities to contribute to Museum programming, exhibits and educational outreach.

The curatorial staff at the CMNH are expected to develop research programs, in their appointed area, that integrate with Museum strategy and vision, collaborate across the Museum and the region, incorporate student training, incorporate public outreach, support public programs, enhance institutional collections, and attract external funding. A strong commitment to connecting people with nature through science and natural history is desired. The CMNH maintains an affiliation agreement with Case Western Reserve University for curator adjunct appointments, within the Department of Biology, that enables both teaching and graduate student advisement. Curators at the CMNH also provide oversight and direction of the collections through collaboration and interaction with the collections management staff. The CMNH is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in its candidate selection and hiring process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • Establish and build a research program that integrates with Museum strategy, programs, and community engagement.
  • Function as a science communicator in support of the Museum’s mission and strategy to inspire, connect, and engage with a broad audience on the importance and relevance of science and nature.
  • Work with cross-institutional teams to provide scientific content, ensure scientific accuracy, and plan high quality experiences that serve the largest possible number of participants from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Serve as content provider on project teams, guiding the collaborative development and implementation of scientific content for exhibitions, education programs, and other programmatic projects.
  • Seek and secure funding to support research activities.
  • Publish research in disciplinary journals, books, reports, and general interest pieces.
  • Enhance use, digitization, and quality of CMNH collections.
  • Train graduate students through service on graduate committees or graduate qualifying committees.
  • Oversee research assistant staff members as well as volunteers, students, and other specialized staff involved in research activities.
  • Responsible for tracking research activity, progress, and impact for institutional use.
  • Work with collections management staff to approve loans, collections acquisitions, deaccessions, and major collections changes within the collections of appointment.
  • Responsible for providing advisement and assistance for the systematic arrangement of specimens within the collections of assignment.
  • Adheres to the CMNH Manual of Research and Collections Policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Research and Collections or management as required.
  • Performs all duties according to established museum operating, safety, and environmental and quality policies. 

Qualifications and Required Application Materials:

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. 
  • Applicants should submit: 
    1. Curriculum vitae
    2. Statement of research intent
    3. Statement of Museum integration that addresses interest and experience with student training, public outreach, and Museum programming
    4. Names and contact information for three references
  • Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of best-practice research methods in area of training. 
  • The ability to plan, direct, and report on research activities.
  • Excellent organizational and attention to detail skills.
  • The ability to deal effectively with public and private agencies and individuals in matters relating to research and collections activities at the Museum.
  • Strong computer operating system and database management experience. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products that include Word, Excel, Power Point, and Office 365.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.
  • Ability to work successfully with Museum members, employees and the general public.
  • Strong problem solving and listening skills.
  • Ability to manage staff assistants and volunteers.
  • Ability to function in a fast pace environment with time constraints, and within established deadlines.
  • Advanced working knowledge of collections database systems.
  • Ability to speak effectively with groups or donors, communicating the Museum’s mission as well as why collections and research are necessary and relevant. 
  • Ability to serve Museum visitors in a friendly and professional manner. 
  • Ability to communicate a passion for science to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team.
  • Ability to function and act independently.
  • Experience managing staff. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively, in a leadership role on large-scale projects.

PhD student (4 years fully-funded): Taphonomy of melanin

Funded by the European Research Council under the ERC Consolidator Grant “Palaeochem: Biomolecular innovation and the evolution of animals: insights from taphonomy and the fossil record”.

Contract Type: Fixed Term, Whole-Time

Position start date: between 1/9/2021 and 1/1/2022 (flexible)

Duration: 4 years

Stipend: €18,500 per annum plus EU fees. Non-EU candidates are welcome to apply but they will have to cover extra fees themselves.

Position Summary
Applications are invited for a four-year PhD researcher position investigating the taphonomy of vertebrate melanin. The position is funded by the European Research Council and forms part of a series of new hires in palaeontology at UCC.

The project
The successful candidate will undertake analysis of extant and fossil melanin and melanosomes, plus taphonomic experiments using in-house facilities for laboratory decay and high pressure-high temperature maturation. Key analytical techniques include SEM, AHPO-LCMS, Synchrotron-XRF, STEM, STXM. In addition to research, the successful candidate will have opportunities to undertake training in transferable skills, to gain experience in mentorship, and to participate in fieldwork. The successful candidate will work closely with the PI and other members of the team, especially a post-doctoral researcher also working on the taphonomy of melanin.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
The School of BEES at University College Cork (UCC) is one of the most successful Schools in UCC in terms of grant capture and PhD completion, and has the distinction of having four ERC-funded projects in the last five years. It is located in three interconnected buildings on extensive grounds and comprises 30 academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers and >100 postgraduate students supported by 14 administrative and technical staff. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent laboratory facilities, including a dedicated palaeontology laboratory with high-spec facilities for experimental decay and maturation, melanin extraction, and tissue preparation for electron microscopy. The School’s new Mary Ward microbeam laboratory houses a new JEOL IT-100 VP SEM with sputter coater, a Perkin-Elmer Frontier uATR coupled to a Spotlight micro-FTIR, a Renishaw Raman microscope, extensive light microscopy facilities, and an ultramicrotome. Planned analytical facilities include a major new investment in a hyphenated headspace analyser-GC-MS facility for chemical analyses of maturation experiments in real time. Additional laboratory facilities include a furnace, dedicated histology lab, and photography facilities. Researchers in the palaeobiology group have access to additional analytical facilities elsewhere in the university, including cryotomy and immunofluorescences imaging.

The successful candidate will join us at a very exciting time, as part of a major expansion of the palaeontology group at UCC. This includes new PhD and postdoctoral researchers, research support officer, outreach officer, and a new lecturer in palaeontology. The successful candidate will benefit from the PI’s commitment to his/her career development and the PI’s extensive global network of collaborators.

Key Duties and Resposibilities
This title will apply to PhD researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 4 years at the PhD level.

The primary focus of the PhD Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator
  • To become familiar with the publication process
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision)
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College

Essential Criteria
The successful candidate will provide a cover letter demonstrating evidence that they meet the following essential criteria:

  • A 2:1 or 1:1 BSc or MSc in Geology, Zoology or Palaeontology
  • Good laboratory skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Prof. Maria McNamara, Professor of Palaeontology, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Email: [email protected].

Candidates should apply, in confidence, by submitting a CV (including contact details of two referees) and cover letter to [email protected] before 5 pm (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 23rd April 2021.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER


Postdoctoral researcher (1 year, with potential 2-year extension): Taphonomy of melanin

Funded by the European Research Council under the ERC Consolidator Grant “Palaeochem: Biomolecular innovation and the evolution of animals: insights from taphonomy and the fossil record”.

Post Duration: 1 year, with potential 2-year extension

Contract Type: Fixed Term, Whole-Time

Salary: €38,630 – €45,942 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position start date: between 1/9/2021 and 1/1/2022 (negotiable)

Position summary

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position investigating the taphonomy of melanin. The position is funded by the European Research Council and forms part of a series of new hires in palaeontology at UCC.

The project

The successful candidate will undertake analysis of extant and fossil amphibians, mammals, birds and reptiles plus taphonomic experiments using in-house facilities for laboratory decay and high pressure-high temperature maturation. Key analytical techniques include synchrotron-XRF, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, AHPO-LCMS, NMR, S-XANES. In addition to research, the successful candidate will have opportunities to undertake postdoctoral training in transferable skills and to participate in fieldwork. There may be opportunities to gain Mentorship or Teaching/Supervision experience under the supervision of the PI.

The successful candidate will work closely with the PI and other members of the team, especially a PhD student also working on the taphonomy of melanin.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)

The School of BEES at University College Cork (UCC) is one of the most successful Schools in UCC in terms of grant capture and PhD completion, and has the distinction of having four ERC-funded projects in the last five years. It is located in three interconnected buildings on extensive grounds and comprises 30 academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers and >100 postgraduate students supported by 14 administrative and technical staff. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent laboratory facilities, including a dedicated palaeontology laboratory with high-spec facilities for experimental decay and maturation, melanin extraction, and tissue preparation for electron microscopy. The School’s new Mary Ward microbeam laboratory houses a new JEOL IT-100 VP SEM with sputter coater, a Perkin-Elmer Frontier uATR coupled to a Spotlight micro-FTIR, a Renishaw Raman microscope, extensive light microscopy facilities, and an ultramicrotome. Planned analytical facilities include a major new investment in a hyphenated TGA-FTIR-GC-MS facility for chemical analyses of maturation experiments in real time. Additional laboratory facilities include a furnace, dedicated histology lab, and photography facilities. Researchers in the palaeobiology group have access to additional analytical facilities elsewhere in the university, including cryotomy and immunofluorescence imaging.

The successful candidate will join us at a very exciting time, as part of a major expansion of the palaeontology group at UCC. This includes new PhD and post-doctoral researchers, research support officer, outreach officer, and a new lecturer in palaeontology. The successful candidate will benefit from the PI’s commitment in his/her career development and her extensive global network of collaborators.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will provide a cover letter with evidence for how they meet the following essential criteria:

  • A PhD qualification in palaeobiology, preferably with comprehensive expertise in taphonomy
  • Excellent laboratory skills, especially experience in laboratory experiments
  • Comprehensive experience in at least one of the following techniques: synchrotronXRF, AHPO-LCMS, Raman, SEM, melanin extraction
  • Excellent teamwork skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent management skills
  • Excellent communication skills as evidenced by a track record of high quality
  • publications and conference presentations
  • Proven ability to design, manage and conduct independent research to a high level
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results
  • Good organisation and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project

For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Maria McNamara, Professor of Palaeontology, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Email: [email protected].

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https://ore.ucc.ie/) and should include a CV (including contact details of two referees) and cover letter. Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to [email protected], quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 23 April 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER


 

Research Support Officer (2 years): Outreach Officer

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the Discover programme grant “Ireland’s Secret Past – Unlocking our fossil heritage”.

Post Duration: 2 years

Contract Type: Fixed Term, Whole-Time

Salary: €37,000 p.a.

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Support Officer (Outreach Officer) position funded by Science Foundation Ireland. The position will provide essential administrative and technical support to a new public engagement project and forms part of a series of new hires in palaeontology at UCC.

The successful candidate will assist with all aspects of project rollout and logistics, including design and manufacture of hands-on and digital activities, design and roll-out of lesson plans and exhibits, resourcing and managing volunteers, scheduling school visits nationally, organizing competitions, liaising with the public and project collaborators, 3D printing educational materials, managing lab supplies, ensuring compliance with child protection legislation, assisting with procurement, travel and financial management, design and update of project website.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will provide a cover letter that demonstrates how he/she meets all of the following criteria:

  • A first class or upper second class BSc or MSc, or PhD, qualification in natural sciences (geoscience preferred but candidates with a qualification in zoology are welcome to apply)
  • Excellent knowledge of fossils and familiarity with the Irish fossil record
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a range of settings and backgrounds
  • Experience of working with schoolchildren and the general public
  • Experience in design and/or application of hands-on activities for use by the public
  • Creative
  • Excellent at solving problems
  • Excellent team member skills
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Full driving license
  • Demonstrable achievements in delivering results
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a range of disciplines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills

Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results

For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Maria McNamara, Professor of Palaeontology, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Email: [email protected].

Applications should consist of a CV (including contact details of two referees) and cover letter and must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https://ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to [email protected], quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 23 April 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER


Adult Internships - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers the following four adult internships:

1 position- Earth Sciences BLM Nevada Collections Internship
1 position- Earth Sciences BLM Utah Collections Internship
2 positions- Earth Sciences Fossil Preparation Lab Internship

For details, please visit https://www.dmns.org/about/internships/#adult-internships.


Collections Manager of Physical Anthropology
Full-Time Salaried
Cleveland, OH, US

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Collections Manager of Physical Anthropology
Research & Collections Division

Summary: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History invites applications for the position of Collections Manager of Physical Anthropology. The Department of Physical Anthropology houses specimens of humans, primates, fossils, and casts. Extensive records associated with this collection mark it as one of the world's most important collection of human specimens. The collections manager will oversee the maintenance and development of all collections within the Department of Physical Anthropology. The collections manager will work in collaboration with the curatorial staff to advance mutual interests pertaining to the collection and the research requirements for that collection. The collections manager will work in collaboration with other collections management staff to develop collaborative efforts to secure and advance the institutional collections through methodological development and external funding. The collections manager will oversee the fiscal year operations budget for the collection area by working with the Head of Collections through the annual budgeting process. The collections manager will oversee collections assistant staff, supervise volunteers, manage access to the laboratory and specimens by external users. The successful candidate will work to modernize management of these collections, digitized specimens and records, rehouse specimens, and develop a long-term strategy. The successful candidate will offer context expertise for Museum programs, marketing, and exhibit development.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation).

Responsible for the management and proper curation of existing research and archival specimens retained within the physical anthropology collection.

Responsible for working closely with curatorial team to ensure research access, new accessions, and prioritizing collection advancement that enhances research capabilities.

Responsible for the management of the systematic arrangement and proper storage of specimens.

Responsible for tracking the collection growth and activity.

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 loan program and filing loan paperwork with the Registrar.

Responsible for collections monitoring to ensure safety and security of objects. For ordering supplies and equipment in support of collection operations. To oversee collections assistant staff members and volunteer activities as they pertain to collection activities.

Responsible for offering collection services to museum members, the general public, and businesses based on current collection and division policies. Seeks additional training or professional development opportunities. Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of Collections or management, as required. Performs all duties according to established museum operating, safety, and environmental and quality policies.

Adheres to the CMNH Manual of Research and Collections Policies. Oversees the fiscal year operations budget for the collection area by working with the Head of Collections through the annual budgeting process.

Responsible for coordination and management of standard lab processes such as protocol regarding lab access, supplies, space allocation, resource scheduling and student training.

Responsible for the acquisition of new material and treatment of that material through curator research, collections acquisitions, and general sampling efforts. Maintains the student training sessions for summer interns as well as undergraduate and graduate students participating in curator research projects.

Responsible for offering content expertise for Museum of programs, marketing, and exhibit development. Coordinate with Partnerships & Programs staff to provide access and educational opportunities that aim to utilize the laboratory and collections during normal and summer programming.

Responsible for seeking external funding opportunities in support of collections development or pursuing strategic goals for collections improvement as outlined by Head of Collections and collections management staff.

Education/Experience: Master's degree (M.S.) or higher degree in relevant field to the collection area of appointment; with 2-5 years of experience and /or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Knowledge of collections management methods and current best practices.

The ability to plan, direct, and report on collections activities.

Ability to research scientific information, ideas and methods.

Excellent organizational and attention to detail skills.

The ability to deal effectively with public and private agencies and individuals in matters relating to collections objects at the Museum.

Strong computer operating system and database management experience.

Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.

Ability to work successfully with Museum members, employees and the general public. Strong problem solving and listening skills.

Ability to manage staff assistants and volunteers.

Ability to function in a fast paced environment with time constraints and within established deadlines.

Knowledge of field and laboratory research activities and collections management practices including publications on original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Ability to speak effectively with groups or donors, communicating the museum's mission as well as why collections are necessary. Demonstrated ability to serve Museum visitors in a friendly and professional manner. Ability to communicate a passion for science to diverse audiences.

Ability to work with an interdisciplinary, professional team. Ability to function and act independently.

Physical Working Conditions: Indoor/Outdoor, all-weather conditions

Position may require sitting, walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, stooping and crouching. Some physical effort may occasionally be required. Must be able to lift 30 lbs and run or respond to emergency situations.


 

University of Detroit Mercy
Tenure Track (Open Rank) Professor of Biology

The Department of Biology at University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science invites candidates to apply for a full-time tenure track faculty position. Teaching would commence in August 2021. Detroit Mercy is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive academic community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, experience and service that they can contribute to this goal.

As a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), we offer small classes and close collegial relationships. The College’s faculty forms a vibrant community of teaching scholars, with a strong focus on professional and academic mentorship of students. We are particularly interested in candidates who would contribute to our efforts to provide support and opportunities for historically minoritized students to pursue research careers in biology and related areas. These efforts are currently being supported by a BUILD grant from the National Institutes of Health (https://eng-sci.udmercy.edu/research/rebuildetroit.php).

The Biology department at Detroit Mercy includes thirteen full-time faculty members who engage in scientific research, mentorship, and student-advising for students within the College of Engineering & Science and the College of Health Professions. The department serves approximately 400 undergraduate Biology majors as well as Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. The Biology department also provides accelerated and early assurance programs in cooperation with the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, the Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant graduate program, as well as other professional health programs across the country.

A successful candidate would be one that has a strong interest in implementing best practices in teaching pedagogy including evidence based teaching and assessment strategies. In addition, we seek a collaborative educator who is also an enthusiastic teacher-scholar committed to supporting the diverse population of undergraduate students we are seeking to attract. The candidate should have a proposed research agenda appropriate for a PUI. Candidates are expected to pursue external funding, disseminate results in refereed publications and conferences, and mentor undergraduate students in the laboratory. While the specific area of research focus is broad, the ability to engage undergraduate students in research is essential. Teaching responsibilities will include teaching introductory level biology courses, a senior capstone writing-intensive course, and potentially upper-level courses based on area of expertise that complements or expands current offerings in the department.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a basic science or biology specialty.
  • Experience teaching in the college setting using active teaching strategies
  • Record of scholarship that includes pursuit of external funding, disseminating research results in refereed publications and conferences

Preferred Qualifications

  • Postdoctoral training or demonstration of equivalent leadership and contribution in a lab setting
  • Experience collaborating with other instructors across a shared course
  • Knowledge of assessment strategies associated with course learning outcomes
  • Knowledge of pedagogical best practices for a diverse undergraduate student body
  • Knowledge of the needs of students transitioning to university learning environment
  • Experience working with undergraduate students in the laboratory

Candidates should apply by completing an application and upload materials at: University Site: https://www.udmercy.edu/faculty-staff/hr/jobs.php. Direct link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/460537

Materials should include curriculum vitae, cover letter, one-page research statement, one-page teaching philosophy statement, one-page diversity statement, and a list of three potential references. One letter/reference should specifically comment on the applicant’s teaching ability.

Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2021.

Michigan's largest, most comprehensive private University, Detroit Mercy is an independent Jesuit-Mercy Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The US News and World Report ranked Detroit Mercy in the top tier in the Midwest. The University seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's mission, diversity and excellence of its academic community. Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a culturally diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all races and backgrounds.


Tenure-track Faculty Position in Paleontology, Department of Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in paleontology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning as early as September 1, 2021. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Earth Sciences or a related discipline, a record of peerreviewed publications related to paleontology or geobiology, and the capacity to develop and lead an externally funded, field- and/or laboratory-based research program with undergraduate and graduate students. The Department seeks candidates with the ability to deliver high-quality instruction of introductory and advanced paleontology courses and potential to contribute and add new pedagogical strength to the undergraduate and graduate program.

Applications should be received by April 15, 2021. Candidates will electronically submit a letter of application with the names and contact information (including email) of three referees, current curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements to Dr. Gregory Dunning, Head, Department of Earth Sciences ([email protected]). Please quote the reference number VPA # F03951-2020-36 in the application and email subject line. The Department is committed to developing and establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We therefore request that the research and/or teaching statements indicate the candidate’s abilities and strategies for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the earth sciences. Candidates are invited to explain any gaps in career or research history that may exist for any number of reasons (e.g. family responsibilities, sick leave, settlement) as these will be taken into consideration in the application process. We encourage informal inquiries about this position, our department, and the broader community. These may be initially addressed to committee chair Luke Beranek ([email protected]) or Department Head who can help put you in touch with others in our community.

The Department of Earth Sciences (www.mun.ca/earthsciences/) is one of the largest in Canada. With over 20 faculty members, including Canada Research Chairs in Marine Geology and Boreal Biogeochemistry, over 15 staff members, and leading-edge teaching and research facilities, the Department is able to offer high quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Department participates in Memorial’s interdisciplinary graduate program in Environmental Science (https://www.mun.ca/science/graduate/interdisciplinary/envs/) and has strong collegial ties with departments of Biology, Geography and Archaeology via collaborations, shared facilities and co-supervision of students. The successful candidate will also have access to modern analytical facilities within Memorial University’s CREAIT network (www.mun.ca/research/resources/creait/physical-sci/). Other research and teaching resources available at Memorial University include the Ocean Sciences Centre, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Bonne Bay Marine Station in Gros Morne National Park, Labrador Institute, and the Harlow Campus outside London, United Kingdom.

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to over 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John’s, a safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities (http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlacesToGo/StJohns).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities, and racialized people; and people with disabilities. As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact [email protected]. Memorial is also committed to providing an inclusive learning and work environment. If there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation during the application process please contact [email protected] directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements. This position is subject to budgetary approval.

We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu and Inuit of this province.



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.

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