American Museum of Natural History

Open-rank Curator and Professor in Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History

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The Opportunity: The Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History is seeking an outstanding colleague who uses collections to research marine invertebrate diversity and evolution to start on or after July 1, 2022. This is an open rank tenure-track/tenured appointment to be filled at the Assistant Curator and Assistant Professor, Associate Curator and Associate Professor, or Full Curator and Full Professor levels; career stage will be taken into consideration in application review.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated scientific creativity and the ability to sustain an innovative research program focusing on the diversity and evolution of marine invertebrates. The successful candidate will have expertise in evolutionary and comparative biology approaches and a track record of effective interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations and partnerships. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated history of extramural funding with high potential for continued support. The successful candidate will also be expected to advance the Museum's mission through a robust field expeditionary program and growth of new collections, and through enhancement of the existing collections.

Job responsibilities and expectations: The responsibilities of the position are to perform and supervise original scientific research on marine invertebrates, as well as to curate and build the relevant collections of Marine Invertebrates in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology. The successful candidate is also expected to provide service to the Museum, which includes participation in the Richard Gilder Graduate School teaching and/or mentoring, advising programs in exhibition, education, and other forms of public outreach. The Museum places a high value on scholarship, as well as other factors that include collegiality, institutional citizenship, diversity, equity and inclusion. The Museum is committed to building a diverse community throughout science and education.

Applicants are required to have a PhD or equivalent degree in biology, marine biology or related field by the time of the appointment.

About the AMNH: Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about the natural world and human cultures through wide-ranging programs of scientific research, education, and exhibition. Resources available at AMNH include world-class zoological collections with strong representation of Mollusca and Crustacea in the marine invertebrate collections; a wide range of optical, electron beam, and x-ray analytical tools including CT; experimental and specimen preparation laboratories; genomics lab facilities, including an ancient DNA and proteomics lab; and computational resources. The AMNH maintains active internal grant programs to support field research across many disciplines. The AMNH is a pioneer among museums in the western hemisphere with the Richard Gilder Graduate School offering a Ph.D. degree-granting in Comparative Biology, a program that combines training in theoretical areas with practical, hands-on work in the laboratory, and unparalleled opportunities to carry out collections-based and field research. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to build on existing relationships with nearby collaborating institutions including Columbia University, City University of New York, and others.

To apply: Applications should consist of a single PDF format document that includes:

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement addressing past research and future plans (max. 5 pages, including figures and references)
  • Curatorial statement describing experience with collections and the vision of applicant’s role in science (max. 2 pages)
  • Teaching, mentoring, exhibitions, and public outreach statement addressing the candidates’ experience, approach, and goals in public engagement, student training and public engagement (max. 2 pages)
  • Statement of commitment and contributions to increasing diversity, equity, & inclusion in teaching, research, and/or museum settings (max. 2 pages)
  • Up to five significant publications
  • Names and contact information for three people who could provide letters of reference at the time of application submission.

All materials should be submitted to Inquiries about the position should be directed to Estefania Rodriguez, Chair of the Search Committee ( Consideration of applications will begin January 10, 2022, but applications will continue to be accepted after this date.

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Open-rank Curator and Professor in Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History
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