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  • Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist

    Guest Brian Smith
    • Employer: American Museum of Natural History
      Location: New York City
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/24/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) seeks a Curator in the area of Conservation Science. This is a tenured position with rank negotiable depending on the candidate’s professional experience and accomplishments. The successful candidate for this position will be appointed as a Curator in one of the Divisions (Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleontology, Physical Sciences, or Vertebrate Zoology) and as a Professor in the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH as well as hold the title Chief Conservation Scientist in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC).

    We seek an experienced conservation scientist with demonstrated high-impact research, productivity, and grantsmanship, and significant promise of future cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and conservation practice. Research focus could be in any area related to biodiversity conservation, including patterns of global change, conservation strategies, climate change impacts and adaptation, biocultural conservation, or social-ecological systems. Those who utilize natural history collections for future-oriented research, and those leading work at the intersection of conservation, climate change, and human wellbeing are especially encouraged to apply.

    The Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist’s research and activities are expected to complement and strategically expand the Museum’s impact in conservation, as well as synergize with other areas of AMNH science and establish or strengthen local, regional, and global collaborations. The successful candidate for this position should be an active and dynamic scientist who has an interest in collaboration with Museum staff, including scientists and specialists at the CBC. Resources available at the AMNH include world-class collections and research library, our Institute for Comparative Genomics, an ancient biomolecules laboratory, microscopy and imaging facilities, the Southwestern Research Station, the Richard Gilder Graduate School, an active internal grant program to support field research and collaborations with area universities, and an active public outreach program. The successful candidate will also serve as an ambassador of the Museum’s conservation mission, representing this body of work with science, technology, Indigenous and local communities, the general public, the media, and other partners.

    The expected salary range for the Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist is $140,000 – 185,000.

    Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.

    Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in the natural or social sciences at the time of application submission.

    The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law. Additional protections are afforded in employment based on arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, unemployment status, and credit history, in each case to the extent provided by law. If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Office of Human Resources.

    Application materials should include:

    Cover letter (maximum 1 page)

    Curriculum vitae

    Research statement, including past achievements and future plans, and potential collaboration with the CBC and other partners (maximum 3 pages)

    Conservation impact statement, including vision and experience in conservation research, practice and policy, and your interests in teaching, exhibitions, and public outreach (maximum 3 pages).

    Statement of commitment and contributions to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or museum settings (maximum 1 page)

    Names and contact information for three people who could provide letters of reference at the time of application submission.

    Up to 5 significant publications

    Application materials should be submitted as a single PDF under “Other Document” with the exception of publications, which can be submitted under “Publications”. Publications may be submitted as a file share link/folder if the size exceeds 10MB.

    Inquiries about the position should be directed to Brian Tilston Smith (bsmith1@amnh.org). Consideration of applications will begin February 24, 2023, but applications will continue to be accepted after this date. All materials should be submitted to https://careers.amnh.org. 



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