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  • William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Assistant Curator of Ornithology

    Guest Eilzabeth Sawchuk
    • Employer: Cleveland Museum of Natural History
      Location: Cleveland, Ohio
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/31/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered among the top 10 institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually.  CMNH employs about 122 people.

    Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. CMNH will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has currently launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy. 

    As part of the CMNH’s transformation, we seek to diversify our scientific team, recruit scientists with passion and talent for science communication, and build a dynamic collections-based, interdisciplinary research program. 

    In support of this effort, we are launching a unique career development program that is designed to transition a finishing doctoral student into a permanent curatorial appointment at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Specifically, the CMNH is offering a three-phase program for a successful candidate that provides: (1) a pre-doctoral fellowship to support dissertation development and doctoral defense; (2) a post-doctoral fellowship to support the development of a core research program and enhance experience in science communication; and (3) an assistant curatorial position at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. A successful recruit for this program would begin with the CMNH as a finishing doctoral student and within 2-3 years obtain a permanent, endowed curatorial appointment on the scientific team as the William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Assistant Curator of Ornithology.

    The CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative, and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum’s mission, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the enhancement of science literacy. We are specifically looking to recruit a collections-based researcher in the area of ornithology with a focus on, but not limited to, biodiversity, urban environments, evolution, migration, or environmental change. The ornithology program at the CMNH has a long history of public engagement, involvement with species conservation, and a partnership with Lights Out Cleveland. We want to build on this legacy by developing a program with regional relevance to the Great Lakes while collaborating with other nationally and internationally recognized research programs. The Museum's ornithology collection is comprised of 38,000 specimens from around the world. The majority of the specimens are study skins, plus a historical collection of around 1,500 nests & eggs, and a rapidly growing collection of skeletal material. Additionally, in support of interdisciplinary research, the successful candidate would have access across the biological collections to support their research program.

    The CMNH is implementing this novel recruitment model to support the career development of collections-based scientists by providing a career advancement pathway for future museum curators. The CMNH remains committed to enhancing the diversity of our scientific team and we encourage applications from candidates of historically excluded and underrepresented groups.

    How to Apply:

    Minimum requirements: Must be enrolled in Ph.D. program at accredited university or college AND have passed candidacy examinations. Must be within one or two years of dissertation defense and degree completion.

    Applicants should submit:

    1. Curriculum vitae
    2. Statement of research intent (no more than three pages)
    3. Statement of Museum integration that addresses interest and experience with public outreach, science communication, and information education (no more than three pages)
    4. Names and contact information for three references

    Review of applications will begin in January 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

    Apply at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=49c26a0f-b438-4d50-910e-e2fca33d6a29&jobId=454598&lang=en_US&source=EN

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