Paleonet: Another paleo position at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

jwhagadorn at jwhagadorn at
Fri Aug 6 15:56:38 GMT 2010


Please pass the below job ad to any candidates whom you think might be interested.  And stay tuned for another paleo-related position advertisement in the near future. 

See you at SVP,

Whitey Hagadorn
Curator of Earth Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80205
ph: (303) 370-6058

Job Description: 
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science seeks a new curator in the Department of Earth Sciences to grow its scholarship in the area of vertebrate paleontology, to curate and expand its North American fossil collections, and to help inspire public understanding of and involvement in science both on a local and national level. The ideal candidate's scholarship will involve field-based research on dinosaurs. Successful candidates will have an outstanding research program focused in western North America with an established track record of publication and funding. The successful candidate will be a phenomenal public speaker, and will have an ability to effectively engage the general public and media. 
The Denver Museum is an exciting place to do science with an active scientific staff of 16 curators in anthropology, zoology, space sciences, health sciences and earth sciences. The Department of Earth Sciences research focuses primarily on paleontology, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and geology of the Rocky Mountain region. It has existing paleontological expertise in invertebrate and mammalian paleontology and paleobotany. The vertebrate paleontology collection consists mainly of North American fossils including Cenozoic mammals and other vertebrates, Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs, and Cretaceous seaway fish and reptiles. Refer to the Long-Term Collection and Research Plan on the DMNS website at for an intellectual framework, history, and scope of the vertebrate collections. The Department has a fully staffed preparation laboratory that operates 364 days per year and a full-time collections manager. The museum offers opportunities to engage with the general public through educational programming and exhibits and to work with a highly trained volunteer corps. Opportunities also exist to collaborate with curators, educators, and exhibit developers across a range of scientific disciplines. The museum has strong local public support, is building a new state-of-the-art collections storage facility, and is strategically located at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.
A Ph.D. in related discipline is required at the start of the position, and postdoctoral experience is recommended. The starting date of the position is June 1, 2011.   
Application Instructions: 
To apply, submit one single PDF file which contains all of the following in 10-point single-spaced or larger font: 1) a 1-3 page cover letter that outlines your present and anticipated scholarship and personal objectives; 2) a one page statement of how your expertise and skills would benefit an outwardly focused museum environment; 3) a one page statement of your vision for what the DMNS might do differently in the future to attract more visitors, more effectively engage the general public, and/or educate and inspire curiosity in science; 4) a curriculum vitae which includes a list of peer-reviewed publications, recent departmental seminars/colloquia you have given, and a post-graduate school history of employment and salary history (if applicable); and 5) a list of contact information for three professional references with whom you have collaborated in the past, and three references with whom you have not previously collaborated. 
We will begin reviewing applications on October 4, 2010 and the application period will close October 25, 2010.   
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

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