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The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

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Director, Southwest Research Station
Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Sciences 



Director, Southwest Research Station (SWRS)


Portal, AZ

The Director of the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) is charged with leadership of a remote field station which provides scientists, educators, and students from the Museum and other institutions, as well as the public, the opportunity to participate in and conduct scientific research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biodiversity-rich environments in the United States. Since 1955, SWRS has served those interested in studying the diverse environments and biotas of southeastern Arizona. Visitors live in comfortable accommodations with meal service and enjoy use of laboratory and equipment, library, outdoor animal facilities, gift shop, and recreational facilities. The station is located in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona with proximity to pristine Spruce forest and desert habitats, with trails for hiking and climbing in spectacular scenery. 

The Director is responsible for operation and administration of facilities, education and research programs, budget, purchasing, and personnel.  We particularly seek applications from candidates with previous experience and high standards in administration, education, and scientific research and a compelling vision for the future trajectory of biological field stations in general.

Required Qualifications:
PhD in one of the natural sciences, outstanding communication skills in engaging diverse user communities, experience in field station and/or laboratory management, and proclivity for obtaining external funding in support of infrastructure and operational needs and scientific, educational and outreach objectives.

Preferred Qualifications:
Scientific research interests in an area commensurate with SWRS location and opportunities; track record of successful grantsmanship in research, instrumentation, and field station support; interest in establishing collaborations with neighboring universities; previous experience in successful community relations.

Interested applicants must apply online:



Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Sciences


New York, NY

The Postdoctoral Fellow will carry out original scientific research in Earth Science in concert with staff in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at AMNH (65% commitment) and teach/mentor in the Practicum Science Experience of the Richard Guilder Graduate School's Master of Arts in Teaching for Earth Science Teachers (35% commitment).

The applicant must demonstrate the ability to develop a robust research program in mineralogy/petrology/geochemistry, teach collaboratively with museum professionals in the AMNH MAT program, particularly during the summer field experience and research exercises, and coordinate its science activities including those of other MAT program postdocs.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in geoscience is required
Scientific research resulting from or following obtaining a Ph.D. Educational experience as a lecturer, graduate assistant or teacher.  

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with electron beam instruments  

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests and goals, statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and the names and contact information for two scientific and one education/outreach references in PDF format to George Harlow ( Consideration of application materials will begin in October 2015. For further information please contact Jim Webster ( or George Harlow.  



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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. Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of harassment, discrimination or retaliation may be directed to Dan Scheiner, vice president of human resources, Title IX Coordinator, and EEO Coordinator at or 212-769-5109, or Kala Harinarayanan, senior director of human resources, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Deputy EEO Coordinator at or (212)769-5226. Individuals may also file complaints, as applicable, with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, which has its regional enforcement office at Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 32 Old Slip, 26th floor, New York, NY 10005-2500, 646-428-3900, or and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, located at 33 Whitehall Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10004, 800-669-4000.

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions. 

Last updated: January 27, 2016

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