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Curator, Professor, and Director of Comparative Biology Initiative
Director, Southwest Research Station



Curator, Professor, and Director of Comparative Biology Initiative


New York, NY

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York invites applications and nominations for an outstanding scholar at the Full Curator & Full Professor level with internationally-recognized research and leadership credentials, and demonstrated, ongoing high-impact research productivity and grantsmanship, to provide innovative leadership for a new museum-wide initiative in comparative biology.  This initiative will incorporate the work of multiple investigators at the Museum and at collaborating institutions in genomics (including eukaryotic [including microbial] genomics, metagenomics, phylogenomics, transcriptomics, etc.), phenomics (large-scale phenotypic analysis) and bioinformatics/computational biology, aimed at understanding the evolution and relationships of organisms in ways that clarify and illuminate the architecture of life.  The successful candidate for this position should show experience and interest in managing large–scale, interdisciplinary, collaborative, multi-institutional projects and is expected to qualify for and be appointed as a tenured full curator in either the Division of Invertebrate Zoology or Vertebrate Zoology, and as a full professor in the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH.  We seek a creative, active, broad-based researcher and dynamic academic leader who interacts well with others and who will utilize the extensive resources the Museum has to offer in the way of collections, research instrumentation and laboratories, interactions with Museum colleagues and collaborations with area organizations (including the New York Genome Center, area universities, New York Botanical Garden, and others), teaching and mentoring, exhibition, and public education.

We particularly seek applications from, or nominations of, candidates with a compelling vision for the future trajectory of their science, and for comparative biology in general, and whose research addresses fundamental, cross-disciplinary questions. In addition to the above-noted expectations for high productivity and grantsmanship, the successful candidate will have outstanding communication skills in engaging diverse communities and demonstrated capabilities in management of collaborative projects and decision-making.  Experience in interacting with governmental and non-governmental agencies and in fundraising are highly desirable, as are collection-based, field-based and/or computational research.  Other responsibilities or opportunities include advising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, offering courses in the Comparative Biology Ph.D. Program of the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, institutional service, development activities, and participating in Museum-sponsored exhibits and educational programs.

In addition to applications, we invite recommendations or nominations of potential candidates, and request that these include a resume and contact information for the nominee.  Nominations or applications can be submitted to  Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, preferably as PDF files, via a single email message to (Subject line: 2015 Senior Curator IZ-VZ Search Committee: your name): 1) a cover letter in which you indicate your interest, experience, and qualifications for the position; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) PDF files of up to five recent publications; and 4) names and contact information for five referees who can comment on leadership, scientific and other skills and accomplishments noted above (to be contacted by the Museum only at the time of arranging an interview or for the process of tenure review in the case of a potential appointment).  Inquires should be directed to John Flynn, Chair of the Search Committee and Dean of the Richard Gilder Graduate School: Applications or nominations should be received by April 2, 2015.




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:


The American Museum of Natural History does not solicit or accept applications or résumés unless it is for a specific job listed on this website.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin and veteran or disability status.  Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

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: July 13, 2015

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