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Position: Curator, Division of Anthropology

Location: New York, NY

Position Description

The Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), is conducting an open search for a position in Biological Anthropology with a specialization in paleoanthropology (human origins) at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Curator.  This is a tenure-track position.  For candidates showing notable experience and accomplishment, there is possibility of tenure at the time of appointment, pending review and determination through the Museum’s tenure process.   Candidates should have a strong background and evidence of documented or potential international leadership in paleoanthropological research. AMNH Biological Anthropology collections are some of the most comprehensive in the world, offering a unique opportunity for collections research.  Extensive possibilities also exist for professional interaction with colleagues at AMNH across the biological and physical sciences. AMNH curatorships are defined as research positions and evidence of an active research program is essential, ideally including an active field component. Prior experience with museum collections is also an asset.

AMNH curators are expected to maintain a high level of productivity in original research, to seek extramural funding, and to assume oversight responsibility for the management of Museum collections relevant to their areas of expertise. Other responsibilities or opportunities may include advising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, offering courses in the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, serving on academic and administrative committees, and participating in Museum-sponsored exhibits and educational programs. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. degree. The American Museum of Natural History is committed to the principles of Affirmative Action and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.  For further information about the position contact Dr. David Hurst Thomas (thomasd@amnh.org).

Interested candidates should submit the following materials in PDF format:

a)  cover statement including the candidate’s name, address, and current position and including a description of the candidate’s research interests, accomplishments, and plans.

b) list of dissertation advisors, committee members, co-authors and co-PIs on funded grants during the preceding five years.

c) detailed curriculum vitae, complete bibliography, copies of up to five relevant publications.       

d) names, positions, institutional affiliations and contact information for no more than three referees regarding the applicant's professional qualifications.

All materials should be submitted in PDF format directed to Anita Caltabiano (attention, Anthropology Search Committee) (anita@amnh.org). To receive the fullest consideration, applications should be received no later than November 30, 2017.                                       


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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 dscheiner@amnh.org or 212-769-5109, or Kala Harinarayanan, senior director of human resources, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Deputy EEO Coordinator at kala@amnh.org 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 OCR.NewYork@ed.gov 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: October 4, 2017