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American Museum of Natural History Biological Anthropologist with a specialization in paleoanthropology

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Application deadline: Jan 30, 2014. The Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is conducting an open search for a Biological Anthropologist with a specialization in paleoanthropology at Assistant, Associate, or Full Curator rank. This is a tenure track position with rank and tenure negotiable depending on the candidate’s professional experience and accomplishment. Candidates of any rank should have a strong background and evidence of 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 field program is required.  Prior experience with museum collections is strongly preferred. 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 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 (  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) ( . To receive the fullest consideration, applications should be received no later than January 30, 2014.

Employer Information:

The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, and the Museum’s first scientific department was Anthropology, established in 1873. The current Division of Anthropology comprises five curators and a support staff of 30. Current curators specialize in North American archaeology, North American ethnology, Mesoamerican archaeology, African ethnology, Pacific ethnology, and Asian ethnology. The Division includes staff members who work in collections management, archives, digital imaging and database management, objects conservation, and cultural resources. The collections of the Division number more than 500,000 objects, including biological specimens and artifacts from past and current cultures around the world.

If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Office of Human Resources.

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