Institution: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Closing date: 19 September 2014
The North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources invites applications for the position of Research Curator, Ichthyology. This position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, an award-winning major institution with a prominent State-wide, national and international profile. This key position is in the Museum’s Research & Collections section and is located at the Museum’s Research Laboratory, approximately 15 minutes away from the downtown Raleigh Museum buildings.
The salary range is $42,667.00–$69,177.00 annually.
- Development of original scientific research programs in ichthyological systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields; research programs may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists.
- Curatorial responsibilities for the Ichthyology Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to database format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection.
- Operational management and administration of the Ichthyology unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel.
- Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Compentencies
To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.
A successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Considerable taxonomic/systematic knowledge in Ichthyology, in general, and of North Carolina and South Eastern United States fishes, specifically.
- Experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of fish systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields.
- A demonstrated mastery of materials, equipment, and techniques used in relevant research (laboratory based protocols and fieldwork) and specimen collection curatorial activities.
- A demonstrated track record of effective and creative science communication to diverse audiences.
- Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund biological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections-related activities.
- Experience in publishing technical science papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Possession of a master's degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A Ph.D. in biology, zoology, or related science field.
Apply online at tinyurl.com/p69lpyj). All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application. Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.
The closing date is 19 September 2014 at 5 pm Eastern Time.
Supplemental and Contact Information:
For additional information, please contact: Laura Oakley (919) 707-9809 or laura [dot] oakley [at] naturalsciences [dot] org.
The North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resource uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.