Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist

American Museum of Natural History
New York City
Job Category
Faculty Appointments
$140,000 – 185,000/annual
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) seeks a Curator in the area of Conservation Science. This is a tenured position with rank negotiable depending on the candidate’s professional experience and accomplishments. The successful candidate for this position will be appointed as a Curator in one of the Divisions (Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleontology, Physical Sciences, or Vertebrate Zoology) and as a Professor in the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH as well as hold the title Chief Conservation Scientist in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC). We seek an experienced conservation scientist with demonstrated high-impact research, productivity, and grantsmanship, and significant promise of future cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and conservation practice. Research focus could be in any area related to biodiversity conservation, including patterns of global change, conservation strategies, climate change impacts and adaptation, biocultural conservation, or social-ecological systems. Those who utilize natural history collections for future-oriented research, and those leading work at the intersection of conservation, climate change, and human wellbeing are especially encouraged to apply. The Curator, Professor, and Chief Conservation Scientist’s research and activities are expected to complement and strategically expand the Museum’s impact in conservation, as well as synergize with other areas of AMNH science and establish or strengthen local, regional, and global collaborations. The successful candidate for this position should be an active and dynamic scientist who has an interest in collaboration with Museum staff, including scientists and specialists at the CBC. Resources available at the AMNH include world-class collections and research library, our Institute for Comparative Genomics, an ancient biomolecules laboratory, microscopy and imaging facilities, the Southwestern Research Station, the Richard Gilder Graduate School, an active internal grant program to support field research and collaborations with area universities, and an active public outreach program. The successful candidate will also serve as an ambassador of the Museum’s conservation mission, representing this body of work with science, technology, Indigenous and local communities, the general public, the media, and other partners.
Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in the natural or social sciences at the time of application submission.
Contact Person
Brian Smith
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