California State University, Fullerton invites applications for the Director of Paleontology for the newly established John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Curation Center. The successful candidate will also hold a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Geological Sciences. We are searching for a person with extensive experience managing and curating vertebrate fossil collections, and will make an appointment at a level commensurate with the experience of the candidate.
The successful candidate's primary responsibility will be the management of the paleontology portion of the Orange County Archaeology and Paleontology Collection at the Cooper Center, including direction of a Senior Paleontology Technician, interns and volunteers. The Collection contains fossils in various stages of curation, from large jacketed specimens to fully curated fossils. The bulk of the specimens at the Cooper Center are Miocene marine animals, including numerous previously unrecognized marine mammals.
The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally-funded research program focusing on specimens curated at the Cooper Center and resulting in peer-reviewed publications in refereed journals. Teaching responsibilities may include some of the following: physical geology, historical geology, paleontology, and upper-division and graduate courses in the new faculty member's area of expertise.
Qualifications The successful candidate will have the following credentials and capabilities:
* a Ph.D. in Geology or a related field with emphasis in Vertebrate Paleontology,
* experience in fossil curation and museum operations related to the accession, management and display of fossils,
* a vigorous, research program in vertebrate paleontology that can involve undergraduate and graduate students,
* a strong interest in teaching and achieving excellence in teaching, and
* must have the interest and ability to interact effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.
CSU Fullerton is a large urban university dedicated to the preeminence of learning. A designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal State Fullerton is noted both for the diversity of its student body and its engagement of undergraduate students in research. Located 22 miles southeast of metropolitan Los Angeles, Fullerton is a full-service city renowned for its unique mix of residential, commercial and industrial, educational, and cultural environments that provide residents with an outstanding quality of life. The Department has thirteen full-time faculty with expertise in traditional and applied areas of the geological sciences. The nearby geological provinces provide abundant opportunities for field-based research, which the department emphasizes in its curriculum. There are over 100 undergraduate geology majors and approximately 20 MS students in the Department. Additional information is available from our web page at http://geology.fullerton.edu/.
This is an Open rank tenure-track position. Salary and startup are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available, which includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse or domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care as well as an affordable housing program; and a defined-benefit retirement through the State system, along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits.