The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s pre-eminent international museum and houses important collections in World Cultures and Natural History (www.rom.on.ca). The ROM is currently developing a new permanent palaeontology gallery to open in conjunction with its centenary celebrations in 2013. Highlighting the ROM’s superb fossil collections, along with new and ground-breaking research, the landmark exhibits of the gallery of Early Life will convey the rich, complex and immensely long story of evolving life on our dynamic planet. Covering more than 3.5 billion years of evolution, the Gallery of Early Life will complete the temporal and conceptual integration of all Level 2 Natural History exhibits, leading from the Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures, and connect directly to the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals, and ultimately to the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity: Life in Crisis.
The ROM is pleased to invite applications for the position of Contract Assistant Curator – Content Coordinator, to assist with the development of the new Gallery of Early Life. This is a full-time position with an initial one year contractural term, beginning April 1, 2013, with possible extension. The successful applicant will join the Invertebrate Palaeontology section of the ROM’s Department of History. She/he will assist the ROM curatorial team of invertebrate and vertebrate palaeontologists in the development and coordination of content for the new gallery. Working closely with the Lead Curator of the project and with an Interpretive Planner, the successful applicant will help research and develop the story lines of the exhibit, verify scientific accuracy of content, and compile and edit text and audio-visual elements. A major component of the gallery project will involve linking with multimedia companies to develop new immersive digital resources (interactive stations, augmented reality, etc.
The successful applicant will function as liaison between the Project Manager, the Curatorial Team, interpretive planning, exhibit design, and translation services. She/he will also assist with the development and implementation of gallery programming, working with ROM Education and Programs. Qualifications: Applicants must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Biology or Geology at the time of appointment and be familiar with a range of Palaeozoic ecosystems. A strong background in one or more of palaeobiology, biogeographic theory and methodology, palaeobotany, and earth-climate systems is a requisite. A history of research and peer-reviewed publication on aspects of Palaeozoic palaeoecology is preferred.
Candidates with prior experience in gallery development will be given priority. Proficiency in spoken and written French is desirable. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines in a stressful environment is required. 2 - Salary: Salary and years in rank are commensurate with experience, as stipulated in the Collective Agreement between the ROM and ROM Curatorial Association ($58903 - $72,317 per annum). Applications for the position will be accepted until March 7, 2013. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should provide a letter of interest detailing their research interests and projects, a curriculum vitae, two published/scholarly writing samples, and should arrange to have up to three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf. Forward all to: Royal Ontario Museum, Human Resources Department 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2C6 Fax # 416-586-5827 or E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org