viernes, febrero 01, 2019

Burke Museum – Paleontology & Geology Collections Manager (Program Operations Specialist)

The University of Washington Burke Museum invites applications for the full-time position of collections manager of paleontology and geology. The Burke Museum, located on the university campus in Seattle, is a repository for research collections and has substantial exhibit and K-16 outreach programs. Fossil collections at the Burke Museum are actively growing and include over three million specimens distributed in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology. A smaller collection of minerals and meteorites is also part of the divisional holdings. Currently, the fossil collections are managed by four half-time faculty curators, one full-time fossil lab manager, and one collections manager. The volume of the collection exceeds proportionally the number of individuals tasked with managing both the specimens and the accompanying digital resources.

This position must support diverse paleontogy collections, to include vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany,micropaleontology, and geology, on and off-site. Each collection must be managed appropriately, and each set of data is housed in a different database file. There is much work to be done to bring all of the collections under the appropriate level of care and organization, as the use of the collections for research is determined by their accessibility both digitally and tangibly.

Basic Functions:
The successful candidate will assist the curators in day-to-day collections operations. Specific responsibilities include:

Management and Maintenance of Collections:  75%
Growth of the Collections:  10%
Public Outreach:  15%

Required Qualifications:
·         Masters Degree in Paleobiology or related field
·         Four to five years related work experience
·         Proficient experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections

Desired Qualifications:
·         PhD in Paleobiology or related field
·         Experience with GPS mapping and GIS technology
·         Experience with MySQL or related relational database systems
·         Experience writing funded grant proposals

Conditions of Employment:
·         Work in a lab that is visible to the public; work weekends as scheduled

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.

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jueves, enero 31, 2019

VIII Jornadas Internacionales sobre Paleontología de Dinosaurios

Ponemos en marcha las VIII Jornadas Internacionales sobre Paleontología de Dinosaurios y su Entorno, del 5 al 7 de septiembre próximos.

Hemos creado dos sitios web para difundir, informar y aportar documentación que facilite a todos los interesados su participación:

En ellos puedes encontrar la primera circular:

Y el formulario de inscripción:

Nos gustaría que difundieses la celebración de este congreso en tu Centro de trabajo e investigación, así como en tus redes sociales, blogs, etc.

Y, por supuesto, te queremos animar a participar en las Jornadas.

Un cordial saludo
Fidel Torcida
Comité Organizador VIII Jornadas Dinosaurios

martes, enero 29, 2019

Curatial Assistant Museum Comparative Zoology

Reports to the Curatorial Associate of Invertebrate Paleontology (IP)/[Acting] Curatorial Associate of Vertebrate Paleontology (VP) in the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). The Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Curatorial Associate with day-to-day collection activities in both the VP and IP collections; update all collection indices as necessary; assists with processing of loans, returns and exchanges; answer pertinent correspondence in consultation with Curatorial Associate; assist visitors with access to collections and department library; may perform clerical duties required by the collection such as ordering or mailings. The curatorial assistant processes data relevant to taxonomic and collection information into the museum database, including accessions. May assist in fossil preparation and preservation, maintenance, renovation of collection, pertinent inquiries and visitors to the MCZ collections and facilities, and executes related duties as assigned. Provides clerical functions incidental to the curatorial activities. Attends regular staff trainings/meetings. Contributes to unit goals by accomplishing related duties as required.

Basic Qualifications
 1+ years of experience working in a museum collection, or a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in geology, paleontology, or other closely related fields (e.g. zoology, evolution, etc.) Experience with data processing, spreadsheet and database software.

Additional Qualifications
College background in geology, biology or museum studies. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Experience working with collection database management programs, and web interface required. Knowledge PC computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel in addition to demonstrated comfort with learning new software applications. Must be flexible and willing to take on new assignments. Ideal candidate will have great attention to detail, be self-motivated, and the ability to work as part of a team.  Should be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.  Vertebrate Paleontology experience preferred.  

Additional Information
This is a one year term position ending approximately January 31, 2020.  A cover letter and resume must be submitted in order to be considered for this position.