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Posted: October 19, 2016

Assistant Curator – Herpetology
(Role Title: Scientist II)

Position #00007
Location: Martinsville VA
Minimum Starting Pay: $42,614
Salary Range: Pay Band 5

An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) is now available. VMNH is a state-funded agency in Virginia’s Secretariat of Natural Resources, and is located in Martinsville, Virginia, approximately 50 miles east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mission of VMNH is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.

If you meet the qualifications for Assistant Curator – Herpetology, we invite you to apply to join our staff. The starting date for this position is July 2017. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment, with experience beyond the Ph.D. preferred.

We seek a broadly trained colleague whose work focuses on field- and collections-based research involving extant amphibians and/or non-avian reptiles. Although area of specialization is open, systematics and taxonomy are viewed as essential to the museum's scientific mission and should be an important part of a research portfolio. A broad-based approach that includes systematics along with molecular, and/or ecological methods is favored. Research experience with taxa native to eastern North America and an interest in developing interdisciplinary research collaborations is preferred. Knowledge of extant fishes of eastern North American is desirable.

This position requires expertise in the global higher-level systematics of an extant amphibian or non-avian reptile group, but overall familiarity with amphibians and reptiles is expected. General competence in field collection, preparation, care, and management of scientific collections is required, along with the ability to interface with outside scientists requesting access to the collections. Other job requirements include publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, curation of existing collections, evaluation/acquisition of additional specimens, providing technical expertise for museum programming and exhibits, and serving as liaison between the museum and the broader scientific community via collaborations, reviews, and presentations. The successful candidate is expected to obtain external funding to support their research efforts.

Duties for this position also include interaction with other VMNH departments such as education, outreach, exhibits, and advancement. The ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences is viewed as an important qualification.

Facilities include access to microscopes, ultracold freezers, molecular lab equipment, relational collections databases, and a small research library. Additional facilities are available at Virginia Tech, located less than two hours away in Blacksburg, VA. VMNH maintains close working relationships with nearby universities, especially Virginia Tech and Roanoke College, and with other state agencies, such as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more information about VMNH, visit our website at www.vmnh.net.

Only online applications are accepted. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and curatorial interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references. These documents may be attached to the online application. Application review will begin 20 January 2017.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/56451 

If you need assistance in completing the online application, please contact the Human Resources Office at 276-634-4158. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., 20 January 2017.

The Virginia Museum of Natural History complies with E-Verify which is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are afforded equal opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.