POSITION AVAILABLE: Tenure-track Assistant Curator of Mammals and Assistant
Professor of Biology, Sam Noble Museum and Department of Biology, University of
Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
SALARY: Negotiable (9-month appointment).
BEGINNING DATE: 16 August 2017
DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: We seek a creative, collaborative thinker with a
collection-based research program involving molecular approaches to studying
mammalian systems. We are especially interested in candidates who use genomic
tools and datasets in combination with innovative computational, ecological,
behavioral and/or comparative approaches to address important biological
questions ranging from the origin and maintenance of organismal diversity,
adaptation to changing environments, evolution, conservation, and human health
and disease. Areas of research interests include, but are not limited to:
comparative genomics, landscape/population genetics, geographical ecology,
global change biology, evolutionary genetics, and mechanisms of evolution.
Preference will be given to biologists with a documented record of
collections-based research in natural history, including field experience and a
broad taxonomic understanding of the Mammalia, who also clearly demonstrate
cross-disciplinary research programs. A Ph.D., teaching experience, and field
and museum research experience in mammalogy are required.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) develop and
maintain an innovative, extramurally-funded research program in mammalian
systems; (2) oversee care and obtain support for a collection of about 70,000
specimens by maintaining records, identifying and cataloging specimens,
supervising preparators and assistants, expanding and preserving the
collections, and developing long-range plans for collection maintenance and
development; (3) contribute to museum public exhibit development and support;
(4) develop and contribute to museum-related outreach activities; and (5)
contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, including instruction of one
course per year (one-half the regular department teaching load) in mammalogy,
animal behavior, biogeography, genetics, evolution, comparative anatomy,
ecological modeling, or bioinformatics. A full-time Curatorial Associate is
funded in this collection (50% mammalogy collection, 40% genetic resources
collection, 10% Supervisor of Integrated Pest Management).
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Sam Noble Museum is an organized research unit of the
University of Oklahoma and is one of the finest university museums in the
world. The museum has an outstanding curatorial, collections, education,
exhibits, and support staff that serves the museum's mission from research to
preservation to education at all levels. The Department of Biology is a leading
academic department with a tradition of excellence in organismal biology. It is
home to 20 of the 44 faculty in the University's graduate program in Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology, and it is currently in the process of hiring several
new faculty in the next two to three years to expand on its strengths in
geographical ecology and the biology of behavior.
APPLICATIONS: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of experience and
goals (including teaching, research, and curation), and representative pdf
reprint examples to Dr. Michael A. Mares, Director,
mama...@ou.edu<mailto:mama...@ou.edu>. Applicants should also arrange to have
three signed letters of reference sent to mama...@ou.edu<mailto:mama...@ou.edu>
or to Genetic Mammalogist Search Committee, Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua
Ave., Norman, Oklahoma, 73072-7029. Visit us at http://snomnh.ou.edu and
CLOSING DATE: Screening of candidates will begin 22 October 2016 and continue
until the position is filled.
THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
AND ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE. PROTECTED VETERANS AND INDIVIDUALS
WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.