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Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology, Science Museum of Minnesota

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The Science Museum of Minnesota seeks a paleontologist for the Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology, the department director and curator, for the Paleontology Department in our Science Division, to grow its scholarship, to curate and expand its fossil collections, and to help inspire public understanding of, and involvement in, science. The museum is growing and spans the scientific fields of anthropology, biology, paleontology and watershed research. The Science Museum strives to create an inclusive, equity-based institution that empowers people to change the world through science. Museum scientists work with exhibit and program developers to engage with the public through educational programming and exhibits. They work with other museum scientists and a large, highly-trained volunteer corps. The museum has strong local public support with state of the art research and collections facilities.

The ideal candidate’s scholarship will involve field-based paleontological research on fossil vertebrates. Successful candidates will have a proven research program and an established record of accomplishment of publication and funding; will be a phenomenal public speaker and will regularly engage the public and media. The Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology will lead the paleontology program as the Paleontology Department Director and Curator. As Director, this position will manage and monitor department operations to provide the vision and leadership to advance the goals of the division and the museum.

The starting date for the position is flexible.

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Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in paleontology or related field is required at the start of the position.
• Experience working with the public, leading a paleontology research program, managing collections and field research.
• Knowledge of professional museum standards in collections management including development and implementation of collections policies and procedures.
• Applied knowledge of government regulations and legal requirements and experience with compliance measures.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Postdoctoral experience is recommended.
• Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
• Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
• Fluency in language(s) other than English valued.

We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees.