The Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator operates and manages the Paleontology Preparation Laboratory within the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), and also cares for fossils in the vertebrate paleontology collection. The position reports directly to the Curatorial Associate, with indirect reports to the Faculty-Curator and MCZ's Director of Collections Operations. Research priorities of the department are established by the Faculty-Curator.
This position supervises and trains undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and volunteers in the scientific techniques of destructive sampling and fossil vertebrate preparation, which includes traditional preparation in the lab. This position will use virtual preparation using 3D reconstruction software, which is managed by the Faculty-Curator in Vertebrate Paleontology. Oversees the training and use of computed tomography (CT) facilities for departmental affiliates, including mounting and stabilizing specimens. Plays a major role in planning field expeditions, including bibliographic searches, preparation of materials/data for grant proposals, map and aerial photo surveys, and testing and purchase of field equipment. Assumes responsibility for geographical sectors and expeditionary personnel in the field, including supervision and training of undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in the scientific techniques of collecting fossil vertebrates, with the ability to apply all basic and research skills necessary in providing leading care for all specimens. Authorizes purchases of departmental laboratory supplies, especially those necessary to develop new techniques of preparation.
To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, a resume and a portfolio detailing preparation projects with the initial application. The portfolio should include a minimum of 2 or 3 photographic and written narratives that explain how a specimen was prepared and/or conserved and the techniques and materials used. If the technique was novel and/or presented at a workshop or conference, this should also be noted.
***All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
The MCZ was founded in 1859, primarily through the efforts of the Swiss geologist and ichthyologist Louis Agassiz. The museum soon established and served as a training ground for professional zoologists and influenced many budding North American museums. The MCZ continues to follow Agassiz's vision to illuminate the structures of living things as well as their natural classification and relationship with their surroundings, while remaining a leading institution for modern zoological research and teaching. Present-day collections comprise approximately 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens and associated objects, such as the Blaschka glass invertebrate models.
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Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BA/BSc or equivalent degree in geology, biology or zoology, with emphasis on vertebrate paleontology (anatomy and taxonomy). Minimum of 3 years of experience in vertebrate paleontology preparation.
MSc in a related discipline is preferred, as is 5+ years of experience in vertebrate paleontology preparation. Sound knowledge of vertebrate skeletal anatomy, as well as fundamental concepts of stratigraphy, sedimentology and vertebrate evolution. Specialized technical skills required in preparation of fossil vertebrates, including microscopic dissection and hands-on experience using acid preparation methods. Competence with a wide range of mechanical devices, and experience using manual and mechanical fossil preparation techniques, including air scribes, air abrasives, rock saws, etc. Experience in molding, casting, 3D printing, restoration and conservation of fossils. Familiarity with x-ray, CT scanning, laser scanning and photogrammetry technology, as well as data processing using virtual software. Experience conducting field work, including excavating, consolidating, collecting and documenting fossil discoveries. Experience organizing the logistics of field expeditions, including permits and mapping. Membership in a scientific society is desirable, as is experience presenting preparation techniques at local and/or national conferences. Good organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of administrative duties.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 51579BR
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