The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah invite applications for a tenure-track joint position as Curator of Archaeology and Assistant Professor of Anthropology beginning July 1, 2019. The majority of this split appointment is funded by the Museum, but retention, promotion, and tenure decisions will be made according to the Department criteria.
The successful candidate will maintain a strong field- and collections-based research program involving students. Duties also include overseeing the curation and continued development of the Anthropology collections, teaching one formal course per year in the Department of Anthropology, participating in Museum public programs and exhibit development, supervising graduate students in the Department, as well as participating in Department governance.
NHMU and the Department of Anthropology have recently moved to new, state-of-the-art facilities equipped with laboratories, collection storage rooms, lecture halls, and student work space. For NHMU this move allowed for the inspection, reorganization, and completion of the database for remarkable collections, ranging from some of the earliest artifacts in the Great Basin (Danger Cave) to modern Navajo baskets. Numbering nearly one million objects, the Anthropology collections relate primarily to the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. NHMU has research strengths in biodiversity science, including curators with expertise in vertebrate zoology, botany, mycology, genomics, paleoecology, paleontology, and archaeology (paleoethnobotany and zooarchaeology).
Candidates must have a strong record of research and publication in the prehistory of western North America, with preference for work in the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, or prehistoric Southwest. Potential to develop field- and collections-based research projects in Utah is essential. Research focus and methodological expertise is open, but preference will be given to applicants cognizant of the research potential of the collections, whose work will support graduate student training and generate significant extramural support, and who complement the strong evolutionary and ecological perspective of current Anthropology faculty and NHMU curators. In addition, potential to contribute to the NHMU Sustaining Biodiversity initiative (https://nhmu.utah.edu/sustaining-biodiversity) is favorable.
Review of applications will begin January 7, 2019, and continue until filled. To apply, submit an application on-line (https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/85384) that includes a CV, three sample publications, contact information for exactly three references, and a letter of interest that addresses: (1) research, (2) teaching, (3) collections, (4) programmatic interests, i.e. how your research may impact and contribute to exhibits and public programs at the museum, and (5) how your work and experience can contribute to the success of underrepresented students. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. by time of appointment. Questions may be directed to the Museum’s Executive Director, Sarah George (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or the Chair of Anthropology, Leslie Knapp (email@example.com).
Internal Number: 85384
About Natural History Museum of Utah
At the Natural History Museum of Utah we place a strong emphasis on providing an exceptional experience to every guest who visits the museum or participates in any of our programs. All staff members, at every level and in all departments, are a critical part of providing this level of experience. Candidates selected for employment with NHMU will receive training and be expected to consistently contribute to creating an exceptional and memorable experience at every opportunity.
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