Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Chicago , IL
Full Time


The Field Museum invites applications for an Assistant Curator in the field of Vertebrate Paleontology. This term position has a probationary period of 3 + 3 years; after successful promotion to the Associate level, it is renewable every 7 years, according to the Field Museum's Policy Statement on the Curatorial Ranks. The Field Museum's Earth Science Section has a record of scientific excellence in collections-based research, with current strengths in phylogenetic systematics, comparative and functional morphology, paleoecology, paleoclimate, macroevolution, paleobotany, meteoritics, and cosmochemistry.
We are seeking a collegial individual with strong communication skills who conducts innovative, integrative, and collaborative research in Vertebrate Paleontology that will complement and expand the section's strengths. Our Fossil Vertebrate collections are world-class and host an incredible diversity of specimens. Of particular interest are candidates who will utilize the collections of fossil mammals (~73,000 specimens, including a large collection of Oligocene-Pleistocene mammals from South America), fossil fishes (~30,000 individuals ranging from the Ordovician to Pleistocene), and Paleozoic tetrapods from North America and South Africa (~3,500 specimens), among others. Candidates who perform fieldwork and work in state-of-the-art methodologies/technologies are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded field and laboratory research program, contribute to overseeing, building, and using the Vertebrate Paleontology collections, participate in Museum exhibitions, public outreach and education, and programmatic efforts. Close relationships with local universities provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate training participation. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline must be held by the start of employment.

To apply and for inquiries, please email:

   Applications should include:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of research interests and career objectives (max. three pages)
  • A statement on curatorial vision (max. two pages)
  • A statement on diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility in a museum context (max. two pages)
  • Names and contact information for three people who can provide letters of recommendation; and (6) copies of up to 5
  • relevant publications in PDF format

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2022


Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests, and their families, the Field Museum requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as, given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated.


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