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CENTER FOR MARINE MAMMAL AND SEA TURTLE RESEARCH
Ruth DeLynn Cetacean Osteological Collection
MUSEUM CURATOR/STAFF SCIENTIST
The prospective candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in evolutionary biology, anatomy, or a closely related field. (e.g., D.Sc., D.V.M., D.Eng., and M.D), or lesser degree, with significant experience (at least five  years beyond Master's degree, or at least eight  years beyond Bachelor's degree in the field of specialty), including demonstration of success in peer-reviewed scientific publication and extramural funding procurement. The individual will: (a) be familiar with procedures for the proper and meticulous archival of skeletal and soft tissues of cetaceans to promote a range of scientific studies, and (b) demonstrate a high level of professional productivity and an ability to work well as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
General Duties and Responsibilities
The Ruth DeLynn Cetacean Osteological Collection holds specimens from approximately 650 individuals representing 17 species. According to an accreditation team from the Committee on Systematic Collections of the American Society of Mammalogists: “The collection of mammals at the Mote Marine Laboratory is the best organized and cared for any of us have ever seen.”
Part of the value of the collection relates to its integration with a multi-decade long study (through Dr. Randall Wells and Chicago Zooligical Society) of free-ranging dolphins in the Sarasota Bay area. Thus, for many specimens in the DeLynn Collection, a unique, long term record of their life history attributes and other data exists. As a Staff Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, the individual will establish and be a catalyst for the expansion of a vigorous research program, in addition to performing the curatorial duties that form the foundation of the job and the collection. Incumbent is expected to achieve a significant, sustained level of extramural support.
Consistent with these observations, we seek a full-time curator to maintain the standards that have produced the outstanding osteological collection created by Ruth DeLynn. The curator will also expand the collection to include soft tissue archives and to further the program with targeted research and new collaborations.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Ruth DeLynn have the following vision for the DeLynn Collection: They want it to become
one of the most heavily used museum collections for small cetaceans in the United States;
a focal point of regional, national, and even global comparative studies;
a training center for interested undergraduate and graduate students;
a resource from which numerous and important publications will flow; and
a place where the public and professionals can perceive what a facility such as this does to enhance conservation and science.
The successful candidate will help to make this vision a reality. His or her primary duties will center around maintaining and expanding the collection in a manner consistent with the highest standards for hard and soft tissue archival. The successful candidate must be able to work well independently as well as part of a team, and have a clear and well communicated vision regarding the collection and how it is to be used to further science and conservation. In that regard, the individual who is hired will be expected to facilitate and catalyze professional partnerships and collaborations to take advantage of the collection, leading to peer-reviewed publications. He or she will have a strong publication record, continue to produce publications (including those with non-Mote and Mote-based collaborators who use the collection), and acquireextramural funds via competitive grants or contracts. Although the primary of foci of the successful candidate will be meticulous archival, good science, and team building, he or she should also be comfortable interacting with the general public as well as peers.
Supervisor: Center Director, Dr. John Reynolds III
Salary Range/Benefits$40,000-$50,000/yr, with full fringe benefits which include vacation and sick time, paid holidays and health insurance.
The Search Committee will accept applications until the position is filled; however, MML will start to review applications as soon as 30August2011, and may make a decision shortly thereafter, depending on the applicant pool at that time. Applications should include a letter stating their professional goals, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Please submit application materials to Deanna Bebak, Human Resources Manager electronically at HumanResources@mote.org or Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
Mote Marine Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer.
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