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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered among the top 10 institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. CMNH employs about 130 people.

Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. CMNH will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has currently launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.

The CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum and its mission; exhibits strong project management and organizational skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working in an enthusiastic and fast-paced environment.

Summary: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is seeking a highly-motivated scientist capable of developing a modern, relevant research program in a Museum focused on connecting people with the natural world. The Museum seeks a strong communicator that can inspire, connect, and engage with a broad audience on the importance and relr evance of science and nature.

The successful candidate will develop a research program in the area of human origins that advances the Museum’s long legacy in anthropological research. The ability to connect the human evolutionary story to natural history is a top priority of the CMNH. The candidate will be expected to leverage the extensive collection of over 1800 hominoid and primate fossil casts and the modern human and primate osteological collections to develop an interdisciplinary research program on human origins. Research could include, but is not limited to, morphological, functional, or ecological human evolution. The successful candidate will be part of the anthropological curatorial team strategizing across specialties and overseeing the Museum’s broad anthropology collections. Collections are housed in modern compactors adjacent to a lab offering traditional bench space for analyzing fossil and bone material. In addition, the Museum offers a molecular laboratory where more sensitive chemical analysis can be conducted, a casting lab, 3D scanning systems, photography equipment, and computational resources.
The curatorial staff at the CMNH are expected to develop research programs, in their appointed area, that integrate with Museum strategy and vision, collaborate across the Museum and the region, incorporate student training, incorporate public outreach, support public programs, enhance institutional collections, and attract external funding. A strong commitment to connecting people with nature through science and natural history is desired. The CMNH maintains an affiliation agreement with Case Western Reserve University for curator adjunct appointments, within the Department of Biology, that enables both teaching and graduate student advisement. Curators at the CMNH also provide oversight and direction of the collections through collaboration and interaction with the collections management staff. The CMNH is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in its candidate selection and hiring process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.)
Qualifications and Required Application Materials:
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment.
Applicants should submit:
  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Statement of research intent
  3. Statement of Museum integration that addresses interest and experience with student training, public outreach, and Museum programming
  4. Names and contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, ADA EMPLOYER and a SUBSTANCE-FREE WORKPLACE

Location: Cleveland, OH
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Name: Gavin Svenson
Email: GSvenson@cmnh.org

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