Dean of Science

American Museum of Natural History
New York City, New York (US)
December 17 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), one of the world’s largest and most prominent natural history museums, invites applications and nominations for an outstanding scholar and strategic academic leader at the Full Curator & Full Professor level to serve as the Dean of Science.

Chartered in 1869, AMNH’s mission is “to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.” The Museum is a diverse scientific, educational, and cultural organization. It includes a robust research enterprise with approximately 200 full time scientists; collections of more than 34 million specimens and artifacts that constitute an invaluable record of life on Earth; one of the largest natural history libraries in the world; galleries in which it displays award-winning exhibitions; and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, which houses the Hayden Planetarium. AMNH also distributes its scientific and educational content, special exhibitions, and planetarium shows to venues around the world. More about AMNH can be found at

The Dean of Science will join AMNH as it seeks to refine and advance its research mission and activities. In addition to carrying out his/her own active research program as a Full Curator, the overarching responsibilities for the Dean of Science will include: strategic planning and the development of short- and long-range research initiatives; assisting in the recruitment, evaluation, and development of research staff; facilitating team science and strong collaborations externally and internally; helping to develop and support the infrastructure necessary for scientific research; ensuring robust growth of research funding; and management supporting the Museum’s research enterprise. 

The ideal candidate will be a highly accomplished researcher with a PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline. They will demonstrate a strong record of scholarly activity and extramural funding, and current or previous administrative experience requiring considerable management and administrative skills in a research-intensive environment.

AMNH has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. More details on this search are available at: Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including a current CV and a cover letter that articulates one’s relevant research background, experience in academic leadership, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as a vision for the future of museum-based science) should be sent electronically and in confidence to: John Muckle, Andrew Lee, and Natalie Leonhard via

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law. Additional protections are afforded in employment based on arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, unemployment status, and credit history, in each case to the extent provided by law.

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