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Assistant Curator of Ornithology

University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History
Gainesville, Florida
Salary is competitive and negotiable based on experience.
Closing date
Dec 18, 2021

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Life Sciences, Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Zoology, Organismal Biology
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The University of Florida, the State of Florida’s flagship university and ranked No. 5 among the nation’s top public research universities by U.S News and World Report, is home to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the official state museum of Florida. The Florida Museum’s mission includes stewardship of 40 million specimens and artifacts, award-winning exhibitions, diverse public programs, and emerging virtual and digital engagement. The research and collections programs of the Department of Natural History are world class and attract about $10 million annually in government and philanthropic support. Florida Museum is a national and international leader in biodiversity informatics, enhanced by its formative role in iDigBio, the national hub for digitization of natural history specimens.

The Florida Museum Division of Ornithology contains a world-class avian skeleton collection (~29,000 specimens of >3,200 species), ~26,000 bird skins representing ~2,600 species, and one of the world’s leading sound collections with ~27,600 catalogued and fully digitized recordings representing ~3,000 bird species. More information on these resources is available through the databases on the webpage of the Division of Ornithology. The Florida Museum supports a rich research community studying vertebrates in neontological, paleontological, and anthropological contexts. In addition to collections at Florida Museum, this research is facilitated by UF resources for genetics and genomics, 3D-imaging, and research field stations.

The Florida Museum, a college-level unit within UF, is a vibrant community of about 300 employees, including 32 full-time faculty, UF undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and museum collections, education, and administrative support staff. The Florida Museum enjoys cross-campus collaborations with many of the 16 UF colleges, including those of potential relevance to this new faculty position: Agricultural and Life Sciences (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences), Education, Engineering, Journalism and Communications, Libraries, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.


We seek to hire a creative scholar whose research and teaching are specimen-based and focus on birds. We invite candidates who address questions in the broad field of Ecology and Evolution and that would make use of the Florida Museum Ornithology collections. An ideal candidate will contribute to the museum’s goals of understanding, preserving, and interpreting biological diversity, and whose research offers opportunities for integrative collaborations with other faculty and divisions within Florida Museum. We especially encourage applications from candidates who contribute to the diversity, inclusivity, and excellence of the academic community and who have experience working with underserved and/or underrepresented students, scientists, and communities.

Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field, conduct specimen-based research on birds, and have evidence of excellence in research. Salary is competitive and negotiable based on experience.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must apply online at  Applicants must submit (1) cover letter; (2) full curriculum vitae, including lists of peer-reviewed publications and grants received; (3) research statement describing the applicant’s current and planned research; (4) statement providing the applicant’s experience with museum collections and their vision for curating, using, and growing the Ornithology collection; (5) statement about the applicant’s experience with teaching and outreach; (6) statement describing the applicant’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or service; and (7) list of the names and email addresses of a minimum of three professional references (do not send letters).

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered official if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

For inquiries concerning this position, contact Dr. Scott Robinson, Search Chair, srobinson (at)

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

At Florida Museum, we strive to create a more diverse and inclusive student, faculty, and staff experience at the University of Florida.  As a university-based museum, we believe it is essential that we, as educators, develop pathways for learners of all ages and wide-ranging audiences toward increased diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in STEM and Humanities disciplines and workforces. We are committed to the ongoing self-reflection and work needed to serve students from historically underrepresented groups within the greater University of Florida community, especially through student mentorship, teaching, and experiential learning opportunities. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UF community are encouraged to apply.

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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