Research Curator of Insects Texas Natural Science Center, University of Texas, Austin (USA) ~

5 de noviembre de 2013

Research Curator of Insects Texas Natural Science Center, University of Texas, Austin (USA)

The Texas Natural Science Center (TNSC) seeks a Curator of Insects with a broad
research program. The appointment is 100% in the TNSC, which has strong ties to
the Department of Integrative Biology. The TNSC collections include insects and
cave arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and genomic resources. A Ph.D. in a
natural science field is required by the start date of the appointment. The
position is a research staff appointment. The Curator will:

-Develop an externally funded, collection-based research program in
biodiversity, including ecology, evolution, and systematics; some emphasis on
the Texas insect or cave arthropod fauna is desirable. The research program
should be at the forefront of the field and complement existing strengths in
Department of Integrative Biology. With approval of the faculty, the candidate
may be admitted to the Graduate Faculty (non-tenure track) and supervise
graduate students in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Graduate program. The
candidate will contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives of the College of
Natural Sciences.

-Oversee the accessioning, georeferencing, and general curation of the
collections, including securing external support, development and maintenance of
electronic databases, processing of loans, compliance with regulations and
permits, and pest management. It is highly desirable that the candidate has
substantial curatorial experience with insect and general arthropod collections
in a natural history museum setting. Required curatorial skills include
attention to detail, management, communication, and professional interaction
with the University, public, governmental and research communities.

-Manage and guide the growth of the collections and associated resources
including archives, databases, and genomic resources.

-Engage in the teaching mission of the University. Although the appointment as
Curator within the TNSC is 100%, the candidate is encouraged to teach courses in
the Department of Integrative Biology (which may include Entomology and Field
Entomology) and to enhance academic relationships with the Department.

-Contribute to exhibits, outreach, and informal education initiatives of the

-Contribute to service activities at the University, state, and national level.

Applicants should provide one pdf file that includes the following: (1)
curriculum vitae; (2) pdfs of three representative publications; (3) statement
that addresses current and future research, curatorial experience, and teaching
experience and philosophy; and (4) contact information for three references. The
pdf should be emailed to Margaret Fischer,

Review of applications will begin on 1 December 2013 and continue until a
suitable applicant is identified. Contact David Cannatella
( for further information.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer.  This is a security-sensitive position. A criminal history background
check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

David Cannatella
Professor and Curator
Dept. Integrative Biology and
Texas Natural Science Center
University of Texas
Austin, Texas 78712

David Cannatella
Professor, Integrative Biology and
Curator of Herpetology
Texas Natural Science Center
1 University Station C0990
University of Texas
Austin, Texas 78712
512-232-4862 (office; voicemail)

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