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Job Opening: Assistant Curator of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA)

Online reports on marine biodiversity in the Pacific from the CRISP Programme

WCS Research Fellowship Program

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students - 2011 APPLICATION NOW OPEN


Job Opening: Assistant Curator of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA). Posted 6 December 2010

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York is inviting applications for an Assistant Curator position (tenure track) in the Division of Anthropology. AMNH is particularly interested in candidates whose research relates to issues of general significance in anthropology and who apply their findings to challenges confronting the modern world, especially in the face of globalization, degradation of the environment, threats to human health, political conflict, uneven resource distribution, or other problems of broad societal concern.  Although candidates are invited to apply regardless of geographical interest, we are especially interested in those with expertise in Pacific/Oceania. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity to communicate effectively within their scholarly community and to a larger public. AMNH curatorships are defined as research positions: prior experience with museum collections is not a requirement, though would be considered a positive attribute. AMNH curators are expected to maintain a high level of productivity in original research, to seek extramural funding, and to assume oversight responsibility for the management of Museum collections relevant to their areas of expertise. Other duties may include serving on committees and participating in Museum-sponsored exhibits and educational programs. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. degree before the expected employment start date (July 1, 2011). The American Museum of Natural History is committed to the principles of Affirmative Action and encourages applications from women and minority candidates. Interested candidates should submit the following materials:
a) cover letter with name, address and current position of the applicant including a description of the candidate’s research interests, accomplishments, and plans.
b) list of dissertation advisors, committee members, co-authors and co-PIs on funded grants during the preceding five years.
c) detailed curriculum vitae, complete bibliography, copies of up to five relevant publications (pdf versions preferred). 
d) names, positions, institutional affiliations and contact information for no more than three referees regarding the applicant's professional qualifications.
Electronic submission of all materials is strongly encouraged but materials may also be sent by mail or courier (not fax) to: Anthropology Search Committee, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192. Email submissions should be directed to: (attention, Anthropology Search Committee). To receive the fullest consideration, applications should be received no later than January 30, 2011.

This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference. This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression. This employer offers health insurance benefits to eligible same-sex domestic partners. This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.

Employer Information:

The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, and the Museum’s first scientific department was Anthropology, established in 1873. The current Division of Anthropology comprises five curators and a support staff of 30. Current curators specialize in North American archaeology, North American ethnology, Mesoamerican archaeology, African ethnology, and Asian ethnology. The Division includes staff members who work in collections management, archives, digital imaging and database management, objects conservation, and cultural resources. The collections of the Division number more than 500,000 objects, including biological specimens and artifacts from past and current cultures around the world.

Online reports on marine biodiversity in the Pacific from the CRISP Programme. Posted 8 November 2010.

Dozens of French and English language reports on the marine biodiversity of the Pacific are available free online at the CRISP website. Titles include: "A guide to the decapods crustaceans of the South Pacific", "Mark-recapture of Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) in New Caledonia: A photo-identification approach", "A Rapid Marine Biodiversity Assessment of the Coral Reefs of the Northwest Lagoon, between Koumac and Yandé and, Province Nord, New Caledonia", and "Spatial distribution of reef fish communities: An investigation of the Coral Coast, Fiji Islands".

WCS Research Fellowship Program. Posted 5 November.

The WCS Research Fellowship Program (RFP) is a small grants program administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Institute which, from 1993 to 2007, funded over 300 proposals totaling more than $3 million. The RFP grants helped build research capacity for the next generation of conservation practitioners worldwide. The Program supports individual field research projects that have a clear application to conservation. Individuals interested in submitting an RFP application should visit for eligibility information. The application deadline is January 5, 2011. The maximum award is $20,000. For more information, please email

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students - 2011 APPLICATION NOW OPEN. Posted 15 September 2010.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally  engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.

The 2011 application is now open and will close at 5:00 pm local time on November 10, 2010.  Application instructions are available online at For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit or

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation's borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master's or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program by the application deadline date.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date over 2,000 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the EAPSI Help Desk by email at or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.