The Invertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator operates and manages the Zoology Preparation Laboratory II within the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). The position reports directly to the department's curatorial associate, with indirect reports to the department's faculty-curator and MCZ's Director of Collections Operations.
Operates and manages the Zoology Preparation Laboratory II within the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) and also cares for fossils in the invertebrate paleontology collection. Research priorities of the department are established by the faculty-curator. Supervises and trains undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and volunteers in the scientific techniques of destructive sampling and fossil invertebrate preparation, which includes traditional preparation in the lab. This position will use virtual preparation using 3D reconstruction software, which is managed by the faculty-curator in Invertebrate Paleontology. Oversees the training and use of digital imaging facilities for departmental affiliates. Plays a major role in planning field expeditions, including bibliographic searches, permits and permissions to access field sites, map and aerial photo surveys, and testing and purchase of field equipment. Assumes responsibility for geographical sectors and expeditionary personnel in the field, including supervision and training of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the scientific techniques of collecting fossil invertebrates, with the ability to apply all basic and research skills necessary in providing leading care for all specimens. Authorizes purchases of departmental laboratory supplies, especially those necessary to develop new techniques of invertebrate fossil preparation.
In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume are required. A submission of a portfolio detailing preparation projects is required at time of application as well.
***All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is a preeminent center for contemporary zoological research and teaching. Its permanent collections comprise approximately 21 million specimens of extant and fossil invertebrates and vertebrates, as well as frozen tissues, microscope slides and other associated objects, such as the Blaschka glass invertebrates.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BA/BSc or equivalent degree in geology, biology or zoology with emphasis on invertebrate paleontology (anatomy and taxonomy). Minimum of 3 years of experience in invertebrate paleontology preparation.
MSc in a related discipline and 5+ years of experience in invertebrate paleontology preparation preferred. Sound knowledge of invertebrate anatomy as well as fundamental concepts of Paleozoic stratigraphy, sedimentology and invertebrate evolution. Specialized technical skills required in preparation of fossil invertebrates, including microscopic dissection and hands-on experience using acid preparation methods. Competence with a wide range of mechanical devices and experience using manual and mechanical fossil preparation techniques, including air scribes, air abrasives, rock saws, etc. Experience in molding, casting, 3D printing, restoration and conservation of fossils. Experience with specimen photography and microphotography. Familiarity with x-ray, SEM, BSE, elemental mapping, CT scanning, laser scanning and photogrammetry technology, as well as data processing using virtual software. Experience conducting fieldwork, including excavating, consolidating, collecting and documenting fossil discoveries. Experience organizing the logistics of field expeditions, including permits and mapping. Membership in a scientific society is desirable, as is experience presenting preparation techniques at local and/or national conferences. Good organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of administrative duties, including database management. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and in a busy team environment.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54191BR
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