Now accepting applications for Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator

February 3, 2020
fossil in jacket
fossil specimen collected in 2017

The MCZ is now accepting applications for a Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator. 

The Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator operates and manages the Paleontology Preparation Laboratory and cares for fossils in the vertebrate paleontology collection. Research priorities of the department are established by the Faculty-Curator, Stephanie Pierce.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

This position supervises and trains undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and volunteers in the scientific techniques of destructive sampling and fossil vertebrate preparation, which includes traditional preparation in the lab. This position will use virtual preparation using 3D reconstruction software, which is managed by Stephanie Pierce.  Oversees the training and use of computed tomography (CT) facilities for departmental affiliates, including mounting and stabilizing specimens.  Plays a major role in planning field expeditions, including bibliographic searches, preparation of materials/data for grant proposals, 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 vertebrates, 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 preparation.

Basic Qualifications

BA/BSc or equivalent degree in geology, biology or zoology, with emphasis on vertebrate paleontology (anatomy and taxonomy).  Minimum of 3 years of experience in vertebrate paleontology preparation.

More information about the position and how to apply.