UTexas @ Austin | Curatorial Assistant for Paleontology Lab

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Research Engineering/ Scientist Assistant – Curatorial Assistant

Hiring department: Jackson School of Geosciences
Monthly salary: $1,562+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week: 30.00 Flexible from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number: 17-03-23-01-4222
Job Status: Open
FLSA status: Non-exempt
Earliest Start Date: Immediately
Position Duration Funding: expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin – J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)
Number of vacancies: 1

General Notes

This position may require occasional work on weekends or holidays or after regular work hours. The individual hired for this position must share office space with other staff and with volunteers.

Required Application Materials

A Resume is required in order to apply
A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.
Additional Information


Curatorial Assistant for the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab.

Essential Functions

Duties include, but are not limited to, working with the Specify database, processing outgoing and returning loans, intake and accessioning of new fossil material, photography of fossil specimens as well as creating plates for publication. A willingness to take part in outreach events is encouraged. Successful candidates will have experience with relational databases, Microsoft Office products, Photoshop, DSLR cameras, and have a rudimentary knowledge of xml. Additionally, candidates must be detail oriented and have a basic knowledge of geology and paleontology. Heavy lifting will occasionally be required, as well as walking up and down stairs. Familiarity with relational databases, preferably Specify 6/7. Digital data entry and quality control with ability to resolve conflicting data using standard resources. Produce data extracts for global aggregators. Handle accessions and loans of specimens and ensure correct permits are acquired. Specimen imaging. Familiarity with image file handling software such as Adobe Photoshop including standard metadata. Train students and volunteers to perform similar tasks. Conservation tasks include setting up and operating climate monitoring equipment, downloading records, observations, and measurements into digital files and analyzing data. Isolate and relocate specimens in need of conservation treatment; perform that treatment and record all actions. Record digital images of conservation and preparation work carried out during the process.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned, including specimen identification, assisting in preparing technical reports, project plans, and preparing specimens for exhibit or research as needed. General housekeeping of specimens within the repository.

Required qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Geology, Paleontology, or scientific-related field. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Two years of experience curating, conserving, and/or preparing paleontological specimens, is preferred. Experience working with paleontological specimens and in a research museum environment is a plus. Keen attention to detail essential for accurate data entry into a complex database. Computer literate with ability to quickly learn new software and/or operating system. Ability to work with staff, students, and volunteers in a professional manner.

Working conditions

May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving Must be able to work sometimes in an area that is dusty and not climate controlled. Must be able to lift at least 30 pounds. Must be willing to share office space and computer stations with other employees.
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.”

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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)