Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Assistant Curator of Herpetology

Field Museum of Natural History
Chicago, IL
Closing Date
Review of applications will begin on 2 September, 2019

The Field Museum invites applications for an Assistant Curator of Herpetology. The Field Museum's Amphibian and Reptile collections are global in scope and taxonomically extensive, with particular strengths in the tropics. We seek candidates with a record of scientific achievement in collections-based research, and an emphasis in evolutionary biology such as systematics, comparative morphology, biogeography, phylogenetics, developmental or molecular biology or related fields.

In addition to developing an externally funded research program, responsibilities include curation of collections, administration, and participation in public exhibit and education programs. Close relationships with local universities allow participation in graduate and undergraduate training.


This position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline that must be held by the start of employment.

To Apply

To apply and for inquiries, e-mail: herpssearch [at] fieldmuseum.org. Applications should include (in pdf format):

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of research interests and career objectives;
  • Names and contact information for three people from whom letters of recommendation may be sought;
  • Copies of up to 5 relevant publications.

Review of applications will begin on 2 September, 2019. The Field Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culture that respects and embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity in its workforce.

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