Postdoctoral Conservation Research and Teaching Fellow

American Museum Of Natural History
New York City, New York
May 16, 2018
Jun 18, 2018
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

American Museum Of Natural History


Postdoctoral Conservation Research and Teaching Fellow


The American Museum of Natural History offers a unique opportunity for a recent Ph.D. who is interested in both biodiversity conservation research and educating the next generation of students in applied biodiversity conservation. The purpose of this position is to: 1) conduct scientific research with a focus on biodiversity conservation, and 2) teach and mentor in the Museum's Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) as it expands biodiversity conservation research opportunities for high school students from historically underrepresented groups in science. Applicants with any research interest relevant to biodiversity conservation are encouraged to apply, but expertise in the areas of biodiversity informatics, species distribution modeling, or primate evolution & conservation is of high interest. This is a one-year term position with an expected start date of July 1, 2018, and possibility of renewal depending on performance and the availability of program funding.


Main responsibilities are to:


• Develop and implement scientific research projects in collaboration with the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) ( in areas that complement our existing research foci.


• Mentor a team of 2-3 high school students in an applied biodiversity conservation research project that is related to or a component of the postdoctoral research. This requires working after school hours (~4 to 6:30 pm) two nights a week during the academic year.


• Teach advanced high school level after school courses related to biodiversity and conservation 2 days a week for 12 weeks during the academic year, 1 Friday each month, and for three weeks in the summer.


• Provide support for the CBC's Inclusive Conservation Community Initiative (ICON) including workshop and network development, dissemination, and outreach.


Additional responsibilities will include participating in team-based strategic planning and project design, implementation, and evaluation, as required.


Required Qualifications:


● PhD or PhD ABD status required in a biological or other scientific field relevant to biodiversity conservation.

● Teaching and mentoring experience in biodiversity conservation-related topics and research at the undergraduate level.

● At least one year experience teaching life science in an undergraduate setting.


Preferred Qualifications:


• Excellent project management, writing, editorial, analytical, team, and communication skills.

• Direct experience working with the communities we wish to serve (historically underrepresented groups in science) strongly preferred.

• Experience teaching or mentoring High School aged youth.


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The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.


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