Assistant Curator (Vertebrate and Invertebrate) Paleontology, Sam Noble Museum & Assistant Professor, School of Geosciences, University of Oklahoma

Museum & Assistant Professor, School of Geosciences, University of Oklahoma

The Sam Noble Museum and the School of Geosciences at the University of Oklahoma seek two innovative and enthusiastic colleagues to fill tenure-track split positions as Assistant Curators at the Sam Noble Museum and Assistant Professors in the School of Geosciences to begin in July 2022.

In the Sam Noble Museum, the Curators will be responsible for growing and curating the museum’s collection of fossil vertebrates or invertebrates from around the world, obtaining grants, and interpreting its community, public and intellectual significance through research, exhibits, education and outreach.

With over 80,000 cataloged specimens spanning over 300 million years, the nucleus of the vertebrate paleontology collection was made under the auspices of the Works Projects Administration. The collection has roughly tripled in size since the late 1980s, and the numbers of type and figured specimens have increased accordingly. The collection is especially strong in Early Permian tetrapods, Jurassic dinosaurs, Cretaceous vertebrate faunas from the Western Interior including important microvertebrate (e.g., mammals and lizards) faunas, and Mio-Pliocene mammals of Oklahoma.

With nearly one million specimens from every major invertebrate fossil group, the invertebrate paleontology collection is among the most scientifically important in North America. It contains nearly 3,000 primary type specimens and about 7,000 figured specimens. A large donation of fossils from BP-Amoco expanded the collection into a unique resource for research. Much of the collection comprises Paleozoic-age specimens from the southern mid-continent, with significant material from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic of Alaska.


Complete details and application information can be found here.