Research Museum Collection Manager

Michigan, United States
10 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology is a highly ranked and well-respected research museum with world-renowned collections, curators, and associated researchers. It has an opening for a Research Museum Collection Manager to work with current and future collections of invertebrate fossils. This collection represents one of the largest of its kind in North America, containing over 3 million specimens including more than 14,000 type and figured specimens and over 5,000 holotypes and paratypes (or equivalent).

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


Collection Organization – Organize and re-house invertebrate research and teaching specimens, including new, incoming, and older collections that are in need of conservation and improved storage.  Improvements include use of new archival materials and final transitioning to a new collection facility.

Collection Use – Schedule and monitor use of research collection by local and visiting researchers.  Process loans to be sent to other universities and museums and reintegrate loan returns.  Loans may involve production and shipment of high quality casts, if shipping of original specimens is not possible.

Database Management – Maintain specimen and locality databases with the goal of upgrading database systems and improving online access to select specimen information.

Educational Activities – Work with faculty curators, students, and counterparts in other units to plan projects using collections, facilitate use of collections in teaching, and improve labeling of specimens.  Handle requests from students and the general public to identify fossils and to answer questions transmitted to the museum by email, mail, or telephone.  Serve as the liaison for the Friends of the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, a dedicated group of avocational paleontologists associated with the Museum.

Required Qualifications*

Minimum of a M.S. in appropriate field.  Experience in museum practices is necessary.  Cataloging and classifying experience is necessary.  Prior experience in computer database management is essential.  Candidate must have a broad understanding of biological systematics and paleobiology.

Desired Qualifications*

Desired Qualifications – In view of the high level interaction with and service to faculty and graduate students, we prefer that candidates have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field.  Advanced training in paleobiology is desirable.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Additional Information

Higher salary possible for exceptionally qualified candidates.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.