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Career Opportunities

The University of Michigan Museum of Palentology is a dynamic research museum with diverse opportunities to work in research, collections, and in the field.



Current Career Opportunities:

The Museum of Paleontology and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan are searching for a full-time tenure-track faculty candidate in the field of Paleontology at the assistant professor/assistant curator level. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of August 26, 2024. The Museum of Paleontology has internationally significant collections of plant, invertebrate, and vertebrate fossils totaling roughly four million specimens. Paleontology faculty labs and offices are in the Biological Sciences Building, which houses biology units (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology) and the Museum of Natural History.

We seek applicants who have broad research, teaching, and curatorial interests in paleontology. The Museum and the Department invite applicants in fields including but not restricted to: macroevolution, interactions between developmental biology and evolution, extinction dynamics, paleoecology, organismal paleobiology, and biotic responses to global change. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work bridges subdisciplines within paleontology and Earth and environmental sciences, and who bring additional expertise in field geology, sedimentology, and/or stratigraphy. Taxonomic expertise is expected, with preference for areas that complement, rather than duplicate, existing curatorial strengths; we especially seek individuals with backgrounds in fossil invertebrates or mammals.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an externally funded research program and contribute to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment and should submit: (1) cover letter; (2) CV; (3) statement of current and future research plans (no more than four pages); (4) statement of teaching philosophy and experience (no more than two pages); (5) evidence of teaching and mentoring excellence (e.g., evaluations, awards), if available; (6) statement documenting commitment to, and personal achievements in, advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion goals within academia and beyond (no more than two pages); (7) up to four publications; and (8) names and contact information for at least four references. Applicants should contact letter writers in advance of applying. Requests will be sent after all other application materials are submitted. Letters should be received by September 15, 2023.

Information about the Museum and Department can be found at and To apply please go to, complete the online form, and upload the required application documents as a single PDF file. If you have any questions or comments, please send a message to The application deadline is September 4, 2023 for full consideration, but applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Offers for this appointment are contingent on successful completion of a background screening. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.