Assistant Project Scientist – Human Evolution Research Center – Berkeley Natural History Museum

Assistant Project Scientist – Human Evolution Research Center – Berkeley Natural History Museum


Open date: November 29th, 2017

Next review date: December 14th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: December 14th, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California, Berkeley, Human Evolution Research Center (HERC), is dedicated to the study of human origins and evolution. HERC represents an international focal point for field and laboratory research and education. It is a center for the study of the process and products of human evolution. Research by the Human Evolution Research Center includes both field and laboratory investigation. HERC is responsible for fossil discoveries and publications stemming from research in Turkey, Tanzania, Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.

HERC is currently seeking an Assistant Project Scientist to provide curatorial duties in our labs and library here at UC Berkeley. The Assistant Project Scientist will also support efforts in international research, teaching and public service.

The Assistant Project Scientist will:
• Develop, curate, and maintain HERC collections, including library hard and soft copy archives, digital archives, digital infrastructure, teaching and research collections on campus and abroad, on a variety of software programs ranging from Filemaker Pro to CollectionSpace.
• Conduct field and laboratory research and curation in Berkeley and overseas to sustain ongoing multinational collaborations in the scientific investigation of human origins and evolution
• Maintain and further develop GIS systems for HERC and HERC sponsored projects in ARCGIS, QGIS, and Google Earth Pro
• Process remotely sensed imagery for field research and publication
• Develop scientific graphics for HERC to be shared externally via scientific publications and other public presentations, primarily using the Adobe software platform
• Create and use silicon rubber molds and casts, as well as CT and laser scans to create replicas of fossil specimens for research, teaching, and outreach
• Maintain casting laboratory facility, manage equipment, supplies, and safety compliance
• Maintain communications between intramural and extramural research and teaching associates of HERC
• Fulfill curatorial and liaison responsibilities to sustain and exploit archival resources important in HERC’s missions of research, teaching, and public service as one of Berkeley’s Natural History Museums (BNHM), including serving as the liaison between HERC and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Basic/Minimum Qualifications (required at time of application)
A Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in biology, paleo-anthropology, evolutionary biology, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications (required by start date)
• 4 years of combined practical experience in the fields of vertebrate paleontology and human osteology
• Demonstrated experience in developing research graphics, using GIS, Filemaker Pro and/or CollectionSpace, including GIS systems atop digital satellite imagery
• Demonstrated ability to serve as facilitator and liaison of services between internal and extramural research partners, particularly in developing countries
• Currently active in research at some level, with an ability to meet established goals independently
• Ability to verbally articulate research outcomes with people of varying backgrounds
• Ability to assist in the development /expansion of research efforts

Additional Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with grant writing
• Experience with financial management, purchasing and expenditures
• Experience performing similar duties within or in partnership with a research museum
• Demonstrated curation skills

This position is a full-time (100% effort) appointment for one year, and may be renewed based on performance and availability of funding. The position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is November or December 2017. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please submit the following items online at:

1. A cover letter, not more than two pages outlining your interest and how your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate.
2. Your Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact information for 3 references

Letters of recommendation are not required at this time. If requested, all letters of reference will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( The position is open until filled. For questions, please contact Andi Horton at UC Berkeley is an AA/EEO employer.

The University of California, BNHM, and HERC are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. The University of California is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see:

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Curriculum Vitae

Cover Letter – Not more than two pages outlining your interest and how your experience makes you an ideal candidate.


3 references required (contact information only)