Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Position Open: Curator for Native North America (NMNH, Smithsonian Institution)

The following is copied over from the AAA job page for the benefit of the Museum Anthropology weblog's readers:

The Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History seeks a research anthropologist/curator in ethnology, with regional specialization in Native North America.

The Department of Anthropology is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation, with more than 70 full-time staff, including 19 research curators in divisions of archaeology, ethnology, and physical anthropology. Anthropological research has flourished at the Smithsonian for over 150 years, resulting in a wealth of publications, exhibitions, and collaborations, as well as world-renowned collections of artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, and film (http://anthropology.si.edu).

We seek an individual who will bring solid scholarship to the study of Native American peoples and their cultures; maintain strong relationships with indigenous communities; and develop new and innovative approaches to museum research. The regional specialization within North America is open and we welcome applicants with a wide range of theoretical and topical interests. The ideal candidate will complement and enhance existing departmental strengths in material, visual, and expressive culture; human-environmental interactions; endangered languages; ethnohistory and heritage studies; or museum representation. Doctoral degree in anthropology or related disciplines with strong anthropological training, robust record of publication, and evidence of successful grantsmanship appropriate to career level strongly preferred.

This curatorial/research position involves engagement with the collections (artifact or archival) and Native communities from which they derive. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in enhancing the research and educational value of the museum’s North American ethnology collections. He/she will work with the support of the Anthropology Collections and Archives Program, and the Office of Repatriation. While not required, teaching as an adjunct in local universities or in the department’s new NSF-sponsored research training program is encouraged/possible.

This position will be initially offered as a four-year term appointment, comparable to a tenure-track university position. It is a Federal position and U.S. citizenship is required. For complete requirements and application instructions go to www.si.edu/ohr and scroll to announcement # 09A-RB-294782-DEU-NMNH. The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Additional Salary Information: GS 12

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This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.

This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.

This employer does not offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.

This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.

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