University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 225149

Position Summary:
The University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum houses extensive collections of over 500,000 vertebrates (skins, skeletons, histological and fluid-preserved specimens). Located on the UW-Madison campus, the Museum provides support for university teaching and research activities both in and outside of Wisconsin, state and federal agencies, and qualified individuals. This position is responsible for the maintenance and growth primarily of the mammal skin and skull collections, and secondarily of the bird collections; supervision of and participation in all preparative activities; decision on loans, exchanges and screening destructive sampling requests of mammal and bird specimens. The position will develop and conduct collections-based research and produce, publish and present their findings, as well as participate in grant-writing; and in cooperation with the Museum Registrar, provision of information for the entry into and maintenance of museum database files pertaining to the collections of mammals and birds.

The Museum is part of the Department of Integrative Biology which consists of 65 faculty and staff members, as well as a large number of employees in training, graduate, and undergraduate employees. The department has 1,300+ undergraduate majors in Biology (L&S), Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Zoology, teaches thousands of students in our introductory biology courses, and has top ranked graduate programs in the areas of Zoology and Freshwater Marine Science.

Principal duties:
Curation: Curate collections of mammal and bird skin, skull, and fluid collections (skeletons are housed separately and maintained by another Curator), and other special holdings, including facilitation of associated correspondence on and assembly of loans, exchanges, gifts and permits concerned with these collections. (25%)

Preparation: Coordinate, implement and participate in preparation of vertebrate skin, skull, fluid and skeletal specimens. These activities include maintenance of the dermestid colony and preparation rooms and organization of catalog information, in part through supervision of volunteers and hourly helpers. (20%)

Research: Conduct a collections based research program, associated with academic interests and area of expertise. Produce findings and publish in scientific and popular journals; present at academic meetings and outreach events. (20%)

Collection Development: Develop and maintain a program to facilitate specimen deposition. This includes collaborations with university researchers and cooperative agreements with local, state and federal agencies. (10%)

Education and Access: Assist in fielding enquiries and in providing teaching materials, exhibitions, laboratory displays and verbal presentations in mammalogy, ornithology, wildlife ecology and other courses involving natural history specimens. Facilitate access to collections. (10%)

Grant Writing: Participate in grant-writing and other development activities designed to enhance infrastructure and provide funding for collection management and growth. (10%)

Data Management: In concert with the Museum Registrar, provide information for the design, entry into and maintenance of databases pertinent to the mammal and bird collections. (5%)

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