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Postdoctoral Assistant Curator – Egypt on the Nile

Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #331
Friday, November 1, 2019

Carnegie Museums of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of artifacts, objects, and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community. 

POSTDOCTORAL ASSISTANT CURATOR for the Egypt on the Nile exhibit

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) seeks a Postdoctoral Assistant Curator (PAC) to help realize “Egypt on the Nile,” the museum’s new permanent Egyptian installation scheduled to open in 2022.   “Egypt on the Nile” will reunite the human and natural histories of ancient Egypt by exploring parallels of the natural and human history of Egypt and our modern world. The exhibit will invite visitors to experience the power of the Nile River and discover how human relationship with the environment created a worldview that shaped society.

The installation has been in development for a number of years. Exhibit development currently involves a consulting curator and key staff in the museum’s departments of exhibits, education, science & research, conservation and marketing.

Accordingly, the primary responsibility of the PAC will be to provide knowledge content and coordination, carrying the exhibit to completion in collaboration with a Consulting Curator and CMNH departments and stakeholders including Science and Research, Collections, Conservation, Exhibits, Education, and Marketing. Other key responsibilities include: conducting research on CMNH’s Egyptian collection to select specific objects to display in key thematic sections of the exhibit; advising on conservation efforts of these objects; and working with the Exhibits Department to develop the floorplan, elaborate on the exhibit narrative, write labels and didactics, and help create multimedia components. The PAC will also serve as co-PI with the Consulting Curator on grant applications and project management for those grants.

This is a Full-Time 2-3-year position that includes eligibility to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh comprehensive benefits package, including, but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, retirement plan and free admission to all CMP facilities.

TO APPLY, upload within the application – as one file:
 - Cover Letter/Letter of Interest (containing the link to a sample scholarly
publication) and
 - Current CV/Resume

You will also, within the application, be asked to provide name, title, and contact information for three professional references.

Application Deadline is December 20, 2019. 

- Ph.D. awarded in the last five years in Egyptology, or anthropology, archaeology, art history, or a related discipline, with a specialization in ancient Egypt;
- Expertise in a period before the Ramesside period;
 - Secondary interest in environmental humanities in Egypt and the ancient

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.


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  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America