The Field Museum invites applications for an Assistant Curator of African Anthropology & Archaeology, including Egypt. The Field Museum's Anthropology Section has a record of scientific excellence in collections-based research, and we seek a colleague focused on using material culture to address pressing questions of global importance. Our curators focus on research on the rise of urbanism and patterns of urban social life, as well as economic, environmental, and political anthropology, global heritage, and social resilience. We are seeking a collegial individual with strong communication skills to develop an outstanding research program in African Anthropology who will complement our existing faculty expertise in the areas of comparative research. The candidate should also have strong ties to African and African descended communities and have a plan for engaging them with museum collections.
The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded field research program, to contribute to building and using the African Anthropology collections, and to participate in Museum exhibit, public outreach and education, and programmatic efforts. Close relationships with local universities, especially UIC and Northwestern, provide opportunities for participation in graduate and undergraduate training. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline must be held by the start of employment. Applications should include: (1) a Curriculum Vitae; (2) a statement of research interests and career objectives; (3) names and contact information for three people from whom letters of recommendation may be sought; and (4) copies of up to 5 relevant publications. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019. Apply online at www.fieldmuseum.org/careers. The Field Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culture that respects and embraces diversity, inclusion and equity in its workforce.
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One of the world’s premiere natural history museums, The Field Museum’s charter of 1893 dedicates its mission to the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge and objects illustrating Art, Archaeology, Science, and History. The Department of Anthropology was central to its founding and grew out of the collections and anthropological staff from the World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, Anthropology is housed in the museum’s Collections and Research Centers, and its curatorial faculty steward collections and conduct research on the rise of urbanism, as well as economic, environmental, and political anthropology, global heritage, and social resilience.
The museum anthropology collection houses over 1 million objects with a worldwide provenience in the holdings. Strengths include: 1) archaeology: North, Middle and South America, Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Europe, North and East Africa; 2) ethnography: North, Middle and South America, Polynesia, Melanesia, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Tibet, Africa. Supporting material: field and specimen photographs in 400 albums by culture area and group; field notes and other archival material related to collections. Research facilities/resou...rces include study collections, records room with paper and digital catalogs , Elemental Analysis Facility (laboratories for compositional analysis: ICPMS and XRF) , Regenstein Conservation Lab, Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab, Pritzker DNA Lab, and Laboratory for Imaging and Illustration.