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American Museum of Natural History

Curatorial Assistant

Position Summary
The Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection (AMCC) at the American Museum of Natural History is an accessible repository of frozen tissue specimens, collected and maintained under rigorously controlled conditions. The AMCC is seeking a full-time Curatorial Assistant for its Bio-safety Level 2 laboratory. The successful candidate will prepare incoming donations and deposits of biological specimens for cryogenic preservation in the AMCC and prepare tissue subsamples for research loans while keeping accurate and responsible records of these activities.

Responsibilities (duties) include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Physical preparation of incoming biological specimens for cryogenic preservation and preparation of tissue subsamples for research loans INCLUDING: proper specimen inventory, handling, labeling, transferring.
  • Working safely with Liquid Nitrogen vapor freezers and cryogenic storage dewars
  • Record keeping in specified paper and electronic forms
  • Ensuring that all safety guidelines in the laboratory are always followed strictly
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly environment.
  • Laboratory and equipment organization and maintenance
The expected salary for the Curatorial Assistant is $48,000. This position is overtime eligible and the AMNH offers an extensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our dedicated and diverse community.

Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in biological science, environmental science, or any relevant science discipline.
  • Previous experience with museum collections.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel, and Access)
  • Experience with collection’s database relational programs (i.e., Emu).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous work in a biological laboratory, museum collections, or relevant work.
  • Some molecular laboratory experience is desirable.
  • Familiarity and understanding of sterile technique are highly preferred.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills.
Physical Demands
The ability to move and carry up to 30lbs, balance and climb on stairs with large items, stoop, kneel or bend to pick up or move scientific supplies or equipment.

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