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 Post subject: Smithsonian Job Opportunity
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:57 pm 
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Smithsonian Institution
Job Opportunity

Supervisory Research Geologist (Mineralogy)
Department of Mineral Sciences
National Museum of Natural History

SALARY RANGE: Starting at $114,590, commensurate with experience
OPEN PERIOD: 11/16/2018– 12/21/2018, or until filled

The Department of Mineral Sciences invites applications for the position of mineralogist/curator as the Coralyn Wright Whitney Chair in Gems and Minerals. Preference will be given to candidates whose primary research focuses on study of mineral structures and behaviors, and mineral surface interactions. Examples include but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction and/or Raman and FTIR studies of mineral structures, the impacts of microbial or other biological activity on mineral alteration, mineral weathering, crystal growth and mineral formation, and metal redox transformations. The successful candidate will be a recognized leader in mineralogy and have a proven track record of extensive published research. A primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be curation of the National Gem and Mineral Collection; extensive experience in curation with demonstrated responsibility for building a significant mineral collection is required. Proven experience leading and supervising diverse groups of individuals and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including donors and the public, are essential.

The Dept. of Mineral Sciences houses a world-class collection of minerals and gems that are used for a broad array of research and public programs both within and outside of the Smithsonian Institution. The selected candidate will be expected to maintain a record of research excellence, and oversee the growth and curation of the National Gem and Mineral Collection. Applicants should fully utilize the existing analytical strengths of the Dept. of Mineral Sciences, with instrumentation that includes field emission electron microprobe, field emission variable pressure analytical SEM, XRD, Raman, FTIR, fluid inclusion heating/freezing unit, cathodoluminescence microscope and spectrometer, biomineralogy laboratory, and experimental high-pressure and hydrothermal laboratories. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in museum activities, such as exhibits programs, educational outreach activities, and to be involved with professional associations and other organizations within the scientific community.

Full-time appointment with full Smithsonian benefits to be filled at the IS-14 level, equivalent to Federal GS-14. The position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States. Proof of eligibility to work in the United States is not required to apply but is required before the selected applicant may begin work.

· Pre-employment Background Investigation must be successfully completed.
· Must be able to travel and work independently as well as within a team environment.

Candidates may qualify for this position by demonstrating the experience outlined above. In addition, candidates must possess a degree in an applicable subject matter field (Job Family 1350-Geology), or a combination of education and experience that provides knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a four year course of study in an applicable subject matter field. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the position is highly desired.

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. For a complete description of benefits, please visit

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae (CV), names and contact information for three referees, and a cover letter that includes a research statement and other qualifications relevant to the position by December 21, 2018 to Please include the position title in the subject line of your e-mail. CVs should include a description of your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this job; starting and ending dates of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per week. Reference letters and educational transcripts will be requested from select candidates at a later date, and, if applicable, proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study.

Will accept applications until December 21, 2018 or until the position is filled.

To learn more about the Department of Mineral Sciences please visit

For more information, contact Jeffrey Post, Chairman, 202.633.1814,

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Jeffrey E. Post, Ph.D.
Chairman, Department of Mineral Sciences
Curator, National Gem and Mineral Collection
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
NMNH, MRC 0119
Washington, DC 20013-7012
PHONE: 202-633-1814
FAX: 202-357-2476

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 Post subject: Re: Smithsonian Job Opportunity
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:26 am 
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Wowza, those are some stiff requirements. Not too many people would qualify for that one. Quite a prestigious position, though (and no doubt quite a bit of fun too).


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