John Caldwell Meeker Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted on November 15, 2022
Expires: January 09, 2023

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, USA

The Field Museum is a not-for-profit organization located on the Museum Campus of Chicago. Since the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, we have conducted research across all seven continents and accumulated a collection of over 40 million specimens and artifacts.

Applications are invited for the John Caldwell Meeker Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Earth Sciences Section of the Negaunee Integrative Research Center at the Field Museum. The successful candidate will be expected to complement and/or participate in any of the ongoing curatorial research programs in the Section. Candidates who employ state-of-the-art methodologies/technologies in their collections-based research are especially encouraged to apply. The Earth Sciences Section has a record of scientific excellence in collections-based research, with current strengths in phylogenetic systematics, comparative and functional morphology, paleoecology, paleoclimate, macroevolution, paleobotany, meteoritics, and cosmochemistry. Individual curators and their research programs are featured on the Field Museum website:

Applications will be reviewed both for merit and suitability within the research and collections strengths of the Section. Applicants should contact curators with whom they are interested in collaborating well before applying.

A Ph.D. in a field of research represented in the Earth Sciences Section is required. The maximum term for this position is two years. The appointment is anticipated to begin on May 1, 2023, or soon thereafter. 

To apply, please send a combined pdf document with the following: 

  • A statement of research interests (one page)
  • A proposal describing the work that would be undertaken as a Meeker Fellow (max. two pages, including references)
  • A curriculum vitae including publications list
  • Names of three referees (with e-mail addresses) to

Applications must be received by January 9, 2023.

Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide an accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated. 

The Field Museum is an equal opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class. We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, to identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.

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