The following announcement from the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, describes four open curatorial positions that are now available.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am sending you this special edition of our electronic newsletter to tell you about four new vacancies we are currently seeking to fill. We are recruiting widely and hope that you will share news of these openings with colleagues who may not have seen them. The positions opened on December 12 and will close on February 1. Attached are “plain language” descriptions of each position. Please note that these are federal positions, open only to U.S. citizens, and careful adherence to formal application procedures is necessary. Submission of academic transcripts is also required. The National Museum of Natural History and the Department of Anthropology are committed to providing an environment that promotes research productivity, intellectual exploration, and academic freedom.

Thank you very much for taking a look at the attached documents and for passing them on.

Best regards,

Dan Rogers


Department of Anthropology

National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Institution

The four curator positions listed below can be viewed at or at

Curator, Anthropology (Globalization)

The Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is seeking a curator of ethnology specializing in globalization. The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have given rise to increasingly complex articulations between culture and place. We are seeking an anthropologist whose areas of research will include the impact of global processes on the creation and maintenance of community and identity under circumstances of migration, dislocation, and diaspora. This research focus can be on a multi-sited, regional or global basis; the geographic area of study is open. The successful candidate for the position will need to combine skills in field- and collections-based research, outreach and public programming, and experience securing external funding.

Curator, Anthropology (Linguist)

The Department of Anthropology is seeking a curator to develop and lead an endangered language program that will engage in research, documentation and preservation. Community engagement will be a major component of this position. In addition to conducting research, both in the field and drawing upon archival collections, the curator will develop strong interactions with communities faced with language loss while also addressing major research themes within linguistics and anthropology.

Curator, Anthropology (Human-Environment)

The Department of Anthropology is seeking a curator in the field of human-environment interactions. The research emphasis of this position will be on the impact of humans on the environment, including issues of sustainability and the study of anthropogenic ecosystems. We are seeking a particular research emphasis on socially relevant issues of sustainability, human responses to environmental change, human ecology and historical ecology and the ways they contribute to an understanding of how past or present cultures have sustained or transformed ecosystems.

Curator, Anthropology (North American Ethnologist)

The Department of Anthropology is seeking a curator of Native North American ethnology. We are seeking a curator who specializes in material culture, since both field- and collections-based research will define the position. The North American ethnology collections of this department are particularly strong. We are seeking an individual who will develop strong relationships with Native American communities while also addressing major research themes within anthropology.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will need to combine skills in field- and collections-based research, outreach and public programming, and experience securing external funding. These positions will be offered as four-year Federal term positions, which may be converted to permanent. The four-year term positions are comparable to tenure-track positions. U.S. citizenship is required.

These four curators will join a large and diverse department, currently with 72 full-time staff members, including 17 curators. The Department is organized into three research divisions: archaeology, physical anthropology and ethnology, along with Collections Management, the National Anthropological Archives, the Human Studies Film Archives, and the Repatriation Office. There are a number of programs within the three research divisions, including the PaleoIndian Program, the Asian Cultural Heritage Program, the Archaeobiology Program and the Arctic Studies Center. Some of the current research in the Department centers on humankind’s earliest beginnings, the domestication of plants and animals, the rise of state-level societies, expressive culture in Africa and Polynesia, North American ethnohistory, circumpolar ethnology and the human dimensions of global climate chan
ge. Several staff hold teaching appointments as adjunct faculty with area universities. The Anthropology collections hold over 2.3 million archaeological objects and over 200,000 ethnology objects, over 9,000 linear feet of archival documents (which translates into 15 million pages), and 8 million running feet of film and video. The Department’s webpage can be viewed at

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