Job Opening: Assistant Curator of Lepidoptera


The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida (UF) seeks qualified applicants for a 12-month tenure-track Assistant Curator of Lepidoptera at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. This position will be filled at the Assistant faculty level in the Florida Museum’s Department of Natural History.

We seek to hire a creative scholar whose research focus is on butterflies and moths. We anticipate that the successful candidate’s research would bolster current strengths of the McGuire Center. We invite candidates who address questions in the field of Lepidoptera research and who would contribute to, and make use of, the Florida Museum’s McGuire Center’s specimen and digital collection. An ideal candidate will contribute to the museum’s goals of understanding, preserving, and interpreting biological and cultural diversity, and conduct research with opportunities for integrative collaborations with other faculty and divisions within the Florida Museum. Candidates using multidisciplinary approaches and making use of the research collections are encouraged to apply.  

The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, which is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, is the world’s largest collections-based research and education center focused on butterflies and moths. Its current strengths include evolutionary biology, systematics, and conservation of endangered and threatened species within the United States. This position will expand on the Center’s current strengths and we encourage applicants who study research topics which are currently not represented, such as, but not exclusively, global change biology, population biology, ecology, invasive species, and development. The successful applicant will use the vast collections resources of the Center in their research. The collections are taxonomically comprehensive and contain more than 10 million adult specimens, larval collections, genetic tissues, and digital images, which are widely used by an ever-growing global community of students and scientists.  

The McGuire Center supports a diverse research community studying Lepidoptera. The Center currently employs three curators, three full-time staff, and more than 20 postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. The Center also brings together a diverse research community studying Lepidoptera through collaborations with other ranges at the Florida Museum of Natural History including the Digital Imaging Division, and with the Florida State Collection of Arthropods at the Division of Plant Industry (DPI), the UF Entomology and Nematology DepartmentUF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation DepartmentUF Invasion Science Research Institute (ISRI), and the Institute for Latin American Studies.

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