temporary position

Jong, R. de Jong at NATURALIS.NNM.NL
Fri Nov 24 09:37:43 CST 2000

I like to draw your attention to the following temporary position

        This is to announce a temporary vacancy in Herpetology in the
        Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Netherlands. The complete
text also
        can be found on the website of the museum:


        Vacancy in Herpetology

        The National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Netherlands has
as a
        task to gather and disseminate knowledge about our planet as a
        system and the position of Man in that system. The Museum moved to
        completely new premises in 1997. The total number of employees at
the moment
        is 140 ftu with another 100 project workers, students,  volunteers,
        guest researchers. The exhibitions are visited by 250 000 persons
per year.
        The Department of Vertebrates is part of the Sector Collections and
        Research. The department has working units on mammals, birds,
reptiles and
        amphibians, and fishes. In the department there is a vacancy for a

        Deputy Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians (male/female)
        (32 hours per week)

        Because the present Head of the Department of Vertebrates and
Curator of
        Amphibians and Reptiles has become involved in international nature
        conservation matters, a task consuming a large part of his time, and
        necessitating considerable travel abroad, as of January 1, 2001 a
        position has been opened for two years for  a herpetologist to look
        most aspects of the work of the Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians.
        These aspects concern:
        *       management of a historic and valuable scientific collection
        (information services, correspondence with foreign colleagues,
        support of visitors, scientific aspects of loans)
        *       independent research, both on behalf of collection
management and
        problem-oriented research, resulting in research reports and
        *       editing of scientific herpetological publications, both for
        museum journals and for external journals.
        *       participate in the research programme Dynamics of land-water
        distribution as a motor of evolution
        *       provide scientific services to the public facilities of the
        *       provide information, both orally and in writing to the
        *       substitute for the Curator during his absence
        *       direct the work of two collection assistants
        *       participate in meetings of the scientific staff of the

        We expect the successful candidate:
        *       to be able to work independently
        *       to have a completed university training
        *       experience in herpetology
        *       experience in managing scientific (herpetological)
collections of
        preserved material
        *       experience in scientific publishing
        *       broad world-wide  knowledge of reptiles and amphibians
        *       experience in  handling computerised data bases
        *       good knowledge of English (orally and in writing)
        *       if Dutch is not the mother tongue, willingness to learn
Dutch and
        become fluent in 6 months time
        *       good social skills
        *       work in close co-operation with the Curator of Reptiles and

        We offer:
        *       good working conditions
        *       depending on acquired skills and published results a salary
of Dfl.
        65 000-90 000 per year, including vacation allowance and
        into the pensionfund.
        *       a large professional library

        For further information about the function you can contact the Head
of the
        Department of Vertebrates, Dr. M.S. Hoogmoed, tel. +31 71 5687618,
        hoogmoed at nnm.nl or Dr. M. van Oijen, tel +31 71 5687619, Email:
        oijen at nnm.nl. Written applications within two weeks of the date of
        advertisement to the Department Personeelszaken en Organisatie,
        Natuurhistorisch Museum, P.O.Box 9517, 2300RA, Leiden, The

        Leiden, 21 November 2000

Dr Rienk de Jong
Department of Entomology
National Museum of Natural History
PO Box 9517
2300 RA Leiden
phone *31 71 568 76 52
fax  *31 71 568 76 66
e-mail: jong at naturalis.nnm.nl

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