Ornithologist – The Royal Ontario Museum.

Department of Natural History

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s pre-eminent international museum and houses some of Canada’s most important collections in both Natural History and World Cultures. The Department of Natural History at the ROM (http://www.rom.on.ca/en) currently invites applications for the position of an entry-level (equivalent to Assistant Professor) Associate Curator of Ornithology to conduct field and collections-related research.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop a program of externally funded scholarly research and publications; curate and continue building the disciplinary collection of birds; participate in the development and rotation of new permanent galleries and travelling exhibitions; and actively participate and contribute to development of public programming in a variety of formats from on-site to on-line. The successful candidate will be the public spokesperson for Ornithology at the ROM.

Posted Date 2018-01-03
Closing Date 2018-04-30
Department Natural History
Type Full-Time Permanent
Salary ($65,828 -$80,819) per annum


We seek a candidate who conducts conceptually driven, collection-based research on the systematics and evolution of Neotropical birds. We seek applications from candidates whose research programs fit well with the highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the ROM’s Department of Natural History and complements our close partnership with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/). Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in systematic biology and be well versed in modern phylogenetic methods for analyzing DNA and/or morphological datasets, phylogenomics, comparative genomics, evolutionary biology, historical biogeography, or conservation biology; an outstanding record of scholarly publication in peer-reviewed journals; be qualified for cross-appointment to the University of Toronto, demonstrate potential for teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and be eligible for NSERC funding in support of their research (i.e. proven record of successful grant applications). Experience in a museum or equivalent environment is preferable.

The Royal Ontario Museum is a leading institution in the study of Systematics and Evolution with a recognized group of curators performing research in temperate and tropical regions of the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Strong links exist between the Department of Natural History and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Parks Canada.

Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live. The Royal Ontario Museum is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

How to Apply

Applications for the position will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a curriculum vita, a summary of their research, and an outline of their proposed research program as a single PDF file, and should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation in PDF format sent on their behalf to:

Human Resources Department c/o Mara Gunner

The Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C6 Fax: (416) 586-5827

Email(Preferred): humanresources@rom.on.ca

Kindly add “Ornithologist” to the subject line of emails regarding this search.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience as stipulated in the Collective Agreement between the ROM and the ROM Curatorial Association.  ($65,828 -$80,819)