Contract Assistant Curator - Gallery of Early Life


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s pre-eminent international museum and houses important collections in World Cultures and Natural History ( The ROM is currently developing a new permanent palaeontology gallery to open in conjunction with its centennial celebrations in 2014.  Highlighting the ROM’s superb fossil collections, along with new and ground-breaking research, the landmark exhibits of the Gallery of Early Life will convey the rich, complex and immensely long story of evolving life on our dynamic planet.  Covering more than 3.5 billion years of evolution, the Gallery of Early Life will complete the temporal and conceptual integration of all Level 2 Natural History exhibits, leading from the Teck Suite of Galleries:  Earth’s Treasures, and connect directly to the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals, and ultimately to the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity:  Life in Crisis.

The ROM is pleased to invite applications for the position of Contract Assistant Curator – Content Coordinator, to assist with the development of the new Gallery of Early Life.  This is a full-time position with an initial one year contractural term, beginning April 1, 2013, with possible extension.  The successful applicant will join the Invertebrate Palaeontology section of the ROM’s Department of History. She/he will assist the ROM curatorial team of invertebrate and vertebrate palaeontologists in the development and coordination of content for the new gallery.  Working closely with the Lead Curator of the project and with an Interpretive Planner, the successful applicant will help research and develop the story lines of the exhibit, verify scientific accuracy of content, and compile and edit text for the gallery itself and any new media elements that are to be developed to support the stories in the Gallery.  The successful applicant will work as part of the ROM team assigned to the project working with the Project Manager, the Curatorial team, interpretive planning, exhibit design, translation services, education, programs, new media, etc. 


Date d'affichage 2013-02-05
Date de clôture 2013-03-07
Service Natural History
Type Temporary
Salaire Salary and years in rank are commensurate with experience as stipulated in the Collective Agreement between the ROM and ROM Curatorial Association ($58,903 - $72,317)


Qualifications:  Applicants must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Biology or Geology at the time of appointment and be familiar with a range of Palaeozoic ecosystems.  A strong background in one or more of palaeobiology, biogeographic theory and methodology, palaeobotany, and earth-climate systems is a requisite.  A history of research and peer-reviewed publication on aspects of Palaeozoic palaeoecology is preferred. Candidates with prior experience in gallery development will be given priority.  Proficiency in spoken and written French is an asset.  Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines in a stressful environment is required. 

How to Apply

Applications for the position will be accepted until March 7, 2013.   All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should provide a letter of interest detailing their research interests and projects, a curriculum vitae, two published/scholarly writing samples, and should arrange to have up to three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf.  Forward all to:


Royal Ontario Museum, Human Resources Department

100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M5S 2C6

Fax # 416-586-5827 or

               - Please include: file no. 2013-011, Contract Assistant Curator on the subject line.