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Long Classification Title RESEARCH SCIENTIST II
Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH COLSA Biological Sciences [UBBIOL]
Summary of Position

UNHC background: The College of Life Science and Agriculture maintains the University of New Hampshire Insect Collection, which contains over 700,000 specimens of insects and other arthropods. The collection is a preserved, documented, and curated assemblage that is important to a wide array of research and teaching activities. The presence and growth of the collection at UNH is important to the University, New Hampshire and New England because it is a readily available local resource of identified voucher specimens for the region, as well as being used in research at the national and international levels.

The University of New Hampshire Insect Collection is seeking to hire a Collection Manager in our Department of Biological Sciences. The preferred start date for the position is July 1, 2018, but earlier is possible. Application deadline is March 9, 2018.

The Collection Manager is responsible for the maintenance and organization of the collection. This involves oversight and documentation of all collection-related procedures, including filing, labeling, and preparation of specimens. It also requires strong management skills in the leadership of a team of entomology collection staff. The Collection Manager is expected to maintain working knowledge modern techniques in systematic biology, database management, entomological collections maintenance, and fieldwork.

The Collection Manager in conjunction with the curators will develop collection improvement grants. The Collection Manager reports to the Curator, works closely with students, and supervises all technical entomology collection staff and volunteers. The Collection Manager will have the opportunity to conduct research to a limited extent, and will be expected to teach one undergraduate courses each year.

Additional Job Information

Review of applications will begin on March 9, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

For full consideration, please upload resume/CV, cover letter, contact information for 3 professional references, and a statement on your collections management approach.
(In the document uploading section that follows, use the upload link for “Other”)

Posting Number/Job Order # PS0379FY17
Acceptable minimum level of education Master's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 3-5 years
Other minimum qualifications

1. Masters or PhD in Biology (with an emphasis in Entomology and experience with Hymenoptera is desirable),
2. Four years of experience in curatorial or closely related work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; digitization skills highly desirable
3. Prior supervisory experience
4. A working knowledge of modern techniques in systematic biology and taxonomic expertise of insects in general
5. A well-versed background in entomology is required, including familiarity with other entomology collections and researchers
6. Knowledge of taxonomic principles, and entomology collections management
7. Strong organizational skills necessary to keep collections accessible
8. Familiarity with personal computers, and collections databases
9. Knowledge of international and domestic regulations for shipment of dried and alcohol-preserved specimens
10. Supervisory skills necessary for directing collection personnel
11. Proficiency in Specify, Excel, and/or Filemaker data management systems
12. Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Zerene Stacker software

Additional Preferred Qualifications

1. Ability to maintain a diversity of insect collections
2. High level organizational skills and ability to multitask
3. Proven experience supervising student workers and volunteers
4. A proactive and highly motivated workstyle
5. Strong communications skills with an ability to work well across the University (facilities, IT, academic departments)

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quicklink for Posting
Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00
Grade 21
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

A comprehensive land-, sea-, and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public university and is ideally located in the rural town of Durham, with ready access to the Maine and New Hampshire seacoasts, Boston, and the White Mountains. The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and shared spirit of inquiry. UNH has just under 13,000 undergraduate students and 2,200 graduate students.

Posting Details

Posting Date 02/14/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date


DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


Provide oversight and documentation of all collection-related procedures, including filing, labeling, and preparation of specimens and associated material.

Aid visitors in their use of the collection, and processing recently collected material, as well as outgoing and incoming specimen loans, loan recalls, and loan returns

Maintain records relevant to the collections (loan invoices, accession files, field notes)

Provide the public and professional contacts with information they request from the collection (including digitizing specimens)

Monitor and maintain collection supplies and equipment

Incorporate new material into collection including sorting and identifying, preparing specimens, cataloguing, labeling, and placing in the collection using an established organization

Interact and engage with public outreach and educational activities


Provide leadership of a team of entomology collection staff using strong management skills.


Maintain a working knowledge of modern techniques in systematic biology, database management, entomological collections maintenance, and fieldwork.


Develop collection improvement grants in conjunction with the curators.
Liaise with federal and state authorities and other entomology collectors and researchers.


Supervise all technical entomology collection staff and volunteers, and work closely with students.


Manage the Arthropod Identification Center.


Develop and teach two undergraduate courses each year.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
  4. Other 1
Optional Documents