Job Description

Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Status Full time
Pay Range $50,392.75/year
Close Date 12/5/22
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Job Description: 

This is a 2-year term position, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2023.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks a two-year term postdoctoral fellow to help conduct the research related to the Colorado Springs Research Project (details below) led by Dr. Tyler Lyson. The fellow will work closely with Lyson and Lindsay Dougan, Manager of the Digital Research Laboratory, on research focused on early Paleocene mammals and crocodilians. The successful candidate will help conduct lab work (CT data) and supervise a team of volunteers and interns. They will help build research datasets but are not expected to lead their own research program within the context of the larger project.

The Colorado Springs Research Project is a large geological and paleontological research project focused on the recovery of life after the Cretaceous–Paleogene Boundary. New data from this time period is allowing us to investigate the dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems following Earth’s last mass extinction.


Essential duties:

  • Conducts research and assembles research datasets, which may lead to documentation, publication, and public outreach.
  • Prepares and oversees the work of volunteers/interns in Digital Research Laboratory.
  • Assists the department and division in conveying the value and importance of research.
  • Submits timesheets and expenses in a timely manner.
  • Participates in meetings as outlined by their supervisors and the division procedures manual.


Minimum qualifications/Requirements: 

  • PhD in the geological, paleontological, or biological sciences by January 1, 2023 required.
  • 2 years’ experience with digital preparation software including DragonFly (or equivalent software) required.
  • 2 years’ experience working with and/or supervising volunteers and interns required.
  • The Museum loves science.  As a science institution, the Museum believes in the science behind vaccines. As a condition of employment, employees must present proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on their first day of employment or receive an exemption or other reasonable accommodation due to circumstances protected under federal or state law that prevent the employee from being vaccinated. If you wish to apply for an exemption, please contact Human Resources for the necessary forms. You will be notified of the decision regarding your requested exemption.


Ideal candidate will have: 

  • Extensive experience with digital preparation and animation software including DragonFly, Maya, and Blender.


Perks and Benefits of working at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science include:

A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage.  100% paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Paid time-off for vacation, sickness and holidays. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and, after one year of employment, an employer contribution and match. An RTD Eco pass and a free Family+ membership to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Dayforce Wallet: Get your pay as soon as you earn it, at no cost to you. Request up to 50% of your net earnings without waiting for the standard payday, through the Dayforce Wallet mobile app.

The full range of perks and benefits can be found HERE.


Core values:

  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.


Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by Monday, December 5, 2022.  In your cover letter, please highlight your research background and your technical skills related to this position. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website

Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

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