Assistant/Associate Curator - AI and Museum Education and Outreach (68329)
Jan 4, 2021
AI and Museum Education and Outreach
The University of Florida (UF) is embarking on a campus-wide strategic initiative to hire clusters of faculty with expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI). As part of this initiative, the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) is seeking qualified applicants with innovative research interests and experience for a 12-month tenure-track faculty position specializing in AI applications for understanding biological and/or cultural diversity. This position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate faculty level in the FLMNH Department of Natural History.
The FLMNH, a college-level unit within UF, is a vibrant community of about 300 employees, including 32 full-time faculty, UF undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and museum collections, education, and administrative support staff. As the official state museum of Florida, our core mission includes stewardship of 40 million specimens and artifacts, award-winning exhibitions, diverse public programs, and emerging virtual and digital engagement. The FLMNH Department of Natural History’s research and collections programs are world class and attract about $10 million annually in government and philanthropic support.
The FLMNH enjoys cross-campus collaborations with many of the 16 UF colleges, including those of potential relevance to this new faculty position: Agricultural and Life Sciences (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences), Education, Engineering, Journalism and Communications, Libraries, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. This position requires a strong commitment to university education, museum-based research, and outreach. Interactions with allied academic departments include affiliate professorship status with responsibility for supervision of graduate students and teaching at least one formal course per year. Interdisciplinary UF institutes, such as the Informatics Institute, Biodiversity Institute, and Genetics Institute, offer additional opportunities for collaboration.
We envision an innovative AI program in museum education and outreach and seek a faculty member in this emerging field. Housed in the FLMNH, this position is part of the UF AI Workforce and Education Cluster, with links to our Thompson Earth Systems Institute and other UF colleges. We invite applications from those who have active research programs, external support, vision, and experience in AI related to formal, informal, and/or community audiences and learning. Applicants with experience working with multicultural, underserved, and/or underrepresented audiences are particularly encouraged to apply. Potential areas of interest include: exploring how recognition systems can create innovative exhibits and personalized tours; understanding how augmented reality can enhance the exhibit experience; identifying how AI can be used to engage individuals and/or groups worldwide; and applications of smart, adaptive learning technologies for K-12 museum education and outreach. Other relevant areas of interest not exemplified above are also encouraged to apply. UF has a vibrant, highly collaborative community of museum and related educational and outreach initiatives and strong partnerships with K-12 formal education statewide, especially through the Scientist in Every Florida School program. Qualifications include a Ph.D., or equivalent, in education, engineering, the natural or social sciences, or other relevant disciplines.
Qualifications include a Ph.D., or equivalent, in biology, anthropology, geography, engineering, computer science, or other relevant discipline.
Interested applicants must apply online at https://account.interfolio.com/login?apply= . (Please see Job Requisition #68329) Applicants must submit (1) cover letter; (2) full CV, including list of peer-reviewed publications and grants received; (3) research statement; (4) education and outreach statement; (5) statement describing the applicant’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, or service; and (6) names and email addresses of a minimum of 3 professional references (do not send letters). For more information, please visit the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.
The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered official if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.
For inquiries concerning this position, contact Dr. Bruce MacFadden, Search Chair, bmacfadd (at) flmnh.ufl.edu.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.