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A cover letter is required and should be attached as the first page of your CV. Specifically, a 1-2 page Collection Management Vision Statement should describe the candidate’s motivation to become a collection manager, their skills and experience, and their vision on the roles and priorities of a world-class insect collection in the context of the Responsibilities and Qualifications listed above. Applications must be submitted through the University of Michigan Careers website ( Search for Job #205580 in the keyword search panel.

Job Summary

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) is seeking a Collection Manager for the Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) Insect Division (, located at the new state of the art Research Museums Center (RMC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The UMMZ develops and maintains zoological collections explicitly for use in research and education, benefiting science, society, and the university at large. The scientific role of the UMMZ is to train students and engage in systematic biology and biodiversity studies. These broad and overlapping fields entail the discovery and study of the diversity of organisms, their evolutionary relationships, and the processes involved in the origin of biodiversity. EEB has a highly diverse and collaborative group of researchers in evolutionary biology and biodiversity science. We are looking for an outstanding individual to become the Insect Collection Manager and join the team of other curators and collection managers at the UMMZ (and Herbarium), as well as other researchers at the University of Michigan.

The UMMZ Insect Collection is worldwide in its geographic scope and one of the largest of its type, including more than 4.5 million prepared specimens. The collection is particularly strong in North, Central and South American diversity, with a taxonomic focus on Orthoptera that comprises the second largest holdings in the western hemisphere (second only to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia), as well as the Acari, which is one of the largest collections of mites and ticks in the country. Historical collections date back to the early 20th Century and include irreplaceable samples from North and Central America. Other large collections, including synoptic holdings of taxa and/or geographic regions (e.g., the Odonata), are also represented.

We seek candidates with a strong commitment to a vision of the Insect Collection as a key resource for research and education within the University and to the entomological community nationally and internationally. The position offers exciting opportunities for mentoring, and career development, including research within the context of the Insect Division curatorial priorities in the biodiversity sciences.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


  1. Growth, Maintenance and Digitization (GMD) of the insect collections, including specimens and tissue/DNA samples, field notes, geographic and environmental data, and digital assets such as photography. Activities will include organizing and participating in field expeditions (possibly including international collecting), coordinating and contributing directly to digitization efforts (including imaging of specimens and participation on iNaturalist). These work activities involve routine maintenance and updating of the Specify database  through which our holdings are made accessible to researchers across the world.  These activities are performed in ongoing coordination with faculty curators and require regular attention to our electronic, searchable database.
  2. Working with faculty curators and the Museums registrar to develop and implement policies, standards, and procedures. This involves standard operating procedures for acquisition, accessioning, processing interdepartmental and inter-institutional loans, databasing, archival and use of genomic, digital resources and other ancillary collections. Reviewing, updating, and enhancing the insect collections management plan.
  3. Daily management of staff workers, work-study students, graduate curatorial assistants, and other personnel, as well as support for student and visiting researchers who are utilizing the research collections and/or enhancing collection resources, in coordination with faculty curators. This includes creating an inclusive work environment for training and supervision in all aspects of specimen preparation and collection maintenance tasks, database use, and geo-referencing and digital imaging of specimens as well as collections-based research practices when appropriate.
  4. Participate  in grant writing to secure funding for research projects that support and enhance collection resources such as collection-based grants.
  5. Coordination of and participation in research visits and educational tours of the collections and other museum outreach activities.

Required Qualifications*

An advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) in biology, zoology, or related fields with 3-5 years of insect systematics experience is required. Demonstrable familiarity with research collections and expertise with insect diversity is required.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with database use and management is desirable, but not required.

Additional Information

Salary range of $48,000 to $56,000.  A higher salary may be offered based on the qualifications and background of the selected candidate.


The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Please contact Curator L. Lacey Knowles if you have any questions (

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021. The projected start date in Ann Arbor, Michigan is January 1, 2022, or as soon as possible.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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