Local research under joint appointments

03 August 2016

Queensland Museum Network and James Cook University have teamed up to deliver four new curatorial roles at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, and shared with the university in Townsville.

The newly created roles will specialise in corals, palaeontology, anthropology and maritime archaeology, with a specific focus on North Queensland.

Queensland Museum Network CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller said the collaboration between the Museum of Tropical Queensland and James Cook University was an exciting opportunity to undertake important research in natural and cultural heritage specific to the region.

“Across the Queensland Museum Network, including our Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, we encourage and nurture teamwork and partnerships because our job is just too important to do alone,” she said.

“This exciting partnership with JCU – Queensland’s second oldest university and Australia’s leading university in the tropics – will enable us to address critical challenges facing the tropics and add knowledge to our collections through research funded by national and international grants.”

JCU’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Cocklin, said JCU has enjoyed a strong relationship with the Museum over a long period of time and the opportunity for joint appointments is a logical and exciting step in the further strengthening of this relationship.

“The new joint appointments will enable JCU and the Queensland Museum to undertake research in areas of shared interest and expertise, with a particular focus on marine and coastal environments,” Professor Cocklin said.

“The university looks forward to the opportunities for significant new research with the Queensland Museum which will bring together their complementary strengths.”

The three-year, full time appointments will be based in Townsville and split their time between the Museum of Tropical Queensland and JCU, working on areas in which both organisations have a long and proud history of ground-breaking scientific research, including corals, palaeontology, anthropology and maritime archaeology.

The four new roles are:

  1. Senior Curator or Curator (Palaeontology), Queensland Museum Network, Biodiversity and Geosciences Program (B&G), Museum of Tropical Queensland campus & Economic Geology Research Centre, College of Science, Technology and Engineering, James Cook University
  2. Curator (Anthropology) Queensland Museum Network, Cultures and Histories Program (C&H), Museum of Tropical Queensland campus & College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University.
  3. Curator (Maritime Archaeology) Queensland Museum Network, Cultures and Histories Program (C&P), Museum of Tropical Queensland campus & College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University.