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Requisition ID:  9655

Collection Manager - Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PERC)

Job Summary

*Updated March 23, 2020*: All interview and hiring processes will be postponed until later specified. At this time, we are still accepting applications.


The Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PERC) houses approximately two million arthropod specimens, representing more than 140,000 species. Our holdings include both worldwide and regional material, with approximately 60% of the collection representing the Indiana fauna. Notable components include the type collection, comprised of more than 2,500 specimens, the Blatchley collection of Coleoptera, and the Ephemeroptera collection, which is widely regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of mayflies in the world. The majority of the collection is preserved as pinned specimens, along with significant holdings of alcohol preserved (ex. Ephemeroptera and larvae) and slide mounted material.


The Collection Manager will be responsible for maintenance of the collection, including sending and re-housing loans, as well as participating in general curation, outreach, extension, and digitization efforts within the PERC. Additional duties include but are not limited to:


  • Supervising and mentoring students working in the collection
  • Collaborating with the PERC Director on collection use and stewardship
  • Managing use and access to the collection for volunteers and visitors



  • Master’s degree with an emphasis on systematic entomology
  • 1 year of collections experience
  • Strong working knowledge of general insect taxonomy
  • Familiarity with commonly used collections digitization software (Symbiota, Taxonworks, Specify, etc.) and the underlying Darwin Core standards
  • Strong organizational skills, as demonstrated by past leadership and/or mentoring experience



  • Ph.D. with emphasis on systematic entomology
  • History of taxonomic work in one or more arthropod groups
Additional Information
  • Please attach your resume/CV and a Collection/Research Statement
  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position.
  • A background check will be required for employment.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.