Principal Curator in Charge

London, England
GBP43350 per annum
Sep 15, 2016
Oct 13, 2016
Natural Museum
Life Sciences, Other, Zoology
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time

This is an opportunity to take up a collections leadership role in a world-renowned institution with a unique scientific mission and public profile.

The successful applicants will join a large science group that comprises a group of approximately 300 scientists, that houses some of the largest and most significant scientific collections in the world, that is home to an internationally important natural history library, that includes a suite of advanced analytical and imaging facilities, and that has the opportunity to communicate science to a huge national and international audience.

The Principal Curator in Charge (PCiC) leads and manages the Divisional curatorial teams ensuring best practice in collections care and strategic development of the collections. They also play a broader leadership role in the Museum with respect to science and public-facing activities. An expert in their field, they provide a high level of scholarship across the collection teams they lead specifically in collections-based science (e.g. taxonomy, systematics, organismal biology). Working towards maximising the use and impact of the collections, emphasis will be on achieving the strategic goals and values of the NHM. This post will report to the Departmental Head of Collections.

PCiC positions are available in the following Divisions: (a) Division of Vertebrates, (b) Division of Invertebrates, (c) Division of Insects

The skills and experience required:

  • Collections management, development, conservation and care

    • In depth knowledge and extensive experience of collections management, care and development
    • Demonstrable high-level experience of working with internal and external researchers and facilitating collections-based research projects
    • Experience of collection digitisation, databases and digital curation

  • Collections scholarship and leadership

    • A deep knowledge of one or more relevant phyla, their key taxonomic/diagnostic characters and interrelationships, the relevant literature, and with proven ability to describe and delineate species
    • Track record in publishing scientific articles as lead author and experience of taking an executive role in an international society and/or for an academic/professional journal
    • Track record in supervising PhD/MSc students and/or teaching/training

  • Income generation

    • Experience in developing applications for external funding to support collections development and/or scholarly collections-based research.

  • Public-facing activities

    • Demonstrable experience of significant contribution to public-facing activities.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; presenting, writing, working with the press office and media

  • Management and leadership

    • Substantial experience of successfully managing and leading teams in line with strategic priorities
    • Demonstrable experience of successfully leading and delivering major projects
    • Wide experience of working with a wide variety of stakeholders (internal and external researchers, public engagement, visitors, students, volunteers), as a team leader/member with good interpersonal skills