NMS21/74 - Principal Curator, Technology

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Posted: 11/01/2022 16:02
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £40,158 to £51,248 per annum
Location: National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street
Level: Collections Management
Deadline: 06/02/2022 23:59
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Type: Permanent

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage. 

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the last decade, we have invested over £120 million in our sites and have more than doubled our visitor numbers, with over 3 million people now visiting our four museums. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. 2019 has seen the completion of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland with the opening of three new galleries dedicated to Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

At an exciting time for the organisation, National Museums Scotland offers a unique opportunity to shape a world-class technology collection and lead an expert team.

You will be responsible for our rich technology collections, including industrial machinery and materials; agricultural tools and engines; sources of energy production, from coal and steam to oil, gas and renewables; transport on land, sea and air; and communications from telegraphy to mobile phones, radios to TV and ICT. The collection is housed not only at the National Museum of Scotland but also at the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National Museums Collection Centre.

We seek an outstanding candidate to develop these dynamic collections further, complementing the existing skills and expertise within the team. You will lead, manage and participate in the research, interpretation and engagement activities of the section. The post-holder will also work with the Keeper of Science and Technology and the section head for Science to lead the Department in achieving its ambitions.

As head of section the Principal Curator will supply a high level of expertise and experience in one or more of the collection areas covered by the section. You should have acknowledged demonstrable research expertise in a relevant specialist area, and an established reputation in your discipline.

Applicants should have a degree and postgraduate qualification/s in a relevant subject, in addition to proven relevant work experience. An excellent communicator with a track record of research and fundraising, the successful candidate will be organised, methodical, adept at problem solving, a team worker and a strategic thinker. Experience in managing staff and projects, and good ICT skills are also essential. A driving licence is desirable.

Please see here for the full recruitment pack and the application form can be found here.

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