NMS22/18 - Assistant Curator, Entomology

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Posted: 10/05/2022 10:29
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £27,107to £29,475 per annum
Location: National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 30/05/2022 23:59
Hours: 37
Benefits: membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Type: Temporary

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 contribute to the development of the Entomology collection.

You will be responsible for assisting with the curation of the insect collection. This is international in scope and includes ~2,000,000 specimens in both dry and wet collections. It is particularly strong in British, especially Scottish insects, including Diptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, and parasitic Hymenoptera. It includes some historical collections of Dufresne, Wilson, Balfour-Brown, and Pelham-Clinton amongst others. The collection is housed at the National Museums Collection Centre.

We seek an exceptional candidate who can demonstrate and develop specialist knowledge, about the specified collections and enable the widest possible access to them, in line with National Museums’ objectives. The post-holder will also work with the Principal Curator of Invertebrates and the Pelham Clinton Curator of Entomology (Genetic Collection).

Applicants should have a degree in Biological Sciences, in addition to proven relevant work experience in the museum environment and collection-based research. An excellent communicator with a track record of collection management/curation, understanding of taxonomic and ecological research, and successful participation in public programs. Good ICT skills are also essential. Experience in managing staff and projects, and 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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