NMS18/876/1 - Principal Curator, Science

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Posted: 20/09/2019 16:05
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £37,474 - £48,297 per annum
Location: National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 28/10/2019 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 science collection and lead an expert team.

You will be responsible for our rich collection of instruments relating to astronomy, geography, physics, chemistry, biomedicine, computing, and a large photography collection. Material ranges from the miniscule to the massive; from mediaeval to very modern. The collection is housed not only at the National Museum of Scotland but also at other sites, especially the National Museums Collection Centre.

We seek an outstanding candidate to develop these dynamic collections further, especially with new initiatives and contemporary collecting. You will lead, manage and participate in the research, interpretation and STEM engagement activities of the section. The post-holder will also work with the Keeper of Science and Technology and the section heads for Technology and Transport to lead the Department in achieving its bold 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 proven 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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