John Ellerman Project Curator

Deadline: Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 00:00
Employer: National Museums Scotland
Contract Duration: Fixed Term 2 Years
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £29,141 - 31,689

Based at the National Museum of Scotland, you will be the lead curator on an exciting project to assess the palaeontological collections in Scotland.

This post is funded by the John Ellerman Foundation, and is fixed term for two years.

You will work with other Scottish museums to reveal new information about the distributed national fossil collections, to improve their care and increase opportunities for long-term audience engagement. These collections are in abundance across Scottish museums with relatively little information about them in the public domain.

You will also assess the non-paleontological natural sciences collections to inform future requirements and collaborations among Scottish museums with natural science collections.

All these collections provide incredible opportunities for public engagement and are likely to contain type specimens of significant research interest to the scientific community. Importantly, a review of the fossil material across the distributed national collection will allow museums to collaborate and make collections accessible.

At the completion of the project you will be responsible for producing two reports:
a) A review of fossil collections in Scottish Museums and;
b) Priorities for future support and development of Natural Sciences in Scotland.

You will have a degree in geology or biology. You will have knowledge of, and a strong interest in, working with fossils.
Proven experience in paid or unpaid work in museums or a similar environment is essential.
You will be able to demonstrate existing specialist knowledge relevant to the palaeobiological collections and subject areas.
You will be organised and methodical, with good verbal and written communication skills and ICT skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
You should also have experience of managing your own time and workload, working to deadlines and handling multiple priorities.
A driving licence is desirable.

To make an online application for this post and to find further details of this post and of all our vacancies please visit

If you require further information telephone 0131 247 4094 (answerphone) or email, stating reference NMS18/894

Closing date for completed applications is 09 December 2018.
It is anticipated that the selection event will take place on 18/19 December 2018.