Assistant Curator, Earth Systems

Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 00:00
Employer: National Museums Scotland
Contract Duration: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £25,050 – £27,238

Based at the National Museum Collection Centre, you will support the work of the Department of Natural Sciences, working in the Earth Systems section of National Museums Scotland predominately with the mineral and meteorite collections but also with the rock collection as required.

Duties will include documentation of the collection, their storage and display and making them accessible to researchers and other visitors. You will also work with colleagues across the department and the museum to help deliver our priority strategic projects, including our loans, exhibitions and digitisation programme.

You will have a degree in a related subject, such as geology, chemistry, material science or equivalent. You will have knowledge of, or strong interest in, working with minerals, meteorites and rocks. The role requires experience and ability in manual handling and lifting heavy objects, such as trays of rocks and minerals. Proven experience in paid or unpaid work in museums or a similar environment is desirable but not essential. You will be able to demonstrate existing specialist knowledge, or the potential to develop specialist knowledge, relevant to the collections and subject areas covered by the section.

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 NMS18/900

If you require further information regarding the role please contact, Rachel Walcott, Principal Curator - Earth Systems at

Closing date for completed applications is midnight on 25 January 2019.

It is anticipated that the selection event will take place on/around Tuesday, 12 February 2019.