Principal Curator, Science

Deadline: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 00:00
Employer: National Museums Scotland
Contract Duration: Permanent
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £37,474 - £48,297 per annum

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.