NHM Research Fellowship

Job Description

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes – which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.

The Museum’s 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world. Their science is contributing critical data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the major threats of climate change and biodiversity loss through to finding solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats.  Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

We are looking to bring key genomics skills and expertise into the museum’s Invertebrates Division of the Life Sciences Department at a critical juncture. You will provide a timely opportunity to make use of NHM taxonomic and organism-based expertise, our enormous Invertebrate collection and new genomes being produced as a result of the Darwin Tree of Life project – a collaborative project between the NHM and Sanger and a number of other institutions, which plans to sequence entire genomes of all UK eukaryotic species.

Focusing on genomic studies in the fields of evolution, phylogenetics and development involving non-insect invertebrate groups, you will carry out independent projects and collaborate with other researchers in the Invertebrate Division, within Life Sciences and externally. You will also lead and contribute to individual and collaborative grant proposals and publish original research in appropriate high impact journals.

There is a possibility that the role could be made permanent after the end of the fellowship for an exceptional candidate, assuming funding is in place.

About you

You will have a PhD with specialist knowledge in genomics (lab and analyses) of non-insect invertebrate(s). Proficiency with cutting-edge techniques in next-generation sequencing, particularly in genome assembly and annotation, transcriptomics and single cell sequencing will be required along with specialist knowledge in NGS bioinformatics.

You will also bring the proven ability to attract external funding, as well as developed science communication skills as evidenced by an excellent publication record in high impact journals.

Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 9 December 2020

Interviews will be held on w/c 11 January 2021

What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution up to 10%)
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across the country, such as the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Royal Academy and Tate
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including a free digital Tastecard, discounted cinema tickets and corporate membership of English Heritage sites (including Dover Castle and Stonehenge). For more details, visit https://www.cssc.co.uk
  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi
  • Staff discounts at a range of local businesses and services
  • Up to 50% staff discount at our shops and cafes
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loans
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Professional development opportunities – We are committed to the professional development of our staff and offer a range of courses to ensure they reach their potential.  We also sponsor professional qualifications and job-related professional membership fees.

How to apply

If that sounds like you please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal, and provide:

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
  • A statement of interest outlining past research experience and potential research plans including collaborative and independent projects.
  • Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period.

Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome applications from everyone – diversity, inclusion and the feeling of belonging matters to us.  By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of diverse backgrounds we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.  We offer a stimulating and professional environment in which to work. This is a remarkable place we look for staff who can work according to our values – we champion diversity, encourage creativity, we are connected, and we value evidence.