Senior Curator, Hymenoptera

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Job Description

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a world-class visitor attraction, leading science research centre and commercial event space. We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million specimens, both in our London and Tring museums, spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we will soon 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

Embedded within the Insects Division of the Department of Life Sciences, the Senior Curator will have day to day responsibility for various groups of Hymenopteras but primarily bees. Specimens are to be acquired, curated and made available to facilitate research, teaching, training, reference and exhibitions.

You will work with the Senior Curator in Charge of Hymenoptera, together with the wider curatorial team, in-house and external researchers, to lead strategic development of, and engagement with, particularly the bee collections, with an emphasis on increasing the relevance of the bee collections to global change, pollinator ecology and systematics.

This is an exciting opportunity to integrate curation and collections-based research in one of the World’s largest and most important collections.

About you

An established or emerging expert in their field of collections-based science, you will demonstrate a high level of scholarship science (e.g. taxonomy, systematics, organismal biology). This will be displayed with a relevant higher qualification (MSc or relevant postgraduate experience is relevant, a PhD is desirable), or equivalent experience, with an emphasis on taxonomy or systematics and the use of natural history collections in science.

You will have an in-depth knowledge and experience of collections management, care and development; teamed with knowledge of a collection, its associated literature and its systematics/taxonomy with the ability to apply and discriminate taxonomic/diagnostic characters for identification and organisation.

Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 29 January 2020
Interviews will be held on: 11 or 12 February 2020

To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.