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Access and Benefit Sharing Registrar

  • Organisation:Natural History Museum
  • Location:London, England
  • Salary:£32,359
  • Contract type:Fixed Term Contract / Full Time

We are a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use the Museum’s unique collections and our unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually and 16 million visits to our website.

Today the Museum is more relevant and influential than ever. By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

We employ 900 staff in a variety of roles, all united by our vision of a future where people and planet thrive. We need everyone to have the passion and drive to help us with our mission to create advocates for our planet and inspire millions to care about the natural world.

Diversity and inclusion matter to us.

Our vision is of a future where both people and the planet thrive. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive to build a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. All new staff who join us learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion to the Museum and how to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

We know we have more to do, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the Museum feels they can thrive and feel valued and respected.

About the role

The Museum is seeking an Access and Benefit Sharing Registrar to join a small, collaborative team of Registrars working in the Museum’s Science Directorate. The Museum declared a planetary emergency in its strategy to 2031. The Convention on Biological Diversity, and subsidiary agreement the Nagoya Protocol, are fundamental to the conservation of our planet and the equitable sharing of benefits derived from the exploitation of the natural world and indigenous traditional knowledge. As an internationally respected scientific institution and Museum, the collection, research, and use of biological materials within the framework of national and international regulation supporting this convention is critical.

Access and Benefit sharing is a fast paced, dynamic, legal, and regulatory environment. Reporting to the Head of Registry you will be working across a broad range of teams within the Museum and externally to review and develop resources that support staff in understanding the implications of access and benefit sharing regulation on their work, look at how we track benefits and their impact, and ensure the Museum has robust measures in place to ensure compliance with national and international regulation.

About you

  • Degree (ideally within life sciences) or relevant experience, PhD in Life sciences desirable.
  • A demonstrable understanding of Access and Benefit sharing
  • Demonstrable experience of working with collections covered by Access and Benefit sharing agreements or working in a country or on a project with Access and Benefit sharing e.g., a PhD or Post Doc in a relevant area.
  • An interest in the practical application of regulation and associated guidance.
  • Excellent writing skills, with evidence of producing written guidance, agreements and or processes
  • Good planning and organisation skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Good problem-solving skills and innovative approach to challenging situations.
  • Good verbal communication skills with the ability to work with a wide range of different teams across the Museum and with external stakeholders.

Thriving at the Museum: the way we work
We are proud to work at the Museum and have identified the qualities we all need to embody to reach our shared ambition. This sits alongside the Museum’s values and forms the framework for the way we work.

Find out more here

What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution 4 – 10%)
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loan
  • Life insurance
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across London and the UK.
  • Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
  • We offer a wide variety of training initiatives and opportunities to build skills. Investing in staff development is important to us, and we are ambitious about helping staff to grow and fulfil their potential.
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including an extensive list of special offers and reduced entry fees at a selection of cinema chains, theme parks, theatres, retailers and supermarkets. It also provides entry to up to 300 English Heritage sites and other national treasures. For more details, visit
  • 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

How to apply

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

Closing date: 9am, 4 July 2022

Interviews expected w/c 18 July 2022

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