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Project Manager & Expedition Co-ordinator, #NHMDeepSea Group

  • Organisation:Natural History Museum
  • Location:South Kensington, London
  • Salary:£34,421 per annum
  • 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.

The Museum has secured investment from the UK Government to build a new science and digitisation centre at Thames Valley Science Park, a science and technology hub on the University of Reading campus.  The purpose-built centre will house much of the Museum’s collection and will include laboratories, digitisation suites, collaborative research spaces, conservation labs and workspaces.

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 Project Manager will be responsible for the production and delivery of deep-sea research projects in locations across the planet. Reporting to Merit Researcher Dr Adrian Glover (Head of the Group), they will lead as a project support manager of offshore (high seas) oceanographic expeditions, project support manager of international workshops and stakeholder events and manage aspects of the #NHMDeepSea lab locally in the Darwin Centre, South Kensington. They will also provide day-to-day assistance to Dr Glover in all aspects of project planning and execution and work closely with the NHM Consultancy Team, NHM Research Office and NHM Science Operations Team.

The role will involve international travel most likely in the Pacific region and would be most suited to someone with the necessary skills and competencies but also a keen interest in science communication (e.g. past experience as an assistant producer / line producer in television or other time-critical production role) exploration, natural history, scientific research and oceans. The role is likely to include opportunities to go to sea on research expeditions, although the primary focus of the role is project management rather than scientific research.

The #NHMDeepSea Group studies the Natural History of the Deep Sea. We are interested in the origins, adaptive radiation, classification, biodiversity and ecological interactions of deep-sea animals.

We work with academic colleagues, government funding agencies and industry to take part in deep-sea oceanographic research expeditions across the globe. We deliver a range of international science projects to Clients on a commercial basis that must be delivered within budget and on time.

The role does not require any scientific expertise or expertise in deep-sea biology, however an understanding of this type of work would be beneficial.

About you

The successful candidate will be passionate about travel, natural history and exploration, as well as an organised project manager with past experience in this role in science, media production (e.g. Assistant Producer / Line Producer) role, or in another relevant discipline. They may not necessarily have a scientific background but this might be beneficial, as would oceanographic experience. They will be used to last minute deadlines, complex operational and logistical challenges and experienced in working overseas in remote locations.

They will be be a complete team player and used to working with a range of people both within an institution or team and with external stakeholders, clients and suppliers. The role would suit someone who had extensive project management experience e.g. in television/radio production but was looking to experience working in a real active research lab. It would also suit someone with a scientific background but more looking to get into project management/production roles. They will have some degree of technical experience in communications (standard MS Teams, Office, Sharepoint etc) and in photography, film equipment or microscopy, but the latter is not essential.
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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, 12th August 2022

Interviews expected w/c 12th September

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