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Senior Curator: Sternorrhyncha, Lice & Thrips

  • Organisation:Natural History Museum
  • Location:South Kensington, London
  • Salary:£38,733 to £46,725
  • Contract type:Permanent / 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

Embedded within the Insects Division, the Senior Curator (Sternorrhyncha, Lice & Thrips) will be an expert in their field of collections-based science and will demonstrate a high level of scientific scholarship (e.g., taxonomy, systematics, applied entomology).

The Senior Curator will be responsible for the collections of: SternorrhynchaPhthirapteraThysanopteraCollembolaProturaDipluraArchaeognatha, and Zygentoma, and they will ensure specimens are acquired, curated and made available to facilitate research, teaching, training, reference and exhibitions.

The Senior Curator will conduct and support collections-based research and attempt to secure external funding for that purpose. This is an exciting opportunity to lead and integrate curation and collections-based research in one of the World’s largest and most important collections.

About you

Qualifications: An MSc (essential) and/or PhD (desirable) with an emphasis on the taxonomy and/or systematics of one of the listed focal taxa (essential), in particular Sternorrhyncha (desirable), and the use of natural history collections in science; or equivalent experience.

Skills and experience required for the role:

  1. In-depth knowledge and experience of collections management, care and development, is essential, with experience in slide-mounted collections being desirable.
  2. In-depth knowledge of one or more of the listed taxa is essential, with a focus on Sternorrhyncha being desirable, including the associated literature and its systematics/taxonomy with the ability to apply and discriminate taxonomic/diagnostic characters for identification and organisation.
  3. A strong track record in publishing scientific articles as lead author.
  4. A strong track record in supervising PhD and/or MSc students and/or teaching/training.
  5. Demonstrable working knowledge and practical experience of associated information management systems for collections.
  6. Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including: researchers, public engagement, visitors, students, and volunteers.

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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, Monday, 14 November

Interviews expected w/c Monday – Wednesday, 5-7 December 

Please note that this role would meet UK Visa and Immigration’s requirements for a sponsorship visa. We are able to consider candidates who do not have the existing right to work in the UK

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