Senior Curator

Senior Curator
Employer: Natural History Museum
Salary: £35,164 per annum plus an additional SCiC responsibility allowance and benefits
Location: London

Embedded within the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division of the Department of Life Sciences, the Senior Curator in Charge (SCiC), General Herbarium I & II and European Herbarium will lead and manage the Natural History Museum’s unique General Herbarium collections of gymnosperms and angiosperm families 1 (Amborellaceae) to 215 (Hypericaceae), in the system of Wearn et al (2013), and the European Herbarium collection across all groups. The SCiC will ensure best practice in collections care and provide a world-class collection of natural history specimens. The postholder will be responsible for the acquisition and curation of these collections and for ensuring that they are used and made available for research, teaching, training, reference and exhibitions. An expert in the field of collections-based botany, the postholder will demonstrate a high level of scientific scholarship (e.g. taxonomy, systematics, organismal biology). The postholder will have day to day curatorial responsibility for ‘General Herbarium I’ that comprises the gymnosperms, and angiosperm families 1-139 following the classification of Wearn et al (2013), and for coordination of curation of the European Herbarium across all groups. In addition she/he will be responsible for the management of the other curator in the team, who has day-to-day responsibility for ‘General Herbarium II’ (angiosperm families 140-215).

The post holder will work with other SCiCs across the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division, and with the Divisional Principal Curator in Charge to lead strategic development of, and engagement with, the divisional collections and may also be required to work on cross-Department and cross-Museum activities.

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

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