Curator, History of Science

£29,843 min (including London weighting).

Location: South Kensington, London

A specialist curatorial position has arisen in the Science Collections Group of the Collections Unit based at the Science Museum, London. This role is for an individual with a good knowledge of the history of science and, ideally, experience of working with museum objects. A commitment to developing and communicating knowledge of the history of science and its associated material culture using all media — exhibition, publication, web, presentation and broadcast — is essential.

You should be able to present knowledge in innovative ways to a wide variety of audiences, including specialists, academics and the general public. You must be able to research and deliver outputs across a range of media engaging with a variety of audiences; this will entail the ability to write in different registers to suit different audiences. You should be able to demonstrate experience of, or capacity for, good collecting practice

[discrimination in selection within collecting policy of objects, assessing their usability for story-telling]. It would be an advantage to have collections management experience, including handling and assessing objects, basic documentation and more detailed cataloguing.

As a major part of this post’s responsibilities will be focused on the Making of Modern Science gallery (due to open 2009), team-working skills are an essential prerequisite for this job. You must be comfortable dealing with people at all levels.

We are looking for an individual with specialist interests in, for example and in particular, the history of natural history, earth sciences, history of environmental studies, evolution and microscopy, and knowledge of the nineteenth century. This is so as to complement the existing team. We will, however, consider candidates with knowledge of the history of other physical sciences. You should be able to work with contextual understanding to represent these subjects effectively at a level that would normally be represented by a Masters degree in a relevant discipline: history of science, technology, etc. Candidates with alternative — or greater — qualifications are welcomed.

The Science Museum is an equal opportunities employer.

Please note that, under European Community employment law, the Museum is obliged to assess candidates from the UK and EC before considering candidates from other nations.

Closing date: 20th December 2005

Please send your CV and covering letter to:

Alison Penny, Human Resources Advisor (Recruitment) Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD UK

[email protected] Direct Tel 020 7942 4312 Fax No 020 7942 4313