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Curator, Fossil Cnidaria

Curator, Fossil Cnidaria

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Natural History Museum

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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.


London, United Kingdom of Great Britain – England, Scotland, Wales


Relevant division
Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

Full time

Entry level


Preferred education

Application deadline
9 October 2023

15 September 2023

Job description

Job Summary
Embedded within Invertebrates and Plants Palaeobiology, this is a curatorial role in a world-renowned institution with a strong scientific mission and commitment to enhancing our research infrastructure.
The successful applicant will join a large science group composed of approximately 300 scientists. The NHM (Natural History Museum) houses some of the largest, most significant scientific collections in the world, which includes the internationally important natural history library, a suite of advanced analytical and imaging facilities, and offers the opportunity to contribute science to national and international audiences.
The Curator will be responsible for acquiring, curating, and making specimens within their area of responsibility in Fossil Invertebrates available to facilitate research, teaching, and exhibitions. These collections are frequently accessed by internal and external researchers and are used for the NHM’s public engagement activities, including permanent exhibitions, temporary and touring exhibitions, and outreach events for the general public and media.
Applications are open to candidates in the field of invertebrate palaeontology, with particular expertise in Fossil Corals.
Applications are open to candidates with collections expertise in invertebrate palaeontology.
Main Responsibilities
Working within the Invertebrates and Plants Palaeobiology curatorial team, this role will have curatorial responsibility within the Natural History Museum’s historically important collection of Fossil Corals and will work closely with colleagues responsible for the Recent Cnidaria Collection. Also working closely with curatorial colleagues and research scientists across palaeontological and equivalent extant collections. An important part of the role is facilitating collection use and access by stakeholders which include internal/external researchers and the NHM’s public engagement activities, including income-generating exhibitions and events for the general public and media.
The curator will:

  • Be responsible for collections management, development, care and identification of conservation needs within the named collections area
  • Identify areas suitable for development and facilitate donations and acquisitions as appropriate
  • Work closely with the NHM Unlocked delivery team to document, organise, sort and prepare the collections to ensure the move to a new site in Reading is both safe and beneficial for the fossil corals
  • Ensure best practice in collections care, understand approaches to due diligence and collections Registry policy such as Spectrum Museum standards and apply them to the area of responsibility
  • Provide the information needed to maintain, develop, make accessible and use the collections, particularly by the development of digital records in the collections management system.
  • Facilitate research access to the collection and answer enquiries
  • Contribute to scholarly outputs in appropriate outlets (journals, monographs, technical reports, scientific articles, etc)
  • Seek and apply for funding to support projects

How to apply

If that sounds like you, please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal.
Closing date: 9:00 am, Monday 9 October 2023
Interviews expected: w/c 30 October 2023
Please note that this role qualifies for Museum sponsorship. Whilst we would still expect the successful postholder to have valid right to work in the UK at the point of starting the role, the Museum can support in obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for this role to apply for future or continued right to work in the UK. Please note that while the Museum will support with the cost of the CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship), visa and health surcharge costs will need to be funded by the postholder. Please contact our Recruitment Team at if you have any further queries regarding this.