Director of Science

London (GB)
Monday, 14 January 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

With more than five million visitors annually, the Natural History Museum (NHM) is one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions and one of the world’s great museums. We are currently devising a new vision to 2031 and a business plan for 2019-22 which will set out to position the Museum as a scientific and cultural organisation, to take advantage of scientific and technological advances to make fundamental contributions to natural science and to inspire people to engage with a new age of discovery. The plan will build on the NHM’s reputation as a trusted and objective source of knowledge about the natural world and recognises our unique ability to exert influence, derived from our extraordinary, globally-important collection, pioneering international research and widespread public enthusiasm for the stories that we tell. Within this exciting context, the NHM are now seeking to appoint a new Director of Science. This is a genuine opportunity to lead the development of a dynamic, 21st century scientific agenda for a globally-recognised public institution.

The Director of Science is responsible for the care, development and use of the Museum’s globally important collections, and for maintaining the quality, relevance and impact of the NHM’s science. The role additionally includes oversight of the NHM’s scientific input into our public programming, devising and implement strategies for science that contribute to the NHM’s positioning and mission. Reporting to the Director of the Museum, Sir Michael Dixon, and as a corporate member of the Museum’s Executive Board, the Director will also contribute to the wider strategic direction and management of the Museum.

Candidates will bring an outstanding record as a leading researcher in a relevant field, experience of the application of digital and/or analytical technologies to scientific endeavour, and a demonstrable track record of success in managing scientific staff and sustainable activities in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. They will be experienced at developing and maintaining partnerships at a national and international level, confident acting as a key advocate for the work of the NHM, and demonstrate a tangible passion for the mission of the Museum and its ambitions.

For further details including job description, please visit quoting reference 3917. The closing date for applications is 11:59pm GMT on Tuesday 12th February 2019.

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