Job available: Curator, History of Science - Science Museum, London - Deadline: Jan. 10, 2011

Science Museum, London
Curator, History of Science
£29,844 to £32,344 inclusive per annum
Location: South Kensington, London
A specialist curatorial position has arisen in 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 the general public, specialists and academics. 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 2014), 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 the physical sciences, earth sciences, history of environmental studies, and knowledge of the modern period (from 1750). We will, however, consider candidates with knowledge of other sciences and periods who have the requisite skills. You should be able to work with contextual understanding to represent these subjects effectively at a level that would normally be represented by a minimum of a Masters degree in a relevant discipline: history of science, technology, medicine, etc. Candidates with alternative – or greater – qualifications are welcomed.
The Making of Modern Science gallery development is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.For further information about the Science Museum, a full job description, and details of how to apply, please visit (Job reference: CUR/1210-EXT).
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: 10th January 2010. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 17th January.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community in which we work. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and we guarantee interviews to suitably qualified disabled applicants.
Dr Tim Boon,
Chief Curator,
The Science Museum,
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Tel: 020 7942 4207
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