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Posted: Wednesday, October 11th 2017
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Job Title:     Curator/Senior Curator, Prehistory (Neolithic)
Organisation:     National Museums Scotland
Salary:     £28,292 - 36,054 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date:     Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Job Ref No:     NMS17/758
Other Benefits:   membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Description:
Based at the National Museum of Scotland this permanent, full-time post will support the work of the Scottish History and Archaeology Department. Working within the Department’s Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology Section, which is concerned with the period from the first human settlement of Scotland to c. AD400, your duties will include responsibility for collections; acquisitions; exhibitions; research; publications; and responding to public enquiries.

National Museums Scotland curates the premier collection of Scottish prehistoric and Roman material culture, which is of international significance. The prehistory collections encompass Europe north of the Alps, ranging from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Iron Age, with a strong focus on Scottish material.

You will bring specialist archaeological knowledge which complements and enhances our existing areas of expertise. We welcome applications from potential candidates with clear commitment to material relevant to Scotland, demonstrable period specialisation in the Neolithic, and expertise or clear potential to develop an expertise in a category or categories of relevant material culture.
Required Skills:
With a track record of delivery in research, you will develop an ambitious research agenda focused on understanding and interpreting the collections in line with our Research Strategy and with an emphasis on externally-funded collaborative research. You will be closely involved with the Section’s commitment to our programme of special exhibitions, and in developing our vision for new permanent gallery displays of Scottish History and Archaeology in the longer term.

You must have a degree of minimum 2:1 standard and a post-graduate qualification in Archaeology or a cognate field, or equivalent experience. A doctoral degree in a relevant subject area will be an advantage. This is an early to mid-career post and you should have experience of working in a museum or similar environment, and be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the study and communication of Scottish archaeology and material culture.

It is expected that you will have experience of undertaking research, responding to public enquiries, using best practice in working with collections, and of preparing and delivering presentations. Equally essential are ICT skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook together with knowledge of collections management databases. You must also be able to demonstrate your ability to plan and organise your workload, manage projects and build relationships within and outside of National Museums Scotland.
Application Instructions:
To make an online application for this post and to find further details of this post and of all our vacancies please visit

If you require further information telephone 0131 247 4094 (answerphone) or email, stating reference NMS17/758

Closing date for completed applications is Tuesday, 07 November 2017

It is anticipated that the selection event will take place on/around 28th & 29th November 2017

Please note that CVs are not considered as/as part of applications and will not be forwarded to the shortlisting process.

National Museums Scotland is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer
Contact Name:     Ms Louise Dobson
Contact Tel:     0131 247 4094
Contact Fax:     0131 247 4314
Contact Email:
Address:     Chambers Street, Edinburgh, .  
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