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Director of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences


As one of the oldest geological museums in the world, with its internationally important collections, the Sedgwick Museum requires a Director able to provide outstanding strategic leadership. The Director will be expected to use their significant experience and skills to extend the network of the museum, build up a diverse funding portfolio and to raise the profile and use of the Museum collections for research, teaching and public engagement with science. Reporting to the Head of the Department of Earth Sciences, the Director takes overall responsibility for the staff of the Museum.

The appointee will, ideally, have: a track record of working in national and/or University museums; a thorough understanding of collections management principles and the role of collections in research facilitation, object based learning and public engagement; research interests which will probably involve using the collections, as well as experience in the delivery of public engagement and/or science communication activities. Outstanding leadership skills are essential, as is the ability to network and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders, including researchers, academics, other museum professionals, prospective donors and funding agencies, and to represent the Museum at these levels. Applicants should have a degree and doctorate in Earth Sciences or a related scientific discipline.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Interviews are expected to take place in October.

Further information, including duties and responsibilities and person specification are attached below. Related enquiries should be directed to Claire Nellany at cn318@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LB16116 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University and the Department are committed to equality and diversity and encourage applications from any potential appointee, especially from under-represented groups. The Department has an action plan to promote inclusivity in both the work and study environment. The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the Department is a bronze award holder. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/pay-benefits/cambens-employeebenefits/family-friendly.

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