The Natural History Museum
London, South Kensington
2d ago

About Us

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe.

With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million objects. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats.

Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

Reporting to the Digital Services Librarian the primary purpose of this role is to undertake the digitisation of Library and Archive collections to generate digital assets (DAs) and the creation of associated metadata to facilitate DAs upload and ingest processes that underpin the departments Digitised Collections and digital activities.

Working with colleagues across the Department, the role will primarily involve the creation of DAs of rare, unique and potentially fragile Library and Archive materials using the Specialist Digitisation Unit equipment, following established processes and procedures to meet agreed standards.

The role also contributes to general Library and Archive reading room service including the provision of the external digitisation service and the physical preparation of material for digitisation.

About you

You will have experience of digitising special collection materials including rare books, archival material and knowledge of safe handling systems.

A degree or equivalent knowledge and / or qualification in relevant technical subjects would be desirable

You will have a good understanding and experience of the handling and curation of library and archival collection material as well as possessing experience of digitisation processes, equipment, best practice and the potential of digital tools and methodologies for collection analysis and reuse.

Experience in the creation and recording of metadata and an understanding of metadata standards and methods for describing images would be preferred.

Closing date : 9am 24 June 2021

Interviews expected : w / c 28 June 2021

Salary : £26,208 per annum

Contract : Full time (36 hours per week) Permanent

What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution up to 10%)
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across the country, such as the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Royal Academy and Tate
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including a free digital Tastecard, discounted cinema tickets and corporate membership of English Heritage sites (including Dover Castle and Stonehenge).
  • For more details, visit https : / / www.cssc.co.uk

  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi
  • Staff discounts at a range of local businesses and services
  • Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loans
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Professional development opportunities - We are committed to the professional development of our staff and offer a range of courses to ensure they reach their potential.
  • We also sponsor professional qualifications and job-related professional membership fees.

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