Collections Manager (Earth)

University of Oxford

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford

Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University’s internationally important geological and zoological collections, which are used for research, teaching, and public engagement in science.

The Collections Manager will work flexibly across Earth Collections (palaeontology, mineralogy and petrology), but with particular emphasis on the development and management of the mineralogy and petrology collections. The postholder will be responsible for documentation, imaging, databases and preventative conservation, and will facilitate research visits and loans. The postholder will also participate as part of a team to develop new exhibitions and displays, and will participate fully in the museum’s outreach and public engagement programme. It is expected that the postholder will engage in field collecting and collections-based research.

You should have a degree with a substantial Earth Sciences component together with a postgraduate degree in museum studies or geology.  You will have an excellent working knowledge and understanding of mineralogy and petrology, a track record of collections-focused museum work, evidence of working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and experience of working with relational databases and collections management systems.

This is a full-time post, part-time working will be considered.

As part of your online application, you will be required to upload a covering letter that shows how you meet the selection criteria, and a full CV. For further details see the website ( or contact the Director of the Museum, Professor Paul Smith (tel: 01865 272956; email:

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 9 January 2017 can be considered. Interview date will be Monday 23 January 2017.

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