> Dear colleagues,
> The following ad has been published in The Witness (Pietermaritzburg
> daily newspaper) on October 1, 2008. Please circulate it broadly and
> encourage suitable candidates to apply.
> The Natal Museum, one of the largest, leading national Heritage
> Institutions in South Africa, invites applications for
> CHIEF CURATOR: NATURAL SCIENCES
>> KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
> The Natal Museum scientists conduct research in various fields of
> natural sciences. The main responsibilities for this position are:
>> 1. Implement a focussed programme of hypothesis-driven research, with
> emphasis on the unique resources housed in the Natal Museum: ideally
> insects (Diptera or Hemiptera), or other non-insect invertebrates such
> as arachnids, myriapods and earthworms. Register for higher
> postgraduate qualification where appropriate.
> 2. Augment the collections through fieldwork where appropriate.
> 3. Critically evaluate and interpret data, and prepare high quality
> manuscripts that meet the standards of the international scientific
> 4. Formulate targeted research projects and submit applications to
> external funding bodies. Report regularly and manage efficiently
> budgeting and expenditure.
> 5. Ensure efficient management and databasing of the collections, and
> provide guidance and scientific advice where necessary.
> 6. Provide junior research staff with advice and guidance i.r.o.
> collections management and research projects, facilitate and supervise
> their further training and post-graduate studies.
> 7. Interact with national and international research community, advise
> government departments, serve on scientific review and evaluation
> panels (e.g. NRF), contribute to professional societies.
> 8. Engage in collaborative research projects to enhance research
> 9. Advise on production of African Invertebrates, one of the Natal
> Museum scholarly journals.
> PhD degree in relevant field, or Masters degree with considerable
> experience, evidence of an active independent research programme, with
> at least five years research experience, publication record and
> curatorial experience. Experience and a proven record in attracting
> independent research funding. Broad discipline-based knowledge and
> understanding the role of museum research are essential, plus a high
> level of expertise in the relevant research field, both practical and
> intellectual. Excellent writing, presentation, communication and
> organizing skills. Valid drivers licence.
>> Salary: Negotiable at salary level 9 of Public Service Employees.
> [this will be ca. ZAR174,000-210,000 per annum gross depending on
> applicant's merits plus some benefits - MM, unpublished info]
>> All applications should be hand delivered at the Museum's Reception or
> posted to:
>> The Deputy Director: Natal Museum
> Private Bag X 9070
> Pietermaritzburg 3200
> South Africa
>> The closing date for the submission of applications is Friday, 17
> October 2008 at 12:00. Late applications will not be accepted. Please
> send a covering letter stating the position you are applying for, a
> detailed resume with a list of references and certified copies of all
> qualifications and a copy of your identity document. Further enquiries
> regarding these positions can be obtained from the Deputy Director. If
> you have not heard from us by the 14 November 2008, consider your
> application to have been unsuccessful.
> Best wishes,
> Mike Mostovski
> Dr Mikhail (Mike) B. Mostovski
> Assistant Director
> Department of Natural Sciences African
> Natal Museum, P. Bag 9070,
> Pietermaritzburg 3200, South Africa
> Tel: +27-(0)33-3410529 (direct);
> +27-(0)33-3451404 (reception)
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