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17th October 2023

Vacancy - Digital Curator (Maternity cover)

Job Title: Digital Curator (Maternity cover)

Salary: £34,250 pa (pro rata)

Grade: 3b

Contract Type: Fixed term (8 – 12 months) full-time (35 hours)

Line management: external contractors

Location: Central London


The Museums Department of the Royal College of Surgeons in England is seeking to appoint a dynamic and highly motivated individual to be Digital Curator to cover maternity leave.

This is an exciting time to join the Museums Department at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng). Following a major building re-development the Hunterian Museum re-opened to the public in May this year, after a six year closure, and in October 2022 the RCSEng Anatomy and Pathology Museum re-opened for professional audiences including students studying medicine and healthcare courses.

The Hunterian and the Anatomy and Pathology Museum are world-class museums: The Hunterian Museum welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year and the Anatomy and Pathology Museum is open to healthcare professionals and students. The Hunterian museum traces the history of surgery from ancient times to the present day. The displays include over 2,000 preparations from the collection of the eighteenth century anatomist and surgeon John Hunter, alongside instruments, equipment, models, paintings and archive material.

The Anatomy and Pathology collection contains over 1000 specimens of human tissue.

In April 2023 the new Hunterian website was launched, designed by Cogapp; existing social media channels of Facebook and Twitter (X) were re-launched and new ones established: Instagram and YouTube. In November a new Hunterian App by Bloomberg Connect will be launched.

About the role

The Digital Curator is a key member of the RCSEng Museum Team working on the promotion and interpretation of RCSEng Museums’ collections to a wide range of on-line audiences.

The post-holder is responsible for the delivery of RCSEng on-line engagement through the Hunterian Website and Anatomy and Pathology Museum Virtual Learning Environment and all social media channels.

Please see Job Description for detail

Required Skills/ Qualifications

  • You will be an enthusiastic and creative person with a proven track record in science communications through digital platforms
  • An interest in the History of Science and the communication of scientific ideas is desirable
  • You will have excellent research and organisational skills

Please see Person Specification within Job Description for further details

Applications are particularly encouraged from people from Global Majority backgrounds (Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global South) or people with disabilities, who are currently under-represented in the museum sector.

The role requires the post holder to work a five-day week, it may suit a Museum consultant/freelancer interested in a temporary full-time post

RCSEng employee benefits

  • 27 days paid holiday + bank holidays and up to 4 college closure days
  • Flexible working within requirements of the role
  • Enhanced contributory pension scheme & other leave entitlements
  • Variety of learning and development opportunities
  • Wellbeing programme & Employee Assistance Scheme

How to apply

Please email your CV, together with a cover letter, of no more than two sides of A4, to [email protected]. If you have any questions about this post please contact [email protected].

Closing date and interviews:

Applications to be received by noon, Monday 6 November

Interviews will be held at Lincolns Inn Fields, Tuesday 14 November

To start as soon as possible, minimum of two handover days week of 4-10 December 2023

About RCSEng

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation that provides education, assessment and development to nearly 30,000 surgeons, dental surgeons and members of the wider surgical and dental teams at all stages of their career; It sets professional standards, facilitates research and champions world-class surgical outcomes for patients.

RCSEng Equal Opportunities Statement

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We are open to all talent and we actively ensure that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regards to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

RCSEng Data Protection  

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to protecting your privacy. RCSEng is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). All College employees are responsible for records held, created and used as part of their work for the College including patient/client, corporate and administrative records. Records are managed according to the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 and ensure confidentiality. The College ensures that staff are trained to handle the information you submit to RCSEng with care and discretion, seeking advice where necessary.

Any personal data collected from you, or that you provide, will be processed in accordance with RCSEng recruitment processes. If unsuccessful in your application, your information will be held by RCSEng on its internal database for a period of six months before deletion. If you would like your information removed sooner, please contact [email protected].

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