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Natural History Museum (UK) Overview

London, England
501 to 1000 employees
1881
Non-profit Organisation
Museums, Zoos & Amusement Park
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The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications

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  • We had a royal visit this week, to say goodbye to Dippy the Dinoasaur:

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    Duchess of Cambridge wishes Dippy good luck on his journey

    The visit follows last week's announcement of the eight UK-wide venues that will host Dippy from early 2018 to late 2020. The Duchess, who is Patron of the Museum, attended a tea party with 20 children from Oakington Manor Primary School in London.

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Natural History Museum (UK) – Why Work For Us?


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The Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre.

We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today.

We care for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

We live in a time of extraordinary technological and scientific discovery, while societies face formidable environmental challenges.

The Museum - with its vast collections and pioneering research programme - is powerfully placed to engage audiences with the science they need to know and the decisions we need to make about our future.   

The Museum’s purpose is to challenge the way people think about the natural world - its past, present and future. We aim to stimulate public debate about humanity's future and equip our audiences at every level with an understanding of science. We focus on three themes:

  • origins and evolution: the 4.5-billion-year history of our solar system, the Earth and life
  • diversity of life: today’s natural diversity among species, habitats and ecosystems
  • sustainable futures: the future of the natural systems that our society depends on

Our purpose has never been more important or urgent. Species and ecosystems are being destroyed faster than we can document them or understand their significance, placing resources that modern society relies upon under threat.

The Museum's Strategy to 2020 takes up these challenges, and outlines the four areas we will extend our impact in:

  • digital: using technology to create new, innovative ways for people to interact with our collection
  • national: creating networks throughout the UK to support science in schools and engage society with programmes like citizen science and Real World Science
  • international: developing global relationships to help tackle major scientific challenges and create new commercial opportunities
  • London: improving the Museum's grounds and galleries to enhance our visitors' experience

About 1,400 people, including 300 scientists and over 500 volunteers, work for the Museum in a variety of roles. Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to join us?

The Natural History Museum needs bright, talented people with diverse skills and experience to continue being a world-class scientific institution and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK.

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Museum scientists are researching the solar system, Earth’s geology and life in novel ways, using the unique combination of their expertise, collections and cutting-edge techniques. 

Visit the Museum's online repository to access publications from our scientists. Content in the repository is accessible to all and showcases the Museum's broad research output.

Digital Museum
We are digitising 20 million specimens from our collections. All digital data is accessible through our new Data Portal. See more.

Origins, evolution and future
Studying our natural history specimens reveals the past, present and future of life, the solar system and Earth. See more.

Biodiversity
We are creating molecular and digital tools to explore undiscovered biodiversity in megadiverse systems. See more.

Sustainability
We are exploring new sources of food, predicting the spread of disease and finding scarce elements. See more.

Science, society and skills
We are developing citizen science and training activities to inspire the next generation. See more.

Natural History Museum (UK) Reviews

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    I have been working at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The amazing building aside ( walking past dinosaurs on the way to the office!) the museum is an excellent place to work, with very good support for staff, cutting-edge science, and a strong focus on digital as an enhancement to the collections and exhibitions. Especially a great place for those with tech skills and the Museum enters a very innovative phase.

    Cons

    The shear size of the building means that many departments are physically separated by quite a long walk through public halls, or hidden in back buildings with one or no connecting corridors - this hasn't aided the move towards better contact and collaboration amongst the groups.

    Advice to Management

    More ways for staff across the Museum to socialise, but also truly collaborate together on shared initiatives.

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Natural History Museum (UK) Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Natural History Museum (UK) (London, England) in November 2016.

    Interview

    The process took around a week. I was interview by a panel of 3 people from the department that were very friendly. They had a set of prepared questions covering different aspects of the job-related skills. Make sure that you know the requirements posted in the job description, as they really focus on them and your personal characteristics. I really enjoyed the process, even though I wasn't chosen.

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    • Tell us about the situation when you worked alone on the project. What was the outcome?
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