First listed on: 27 September 2020

Senior Curator

The Opportunity
  • Contribute to the curation & development of the Australian National Insect Collection beetle collection
  • Use your Coleoptera expertise to support insect biodiversity research
  • Join CSIRO and make a difference!

CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) is seeking a Senior Curator to join the team. As the successful candidate, you will contribute to collaborative research, curation and development of the beetle collection under the guidance of Research Scientists, the ANIC Director and ANIC Collection Manager. You will be working on several tasks simultaneously such as specimen loans, identification and management.

ANIC is the largest collection of Australian insects and related invertebrates in the world, with over 12 million specimens.  The Collection is an important component of CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia (NRCA), and critical to the future of insect biodiversity research in Australia.  

Your duties will include:
  • Participating in research activities on beetles developed by the Research Scientist, including molecular laboratory work.
  • Curation responsibilities including developing and curating ANIC Coleoptera collections.
  • Collecting, identifying, sorting, mounting and labelling specimens of Coleoptera.
  • Managing loan requests and returns following ANIC loan policy and under the guidance of the ANIC Collection Manager and the relevant Research Scientist.
  • Supervising and coordinating the activities of volunteers in the Coleoptera section.

Location: Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT
Salary: AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 69312

To be considered you will need:
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent relevant work experience in insect taxonomy and systematics. 
  • A current driver’s licence and to be willing and able to undertake fieldwork often to remote localities in Australia.
  • Experience in handling, identifying and curating Coleoptera collection in a natural history museum setting.
  • Practical experience in contributing to research on beetle taxonomy, including DNA extraction from museum specimens and analysis of molecular data.
  • Good problem skills and the ability to focus on multiple or complex tasks with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills coupled with experience in coordinating activities carried out by others and providing instruction and assisting staff to complete allocated tasks and activities.
  • Good teamwork skills coupled with the ability to work independently and to be able to adapt to changing circumstances.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

18th October 2020, 11:00 pm AEDT

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