First listed on: 04 May 2022

Digital Research Curator - Australian National Wildlife Collection (ANWC)


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The Opportunity

  • Enhance, complement and inform research on the Australian National Wildlife Collection
  • Use your natural history collections experience to help build a more integrative understanding of Australian vertebrates
  • Join our motivated team and collaborate closely with scientists, postdocs, PhD students and technical staff

CSIRO’s Australian National Wildlife Collection (ANWC, Canberra) is among the largest and most data-rich collections of Australian and Papua New Guinean terrestrial vertebrates in the world. The collection is an important component of CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia (NRCA) and is critical to the future of vertebrate biodiversity research in Australia.  The staff and affiliates of the ANWC manage and improve the collections and conduct research in Australian vertebrate taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, population genetics and related fields. 

For success in this role, you will draw on your experience in natural history collections and, preferably, the application of digital technologies in this domain.  Your contribution to our innovative research programs will not only enhance online access of those resources, but it will also build a more completely integrative understanding of the biology of Australian vertebrates.  You will help guide NRCA’s Digitisation team in developing pathways that will, in turn, integrate ANWC collections into global initiatives to build digital collection assets from the ANWC’s skeletal, egg, nest, study skin, frozen tissue and histological slide collections. Whilst providing guidance to collection management staff in the digital curation and management of the collection, you will also make a strong contribution to our research and its dissemination to the global research community.

In this role you will:

  • Oversee the implementation of integrative research programs from ANWC Research Scientists, employing digitisation technology to build integrative biological profiles of terrestrial vertebrate groups, e.g. imaging of various specimen types, enhancing curation and serving/retrieval of specimen collection data including sound files, or genomic modalities.
  • Actively participate in curatorial activities of ANWC, as part of the Curatorial team.
  • Integrate with other similar national and international initiatives such as the Vertebrate Genome Project, OVert project, or Ozboneviz.
  • Transfer information from vertebrate specimens into electronic databases.
  • Foster open communication, and provide coaching and on-the-job training as required.
  • Adapt and/or develop original methods and workflows in support of existing and further imaging of specimens.

Location:  Crace (Canberra) ACT
Salary: AU$87k - AU$98k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:   Specified term of 3 years, full-time
Reference:  83661

To be considered you will need:

  • A minimum of a BSc (Hons preferred) in vertebrate zoology. 
  • Experience in digital technology as applied to natural history collections.
  • Experience handling, identifying and curating specimens in a natural history museum setting.
  • Experience coordinating activities by others and providing instruction and assistance to colleagues.
  • Strong attention to detail, including a proven ability to maintain focus on complex or repetitive tasks.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team and communicate effectively in a courteous manner. 
  • Sound judgement including the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and the initiative to proactively implement solutions as required.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details


Applications are open to:

  • Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents 
  • New Zealand Citizens
  • Australian temporary residents who are currently residing in Australia and have the right to work for the expected duration of the term (at least to end of June 2025), with no requirement for sponsorship

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Tuesday 31 May, 2022 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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