Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Curator for the management of the Diptera Collection

  • Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
  • Präsenz
  • Berufserfahrung
  • Führungskraft Erste Ebene
  • Forschung, Entwicklung, Lehre
  • Vollzeit
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The Natural History Museum preserves, researches and presents its extensive collections in a building designed as a total work of art. It conveys the diversity of nature, the evolution of planet Earth and life, and the related cultural development of mankind, and offers an inspiring meeting place.
The earliest collections are over 250 years old. Today, some 30 million objects are under scientific care.
In order to do justice to the importance of insects and the collections, which comprise around 11 million specimens, these are to be further developed for science and society. This requires, on the one hand, well-founded, methodologically broad-based taxonomic expertise and, on the other hand, access to social requirements such as digital transformation (handling databases, e-services) and the involvement of society (citizen science, media work). The collections are to be used for own research as well as to be made accessible to the national and international research community.

Areas of responsibility

 Collection care and development
  • Curatorial care of the Diptera collection (approx. 800,000 specimens) including loan;
  • transactions, scientific advice and guest relations;
  • Development of the Diptera collection in terms of quality and quantity;
  • Expansion and supervision of the Diptera specialist library;
  • Implementation of digital transformation.
  •  Planning and implementation of research projects;
  • Acquisition of third-party funding;
  • Publication of results in national and international journals;
  • Presentation of research at international congresses and workshops;
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation within the Natural History Museum as well as with national and international research institutions.
 Education and public outreach
  •  Cooperation within the educational mission of the museum (national and international exhibitions, popular science publications) in coordination with the Department of Science Communication and Exhibition;
  • Guided tours and lectures to professional audiences as well as the general public;
  • Collaboration in the museum's citizen science activities;
  • Cooperation with media and educational institutions (interviews, consulting, projects, etc.) in cooperation with the Press and Marketing Department;
  • For these purposes, the successful applicant is required to learn the German language, if this is not their first language.

Required qualifications and skills

  • Completed studies (doctorate) in biology or equivalent;
  • Relevant scientific experience in taxonomy and systematics of Diptera, preferably in different zoogeographical regions;
  • Experience with entomological collections;
  • Relevant methodological knowledge (e.g. imaging techniques, genetics, data processing);
  • Publications in international journals;
  • Experience in designing and implementing international research projects;
  • Experience in communicating biological knowledge;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Very good language skills in German or English;

We offer

  • The planned remuneration is based on the personnel cost rates of the FWF (senior postdoc / postdoc):
Applications must include
  •  Curriculum vitae (including list of publications, separated into publications in journals with impact factor and other work);
  • Application / motivation letter with appropriate presentation of the abovementioned requirements;
  • Name and address of at least two (independent) persons who, upon request, can provide a reference;

If we have aroused your interest, we look forward to receiving your detailed application by Dec. 30, 2022

For further questions please contact Elke Lhotak, at