07 Jul 2024

Are you an Intellectual Property specialist who wants to help protect the future of the planet? 

Ready to enter a world where scientific research meets real world opportunities?

Ever wondered what it’s like to work at an iconic cultural organisation with world-class scientists?

About the role

The Science Knowledge Asset Manager is an exciting new position designed to play a lead role in the management and exploitation of the Natural History Museum’s scientific Knowledge Assets (KAs).

Working within the newly formed Innovation Unit and across the Science group, you’ll help revolutionise the way NHM utilises its Intellectual Property by leading the development and implementation of a Knowledge Asset Management Strategy.

You’ll introduce end-to-end processes for managing science-generated Knowledge Assets from identification through to exploitation and be directly involved in the translation of early-stage discoveries to market ready products and services.

This is a rare opportunity to shape how the Natural History Museum supports an important area of work in innovation and commercialisation of its scientific research.

The role is funded by the Government of Technology Transfer’s (GOTT) Knowledge Asset Strengthening Programme (KASP) and is fixed-term for 2 years initially, with the potential for extension subject to future funding and successful outcomes. It may suit candidates looking for a secondment placement to boost their career or who are looking for development opportunities on a fixed-term basis.

About us

We are a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use the Museum’s unique collections and our unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually and 16 million visits to our website.

Today the Museum is more relevant and influential than ever. By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

We employ 900 staff in a variety of roles, all united by our vision of a future where people and planet thrive. We need everyone to have the passion and drive to help us with our mission to create advocates for our planet and inspire millions to care about the natural world.

Diversity and inclusion matter to us.

Our vision is of a future where both people and the planet thrive. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive to build a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. All new staff who join us learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion to the Museum and how to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

We know we have more to do, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the Museum feels they can thrive and feel valued and respected.


You will be based at the Natural History Museum’s South Kensington site, though hybrid working is acceptable.

Occasional travel to other locations in the UK may be required.

Thriving at the Museum: the way we work

We are proud to work at the Museum and have identified the qualities we all need to embody to reach our shared ambition. This sits alongside the Museum’s values and forms the framework for the way we work.

What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution 4 – 10%)
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loan
  • Life insurance
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across London and the UK.
  • Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
  • We offer a wide variety of training initiatives and opportunities to build skills. Investing in staff development is important to us, and we are ambitious about helping staff to grow and fulfil their potential.
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including an extensive list of special offers and reduced entry fees at a selection of cinema chains, theme parks, theatres, retailers and supermarkets. It also provides entry to up to 300 English Heritage sites and other national treasures.
  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi

Hybrid working

We are working towards a vision where both people and planet thrive, and nothing gives a greater connection with this, than seeing first-hand, the visitors, scientific research and collections that all of our work is inspired by and working side by side with the teams delivering the visitor experience and events.  We also recognise the benefits and flexibility that hybrid working brings. We operate a hybrid working model that requires regular, weekly attendance for this role, with the precise pattern of days on site and worked from home to be agreed with your manager.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please click below to apply.

Closing date: 23:59 on 7th July 2024

Interviews expected: w/c 15th July 2024

Please note that this role does not qualify for Museum sponsorship so the successful post holder will need to have a valid right to work in the UK at the point of offer.

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