Job title: Research Taxonomist
Deadline: Monday, 17th December 2018 – 00:00.
Employer: African Natural History Research Trust, Leominster, UK.
Contract Duration: Permanent
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 p.a. Negotiable, based on previous experience.
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The African Natural History Research Trust (ANHRT) is a charitable research trust and museum focused on African entomological biodiversity. Our research is aimed at increasing the scientific knowledge of African insects with an emphasis on Lepidoptera.

Working as part of a small team, this role requires an organised individual with experience of working with Lepidoptera collections. The successful candidate will be capable of conducting self and group- led taxonomic research and have a strong understanding of zoological nomenclature. The successful candidate will be proficient at disseminating their findings through scientific journals and other scientific outlets, identifying and recurating parts of the collections as required whilst ensuring collections are safeguarded in line with ANHRT collections management protocol.

We welcome applicants with a broad understanding of Lepidopteran taxa. Candidates with specific knowledge of the following families would be preferable but candidates with expertise in other families will also be considered: Noctuidae, Erebidae, Lasiocampidae, Bombycidae and/or Microlepidoptera.


Essential Competencies:

  • Relevant undergraduate degree

  • An ability to initiate and complete relevant research projects with national and international collaborations

  • Previous experience of undertaking scientific research projects. This can be working as part of a team or individually.

  • Draft publications and prepare them for submission to refereed journals

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • A clear understanding of taxonomy and a knowledge of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature

  • An ability to organise multiple assignments with minimal supervision and in response to deadlines

  • A high level of attention to detail with a commitment to accuracy. This will be coupled with an excellent level of manual dexterity.

  • A proven ability to undertake specimen dissections and genitalia preparations

  • A full driving license and own car

Preferable Competencies:

  • Relevant PhD or equivalent work experience

  • Specialist knowledge of Noctuidae, Erebidae, Lasiocampidae, Bombycidae or Microlepidoptera

  • A willingness to travel in the UK and abroad for short or long periods as required.


To apply for this job:
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain an ANHRT application form.
Then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following documents:
  • Document A – ANHRT application form, this must be completed by hand.
  • Document B – Curriculum Vitae
  • Document C – Cover letter, within your cover letter please indicate how you are suitable to the role advertised
  • Document D – List of your relevant publications

Is the Past Key to the Present?

A Symposium at the Natural History Museum, London

How various disciplines apply multiple strategies to target and analyze biodiversity.

December 11th, 2018 / 10.00am - 17.00pm at Neil Chalmers Lecture Theatre

 refugia symposium







Organised by the Natural History Museum

and the African Natural History Research Trust

natural history museum logo

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new African Natural History Research Trust (ANHRT) website! On behalf of us all here at ANHRT, Welcome!

We encourage you to explore the site, visit our gallery and have a browse of our collections and expeditions pages to learn more about the work we do here at ANHRT.

It has been a busy and exciting year for us so far with a number of researchers visiting from Siberia, Hungary and Germany to come and carry out taxonomic research on our moth and butterfly (Lepidoptera) collections.

We have undertaken 6 expeditions to some very remote locations in Africa including parts of Liberia, Sao Tome, Mozambique, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Togo and have enjoyed ongoing collaborations with locally based institutions which we have been working with.

We plan to continue adding more to our website so please do visit us again soon!

We are always looking to collaborate on taxonomic works so if you have a desire to know more we would love to hear from you.

Visit our contact page and get in touch!