Research Development Manager

The Wellcome Trust - Wellcome Library

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health, life and our place in the world. Inspired by the collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, we encourage ideas about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art.

Join us and be surrounded by a wealth of unique collections ranging from; etchings by Van Gogh, 16th century recipe manuscripts and the archive of the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, Francis Crick, to works on the history of facial hair, a 17th century log on witchcraft and exquisite Islamic horoscopes. You’ll be involved in helping to enhance engagement with these distinctive collections plus so much more.

The library has recently undertaken a transformation process looking at what we offer, the way we work and how we organise ourselves. It is an exciting time to join our collaborative team and these newly created posts will play a key role in its strategic development.

Job Description

We are looking for someone to lead the development of a research audience for the Wellcome Library, expanding its diversity and maximising the reach and impact of our unique and distinctive collections. You will play a key role in the strategic development of Wellcome Collection as a world-class destination for researchers, not only in academia but also in the cultural and creative sector.

Your main responsibilities will involve:

  • strategy development
  • research delivery
  • relationship management
  • team leadership

To be successful in this role you will need to have:

  • a PhD or equivalent
  • a strong track record of research (not necessarily academic publication)
  • sound knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education teaching and research
  • experience of research initiatives outside academia
  • experience of strategy development and planning
  • experience of managing and developing staff
  • a strong understanding of collections-based and object-led research
  • a good understanding of current issues in libraries, archives, museums and the wider cultural heritage sector, particularly in relation to audience development
  • a proven capacity to think innovatively and creatively, to experiment with new approaches and to promote and manage change

We offer a competitive salary of circa £50,000, plus excellent benefits.

To apply, please complete the online application process and ensure your covering letter explains how you meet the criteria for this job.

Applications closing date: 12 January 2017

Interview date: w/c 30 January 2017