Collections Assistant (Mineralogy and Petrology)

University of Cambridge - Department of Earth Sciences

The role holder will assist the Collections Manager and Curator of Mineralogy & Petrology with the identification and cataloguing of specimens, organisation of museum stores, processing of incoming and outgoing loans and the provision of specimens for research, teaching and examinations.

The petrology collection contains about 250,000 igneous and metamorphic rock thin sections and about 160,000 hand specimens. This includes about 500 meteorites. It also has about 100,000 sedimentary rocks. The mineral collection comprises about 40,000-50,000 specimens.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience: degree level qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject; knowledge of geology and an enthusiasm for mineralogy/petrology; ability to identify rocks and their mineralogy in thin section (knowledge of optical petrology); good ICT skills (word processing, image processing, spread sheets, email, museum documentation and databases); excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; effective problem solving skills.

The following attributes are desirable: experience of museum documentation and standards; familiarity with Health and Safety and COSSH regulations; full clean drivers licence; recognise and mitigate the risks of hazardous rocks and minerals.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This post is part time (0.6FTE) and we envisage that the person appointed will work 3 days/week.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/11492. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For questions about the vacancy please contact Dan Pemberton, Collections Manager, Sedgwick Museum by email (dsp30@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LB10147 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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