Conservator of Easel Paintings

University of Cambridge - Hamilton Kerr Institute

8 miles from central Cambridge

The Hamilton Kerr Institute for the conservation of easel paintings is a postgraduate teaching institution with an international reputation for the high quality of its programmes of instruction for students and interns. It also operates an active and wide-ranging research programme and is a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

The Institute undertakes the conservation of easel paintings for the Fitzwilliam Museum, and also for external public and private collections. Its clients include the University of Cambridge, the National Trust and the Royal Collection.

Reporting to the Director, the role holder will undertake income-generating practical conservation treatments as well as the examination of easel paintings and polychrome sculptures. He/she will also undertake practical studio tuition and will supervise up to ten students, interns and contract workers alongside conservator colleagues. The role holder assists in the running of the Institute as required and collaborates with staff and post-graduate students on research. The role-holder also gives advice on treatment options to clients and prepares estimates and proposals for future projects. The post is full-time (37 hours per week) and permanent.

The successful applicant will hold a first degree together with a recognised postgraduate qualification in conservation. You will have an established record in painting conservation practice and research. Strong interpersonal skills are essential. Experience of teaching/supervising conservation students and interns is desirable but initial guidance will be available from senior staff.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: 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.

Any questions about this vacancy or the application process, should be addressed to Ms Sara Harrop, Department Administrator: 

Interviews will take place at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Whittlesford in mid-January.

Please quote reference DB13983 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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