Head of Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP)

The British Museum - Africa, Oceania and the Americas

Full time

Fixed Term: 3.5 years in duration

We are looking for an established and recognised researcher to manage the Arcadia-funded Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP). In the role, you will be managing this new grant programme which supports the documentation of a wide range of endangered knowledge relating to objects.

The main responsibilities of the role include developing the grant programme with the EMKP Director, overseeing the advertisement and awarding of grants under the programme by a panel of experts and developing and running professional training in field research and digital preservation and manage the grantee progress. As well as the above, you will represent the programme at conferences and in other academic contexts in order to make people aware of it.

Educated to degree level, the ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of the anthropology of regions in, broadly, the global south. You will have substantial experience in securing research grants and be able to solve complex problems using innovative techniques. Experience of people, project and budget management is essential.

Along with the above qualifications and experience, we are looking for an individual who is able to communicate effectively to deal empathetically with challenging situations. Language skills in French, Spanish, German or Portuguese would be desirable.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions with over six million visitors in 2016 and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures. 

The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) requirements for all staff at the British Museum.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse
workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Membership of the civil service pension scheme
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Professional & personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are a positive individual, passionate about the Museum and would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please visit the website for further information and details on how to apply. https://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/jobs.aspx

Application Deadline: Sunday 17th December 2017

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