Collections Coordinator

University of Cambridge - Scott Polar Research Institute

The Polar Museum is looking for an organised and enthusiastic museum professional to manage its collection of polar artefacts and artworks.

The Museum is part of the Scott Polar Research Institute, which was established as a memorial to Captain Scott and his men and still undertakes world leading research in the polar sciences and humanities. As well as collections relating to Captain Scott, the museum holds material from nineteenth century expeditions to the Arctic, historical and contemporary material culture from a wide range of Arctic communities and scientific objects from the research undertaken by the Institute in recent decades. The Institute also holds significant archive and photographic collections, as well as being home to an extensive polar library.

The Collections Coordinator is responsible for a range of tasks including facilitating collections research, answering external enquiries, undertaking and improving documentation of the Museum's collections, negotiating and administering loans and ensuring that the collections are appropriately stored and displayed. In addition they support the wider activity of the museum as needed.

This is an exciting time to join the Scott Polar Research Institute as we approach our centenary year in 2020. With over 50,000 visitors a year and activities that include exhibitions, events and teaching, work in the Polar Museum team is always varied. This will be particularly true as our activity increases around our centenary. The successful candidate will enjoy working on a variety of tasks, ensuring that our collections information is well organised and working as part of a busy team to solve problems.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2022 in the first instance.

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 health assessment.

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.

The closing date for applications is Monday 18 December 2017 and interviews will be held on Tuesday 9 January 2018.

Informal enquiries may be made to Charlotte Connelly, Museum Curator at or telephone 01223 336557.  

Please quote reference LD14092 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.

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