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Book and Manuscript Conservator

University of Cambridge - Corpus Christi College

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £29,000 to £33,000 pa
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 4th January 2024

The Cambridge Colleges' Conservation Consortium, based at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK, is offering an exciting opportunity for an experienced Conservator to join the small team, working in the conservation studio here in Corpus Christi’s College.

The studio has a very busy and reach schedule of work, carrying out interventive conservation treatments as well as providing preservation advice/support on both library and archive materials for the 15 members of the Cambridge Colleges' Conservation Consortium.

The position provides the opportunity to work on a wide range of materials from the earliest manuscripts to items stored in modern archives. It covers paper, parchment and binding conservation plus challenging housing projects for objects. The post will give the successful candidate the opportunity to further develop and refine professional skills, both practical and theoretical (decision-making processes supporting the Conservation Manager in the running, promotion and implementation of the Consortium to support its future growth and mentoring of junior colleagues, outreach opportunities will be also provided). 

Good, strong knowledge of historical binding structures and the ability to carry out high quality conservation work will be expected. Previous experience in bookbinding, gold tooling will be appreciated.

The successful applicant will have a degree or diploma in Archives or Library conservation, excellent practical skills, been working in the field for a while and be looking to join a very active conservation studio so ready to be flexible and independent. They will be dedicated and self-motivated, able to work both on their own and as part of a small team, providing support and mentoring for the junior conservators working within the team. 

Excellent communication skills at all levels and a diplomatic approach are essential. Outreach with possibilities for dissemination of project outcomes will be also part of the post.

In return, you will receive a competitive salary, excellent benefits and conditions of employment. These include a pension scheme, discretionary bonus, generous holiday entitlement, Continuous Professional Development and in-house training opportunities, free lunches, car park and use of College facilities. This job will give to the winning candidate the unique opportunity to work within one of the reaches and most diverse book and artefacts collections in the world, for some of the oldest and most long-lasting institutions within the Western World, the Cambridge Colleges.

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Further enquiries about your application may be made by email to the HR Department: recruitment@corpus.cam.ac.uk

For an informal conversation about the role, you may contact the Head of Conservation, Flavio Marzo, fm485@corpus.cam.ac.uk to organise a telephone conversation. 

Closing Date:  Noon, Thursday 4 January

No initial acknowledgement of the receipt of applications will be made but all applicants can expect to hear from the College shortly after the closing date for applications.

Please note that the closing date for this post may be extended if there are insufficient applicants or brought forward if there is a high volume of applicants.

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