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Conservation Assistant (Fixed Term) Part-Time

University of Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £29,605 to £33,966 pa, pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: DA39705

As the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and the largest cultural venue in the region, The Fitzwilliam Museum acts as a crucial bridge between the University, the City and the rest of the world, and has an international reputation for extraordinary research, world-class exhibitions, award-winning public programmes and significant collections spanning many cultures and centuries. The Fitzwilliam Museum collection comprises 500,000 objects, displayed in galleries or housed in storage. The Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI), a sub-department of the museum, is one of the world's leading centres for teaching and research in conservation and heritage science.

The Fitzwilliam Museum has been awarded a grant from the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust for a project entitled 'Islamic Manuscript Conservation and Skills-Building'. The aim is to conserve and digitise two Islamic manuscripts in the collection to make them available for display and to readers. The Conservator is carrying out the treatment and funding is available for a Conservation Assistant to back-fill her time spent on the project.

The post holder will work under the supervision of the Senior Conservator and Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books to carry out boxing/rehousing projects of bound and archival material in storage. There may be opportunities to carry out simple repairs as necessary during the course of this work. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to learn about manuscript rebinding by making model bindings of an Islamic and a Western manuscript binding under the guidance of the conservators.

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches us, and are committed to helping to make the arts and cultural sector a more diverse and equal place. To this end we are actively seeking to diversify our staff and would particularly welcome applications from women and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, and people with disabilities. If you wish to self-identify, please do so in your personal statement.

Informal enquiries are welcomed: please email Edward Cheese, Senior Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books, on ejc67@cam.ac.uk

METHOD OF APPLICATION: Please email hr@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk by midnight on Sunday 7 January 2024 with (1) a letter of interest in support of your application, (2) a brief CV including relevant training and practical experience, and (3) the name of two referees (including email addresses and phone numbers).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2024 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 security check.

The interview date for the role: Wednesday 17th January 2024.

Please quote reference DA39705 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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