Jobs | Published: Tue 30 Jul 2013

Research Assistant, Assistant Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books
£24,049 - £27,047
Fixed Term contract until 31 December 2015 in the first instance

The Fitzwilliam Museum houses the principal collections of art and antiquities of the University of Cambridge, and holds over half a million objects in its care. The Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books (MSSPB) preserves one of the finest collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world, one of the most important collections of manuscript and printed music in the UK, fine printed books, literary autographs and archives. The collections total upwards of 132,500 objects: 1,000 illuminated manuscripts and leaves; 1,500 music volumes; 20,000 rare printed books, over 80,000 literary autographs and correspondence, and over 30,000 items in the Museum’s archive.

The successful candidate will undertake research, technical analysis, interventive and preventive conservation of works on parchment and paper for the Department of MSSPB. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of the Conservator of MSSPB (Assistant Keeper) on materials including medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, fine printed books dating from the 15th to the 21st century, manuscript and printed music, literary autographs and archives.

There is a special link with the Wren Library, Trinity College. Under the supervision of the Conservator of MSSPB (Assistant Keeper), the role holder will undertake conservation work on bound material from Trinity College selected by the Wren Librarian.

Candidates should have a relevant qualification in book conservation, and have demonstrable and practical experience with collections of similar range and importance to those in the Museum and the Wren Library.

A collaborative, supportive and flexible team working style is essential. The ability to deal with people at all levels and in a professional manner is crucial. A sound grasp of conservation ethics and an ability to manage work flow to deadlines are required. The role holder should hold, or be working towards Professional Accreditation (PACR).

Further details and application form CHRIS/6 are available online, or via email: or Tel: 01223 764840.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 2 September 2013
Planned interview date: Thursday 26 September 2013

Interested candidates should complete the CHRIS/6 application form and return with a supporting statement and CV to Personnel and Workforce Development Manager, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB or lmb26@cam.ac.uk

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