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Jobs | Published: Fri 30 May 2014

Research Assistant, technologist for ‘Digital Layers’ project £24,289 - £27,318 Ten-months contract starting September 2014

The Digital Layers resource will feature in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary exhibition in 2016 displaying the Museum’s finest illuminated manuscripts. The tools created for Digital Layers will be made available for re-use in Cambridge and beyond and it is hoped that the project will help set new standards in how museums can bring cutting-edge research to a wider audience. The successful candidate will join the project’s team and interact with researchers working on two other research projects at the Museum: the Cambridge Illuminations and MINIARE (

The Research Assistant, supported by Arts Council England‘s Designation Development Fund, will research and develop appropriate software tools to support the technical analysis of illuminated manuscripts in the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will integrate with the Fitzwilliam’s data storage infrastructure and feed into the Digital Layers online resource. In consultation with his/her advisors, he/she will gain and update knowledge and develop skills in the field of scientific data merging and visualisation, particularly those relating to conservation science, and document the research undertaken as the basis for development of resources within the Digital Layers project as well as future research projects by the Fitzwilliam Museum or others.

Candidates should be educated to first degree level and have experience of software evaluation and design/development. They should be familiar with Java programming or have good transferable programming skills. Previous experience with scientific data merging, visualisation and analysis would be a strong advantage.

A collaborative, supportive and flexible team working style is essential, as is the ability to deal with people at all levels and in a professional manner. Effective communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to communicate complex specialist information to colleagues are required.

Further Details and Chris/6 Application Form are available from our website: ,
via email: or Tel: 01223 764840.

Closing date for applications: midnight Friday 27 June 2014

Planned interview date:
Wednesday 16 July 2014

Interested candidates should complete the CHRIS/6 application form and return with a supporting statement, CV and three referees to or Personnel and Workforce Development Manager,
The Fitzwilliam Museum,
Trumpington St,

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