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Jobs | Published: Wed 28 May 2014

University of Cambridge Museums Digital Project Associate

The temporary assignment will be through the University of Cambridge Temporary Employment Service and the position will be based within the University of Cambridge Museums.

Hourly rate: £12.74 Full time (although some flexibility in working pattern will be considered)


The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) are one of the leading cultural providers in the region, providing free access to the University’s world class collections of art, antiquities, archaeology, anthropology, natural history and the history of science, alongside vibrant programmes of events, unparalleled learning opportunities and a wide range of outreach activities.

Through our Arts Council-funded Major Partner Museum Programme, Connecting Collections, the UCM have a commitment to increasing access to its collections and the research and knowledge that underpins them. The UCM’s digital ambitions are key to the delivery of this commitment. Our aspiration is to transform people's virtual experiences of museums and culture by working with leading-edge technologists, creatives and cultural content providers across Cambridge and beyond, to develop the next generation of digital media for museums and their users.

The Role

UCM is working on a major project, CultureQuest, to develop a mobile application for cultural visitors to the city. The project is part of the Digital R&D programme, funded by Nesta, Arts Council England and the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). The primary focus for this temporary assignment will be on developing additional content for the application, liaising with the partner museums and other content providers. The work will involve negotiating which objects to feature on the mobile app, ensuring that there are rights-cleared images and object/event information available to the project.

The Digital Project Associate will report to the Documentation and Access Manager at the Fitzwilliam Museum. S/he will work closely also with the UCM Officer and other members of the UCM team, as well as the CultureQuest project team.

The Work

Specific tasks will include:

  • Negotiating with the UCM partners and other organisations within the city to agree content to be used on the mobile application. This may include events and public art as well as objects within museums and galleries.
  • Ensuring that there are rights-cleared images and object/event information which can be used by the application designers and technical partners to populate the app.
  • Input of the information gathered into an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Proof-read and quality check the information gathered.
  • Working closely with the UCM Marketing Officer and other members of the UCM team, advocate for the project within and outside the UCM and promote the app to end users, including contributing to the UCM blog.
  • Promotion of the project, contributing blog posts and other text.
  • Assist with user evaluation of the app.
  • Assist with general administrative duties related to the project.
  • Assistance with other UCM digital projects as required.

Person description

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Be highly organised and have excellent attention to detail.
  • Have the ability to consistently deliver work to an agreed standard within a tight timescale.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills, including ability to work with people across different disciplines and roles, and be sensitive to the views and priorities of others.
  • Have good written and oral communication skills.
  • Have substantial experience of working with IT systems, including MS Office applications.
  • Be educated to at least first degree level (or hold an equivalent qualification).
  • Previous experience of working in a museum or cultural organisation preferred.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Thursday 12 June 2014.
Candidate discussions: Thursday 19 June 2014

Method of Application:

Those wishing to apply for this assignment should submit a written expression of interest and CV indicating for which assignment they wish to be considered to:

Personnel and Workforce Development Manager, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB email: