Hmf Sculpture Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is offering postdoctoral fellowship position. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before October 19, 2018.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is seeking an outstanding, experienced and motivated candidate for a Research Associate position to work on a project that will research, catalogue and disseminate agreed aspects of the Museum’s collection of European Renaissance and Baroque sculpture collection (c.300 items of diverse materials and ranging in date from c. 1450 to c. 1750). The funding for this role is provided by the Henry Moore Foundation (HMF).

*At present the funding only allows for one day per week for around 15 months, but there is a plan to apply for additional funding to raise this to two days per week.

The RA will spend much of the project undertaking essential ‘ground work’, namely consulting the collections catalogues and databases of other museums to build up the object files and to establish the likely maker/s, place and date of manufacture, information about original display contexts, provenance, and related objects. Based on their findings, a number of key objects will be selected, in consultation with the Keeper, for further in-depth research, for academic publication, and/or for public dissemination. The RA will also be expected to contribute to new/improved entries on the online collections database; write at least one stand-alone scholarly article on one (or more) items from the collection; and deliver public-facing events like sculpture-handling sessions.

The role holder will be expected to: *Plan and manage their own research and administrative activities in an efficient and timely fashion. * Undertake research into selected sculptures using both primary and secondary sources, held in libraries, archives and private collections both in the UK and abroad. * Critically analyse and interpret the results of this research; generate ideas based on these outcomes; and pursue new leads as appropriate. * Continually update knowledge and understanding by adding to object files, updating records on online database, improving gallery labels and other didactic material. * Write up aspects of research for oral presentation and publication in an appropriate scholarly yet accessible manner. * Assist with the organisation and delivery of sculpture-related seminars, object-handling sessions, gallery visits and lunchtime lectures to Cambridge University students as well as students from other HEIs, sculpture scholars, and the broadest possible general public. * Assist with the organisation and delivery of specialist outreach sessions to diverse museum audiences, such as the new classes for blind and partially-sighted audiences; and dementia sufferers. * Make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and form new strategic relationships for future collaboration. * Communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature to non-specialist audiences. * Assist in the preparation of future sculpture-related proposals and funding applications to external bodies, as necessary.

Applicants must have (or about to receive) a PhD degree in Art History (or a closely related discipline), ideally in sculpture, and with a focus on the early modern period. They should have a demonstrably excellent research record (via publications and talks) and future research potential.


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