Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position to join University of Cambridge, UK. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before December 02, 2018.

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, dating from the tenth to the sixteenth century, as well as significant collections of printed books, music, and archives.

The successful candidate will join a team of six conservators attached to curatorial departments, a collections care conservator and a research scientist, all working under the Head of Conservation. The Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI) for paintings conservation is a department of the Fitzwilliam, with its own Director, who is also Assistant Director (Conservation) of the Fitzwilliam. The Museum conservators and staff of the HKI form the Fitzwilliam Museum Conservation Division.

The purpose of this role is to maintain the Fitzwilliam Museum’s MSSPB collections and the University’s national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Contribution to excellence for research will be as a member of the Museum’s Conservation and MSSPB teams carrying out preventive and interventive conservation treatment, and, through practice, research into the collections under the guidance of the Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books, in consultation with relevant MSSPB and other Museum staff. MSSPB has a special link with Trinity College and provides conservation services to the Wren Library. Some of this work may be delegated to the Assistant Conservator. Typical material for treatment includes medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, fine printed books dating from the 15th to the 21st century, manuscript and printed music, literary autographs and archival material, paper, parchment and bindings.

Candidates should hold a relevant qualification in book conservation, or have equivalent experience, and should have a current demonstrable track record of practical treatment of bound material, preferably in collections comparable to those in the Fitzwilliam 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. An organised and efficient approach is required to work in a small studio space.

Any queries should be directed to or Tel: 01223 764840.

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