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Assistant Conservator (Collections Care)

Salary range: £27,929 - £32,348 Closing date: 29 January 2023 Download the job pack

As the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and the largest cultural venue in the region, The Fitzwilliam Museum acts as a crucial bridge between the University, the City and the rest of the world, and has an international reputation for extraordinary research, world class exhibitions, award-winning public programmes and significant collections spanning many cultures and centuries. The Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI) is a sub-department of the museum and is one of the world's leading centres for teaching and research in paintings conservation and heritage science.

The purpose of this role is to carry out and coordinate collections care activities across all the collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum and to develop new techniques and strategies in preventive conservation. The role holder supports display, storage and exhibition projects, as well as the events programme, to manage and mitigate risks to the collection in line with best practice and sector standards. The role holder collaborates with Facilities, Visitor Experience, Events, Conservation and Curatorial colleagues to deliver preventive care for the building and collection.

The role includes contributing information and experience to inform the museum's planning, prioritisation and resource allocation. The role occasionally involves supervising conservation placement students and/or volunteers for short periods. With others, the role may include delivery of occasional professional internal training and public outreach events related to preventive conservation.

We are seeking someone with expertise in conservation who has experience of working in a historic house setting, managing mixed collections. Someone who has experience of COSHH regulations and Health and Safety requirements who is able to work fairly independently and manage own work-flow to deadlines.

In return we offer an encouraging and supportive environment, an attractive pension scheme and many employee benefits such as a shopping discounts scheme.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 1 year or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Sophie Rowe:

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact

Please quote reference DA34978 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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