The Fitzwilliam Museum houses over half a million works of art and antiquities from four continents spanning a period of four thousand years in which most, if not all, major civilisations are represented. The Museum and its staff are known internationally for excellence in research, exhibitions and public engagement. As well as being the principal museum of the University of Cambridge, and both a centre and resource for research and teaching within the University, the Fitzwilliam Museum is the largest cultural venue in the East of England region, welcoming around 500,000 visitors a year. It is also the lead partner of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM), a partnership of eight University Museums and the Botanic Garden.
This role is one of two Conservator of Works of Art on Paper posts that are on equal grading. This role will take particular responsibility for care and conservation of the collection of prints. The other role has particular responsibility for the collection of drawings. However, it is expected that each role can cover for the other in any area of the work, as need arises.
The successful candidate will report to and advise the Head of Conservation and Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints concerning identification, prioritisation, scheduling and planning of preventive and interventive conservation projects across the collections; assess conservation needs associated with exhibitions, redisplay and outward loans; schedule and plan conservation and mounting for these, with particular responsibility for the collection of prints.
S/he would supervise and undertake practical collections care and conservation work, technical examination and research as well as disseminating the outcomes of his/her research and conservation work to the profession and the public.
In rotation with other senior conservators, s/he would provide out-of-hours cover for the Head of Conservation on environmental monitoring. S/he would also participate in the Museum-wide Collections Care programme, collaborating with other conservators and providing advice on all aspects of conservation care to other Museum staff.
Contributing to the work of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Collections Care and Conservation Consultation Group programme (4C) is part of this role through supporting joint activities and providing advice and assistance to other UCM museums when appropriate.
Through his/her work, the successful candidate will ensure that the collections can be made safely accessible for both academic study and public enjoyment. In this way s/he is making a major contribution to the Museum's strategic plan and audience needs, the University's priorities and, also, regional, national and international initiatives.
Applicants should have detailed knowledge and experience of high-level conservation treatments on paper and related materials. The ability to work effectively and constructively both independently and as part of a team are key attributes as are highly effective communication and influencing skills and a highly organised approach to work to ensure deadlines are constantly achieved.
Candidates should have a relevant qualification or equivalent in paper conservation coupled with the ability to demonstrate a current track record of experience with similar collections. A sound grasp of conservation ethics are vital.
Accredited status in the profession through ICON is preferred.
Offers of employment will be conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a Basic Disclosure check via Disclosure Scotland. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.
Planned interview date: 7 April 2017
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