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Senior Chief Technician (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)


The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded in 1816 and opened to the public in 1848. As well as being the principal museum of the University of Cambridge, the Fitzwilliam Museum is the largest cultural venue in the region, welcoming over 450,000 visitors a year.

The Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints is responsible for the care of over 1800 paintings, c.18,000 drawings and c.150,000 prints, ranging in date from the 15th to the 21st centuries. All major European Schools are represented; there are also important collections of Japanese prints, American prints and Indian and Persian miniatures, together with smaller groups of Chinese drawings and fan leaves. The collection of flower drawings and watercolours is one of the finest in any public museum. Significant parts of the collection are housed as sketchbooks, or within historic albums. The latter includes some 40,000 prints assembled into albums by the Founder of the Museum, Lord Fitzwilliam (1745-1816).

The successful candidate will support the Keeper with the responsibility of the day-to-day operational management of the varied collections within the department. You will maintain oversight, with curatorial and conservation colleagues, of the significant housekeeping duties of the collections in storage and displayed in the public galleries. You will mount permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays, meeting strict deadlines of time and cost. Often, this requires designing and manufacturing bespoke solutions for the display of particular objects as well as sourcing manufacturers and contributing to planning meetings.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of experience and competence in a wide range of artisan and craft skills. You will have day to day responsibility for the team of two technicians and therefore need to demonstrate very effective supervisory skills and practical experience. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral are necessary plus the ability to build positive working relationships both with colleagues and external contacts. Familiarity with Health and Safety and COSHH regulations is essential as is demonstrable handling experience, working at heights and using lifting gear.

Candidates are expected to hold an HND or Diploma in a relevant subject; have completed an apprenticeship in a related subject or can demonstrate equivalent practical experience.

More details of the role are available on the Further Information link.

Employment is conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a Basic Disclosure check. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

Planned interview date: 3 April 2017

Employment is conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a Basic Disclosure check. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Any queries should be directed to recruitment@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk or Tel: 01223 764840.

Please quote reference DA11627 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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