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Collections Project Cataloguer (Fixed Term)


The Scott Polar Research Institute cares for and, through its website and Polar Museum, shares its rich collection of archive, museum and picture library material collections related to British polar exploration. We are looking for a motivated individual who enjoys researching collections in order to refine and improve the information we hold about them so that we can share them more widely with our online audiences.

As Collections Project Cataloguer you will improve collections information and cataloguing standards across two principle areas of the collections: material relating to Sir Ernest Shackleton, and material relating to exploratory and scientific expeditions to the Arctic. You will work with the collections teams at the Institute to ensure that cataloguing meets established standards, and work closely with the Institute's web-developer to ensure records meet the needs of our web-systems and audiences. You will also lead a project to develop some video content about our collections for the web.

This project follows on from the Antarctic Cataloguing Project which established cataloguing standards for the Institute's collections. You can find out more about that project our and our cataloguing guidelines here: This role is part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Collecting Cultures project 'By Endurance We Conquer: The Shackleton Project', and part funded by Research England.


In the 'Suitability for the Role' section of the application form, please answer the following three questions:

1) Please demonstrate your interest in improving the collections information and cataloguing at the Scott Polar Research Institute, and describe previous experience that may help you to carry out this work.

2) Describe your experience of working on a project where attention to detail has been essential, and the strategies you used to ensure that you produced high quality work.

3) Give an example of a time when you have planned and managed your own work on a project where it has been important to meet deadlines, and explain how you ensured that your work was delivered on time and to a high standard.

Answers to these questions will be used for shortlisting candidates for interview, please number each answer. Please note, there is a character limit of 11,000 characters on the 'suitability for this role' section

This project is time limited due to limited funding. The role is full-time in the first instance, but it may be possible to transfer to a part-time working pattern after 6 months (with a commensurate extension of the project duration).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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

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.

The deadline for applications is Monday 28 January, interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 13 February.

Informal enquiries may be made to Charlotte Connelly, Museum Curator at or telephone 01223 336557.

Please quote reference LD17759 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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