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Curator and Director

Applications are invited for the permanent position of Curator and Director of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science. The Museum is integral to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and houses an internationally important (Designated) collection of scientific instruments. The duties of the office include curatorial responsibility for the preservation, augmentation, and display of the collections of the Museum, and for making them available for purposes of study and research. The new Curator and Director is also expected to undertake museum-based teaching and/or general history and philosophy of science teaching in the Department, to an extent compatible with due performance of her or his curatorial duties. The post-holder would also be expected to conduct independent research in areas allied to the interests of the Department. Candidates should have substantial curatorial experience in history of science. Relevant teaching and research experience in the history and philosophy of science are also an advantage. The successful candidate should be able to take up the appointment on 1st October 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University joined the Advance HE's Race Equality Charter in 2016 and received the REC Bronze award in November 2019. Women and candidates from a Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic background are particularly encouraged to apply for this position.

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

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Applicants can upload a maximum of 3 three documents. These should be arranged as follows:

1.) Cover letter, curriculum vitae and full list of publications combined into one document. Please include weblinks or DOIs for your publications, where possible; 2.) Details of teaching experience and research interests; 3.) Three samples of recent work. If you are unable to upload your work samples, please email these as attachments to, ensuring that you include your surname and job reference in the email subject line and in the file names.

References: Please provide the names and contact details of three referees in the space provided. We will contact the referees of longlisted candidates directly (unless you advise otherwise). Referees will be asked to comment specifically on the candidate's ability to undertake this role.

Longlisting: Early January 2022 Informal meetings and interviews: February 2022

Information on the Museum can be found here Whipple Museum ' ( and on the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, here For more on the University of Cambridge see

Any further queries regarding this position can be addressed to Please quote reference JN29001 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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