Assistant Book Conservator

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Oxford, ENGLAND
Deadline: 21 Apr 2017

Are you looking for the perfect start to your career in Book Conservation? This is a rare opportunity to gain a permanent role in the specialist Book Team with the Conservation and Collection Care Department (C&CC) at the Bodleian Libraries.

You will be joining a group of 12 book, paper and preventive conservators at the Bodleian Libraries in the centre of Oxford. Your work will focus on the Libraries’ rich and varied Special Collections, both in first-aid repair work and in-depth conservation treatments. You will also assist with the preparation and mounting of materials for exhibitions and participate in promoting the work of the department.

You will have demonstrated your commitment to Book Conservation in your studies and placements, and have sound practical skills on which you are keen to build. Superb opportunities for focused professional development and mentoring will be worked into your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plan. You will have access to lectures and seminars held at the Weston Library and elsewhere in the University, with close links to the other museums and collections within the city.

You will have a recognised qualification in conservation of books, paper or library materials, or equivalent training and experience, and a broad knowledge of the collection care activities. You will be able to gather, analyse and present information clearly and communicate the work of the team with internal and external stakeholders. A high standard of written and verbal communication is essential as is the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Owing to the nature of this post, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check as well as a financial background check. The possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting Evidence Form in place of the more usual ‘supporting statement’. You MUST submit a completed Supporting Evidence Form in order for your application to be processed. Covering letters, supporting statements and CVs will NOT form part of the selection process. Please ensure that you carefully read the How to Apply section provided in the Job Description, which you can download below along with the required Supporting Evidence Form.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Friday 21 April 2017 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on during week commencing Monday 8 May 2017.


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