Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 25 May 2022

Published: 2022-05-11

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The University Library is an integral part of Uppsala University. Our mission is to take responsibility for the supply of scientific information within the university, and to support research and education. We have some 180 employees and turnover of roughly SEK 270 million. Find out more about us here.

The Department of Special Collections is responsible for acquiring, storing, and making available the library’s cultural heritage materials, i.e., manuscripts, music materials, maps, pictures, old prints, and other printed collections that are particularly worthy of preservation. The Department’s remit also includes the library’s overall work with exhibits, visits, and displays.

Uppsala University Library’s physical collection is in constant need of preservation, both reference books and material in circulation. We are now looking to expand our preservation department with a skilled bookbinder.

You will primarily work with 19th and 20th century materials in reference collections and in circulation, with focus on structural and surface repairs or rebinding of volumes made of parchment, leather, cloth and paper. You will be expected to construct boxes and other enclosures.

You will also contribute to work with the library’s exhibitions and loans to external parties. Your duties will include maintenance of equipment and machines, written and visual documentation in databases of conducted work, and sharing subject knowledge in social media and on internal channels.

Heavy lifting may be necessary. Certain task (e.g., those involving contact with dust, dirt and mildew or using equipment) require the use of personal protective equipment.


  • Formal training as a bookbinder, with a certificate or diploma from a recognized institute
  • At least two years of experience working as a bookbinder
  • Good ability to communicate in written and spoken English.

Useful skills 

  • IT skills, e.g., Office and software for reporting measures taken
  • Experience of using a respirator and other personal protective equipment
  • Good communication skills in Swedish, both in writing and orally.

Major emphasis will be placed on personal suitability. You are thorough and structured, and you take responsibility for your work. You have a well-developed ability to plan, prioritise and produce high-quality work within given timeframes. The position requires that you are self-motivated and can work independently while also being able to collaborate with others. You have good oral communication skills.

Application procedure: Your application is to include a cover letter, CV, degree
certificate/diploma and 2–3 concise examples of your work (portfolio).

Salary: Individual salary.

Access: By agreement.

Form of employment: Permanent postion, with probationary employment can be applied.

Scope of employment: 100%.

Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Division manager Maria Berggren,, tel. 018-471 29 17.

Please submit your application no later than 25 May, 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1850.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Avdelningen för specialsamlingar

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Fia Wolters, ST 018-4714088
Nadja Duffner-Ylvestedt, Saco 018-4715845
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1850

Last application date: 2022-05-25

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