Assistant Rare Book Conservator/Assistant Paper Conservator

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University of Hong Kong Libraries
Job location: 
Hong Kong
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Friday, 29 March, 2019

Assistant Rare Book Conservator/Assistant Paper Conservator (at the rank of Assistant Librarian II)
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Ref.: 494090
Work type: Full-time
Department: University Libraries (40100)
Categories: Professional & Management

Applications are invited for appointment as Assistant Rare Book Conservator/Assistant Paper Conservator (at the rank of Assistant Librarian II) in the University Libraries (Ref.: 494090), to commence as soon as possible, on a two-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal subject to mutual agreement.

Applicants must have completed a Master's degree in Conservation from an accredited graduate training programme in conservation (or equivalent), plus two years of relevant conservation experience in a research library or archive, with demonstrated experience in either book, paper or photograph conservation. A basic understanding of Western and Asian conservation materials and techniques, and a strong understanding of the material science and ethics of conservation as it applies to library and museum materials are required. Excellent hand skills, attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to handle fragile and rare materials with care are expected. The successful candidate will have detailed knowledge and experience of high-level paper, book or photograph conservation treatments and a broad knowledge of collection care activities.

Applicants should possess a good command of spoken and written English; good spoken Chinese is a plus. They should have strong organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and achieve goals; good analytical and problem-solving skills; the ability to adapt to change; and the flexibility to work both independently and collaboratively. Computer literacy and research skills are required. A track record of presentations at international conferences and publishing in the field of conservation are highly desirable. Membership and participation in AIC, IADA, IIC or other related professional organizations is an advantage. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to present a portfolio of completed treatment work during the interview.

Reporting to the Head, Preservation and Conservation in the HKU Libraries, the appointee will share responsibility for the physical care of the collections, including preservation activities and the conservation treatment of printed books, manuscripts and other holdings in the HKU Libraries. Responsibilities include evaluating and treating collections; assessment, treatment and handling needs of materials selected for digitization; providing support for exhibition preparation and installation; participation in environmental monitoring and IPM programmes; assisting with emergency response involving library materials; overseeing the daily operation of the conservation lab in the absence of the Head, Preservation and Conservation, and the Assistant Preservation Librarian; managing special projects and other duties as assigned.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary.

The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Closes March 29, 2019.

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