Zeno Karl Schindler/MINIARE Fellow

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Employer: 
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Job location: 
Cambridge
Contract type: 
Temporary
Internship
Application deadline: 
Sunday, 14 July, 2019

Zeno Karl Schindler/MINIARE Fellow (Research Assistant, fixed term) Non-invasive analysis of illuminated manuscripts The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, UK

A twelve-months fellowship on the non-invasive analysis of illuminated manuscripts is available at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK.

The Fitzwilliam Museum houses the principal collections of art and antiquities of the University of Cambridge, and holds over half a million objects in its care. The Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books (MSSPB) preserves one of the finest collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world, dating from the tenth to the sixteenth century.

The successful candidate, supported by the MINIARE Fellowship of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation, will join the cross-disciplinary team of the research project MINIARE (Manuscript Illumination: Non-Invasive Analysis, Research and Expertise, www.miniare.org). Based at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, MINIARE focuses on the non-invasive analyses of the materials and techniques used in Western European and Oriental illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Under the supervision of the Fitzwilliam Museum's Senior Research Scientist and the Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books, the Zeno Karl Schindler / MINIARE Fellow will analyse illuminated manuscripts with a combination of non-invasive analytical tools. He/she will be trained in the combined, mutually complementary use of different imaging and analytical methods. He/she will become fully aware of the conservation needs of unique and exceptionally fragile manuscripts, as well as of the broader cultural and historical questions that the Museum's cross-disciplinary research endeavours to clarify.

Candidates should hold a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in physics, chemistry, materials science or cultural heritage science. Those who have recently completed a PhD in any of these fields will also be considered. They should be familiar with a range of analytical and technical imaging methods.

A collaborative, supportive and flexible team working style is essential. The ability to deal with people at all levels and in a professional manner is crucial. A high degree of IT literacy, preferably including the use of software for data acquisition and analysis and image processing, is required. A strong interest in art and art conservation would be an advantage.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 14th July 2019 (midnight)
Scheduled interview date: Wednesday 2nd October 2018

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance, with a start in January 2020.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/21723/ where further details about the position including eligibility requirements are available.

Any queries should be directed by email to recruitment@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk or by telephone to 01223 764840.

Please quote reference DA19306 in any correspondence relating to this vacancy.

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