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Sackler Research Fellowship
on the History of Conservation at the Ashmolean Museum

Worcester College and the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Salary £28,413 p.a. plus £5,000 housing allowance p.a.

Applications are invited for a three year Sackler Research Fellowship on the history of Conservation at the Ashmolean Museum, in association with Worcester College, Oxford. Based in the Ashmolean's Conservation Department in Oxford, the postholder will research the preservation history of the museum.

As the country's oldest public museum, founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is in an exceptional position to follow the history of conservation and restoration. The department holds formal conservation records from cards and notebooks that date back to the middle of the last century along with other sources. The research will concentrate on a history of conservation and restoration through the records and practices, collections and staff, building on existing work carried out in the department and on display in the Restoring the Past Gallery.

The successful candidate will have a proven ability to carry out research in an area related to the history of collections or conservation, a relevant post-graduate degree, either completed or due to be completed by October 2017, and a genuine interest in learning about conservation ethics and preservation methodologies. There may be opportunities for candidates with a suitable qualification in conservation to maintain practical skills during their tenure if they wish, so long as this enhances the research focus of the Sackler Research Fellowship.

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Closing date: 31st August 2017 (at 10am)

This award is tenable for three years, at a salary of £28,413 plus a housing allowance of £5,000, commencing on 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Worcester College has recently adopted a diversity strategy and is actively seeking to increase the proportion of Fellows on Governing Body who are women and/or of BME origin

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Administrative Assistant (Public Engagement)

Salary Grade 4: £21,220 - £24,565 p.a.

The Ashmolean Museum has been described as “unquestionably the finest university museum in the world” (The Times, 29 October 2009). The Museum is a part of the Oxford University Museums Group and houses the University’s collections of art and archaeology together with objects and works owned by other private individuals and bodies and loaned to it. The collections themselves are of world significance. They range from archaeology to the fine and decorative arts of Europe and Asia and from coins to casts of classical sculpture. These are used for teaching and research purposes both within the University and in the worldwide academic and research communities. Above all, the Ashmolean is a great public Museum, open to all without charge.

The Public Engagement Directorate is now seeking a new administrative assistant. This role will have general responsibility for the administrative support for a number of departments that fall within the Directorate including the Registrars, Exhibitions, Marketing and Design teams. The postholder will also be expected to provide administrative support for the Director of Public Engagement and support the museum public programme events. The Public Engagement Directorate is at the heart of many of the outward facing activities that the Ashmolean Museum undertakes, from the ambitious temporary exhibitions programme through to the family drop in events and school sessions run by the Education Department.

You will need to have strong administrative skills, as well as having a high standard of personal organisation and the ability to quickly understand and undertake the requirements of the post. As the first point of contact for many of the departments within the Directorate, you will need to be able to deal with a wide variety of contacts in a professional and courteous way and provide assistance as needed. As the role works across a variety of different departments, you will need to have the ability to work independently, systematically and to a high level of accuracy, with excellent attention to detail.

You will demonstrate your flexibility and desire to be a team player by a willingness to attend occasional events outside office hours - liaising with the Events team to arrange catering for events or meetings.

The University offers 38 days holidays including Bank Holidays, subsidised travel scheme, excellent pension scheme, comprehensive childcare service, flexible working. Additionally the Ashmolean offers free entry to temporary exhibitions and tickets for friends and family, 20% discount in retail, 35% discount in the café.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please follow this link.

Would will need to attach a CV and submit a supporting statement. The statement should explain how you meet the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants).

Closing date: 15th September 2017 (at midday)

We expect to hold interviews for this position on 26 and 27 September 2017 and you will need to be available on one or both of these days.

Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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