Collections Assistant in Anthropology (Fixed Term)

open until filled
Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum studies
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£22,659-£26,243 GBP

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) is one of the nine University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden (UCM). It is a sub-Department of the University Department of Social Anthropology and is a key resource for University teaching and research, particularly in collaboration with the Departments of Social Anthropology and Archaeology. Its world-class collections attract visiting researchers from all over the world and it maintains an active programme of temporary exhibitions and loans to major exhibitions within the UK and internationally. MAA's collections are Designated for their national and international importance. For further information about the Museum's staff, collections, and programmes, see

MAA is seeking to appoint a one year, full time Collections Assistant, to support the care of and access to anthropological collections. The responsibilities will be wide-ranging, including working with the Collections Manager in Anthropology with day-to-day management and care of artefacts, responding to research enquiries and facilitating research visits to the collections. In particular, the post-holder will support the Museum's programme of international loans, assisting with administration and correspondence as well as the consignment, couriering and installation of artefacts in borrowing institutions. There will be some international travel associated with the post.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with museum collections, particularly anthropology, ethnography or world cultures. Experience of inter-museum loans would be highly desirable. They will have very good IT skills including spreadsheets and basic word processing and experience with collections management systems. Excellent attention to detail and very good written and verbal communication skills are essential as well as excellent organisational skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

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

We particularly welcome applications from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented in our Department.

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Informal enquiries may be addressed to Wendy Brown, Museum Administrator, ( Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 19th Sepetember 2019.

Please quote reference JU20421 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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