Collections Assistant in Anthropology (Fixed Term)

Annual salary scale: £22,659 – £26,243

Closing Date:  10 September 2019
Start Date: 21 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Reference:      JU20421

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 full-time, fixed term 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.

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

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button on the University of Cambridge job opportunities page for this vacancy at This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.  The University page also has a link to further information about the role.

Informal enquiries about this vacancy and queries about the application process may be addressed to the Museum Administrator on

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 10 September 2019 with interviews expected to take place on Thursday, 19 September 2019.  It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible after 21 October 2019. Please quote reference JU20421 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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