Workshop Technician

Workshop Technician

Annual salary scale:  £21,843 – £25,298

Closing Date: 22 September 2017
Reference: JU13178

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is seeking to appoint a motivated and enthusiastic person to the post of Workshop Technician.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is the second largest of the University of Cambridge’s eight museums and is both a museum open to the general public and a research and teaching facility of the University. The Museum is open to the public Tuesdays to Sundays and welcomes approximately 70,000 visitors a year.

The Workshop plays an essential role in the installation of temporary exhibitions and permanent displays in the Museum. The Workshop Technician assists the Head of Workshop in the construction, installation and de-installation of displays and is expected to have the skills and knowledge to provide general technical and design advice to curatorial staff on suitable materials and manufacturing methods, taking account of time and financial constraints. The Workshop also provides a minor maintenance service within the Museum and the Workshop Technician is required to carry out regular inspections and to maintain building and equipment service records, working with University Estate Management and external contractors as necessary to ensure that the buildings occupied by the Museum are adequately maintained at all times.  The post holder undertakes minor repairs, including carpentry and minor electrical work, and is also responsible for carrying out electrical (PAT) testing.

‘A’ Level standard of education/NVQ level 3 vocational qualification plus some practical experience of working in a similar role, preferably in a Museum environment, are required.  Basic numeracy plus good verbal and written communication skills are essential as is a demonstrable knowledge of processes and concepts relating to building services and workshop practice, as well as an awareness of health and safety regulations.  Machine, carpentry and welding and brazing skills, plus a knowledge of relevant equipment, would be an advantage, though training will be provided if required.  Good organisational skills are essential as well as the confidence and self-assurance to work alone and manage one’s own work programme, and a willingness to take responsibility for areas such as security and safety.  Punctuality and reliability are essential plus the flexibility to work additional hours when required, including occasional evening or weekend work, in order to meet fixed deadlines.  A current driving licence including vehicles up to 7 metres is required.

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 22 September 2017. It is anticipated that short-listed candidates will be interviewed during week commencing 9 October.

Please quote reference JU13178 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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