Collections Assistant in Anthropology (Fixed Term for 12 months)

Annual salary scale: £23,067 – £26,715 per annum

Closing Date: 7 December 2020
Start Date: 11 January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

Reference: JU24747

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, Collections Assistant, to support the care of and access to anthropological collections. This is a fixed-term contract with funding available for 12 months in the first instance. 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. 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 is likely to 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.

MAA and the University of Cambridge Museums are committed to inclusion and diversity within our institutions and across the sector, and we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the Museum and the University.

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 Manager on

The closing date for applications is Monday 7 December 2020 with interviews expected to take place the week commencing the 14 December. It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible after 11 January 2021.

Please quote reference JU24747 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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