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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) is seeking an experienced, research-driven conservator to identify and realise research opportunities afforded by the collections in our care, and in particular research which integrates with the current move of our offsite stores.

The successful candidate will work closely with curatorial and stores move team staff to identify opportunities for research, undertake select research work following from this, lead and support funding applications, and undertake and commission conservation work. She/he will further support the development of policy and procedures related to the stores move as well as undertaking triage conservation where required. The appointee is expected to build relationships with colleagues in heritage science and in relevant departments across the University (Archaeology, Zoology, Plant Sciences, Chemistry), enabling where necessary access to facilities and technical expertise, as well as with other University, national and international partners. She/he will further recruit and supervise interns and placements.

The successful candidate should be educated to PhD level or demonstrably hold equivalent research experience.

The position is funded by the Isaac Newton Trust.

Further information about the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and its collections can be found at

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.

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.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Professor Nicholas Thomas (

Queries about the application process may be addressed to the Museum Manager (

The closing date for applications is 21 May 2021 with interviews expected to take place during week commencing 31 May 2021. It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible after 5 July 2021. Interviews may be carried out online.

Please quote reference JU26350 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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