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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Annual salary scale: £20,130 rising to £23,067 per annum

Closing Date: 26 September 2021
Interview Date: Week commencing 4 October 2021
Start Date: 1 November 2021

Reference: JU26194
Category: Assistant

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The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) is seeking to appoint a Workshop Technician to work on an ambitious and challenging project to support a project to inventory, assess, photograph, pack and move over 250,000 artefacts from across the world to a new collections facility in Cambridge. The Workshop Technician will provide support and assistance to the collections move project. He/she will be line-managed and supported by the MAA Workshop and will also receive direction from the stores move project Move Manager and be a core member of the stores move team.

In order to support the stores move project, the role holder will assist in the safe packing and transport of MAA objects to the new store. This will involve the construction of boxes, crates and other support and protection structures for objects under the supervision of the MAA Workshop. It will further require transporting objects between Museum locations by vehicle. The role holder will ensure that relevant health and safety guidelines are understood and followed and assist Workshop colleagues in the checking and maintenance of water and fire safety systems. Actively checking the safety and functionality of workspaces in each of the offsite stores to ensure staff safety is a further key task of the role holder.


The ideal candidate will have a GCSE level standard of education or NVQ level 3 vocational qualification or equivalent, demonstrable practical experience. He/she will have knowledge of all aspects of carpentry including types, methods and board materials, and have competence with hand-held portable power tools. A current, clean driving licence is essential, with an HVG licence desirable. With good verbal and written communication skills, he/she will be able to follow instructions accurately and, on occasion, form judgements and offer recommendations. Museums are unique environments in which we care for sensitive and often fragile materials. Therefore, he/she will have an appreciation of the role of museums as custodians and an awareness of the importance of both security and cultural sensitivity.

This will be an intensive project with challenging objectives, and team cohesion in a respectful working environment is a priority. 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 and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the Museum and the University.


This is a full-time post for 3 years from the date of appointment. 

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

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact the Stores Move Manager Kat Szabó (

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. Queries about the application process may be addressed to the Museum Manager on

Please note that previous applicants are advised not to reapply.

The closing date for applications is 26 September 2021 with interviews expected to take place during week commencing 4 October 2021. It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment on or as soon as possible after 1 November 2021.  Interviews may be carried out online.

Please quote reference JU26194 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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