Senior Assistant Curator in Archaeology

Annual salary scale:  £41,526 – £52,559 per annum

Closing Date: 2 June 2021

Reference:  JU24848

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seeks to appoint a Senior Assistant Curator in Archaeology, to start on 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are welcome from research-active archaeologists with museum experience.

The appointee will contribute to the work of an internationally-respected, dynamic research museum, in particular to the care, documentation and exhibition of the Museum’s extensive world archaeological collections. Alongside the Senior Curator (British and European Archaeology), he or she will help make the collections accessible to researchers, students, public audiences and source communities, and will be expected to supervise staff, volunteers and students, contribute to Museum administration and programmes, and to University teaching. The appointee should anticipate leading the redisplay of world archaeological collections on the Museum’s second-floor Andrews Gallery; and making a substantial contribution to the ongoing move of the reserve collections to the Centre for Material Culture, a new central Cambridge store and study centre.

Candidates should hold a PhD in archaeology or a related subject. Applicants with a research focus in any region other than Europe are encouraged to apply; preference may be given to those with expertise in Africa or in Mesoamerica and/or South America. Candidates should have experience of research in a museum context, curatorial work and public engagement. Teaching experience in archaeology and involvement in exhibition development are highly desirable.

Applications should include a personal statement, not exceeding three A4 pages, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. Candidates are also asked to identify one article-length piece of work, published or in press, which they would like the Appointments Committee to read.

Shortlisted candidates should anticipate making a 30-minute presentation for Museum and Department of Archaeology staff, likely to be scheduled on 10 or 11 June. Interviews are likely to take place on 14 June, 2021.

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 https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/27791/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 inquiries may be addressed to the Museum’s Director, Professor Nicholas Thomas (njt35@cam.ac.uk). General queries about this vacancy and the application process may be addressed to the Faculty HR Team at hr@hsps.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 2 June.It is anticipated that short-listed candidates will be interviewed on 14 June 2021. 

Please quote reference JU24848 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

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