British Museum, Prints and Drawings
Postdoctoral Research Assistant x 2
|Position:||Research Professional, Temporary|
Fixed Term: 30 months in duration from January 2017
£28,460 per annum pro-rata
An exciting opportunity has arisen at the British Museum for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants to contribute to the Leverhulme Trust funded research project Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections under the Principal Investigator, Kim Sloan and Co-Investigator Julianne Nyhan (UCL).
Beginning in January 2017, as part of this project, the post-holders will assist with the process of digitally encoding externally sourced transcriptions of six of Sir Hans Sloane’s manuscript catalogues and will assist with identifying information entities within them which will inform research. You will also participate in the production of the project’s peer-reviewed research publications, planned to be a minimum of four co-authored interdisciplinary articles which will be published by the end of the project.
The successful candidates will have completed a PhD, or equivalent, and will be proficient in Latin and/or at least one modern language related to the project. With experience of research/teaching/curatorial work, you will have strong knowledge of electronic text, particularly digital cultural heritage resources for the 17th and 18th centuries.
As an excellent team player, you will be able to work closely and diplomatically with research partners and museum colleagues and will be confident in speaking publicly about research to scholarly and wider audiences. You will have excellent organisation skills, will work to meet set deadlines and will have your own academic publication in preparation.
About the British Museum:
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6.8 million visitors in 2015, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.
The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) requirements for all staff at the British Museum.
The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:
- Membership of the civil service pension scheme
- Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
- Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
- Generous annual leave allowance
- Interest-free season ticket loan
- Child care voucher scheme
- Professional & personal development opportunities
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Discounts on food and gift shop purchases
Interviews will be held on 22 November 2016
Closing Date: 31 October 2016
If you are a positive individual, passionate about the Museum and would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please visit the website for further information and details on how to apply: https://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/jobs.aspx