Collections Assistant

Nov 17 2023

Applications are invited for a Collections Assistant in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. Reporting to the Collections Manager, you will assist with the preparation and movement of objects for teaching, research, outgoing loans, photography and conservation, as well as having responsibility for the supervision of visitors to the Museum’s Study Rooms.

You will support the Collections Manager and Curators in a variety of tasks to enhance the Department’s storage areas, gallery projects and general maintenance. You may occasionally be asked to undertake national and international travel to ensure the safety of objects requested for loan to external exhibitions.

You will have a qualification in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies or a related discipline, and/or proven experience in a similar museum role. You will have familiarity with a range of object types and materials and an awareness of collections care standards and issues surrounding conservation and security. You will be able to organise your own workload and address competing priorities, working as part of a team under supervision and applying your own initiative to work independently. You will be willing to undertake national and international travel and to occasionally work outside standard working hours when necessary. You will also have an awareness of manual handling.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position, working 36.5 hours per week for 3 years.

The University of Oxford’s staff and students come from all over the world, and they proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

The range of employee benefits and discounts include 38 days leave (including bank holidays), extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more details please see https://hr.admin.ox.ac.uk/staff-benefits.

Claire Burton, Collections Manager for the Department of Antiquities can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role (claire.burton@ashmus.ox.ac.uk). General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team (recruitment@ashmus.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. Please not that they are unable to accept applications made without both a CV and a supporting statement.

Only applications received online before 12:00 midday (GMT/BST) on Monday 11 December 2023 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 10 January 2024.

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