The T.A. Barron Fellow in Conservation – Bodleian Libraries

May 09 2023

The Conservation and Collection Care Department at the Bodleian Libraries is pleased to offer a one-year, post-graduate fellowship in conservation, which aims to help the development of professional skills of emerging conservators. This will be the second of a series of five one-year fellowships, which are generously funded by American writer of fantasy literature and philanthropist T. A. Barron. The fellowship will focus on the treatment of the collection, preventive conservation, and a research project that will lead to a publishable paper. The successful candidate will be based at conservation workshops at the Weston Library. They welcome international candidates.

You will plan and carry out conservation treatments, condition assessments and preventive conservation activities as agreed with the relevant curator and conservation supervisor. You will produce documentation and reports, and record your work on the department’s collection management database (Adlib).

You should be a recent graduate of a recognised book and/or paper conservation training programme and should have no more than two years of work experience after graduation. You will have a detailed knowledge and some experience of conservation treatments of books, paper and related materials, and the materials and techniques used in their production.

This is a full-time, fixed term contract, working 36.5 hours per week for 1 year. You work onsite at the Weston Library from Monday – Friday, 7.5 hours per day. You will have the same holiday entitlement as new staff members.

This role requires lifting and carrying boxes of library materials, pushing trolleys, climbing ladders and kick-stools in order to access some of the library’s bookshelves and to re-shelve materials.

Benefits of working at Oxford University include: generous pension schemes, annual leave entitlement and option to buy additional leave, family friendly benefits, and the University Club gym.

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.

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.

Only applications received online before 12:00 midday on Friday 16 June 2023 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 30 June 2023.