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ZKS/MINIARE Fellowship

(Research Assistant, non-invasive analysis of illuminated manuscripts)

Next fellowship’s information will be published Spring 2021

ZKS/MINIARE Fellowship

(Research Assistant, non-invasive analysis of illuminated manuscripts)


£26,243 - £30,395 Twelve-month contract starting January 2020

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The Fitzwilliam Museum houses the principal collections of art and antiquities of the University of Cambridge, and holds over half a million objects in its care. The Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books (MSSPB) preserves one of the finest collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world, dating from the tenth to the sixteenth century.


The successful candidate, supported by the MINIARE Fellowship of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation, will join the cross-disciplinary team of the research project MINIARE (Manuscript Illumination: Non-Invasive Analysis, Research and Expertise, www.miniare.org). Based at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, MINIARE focuses on the non-invasive analyses of the materials and techniques used in Western European and Oriental illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


Under the supervision of the Fitzwilliam Museum's Senior Research Scientist and the Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books, the Zeno Karl Schindler / MINIARE Fellow will analyse illuminated manuscripts with a combination of non-invasive analytical tools. He/she will be trained in the combined, mutually complementary use of different imaging and analytical methods. He/she will become fully aware of the conservation needs of unique and exceptionally fragile manuscripts, as well as of the broader cultural and historical questions that the Museum's cross-disciplinary research endeavours to clarify.


Candidates should hold a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in physics, chemistry, materials science or cultural heritage science. Those who have recently completed a PhD in any of these fields will also be considered. They should be familiar with a range of analytical and technical imaging methods.


A collaborative, supportive and flexible team working style is essential. The ability to deal with people at all levels and in a professional manner is crucial. A high degree of IT literacy, preferably including the use of software for data acquisition and analysis and image processing, is required. A strong interest in art and art conservation would be an advantage.


To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages. 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.


Any queries should be directed to recruitment@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk or Tel: 01223 764840.


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.


Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.



Closing Date: Sunday 14th July 2019 at 12 Midnight


Interview Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2019


Please quote reference DA19306 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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