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Position at University College London

From: Susanna Pancaldo <sqp1856<-at->
Date: Friday, August 24, 2012
University College, London (UCL)

Dept: UCL Museums and Public Engagement
Grade: 7
Hours: Full time

Salary: UKP32,055 - UKP38,744 (Including London weighting)

UCL's outstanding collections cover a wide variety of disciplines,
reflecting the range of the university's academic work, and are used
on a daily basis in teaching, research and public engagement. UCL
has 3 public museums as well as teaching and research collections
that span many academic departments. The Petrie Museum is one of the
greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the
world. The Grant Museum of Zoology houses skeletons, mounted animals
and specimens preserved in fluid, including some of the rarest
specimens in the world and the UCL Art Museum operates as a study
centre and has a programme of temporary exhibitions. Other
collections are used for heavily in teaching and research, and
include the Geology, Archaeology, Ethnography, Bio-anthropology,
Pathological, Anatomy and Historical Scientific collections. Our
department works across the university to ensure that these
collections are safe and accessible for teaching and research, and
also to plan for their future needs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

We are seeking a dynamic Conservator to care for and conserve the
pathological, medical, anatomical and zoological collections. You
will be responsible for working with fluid preserved specimens in
particular but also for skeletal and entomological material and
taxidermy specimens.

You will work across UCL, undertaking assessments of specimens,
condition checks, planning and carrying out treatment in liaison
with the Senior Conservator and UCL curators. Work will include
undertaking rolling programmes of collections care and upgrading
storage, alongside treating objects for display, loans and teaching.
Alongside strategic projects, there will be an element of reactive
work. Day to day work could include topping up of fluids, fixing
articulated specimens or rehydration of desiccated specimens. You
will be working with specimens housed in perspex or glass using a
range of fluids from IMS to Kieserling.

The Conservator will also work with the Senior Conservator and the
Head of Collections Management to provide collections care support
across the collections.

Key requirements:

We are looking for an enthusiastic, practical individual with good
hand skills; who is able to work independently. You will need a
degree in conservation or relevant knowledge and experience in a
similar environment, plus experience of working directly with museum
or medical collections in a laboratory context. Work requires close
attention to detail, manual dexterity and the capability to learn
routine procedures.

Excellent communication skills, energy and enthusiasm, and a clear
commitment to customer service are essential, as are great
organisational skills. Applicants should be willing to work
additional hours in the week if needed.

We anticipate that training may be required to expand experience in
line with the job and the range of collections to care for so
opportunities to learn new techniques will be provided.

Full job description and application form can be found at


Please note we only accept UCL application forms; anything else you
submit will not be viewed.

Closing date:  5 October 2012

Interviews: 18-19 October 2012

There will be a practical element to the interview

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