£32,236 - £39.609

Contract type:

Contract Contract


Full time


01223 764840

Research Associate - Medieval Manuscripts

The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded by the bequest of Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam in 1816 and opened to the public in 1848. Today it houses over half a million works of art and antiquities from four continents spanning a period of four thousand years, in which most , if not all, major civilisations are represented. The Museum and its staff are known internationally for excellence in research, exhibitions and public engagement. As well as being the principal museum of the University of Cambridge, and both a centre and resource for research and teaching within the University, the Fitzwilliam Museum is the largest cultural venue in the East of England region, welcoming around 500,000 visitors a year. It is also the lead partner of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM), a partnership of eight University Museums and the Botanic Garden.

The Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books (MSSPB) is one of five curatorial departments within the Museum’s Collections Division. It preserves one of the finest museum collection of illuminated manuscripts in the world, one of the most important collections of manuscript and printed music in this country, fine printed books, literary autographs and correspondence.

An opportunity has arisen within the department for a fixed-term (18 months) Post-Doctoral Research Associate, specialising in medieval manuscripts.

This post is an exceptional early career opportunity to be part of a busy, research-led curatorial environment.

The post-holder will support the Acting Keeper (AK) of Manuscripts and Printed Books with all aspects of the department’s curatorial work. Under the supervision of the AK, they will take primary responsibility for dealing with enquiries on medieval manuscripts, and other collections material as required. Working closely with other colleagues, they will help to deliver excellent reader services in the Founder’s Library, one of the Museum’s two study rooms. The post-holder will research and catalogue medieval manuscripts relevant to current research projects and priorities, and add entries to the Museum’s on-line catalogue, Collections Explorer.

In collaboration with the Assistant Keeper they will also have the opportunity to contribute to the public engagement and teaching work of the department, and to help with the temporary display of medieval manuscripts.

You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, research statement, list of publications and the contact details of two academic referees. Please ensure that your referees are aware that they will be contacted by the HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System, and please encourage them to respond promptly.

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