Collection Manager

EmployerUniversity of Cambridge
Published13 June 2017
Closing Date26 June 2017
WorkplaceCambridge, East of England, UK
PositionRegular Employment / Collaborator


Job Opportunities


The Duckworth Laboratory is responsible for the study, curation and management of a series of collections human and non-human primate biological remains of the University, and associated papers.

The role holder has six main responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the management and development of the collections and archive - the organisation and physical state of the collections, developing and implementing a curatorial strategy for the preservation and conservation of materials, developing archival content relevant to the collections’ holdings, engaging with the University’s Archivist and the University’s Library archives, and maintaining a record of the use of the Laboratory’s collections;

  • Managing the use of the collections for research, responding to enquiries regarding the collections’ holdings, organising and supervising the activities of research visitors while working with the collections, liaising with technical staff for the destructive sampling of materials from the collections, supervising student progress and use of equipment; joint supervision of UG student projects; and maintenance and implementation of Health & Safety Policy in the Laboratory’s premises;

  • Supporting the use of the collections for teaching - liaising with technical staff about the use of materials in support of undergraduate and graduate courses at the University, engaging regularly with senior academics in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology to discuss practical teaching objectives and define suitable materials;

  • Participating in the Laboratory’s outreach activities - organising and taking part in teaching access sessions for schools and open days, engaging with College School Liaison Officers, and with the Department’s Outreach and Communications Coordinator;

  • Digitising the Duckworth osteological materials - working with the Director, the Department’s Computer Office, and external bodies towards the scanning to implement a programme of 3D rendering and digital storage of virtual replicas of the collections’ holdings for research and learning;

  • Implementing the University’s Repatriation Policy - assisting the Director in the preparation of the scientific case underlying the holding of human remains under repatriation claims, and engaging with the University’s Legal Department in matters of repatriation policy and Freedom of Information requests.

This includes the day-to-day management and conservation of the collections of the Duckworth Laboratory and the development of computerised documentation systems to recognised professional standards, providing a professional enquiries and specimen loans service, responsibility for all technical staff functions that support the curatorial, teaching, research and public roles of the collections.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ’Apply’ button below. 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.

Informal enquiries about the role may be addressed to Mrs Suzy Adcock (e-mail: sfa26 [at] cam[.]ac[.]uk).

Interviews will be held on Monday 3 July 2017.

Please quote reference JB12463 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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Department of Archaeology and Anthropology






Assistant staff


13 June 2017

Closing date

26 June 2017

In your application, please refer to
and reference  JobID 114160.