NMS22/29 - Assistant Conservator, Technology

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Posted: 23/06/2022 15:34
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £27,107 - £29,475 per annum
Location: National Museums Collection Centre, Granton
Level: Collections Care/Conservation
Deadline: 17/07/2022 23:59
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Type: Temporary

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage. 

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the last decade, we have invested over £120 million in our sites and have more than doubled our visitor numbers, with over 3 million people now visiting our four museums. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. 2019 has seen the completion of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland with the opening of three new galleries dedicated to Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Science & Technology Conservator to join our busy and dynamic conservation team, caring for our internationally significant collections of over 12 million items. You’ll bring your conservation knowledge to our acclaimed exhibitions, displays and loans programmes.

The team works across several science & technology disciplines including industrial, horology, transport, domestic, aircraft, and working objects. This work can be carried out at any of the NMS sites and a driving licence in desirable.

Reporting to the Conservator, you will preferably have a background in science & technology conservation. You will be able to demonstrate experience of conserving a range of artefacts and have a practical understanding of materials and treatments. You will be aware of professional conservation issues and best practice. You should have a recognised conservation qualification and be able to work on the examination and treatment of objects. This includes documenting conservation treatments and the condition of items, so good IT skills are required.

You will ideally be trained to degree level in a relevant subject, plus a professional conservation related qualification, a good communicator, you will be organised, methodical and adept at problem solving.

You’ll be a team player, who is able to work to tight deadlines and effectively plan, prioritise and risk assess your work programme. You will also have a passion for conservation and be able to communicate this to our audiences.

We use a competency-based selection process. If you are invited to a selection event you will be expected to do a practical test as part of the interview that will enable us to assess your performance against our Competency Framework. Details of our competencies can be found in the Person Specification.You will also be required to produce a relevant portfolio at interview.

Please see here for the full recruitment pack and the application form can be found here.

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