Offre d’emploi – Medieval Manuscripts Specialist (Part Time, Fixed Term), University of Cambridge

Closes: 8th May 2022

Cambridge University Library possesses a world-class collection of medieval manuscripts, comprising in excess of 2,000 handwritten books, rolls and other formats, which range in date from the 5th to the 15th centuries. The collection dates back to the early 15th century and has been enriched over successive centuries through gift, purchase and deposit. All of the major languages of the medieval period are represented within the collection, together with numerous items of international textual, historical or artistic significance. The collection is deeply embedded in University teaching, academic research and the digital humanities. It is also accompanied by the medieval manuscript collections of Pembroke College and Peterhouse, which are on long-term deposit at the University Library.

The post of Medieval Manuscripts Specialist offers an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to work with this internationally significant collection of medieval manuscripts, at the heart of one of the world’s major research libraries. The Medieval Manuscripts Specialist will fulfil a vital role in the delivery and development of the University Library’s programme of collections-based teaching for students, teaching at all levels and to a variety of disciplines, and building a network of contacts among academic colleagues at Cambridge and elsewhere.

You will also be responsible for corresponding with scholars from around the world, answering enquiries relating to the medieval manuscript collections and undertaking research on the collection. You will be supported in developing an overall knowledge of the collection, with all the resources of a major legal deposit library. The Medieval Manuscripts Specialist will be responsible for updating existing reference resources, including a departmental bibliography in Zotero, and have the opportunity to identify and devise new ones to promote or facilitate research on the collections.

The Medieval Manuscripts Specialist will also have responsibility for assessing the condition of collection items, identifying priorities for repair or conservation treatment, and liaising with colleagues in the Digital Content Unit and Conservation and Collection Care Department in the fulfilment of requests for digital imaging. The position therefore offers an opportunity to learn at first hand about cutting edge conservation and photographic techniques from members of staff with specialist expertise.

Further details on requirements for the role can be found here.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email Dr Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, Tel: 01223 333149, e-mail:

The closing date for applications is Sunday 8 May 2022.

Interviews are planned to held on Friday 27 May 2022..

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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