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Arctic Information Specialist (Fixed Term)

Salary: £26,243-£30,395.

Applications are invited for the position of Arctic Information Specialist in the library of the Scott Polar Research Institute. The role holder will be responsible for the development of Arctic collections including those in the Russian language to support research and teaching. This will involve selection and cataloguing of books on the Arctic including Russian language books and other materials. The role holder liaises with academic staff and researchers to understand their needs and to guide the long-term direction of the Arctic collections. He or she promotes the Arctic collections to a wide range of stakeholders, which include the Ministry of Defence and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Candidates should have previous experience in an academic or research library and a good knowledge of the Russian language. Excellent IT skills and experience of cataloguing to MARC21 and RDA standards using computerised cataloguing and retrieval systems are also required. You should be enthusiastic and adaptable, with good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate should be able to adhere to and give routine advice on copyright and to take responsibility for defined projects.

Candidates should have attained an honours degree. Having a qualification in Librarianship or information science or be working towards one is also desirable.

This position is offered on a full time basis (36.5 hours per week) though part time working will also be considered.

Fixed-term: The post is funded until 31st July 2023 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. 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.

The closing date for applications is 24th March 2019. It is anticipated that interviews will take place w/c 8th April 2019.

Informal enquiries may be made to Peter Lund (email: opl21@cam.ac.uk or tel: 01223 336563).

Please quote reference LD18053 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.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term) £32,236 - £39,609

Salary: £32,236-£39,609.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project (2017-22), ARCTIC CULT (Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands), led by Dr. Richard Powell.

The ARCTIC CULT project investigates the construction of the Arctic that emerged from the exploration of the region by Europeans and North Americans and their contacts with indigenous people from the middle of the sixteenth century. It examines that ways that texts, cartographic representations and objects were collected in the Arctic and returned to metropolitan sites. The project aspires to a new understanding of the consequences of colonial representations and decolonial processes for debates about the Circumpolar Arctic today.

The PDRA is for 2.5 years and is to research the case of 'The search for the origin of the Inuit and Ultima Thule'.

The duties of the PDRA position will include research at archives, libraries, museums and repositories across Europe and North America, as well as in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. The details of the post are included in the further particulars (see further particulars by following the link below for details).

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD (or similar qualification). Relevant disciplinary backgrounds include but are not limited to: human geography, cultural anthropology, indigenous history, colonial history, museum studies, global history, history of science.

Candidates will have knowledge and/or experience of research into the cultures and peoples of the Circumpolar Arctic (or related issues), excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently and with colleagues in a team, and good data analysis and IT skills. Fluency in English is essential. For the post, knowledge and reading of relevant languages is desirable, including ability in one or more of the following: Inuktitut, Kalaallisut, and Danish.

The project team are based at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will have office space in the SPRI.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on 26 March 2019 in Cambridge. Ideally, the candidate would start as soon as soon as possible.

Fixed-Term: The funding supporting the post ends in September 2021 in the first instance.

The closing dates for applications is 11th March 2019.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. 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 post may be addressed to Dr. Richard Powell (rcp31@cam.ac.uk). Any questions about the application process should be directed to Jenny Dunstall (jenny.dunstall@spri.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LD18148 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.

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