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Current vacancies within the Institute are posted here.

Assistant to the Curator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Salary: £20,600-£23,487 pro rata.

Do you have an organised approach and excellent communication skills? Do you enjoy working a part of a team? Are you interested in supporting events for a range of different guests?

The Assistant to the Curator supports the Museum Curator in their work and helps to keep the Polar Museum running smoothly. This is a varied role that will include both personal assistance to the Museum Curator (for example diary management, drafting correspondence, and preparing briefing notes for meetings) and more general support of museum operations (for example cashing up the till, ensuring leaflets are well stocked, booking in research visitors, collating data about visitor numbers). The role holder will also support the delivery of several outstanding fundraising events from the SPRI Centenary Campaign. As a member of the Museum Team, the role holder may occasionally be asked to support activity elsewhere in the Institute, as appropriate to the role.

The role holder must enjoy working with people from lots of different backgrounds, and have strong organisational skills. Knowledge about the polar regions is not necessary, however an interest in the work of the Polar Museum is desirable.


In the 'Suitability for the Role' section of the application form, please answer the following three questions:

1) What aspect of the Assistant to the Curator role most appeals to you, and why?

2) Communicating positively with a wide range of different people is an important part of this role. Describe a time when you have worked with members of the public or a colleague you didn't know, and explain how you think that experience might help you in this role.

3) The Assistant to the Curator must be organised, for example to ensure that the Curator's time is well managed and to help support the smooth operation of the Polar Museum. Please give an example of something you have done that demonstrates your excellent organisational skills.

Answers to these questions will be used for shortlisting candidates for interview, please number each answer. There is a limit of 11,000 characters (approx. 1,500 words) in the 'Suitability for the Role' section.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months, in order to provide temporary support to the Museum Curator while they have additional duties Chairing the University of Cambridge Museums Steering Group.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to complete a health assessment.

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 October 2021, interviews are expected to take place on Monday 8 November 2021.

Informal enquiries may be made to Charlotte Connelly, Museum Curator at or telephone 01223 336557.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Applications should be submitted online via the University of Cambridge jobs page by clicking "Apply online" in the job advert. You will need an email address to register for our online system.

Please quote reference LD28314 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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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Find out about volunteer opportunities in the Polar Museum and in other museums on the University of Cambridge Museums website.

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