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Job: Photographic Research & Preservation Officer

We are seeking an individual who will bring innovative new skills along with professional expertise and/or specialised postgraduate training to fulfil the full-time role of Photographic Research and Preservation Officer. Working within our Photographic Collection team, the successful candidate will provide research and client services as well as drive the preservation and preventive conservation of the physical collections.  The role is driven by access initiatives and departmental objectives to further knowledge transfer, learning and to support the research interests of key university, public, and commercial stakeholders. 

This is an opportunity to work with an outstanding collection of approximately 800,000 historic photographs from the medium's earliest practitioners through to the present day. The collection features an unsurpassed photographic record of Scottish identity and cultural transformation from the 1840s onward, an extensive topographic collection of towns, cities and people across the UK and abroad, as well as including works by some of photography’s international masters. The photographic medium's application as a resource for contemporary interdisciplinary study ensures that the collection is frequently used for research and teaching purposes by postgraduate students, academic researchers, art historians, museum curators, Scottish historians, genealogists, golf scholars, film makers, television production companies, members of the media as well as subject specialists from  divers disciplines.
We are actively embracing technological advancements and contemporary approaches to the management and dissemination of our photographic collection and invite similarly minded, dynamic professionals, with forward thinking ambitions to consider joining our team. The department is positioned at an exciting time in its evolution as we plan for the future home of the university’s Special Collections, and consider the best ways to develop the international recognition of our holdings. 

The post will start on 1 March 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Marc Boulay – Photographic Archivist., Tel: +44 (0)1334 462326. 

Interview Date:   30th or 31st January 2013

Closing Date:  9 January 2013

Please quote ref:  ME7131

Further Particulars: 
ME7131CG FPs.doc

University Library
Salary:  £24,520 - £29,249 per annum
Start Date:  1 March 2013, or as soon as possible therafter

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