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Job: Research Assistant - William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonne Project

TheWilliam Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné project requires a Research Project Assistant to assist the project director, Professor Larry J Schaaf, in bringing together the collection of this revolutionary inventor and photographer's work.

Talbot was one of the earliest pioneers of photography in the 19th Century, and invented the technique of printing photographs onto paper. Professor Schaaf has spent the last 40 years creating a detailed database of Talbot's more than 4000 unique images, and tens of thousands of prints. The Catalogue Raisonné project aims to bring this database together with images donated from institutions and collectors around the world to create a comprehensive online catalogue accessible by researchers and members of the public alike.

Working in conjunction with colleagues in Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services (BDLSS), you will support Professor Schaaf in reviewing, editing and rewriting database records into a standard format, contact public and private collections with regards to image rights and perform research tasks to improve the quality of database records.

You will have familiarity and interest in the early history of photography and knowledge of 19th Century history and photographic technology as well as experience of dealing with photographic curators, managers of image rights and private owners of originals. Able to use Microsoft Office software with experience of using a database, you will also be self-motivated, possess excellent organisational and communication skills and have the ability to organise your own workload.

This is a full-time post on a fixed-term contract for approximately 6 months.

Please discuss secondments with your line manager in the first instance, as you must have their agreement that you can be released for a secondment before you submit an application.

You will be required to upload a Supporting Statement as part of your online application. Your Supporting Statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CV’s will NOT be considered as a substitute for a Supporting Statement.

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday on Monday 9 October 2017 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 16 October 2017.

Contact Person : Recruitment Team Leader Vacancy ID : 131230
Contact Phone : 01865 277133 Closing Date : 09-Oct-2017
Contact Email : personnel@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

See more here: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_versio...

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