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Job: Research Project Assistant, Talbot Catalogue raisonne project

The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonne 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 Raisonne 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 also be the contact point for the project office in the UK, stand in for Professor Schaaf in project meetings or communications, set up and maintain physical file structures and monitor the progress of the project keeping Professor Schaaf updated.

You will have familiarity and interest in the early history of photography, 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 own workload.

This is a full-time post on a fixed-term contract for 12 months.

This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting Evidence form in place of the more usual ‘supporting statement’. Please ensure that you carefully read the How to Apply section provided in the Job Description, which you can download below along with the required Supporting Evidence form. CVs will not form part of the selection process.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 11 May 2016 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 23 May 2016.

Full details here

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