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Quality Control Engineer

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Salary: Salary £26,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 24/01/2022
Date Posted: 12/01/2022
Reference: 03976



Full Time, Fixed Term until 31 July 2022

Join us on the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project to save the nation's audio heritage and make it available for everyone. The project, part of the British Library’s ambitious Save our Sounds programme, aims to digitally preserve almost half a million rare and unique recordings from the Library's collections and a UK-wide network of audio preservation centres.

As a Quality Control Engineer you will be responsible for quality checking audio transferred from a range of endangered media selected for the project, particularly ¼” open reel tape and cassette, and the associated metadata relating to the transfer process.

You will have a keen eye for detail, strong, demonstrable knowledge of obsolete sound carriers and current digital formats, a familiarity with audio recording, playback and transfer technologies, with demonstrable experience of professional audio quality control work and relevant education to degree level or equivalent professional experience in an archive.

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We make our collections and programmes available to all. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 20.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 03976

Closing date: 24 January 2022

Interview date: 09 February 2022

We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route


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