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Conservation Scientist

Vacancy Details

Salary: £39,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 23/10/2022
Date Posted: 21/09/2022
Reference: 04261


Full Time, Permanent

The British Library is looking for a Conservation Scientist to join the conservation team. The Conservation Scientist role is to provide leadership and advocacy both within the BL and with external partners on scientific issues to enable preservation of and access to the collection. To develop risk management strategies for collection items and projects thereby giving evidence based decision making in both individual item and collection wide contexts.

The position will work on a wide and unique collection from different eras, geographical areas, formats and material. The successful candidate will advise Conservation and Library wide staff on appropriate analytical and measurement techniques that will provide additional information to support and facilitate their work. 

The Conservation Scientist will have a first-degree level in science or conservation; experience of the application of scientific techniques to conservation; knowledge of materials science and the interactions between materials and their environment; familiarity with Microsoft Office and use of the internet.

In addition, project management experience with a proven track record of completion on time and to remit is also an essential requirement.

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 26.6% (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: 04261

Closing date: 23 October 2022

Interview date: w/c 14 November 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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