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Position at British Museum

From: Catherine Higgitt <chiggitt<-a>
Date: Monday, April 14, 2008
Scientist and Health and Safety Science Specialist
Department of Conservation and Scientific Research
The British Museum

UKP 25,172 pa

The British Museum is currently recruiting a scientist to work
within the Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science.
The post holder will have three principal areas of activity. First,
to undertake scientific examination and analysis of materials within
the British Museum collection, including research and other
investigations into the raw materials, identification, provenancing,
technology and the deterioration and conservation of the Museum's
collection. The post holder will be expected to use a range of
analytical techniques to tackle curatorial and conservation
enquiries. Second, to undertake routine X-radiography of a range of
object types, assist with the maintenance of the existing and future
X-radiography equipment and develop skills in the interpretation of
radiographic images. In addition the post holder will act as the
scientific advisor and liaison point for chemical and other science
safety matters, working alongside the Departmental Health and Safety
(H&S) co-ordinator in the departmental office.

The ideal candidate will have a strong science background and
experience in or familiarity with project design and the application
of a range of analytical techniques such as microscopy, SEM-EDX,
XRF, XRD, Raman, FT-IR, ICP-AES, ion chromatography, GC-MS and HPLC
and X-radiography which you wish to apply to the study of the
materials, technology and deterioration, preservation and
conservation of museum objects. The post holder will work on a range
of projects across the department but would be encouraged to develop
a specialism and research interest in a particular material type or
analytical technique. You will be expected to provide scientific
services within the aims of the Museum, and disseminate results and
information with the wider museum and conservation community through
reports, publication and lecturing etc. In addition you will have
experience, or a willingness to gain such experience, in all aspects
of COSHH and expertise in the areas of H&S, chemical safety and
other science-related issues and risk assessment.

For further information and an application pack, please go to


Job reference: 74564W
Contract: Permanent

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 9 May 2008

The British Museum is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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