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Fellowship at Fitzwilliam Museum

From: Paola Ricciardi <pr364<-a>
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Zeno Karl Schindler/MINIARE Fellowship
Non-invasive analysis of illuminated manuscripts
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridge, UK

A nine-months fellowship on the non-invasive analysis of illuminated
manuscripts is available at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK.
The Fitzwilliam Museum houses the principal collections of art and
antiquities of the University of Cambridge, and holds over half a
million objects in its care. The Department of Manuscripts and
Printed Books (MSSPB) preserves one of the finest collections of
illuminated manuscripts in the world, one of the most important
collections of manuscript and printed music in the UK, fine printed
books, literary autographs and archives. The collections total
upwards of 132,500 objects: 1,000 illuminated manuscripts and
leaves; 1,500 music volumes; 20,000 rare printed books, over 80,000
literary autographs and correspondence, and over 30,000 items in the
Museum's archive.

The successful candidate, supported by the MINIARE Fellowship of the
Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation, will join the cross-disciplinary
team of the research project MINIARE (Manuscript Illumination:
Non-Invasive Analysis, Research and Expertise


Based at the University of Cambridge, MINIARE focuses on the
non-invasive analysis of materials and techniques as well as the
contextual interpretation of medieval and Renaissance illumination.

Under the supervision of MINIARE's pigment analyst and imaging
scientist, the Fellow will analyse medieval and Renaissance
illuminated manuscripts with a combination of non-invasive
analytical tools, and contribute to the research underpinning a
major exhibition in 2016 which will celebrate the bicentenary of the
Fitzwilliam Museum's foundation. He/she will be trained in the
combined, mutually complementary use of different imaging and
analytical methods, and become fully aware of the conservation needs
of unique and exceptionally fragile manuscripts, as well as of the
broader cultural and historical questions that such
cross-disciplinary research endeavours to clarify.

Candidates should hold a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in physics,
chemistry, materials science or cultural heritage science. Those who
have recently completed a PhD in any of these fields will also be
considered. They should be familiar with a range of analytical and
technical imaging methods (see Further information). A
collaborative, supportive and flexible team working style is
essential. The ability to deal with people at all levels and in a
professional manner is crucial. A high degree of IT literacy,
preferably including the use of software for data acquisition and
analysis and image processing, is required. A strong interest in art
and art conservation would be an advantage. Further details and
application form CHRIS/6 are available from


or via email to lmb26<-a t->cam< . >ac< . >uk telephone +44 1223 764840. Closing
date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 28 February 2014

Planned interview date: w/c 24 March 2014
Planned start date: 1 October 2014
Salary range: UKP24,289 - UKP27,318 per annum

Interested candidates should complete the CHRIS/6 application form
and return with a supporting statement and CV with list of
publications to

    Personnel and Workforce Development Manager
    The Fitzwilliam Museum,
    Trumpington St
    Cambridge CB2 1RB
    lmb26<-a t->cam< . >ac< . >uk

The University welcomes diversity and is committed to equality of
opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all
employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Paola Ricciardi, PhD
Research Associate
Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1RB
+44 1223 748172

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