Conservation Leader

Job Summary

SOAS University of London
Contract Type
41004 British Pounds - 48168 British Pounds
Closing date

Job Details

Further details:

SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS University of London is positioned to play a leading role in reimagining higher education globally, with a new strategic plan in place as the basis for the renewal and revitalisation of the School which commits SOAS to both student responsiveness and research intensity. SOAS is moving towards a new model of international partnerships which is responsive to the transnational character of our global challenges.

About the Department

Collections Care & Digitisation (CCD) is a unit within the SOAS-Collections Group of the SOAS Library, Learning and Research Services.  The Group is comprised of CCD, Special Collections, and the Galleries.  CCD is responsible for collections-care and digitisation of library collections.  While it works closely within the Group, it also executes plans of action in general and remote collections.

CCD was preceded by a Digitisation unit in existence since 2013 that grew from funded digitisation projects.  Addition of collections-care is intended to create a seamless core for care of physical collections and their digital transformations.  While collections-care has a broad remit, it is primarily tasked with providing a conservation-for-digitisation service.

About the role

You will have an in-depth knowledge of conservation, including standards, process, workflows, and the relationship between conservation and other aspects of collection management, including access and digitisation projects. 

The Conservation Leader will have a comprehensive understanding of conservation standards, technologies, and practices across a range of material cultures.  You will work within Collections Care and Digitisation Department, and will be expected to work closely with colleagues in Special Collections and Access & Discovery. 

About you

We are looking for a Conservation Leader to work in one of most prestigious Universities in London. You will be the first point of contact for the delivery of a professional Collection Care service for the Library, securing access to the collections for all our users while at the same time guaranteeing their availability to future generations.

Further information can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities at

How to Apply; Please complete the online application form and upload your CV and a supporting statement at

Closing date:  15th January 2024

Interviews will be held: tw/c 29th January 2024

'Successful candidates will need to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006'

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We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, Black, Asian, other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups from within the UK and beyond. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.