Conservation Scientist

Job Summary

English Heritage
Greater London
Contract Type
38802 British Pounds
Closing date

Job Details

Interview date 18 Jan 2024

Working as part of the Conservation Research Team, you will support the conservation and care of our national collection ranging from neolithic remains to cold war telecommunications equipment and encompassing almost every material from history. The collections are presented in situ, in historic buildings requiring an innovative and thoughtful approach. The sites encompass seven with world heritage status and cover most building types across England.

You will provide advice and support to regional conservation teams undertaking preventive conservation. Providing expertise in sustainable environmental management (RH, light, pollution, shock and vibration and temperature) and interpreting research into practical solutions for presentation, storage, showcases. You will undertake identified research into material deterioration, including non-invasive analysis and preventive conservation approaches writing reports and disseminating findings to collections conservation and other appropriate teams. Publishing this work and actively engaging with the research community.

You will have a doctorate in materials or physical sciences and three years experience of working in a research or preventive conservation environment, or several years postgraduate experience. You will have the ability to carry out research to the highest possible standards independently. You will be able to translate your own and other research into practical approaches for the regional conservation teams, instigating analysis and trials when required. You will be an excellent communicator and influencer with the ability to build and sustain positive relationships across teams and disciplines. A self-motivator and team player you will have a systematic approach to large-scale challenges as well as an ability to manage and motivate people. Whilst this post ideally requires experience, it could become a development post for those earlier in their career and showing very significant potential.

We strive to be an inclusive employer and are always looking for people who reflect the diversity of the country today, to help us make it more relevant to the diversity of the people, communities and places we serve. We continually look for new ways to promote the past in a way that is inclusive to all and that celebrates the cultural diversity of England`s heritage.

From remote sites to inner city monuments, from regional teams to our Head Office, the diversity of our teams is critical to making sure our shared heritage is inclusive, exciting and accessible. You`ll find it`s a workplace like no other - taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference. By joining us, you`ll enjoy the rewards of a great team environment in inspiring locations, helping to make our site a wonderful place to visit. You`ll also be joining our charity, which through our 400+ historic monuments, buildings and sites, brings the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year. We offer a competitive benefits package including a generous pension, 25 days leave a year and free entry to all English Heritage properties for you, another adult and up to 6 children (under the age of 19).

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