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Collections Project Officer — Esmée Fairbairn Project

Grade 4: £21,585 – £24,983 p.a. (pro rata)
Part-time 0.5FTE
Fixed term until 30 November 2019

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Museum of the History of Science to work with forced migrants in the Oxford community to enhance, alter and improve the understanding and use of the Oxford University Museum collections. Inspired by the Multaka project in Berlin, and in collaboration with Pitt Rivers Museum which will host a parallel position, this Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund project will work with members of the Oxford refugee and forced migrant community to develop voluntary community curators and tour guides and other inclusive volunteering experiences to improve confidence, support community integration, and enhance the collections through multi-layered interpretation. Working closely with the Community Engagement Officer on the Project, and Museum-based collections staff, the volunteers, and community groups, you will assist with the development of a range of activities from Museum tours, object handling sessions, enhanced interpretation of the Museum’s key Islamic collections, content for apps or equivalent access tools, as well as community events, publicity and community engagement including social media.

The ideal candidate will be a person with an interest in the Museum’s important Islamic collections, an understanding and experience of the museum environment and the needs of collections. They will have a commitment to and experience of community engagement, in particular the use of collections to build confidence in volunteers and volunteer groups. An ability to ‘think outside the box’ in drawing out new interpretations and developing new types of access all as part of a small focussed team will be essential.

This is a part-time post (0.5 FTE/18.25 hours), fixed-term, until 30 November 2019.

Please attach a CV and submit a statement (1500 words or less) telling us the following:

  1. What attracted you to this role, and why do you believe you have the relevant experience?
  2. This is a brand new position for the Museum of the History of Science. What challenges (if any) do you anticipate with integrating community volunteers (new and existing) with new ways of working and working practices?

Please note that the closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Friday 26 January 2018. We expect to hold interviews for this position on 8 or 9 February 2018. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Contact Person: Recruitment Administrator
Vacancy ID: 132749
Contact Phone: 01865 78038
Closing Date: 26-Jan-2018
Contact Email:

>> Further details and application form.


Gallery Assistant (variable hours)

Grade 1: £8.61 per hour

The Museum of the History of Science is looking for Variable Hour Gallery Assistants that are able to provide a visitor experience that exceeds the public’s expectation.

Ideally, you will have working experience from a customer services background, or similar. Your role will also play a part in helping to protect the collections and the museum structure, and therefore you will have some knowledge of basic security procedures and health and safety requirements in a sensitive environment.

In this visitor-facing role you will possess first class communication skills, able to answer questions regarding the museum and its objects in a professional and courteous manner. You will also have a confident and pro-active approach to dealing with arising problems and issues as well as demonstrate a positive attitude with a desire to achieve results as a team. You will be required to closely monitor the galleries during public opening hours, being present to help with enquiries, provide directions, promote the museum’s activities and trails, encourage visitors to support the museum through their donations & purchases, and generally ensure the safe-keeping of the museums’ artefacts.

Throughout a working day, light-lifting may be required – physical fitness for standing and walking is required, since there is limited opportunity to sit during public opening hours.

Shifts will be offered on a monthly rota basis, including some weekend working, and could be subject to change with appropriate notice. There will also be opportunities to work additional hours for special events that may take place out of normal opening hours, and a willingness to provide leave/sickness cover is required.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a statement (500 words maximum) as part of your online application detailing how you meet the job role criteria through your previous experience, knowledge and skills.

Before submitting an application, you may find it helpful to read the ‘Tips on applying for a job at the University of Oxford’ document, at

All applications must be made online and received before 12.00 noon on 25 January 2018. Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 6 February 2018 and you must be available on this date.

Contact Person: Asima Qayyum
Vacancy ID: 132946
Contact Phone: 01865 277283
Closing Date: 25-Jan-2018
Contact Email:

>> Further details and application form.