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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 Antiquities comprises about 27,000 Greek and Roman, Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern objects of international importance.

The successful candidate will support and contribute to the work of the Ancient Egyptian Coffins Project, which is undertaking full documentation of the Museum’s collection of Egyptian coffins (approximately 200 coffins and coffin fragments). Based at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, the project team is now working towards the creation of a dedicated web interface to the Museum’s database of ancient Egyptian coffins. This will include Egyptological, collection history and technological information for each object, including full results of imaging and scientific analysis. The major focus of work at present is to complete research into a coffin set of the 25th Dynasty, belonging to a man named Pakepu from Thebes.

The Research Associate will play a key role in preparing the data from study of this coffin for the web-site and thus create the model for presenting the case-studies of all the other coffins and coffin parts. A particular challenge will be developing the arguments and information in different formats and at different levels in order to make it accessible to both a specialist and a general audience.

Candidates should hold a PhD in Egyptology (or have submitted a PhD thesis) and have a demonstrable ability to read hieroglyphic inscriptions directly from objects, as well as a proven breadth and depth of knowledge of ancient Egyptian material culture.

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 is required. A strong interest in museums would be an advantage.

This is a fixed-term post, funded through a 9-month grant from the Isaac Newton Trust. Confirmation of the role holder’s appointment will be subject to formal approval by the Trust.


Closing date for applications:  midnight 13 October 2017

Planned interview date: 20 October 2017    


Offers of employment will be conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a Basic Disclosure check via Disclosure Scotland. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the ‘Apply online’ button on the advert published on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

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