Research Assistant (Full Time, Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2025 in the first instance.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Assistant to work with the Director and a curatorial collective of four Visiting Fellows towards an exhibition with the working title Indigenous Futures. The exhibition will be an outcome of ‘Indigeneities in the twenty-first century’ (IndiGen) a European Research Council project led by Professor Philipp Schorch (LMU Munich); the Museum is a project partner and is working towards an exhibition opening in December 2024. This is a fixed-term contract until 31 March 2025.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) is one of the nine University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden (UCM). It is both a museum open to the general public and a research and teaching facility of the University. The Museum is currently open to the public Tuesdays to Sundays and welcomes approximately 75,000 visitors a year. The Museum’s world-class collections attract visiting researchers from all over the world and it maintains an active programme of temporary exhibitions and loans to major exhibitions within the UK and internationally. MAA’s collections are Designated for their national and international importance. For further information about the Museum’s staff, collections, and programmes, see

The role will facilitate and support liaison and exhibition development across the MAA team and Visiting Fellows Leah-Lui Chivizhe, Taloi Havini, Noelle Kahanu and Jordan Wilson, supporting and contributing to collections research and object selection. Experience of working with a museum collection, and world cultures collection is desirable for the role, as is experience of exhibition design and working with community groups.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records) check, a health assessment and a security check.

MAA and the University of Cambridge Museums are committed to inclusion and diversity within our institutions and across the sector, and we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the Museum and the University.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to:
Dr Mark Elliott, Acting Director and Senior Curator in Anthropology, MAA [email protected]
If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Faculty HR at [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 5 July 2023. It is anticipated that short-listed candidates will be interviewed on 19 July 2023. It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible.

Please quote reference JU37048 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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