New post: Research Assistant

Title: 0.5 Research Assistant - Ligatus
Reference: 300079
Occupation: Academic and Research
College: University of the Arts London
Position Type: Temporary - Part time
Sector: Ligatus Research Unit
Salary: £26,017 pro rata
Closing Date: 11/03/2011

Job Overview

one year fixed term contract

University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts and a long involvement in the book arts and book conservation.

This is a rare opportunity to work alongside pioneers in the study of bookbinding and book conservation, gaining experience and knowledge that is not otherwise widely available. You will join a dynamic team of researchers and play a key role in developing a new field of study which combines historic bookbinding with digital tools.

Your chief responsibility will be to work in collaboration with Ligatus team members and a range of experts from Europe and the USA to help compile a glossary of bookbinding terms, and your responsibilities will include digitising, organising and filing extensive collections of slides of historic bookbindings.

Your organisational and communication skills will be needed to help organise workshops and conferences on historic bookbinding. As the first point of contact for online academic discussions on historic bookbinding, you will also manage content on the Ligatus website. Actively joining in with discussions, keeping records and disseminating conclusions will be central to your success.

To excel, you will need research experience in the field of bookbinding, book conservation or book history. We are also looking for an excellent understanding of historical bookbinding structures combined with a good knowledge of current work in the field. You will need to be up-to-date with current terminologies.

As well as your post-graduate or research degree, you will have enthusiasm, self-motivation and openness to new ways of working. An understanding of digital humanities tools is essential.

This is one of the two positions currently offered by Ligatus, with the second one being a part time Research Technician.

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, a final salary pension and a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.

Please download an application pack and then upload your completed application here. If you have any queries about this role that are not covered in the documentation available below please contact Ewelina Warner, Ligatus Administrator. Telephone: 020 7514 6432, email:

University of the Arts London aims to be an equal opportunities employer embracing diversity in all areas of activity.