Imaging Scientist

Grade B: 30,768 to 34,853 per annum

2 year fixed term contract

Location: St. Pancras, London

This is an excellent opportunity to join The British Library and to have an immediate impact on the ways in which our collections are preserved, accessed and interpreted. We are the UK’s national library and our collections, comprising over 150 million items, from 3,000 year old oracle bones to current electronic journals, are consulted by 16,000 people every day both in our reading rooms an online.

You will be part of one of the largest Collection Care departments in the world, working with preventive specialists, conservation scientists and conservation practitioners to bring the collections to life in new and exciting ways.

Based within the Conservation Research Unit, you will use your expertise to develop innovative ways of applying imaging techniques that will increase understanding of our collections and provide new avenues of interpretation and scholarship.  You will also develop a network of contacts and partnerships in the Higher Education Sector and across the industry, building collaborative approaches that encourage and enable leading-edge analysis of archive material in a wide variety of formats

To be successful you will need a relevant degree-level qualification. Exceptional interpersonal skills and considerable experience of using multi-spectral imaging and polynomial texture mapping (or similar) to study books, manuscripts or works of art are essential.


You will also have strong written skills and excellent oral presentation skills, and be able to present your research and projects effectively to a broad range of audiences.


For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Barry Knight on +44 (0) 20 7412 7229


Closing Date:  Midnight, Monday, 14th November 2011


To apply for this role, please visit: 



Dr Barry Knight

Head of Conservation Research

The British Library

96 Euston Road

London NW1 2DB


Tel: +44 20 7412 7229

Fax: +44 20 7412 7658