Vacancy: Specialist, Medieval and Early Modern Medicine

Job Title: Specialist, Medieval and Early Modern Medicine
Location: London
Closing Date: 21/12/2011
Salary: £35,000

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The Wellcome Library provides insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present. We are one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history and we also provide access to a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information resources relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science.

The role of Specialist, Medieval and Early Modern Medicine is key to the future development of the Library's role as one of the world's premier locations for research in the history of early medicine and science. With digitisation plans for the collections being set up, the Wellcome Library is looking for someone who is forward thinking and passionate about the potential for digital technologies to support and enhance scholarly use of early manuscript and printed collections, as well as engage a wider public audience. Reporting directly to the Head of Research and Scholarship, the successful candidate will an established academic historian of medicine or science, with experience of working with early manuscripts and rare books, and of using digital resources for historical research. Candidates should have a higher degree in History with specialisation in pre-modern medicine or science and must be able to demonstrate the following:

• A strong academic profile
• Knowledge of relevant collections, including those outside the Wellcome Library
• Knowledge of current academic work in fields relevant to the Library's pre-modern collections
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to engage non-specialist audiences
• Strong influencing and persuading skills
• Good networking skills
• An aptitude for collaboration and team-working
• A reading knowledge of Latin and at least one other relevant foreign language

Salary c. £35000 p.a (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits Closing date for applications: 21 December 2011 Interviews : w/c 23 January 2012

Phoebe Harkins
Assistant Librarian, Discovery & Engagement Wellcome Library The Wellcome Trust
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 8628
Mob:+44 (0) 7739 194907
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7611 8369

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