18 November 2020


£32,816 to £40,322 per annum

Fixed Term

We have recently gained Arts Council England funding to carry out a project that will explore and seek to address the major challenges involved in managing and making accessible digital literary correspondence. We are seeking a professional archivist who will work alongside a developer to explore ways to address these challenges and to provide literary scholars and other audiences with mediated access to hundreds of thousands of emails. As part of the project, this role will address diverse challenges such as digital preservation, curatorial workflows, metadata and guidelines, access and engagement with the research community. This role will primarily focus on the internationally significant Carcanet Press Archive.

You will have a professional qualification in archive management, and/or relevant experience at a comparable level; professional experience in a relevant environment; knowledge and experience of managing born-digital archives; experience of managing archives containing personal data and/or involving issues of confidentiality; excellent digital literacy; and experience of project management.

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections (both print and increasingly digital) help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for the University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, research and teaching needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community.

The Library’s Special Collections are among the richest holdings of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and visual collections in the world. The collections are a superb resource for research, teaching and learning and the Library has a vibrant academic engagement programme. Through the John Rylands Research Institute, we deliver an extensive programme of research on the collections, in collaboration with academic colleagues from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester.


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