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Current Job Opportunities

PhD Scholarship

De Montfort University Graduate School Full Bursary PhD Scholarship
The Legacy of Alfred Hugh Fisher and the Colonial Office Visual
Instruction Committee (COVIC) / Photographic History Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC)
School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities
De Montfort University, Leicester In collaboration with the Royal Commonwealth Society department at Cambridge University Library University of Cambridge, Cambridge.


A PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the
Photographic History Research Centre in the School of Humanities. It is available to UK or
EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as researchers.
In offering this scholarship the University aims to further develop its proven research
strengths in the study of photographic histories, practices and cultures. It is an excellent
opportunity for a candidate of exceptional promise to contribute to a stimulating, world-class research environment.

The Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee (COVIC) was a body charged in 1902 with creating a visual record of Britain’s overseas territories for use in British schools. Cambridge University Library (CUL) maintains its photographic archives, and this project will focus on the Fisher Photograph Collection. Mainly comprising of photographs taken by artist and amateur photographer Alfred Hugh Fisher in 1907-1910, the collection documents changes to physical and sociocultural environments across the globe during the first decade of the twentieth century. A collaboration between the PHRC and CUL, this project will explore the significance of visual records in cultural exchange, and how subsequent re-use of images from the Fisher Photograph Collection led to innovative understandings of ‘other’ cultures and lands.

For a more detailed description of the scholarship, the subject area at DMU and an
application pack please visit

Please direct academic queries to Dr Gil Pasternak on +44 (0)116 201 3951 or email For administrative queries contact the Graduate School office email:, tel: 0116 250-6309. Completed applications should be returned together with two supporting references and an academic transcript.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a Master’s degree or good first degree in a relevant subject (First, 2:1 or equivalent). Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study commencing in October 2017 consisting of a bursary of £14,296 per annum in addition to waiver of tuition fees.

Please quote ref: ADHFB2
CLOSING DATE: Monday 10th April, 2017. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held by Friday 28th April approximately.

Job Title: Digital Photographer (2 positions)

Contract: 3 year fixed term contract
Reports to: Digital Curator
Location: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
Date: February 2017

The Chester Beatty Library contains a world famous collection of manuscripts, prints,
miniature paintings, early printed books and objets d’art from countries across Asia, the
Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The Collection is principally focused on the written
word and its associated painted and printed images.

The Library is one of Ireland’s national cultural institutions. It is a public charitable trust established under the will of the late Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Western treasures of the Library include some of the earliest sources on papyrus for the bible and a great library of Manichean texts; Armenian and European manuscripts from medieval, Renaissance and modern times; prints, early and fine books and bindings complete a remarkable conspectus of the arts of manuscript production and printing from many cultures and periods.

Chinese and Japanese painted scrolls and albums, woodblock prints, printed books and decorative arts are among the most important part of the Library’s East Asian holdings. The Asian collections also contain material from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Mongolia, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Indonesia.

Over 6,000 individual items, mainly manuscripts and single-page paintings and calligraphies, make up the Islamic Collections. This includes more than 260 complete and fragmentary Qur’ans, some dating from the late eighth and ninth centuries and including the work of the leading calligraphers of the Islamic world.

For more information on the CBL, its holdings and a full schedule of events and activities please visit

Summary Job Purpose

In the lifetime of our current Strategic Plan 2016-2020, the Library is committed to making the Collections available online. Hand-in-hand with this is the in-house digitisation of the collections, which we will commence in 2017. In addition to creating and preserving digital content, the Library will seek to make this content available in the most accessible and appropriate ways, given its resources. The appointment of two Digital Photographers is a vital step in driving this strategy forward.

Working within the newly established ‘Digital Department’, the Digital Photographers will assist in the development of the Library’s digitisation workflow, and will be tasked with the digitisation of specified Collections in accordance with the Library’s Digitisation Strategy and related policies.

The Chester Beatty Library is a collaborative organisation and the global nature of the collections are reflected in our multicultural and intercultural programming. The successful candidate(s) will be energetic individual(s) with a passion for the arts and excellent interpersonal skills. They will form part of a small but dynamic team with the flexibility to adapt to the Library’s constantly changing environment.

Key Areas of Responsibility: the Digital Photographers will

• Create high quality digital surrogates for targeted objects in the collections, meeting specified quality characteristics

• Prepare, set-up and adjust studio lighting and photographic equipment for digital image capture of both two and three dimensional artworks to meet CBL imaging standards and assignment objectives

• Process images in accordance with the digitization workflow and digitization policy, including file naming, image editing and metadata entry

• Manage all tasks within predetermined Quality Assurance and quality control workflows, including regular quality audits and sampling

• Manage work formally through clear records management processes

• Manage both scheduled and unscheduled equipment calibration and maintenance

• Manage the colour management workflows and profiling of all targeted studio and processing equipment and software

• Troubleshoot technical problems associated with the imaging equipment

• Assist with photographic documentation of Library exhibitions and events

• Edit digitized images, including colour correction, for print and online use

• Assist in the development of, and ongoing improvements to, the CBL’s digitisation workflows

• Work closely with the Digital Curator and the Collections team, in determining the order and suitability of the collections to be photographed

• Be responsible for the safe handling of collections material, with guidance and training provided by conservation staff

• From time to time work on additional projects related to the collection, such as assisting visiting digitisation teams and freelance photographers

• Promote the Library’s digitization activities through the publication of papers and ongoing participation in conferences and communities of practice

The Digital Photographers may assist the Digital Curator towards:

• Facilitating public access to the image collection

• Maintaining standards of image capture and metadata

• Collaborating with the ICT Manager to implement the digitisation and digital storage infrastructure

• Building a network of contacts in other archives and museums and among relevant experts

• Championing the benefits of new technologies to assist access to photographic and digital material

• Providing regular and clear progress reports

Required Skills

• Educated to degree level in photography

• A minimum of 2 years’ relevant photography experience in a studio setting

• Professional experience in digital photography and digital image manipulation

• Demonstrable experience with high end digital asset creation and management

• Experience in the implementation of digital colour management

• Demonstrable experience in the professional use of digital image processing software

• Experience in digital asset organisation and management as it relates to imaging and imaging workflows

• Extensive demonstrable knowledge of the principles and techniques of studio lighting and digital photography for both 2D and 3D objects

• Confidence and experience adapting to a rapidly changing environment (IT and imaging hardware and software)

• Strong communication skills (written and oral)

• Attention to detail and works consistently to high professional standards

• Ability to organise work effectively and prioritise tasks

• Demonstrable experience working independently as well as in cross disciplinary teams

• An interest in and commitment to the work of the Chester Beatty Library

Desirable Skills

• Knowledge of the Irish language would be considered an advantage

• Experience of working on large scale digitisation projects

• Experience of digital preservation principles, tools and technologies

• Experience of handling museum/library collections


A fixed-term contract salary applies of €32,000 per annum.

Annual Leave

The annual leave allowance will be 22 working days a year, subject to the usual conditions regarding the granting of annual leave, is on the basis of a five day week and is exclusive of the usual public holidays.

Application Instructions

To apply, interested candidates should submit a cover letter expressing interest in the position and outlining relevant experience, together with a complete curriculum vitae and the names and contact information (mail, e-mail and telephone numbers) of two professional references to:

Ms Mary Corless
HR Manager
Chester Beatty Library
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm GMT on 10 March, 2017.

Referees will not be contacted until the search committee has informed the candidate of doing so.

The Chester Beatty Library is an equal opportunities employer.

Please note: All data received relating to the application will be held in line with the Library’s record retention policy.