Senior Building Conservation Advisor (Conservation Materials Scientist)

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  • Post Date: June 12, 2018
Job Description

This exciting new full-time role in the Building Conservation and Research Team offers you a unique opportunity to develop your conservation, materials-analysis and outreach skills, through training and experience, to contribute to the work of Historic England. As part of a small, highly motivated and high-achieving team, you will play a vital role in our applied architectural-conservation research, taking the lead on projects that require materials analysis. Your work will involve advising on some of the most significant historic buildings in the country, and you will deal with a diverse range of customers including colleagues in Historic England and external craftsmen, contractors, conservation professionals and home-owners. This is a national role, so we are highly flexible as to location, but please note that regular travel to our technical laboratory (based in Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth) will be required.

We are the public body that looks after England`s historic environment. We champion historic places, helping people to understand, value and care for them. Our department specialises in the care, repair and conservation of buildings. You will be working with architects, building surveyors, engineers, quantity surveyors, conservators and other building professionals dealing with a diverse range of subjects. We also provide specialist technical advice to English Heritage through a shared-services agreement to support their management of a range of historic buildings and monuments across the country.

Working in the office, laboratory and on site, you will use your knowledge of traditional construction and your materials analysis skills to help us to provide the evidence we need in order to make informed decisions about the care and repair of historic buildings in England. With your keen eye for detail, creative approach to problem-solving, flexibility and ability to workload within tight deadlines, you will manage and/or contribute to a range of research projects, focussed on delivering solutions to complex conservation problems. You will be proactive in disseminating the results of this research and the best practice guidance emanating from it, both within HE and to a range of external audiences, through written, spoken and visual media. You will also apply your sound conservation philosophy and evolving understanding of traditional construction and the properties and performance of traditional building materials (particularly porous ones) to advise on a range of site-specific queries from internal and external enquirers, including English Heritage. You will be comfortable working independently and taking responsibility for decisions, but will also be a good team player and enjoy supporting your colleagues in delivery of team objectives.

Joining us for this 6-month fixed-term contract you will work in a supportive environment alongside colleagues who believe that continuously developing their expertise is central to their success, and you will receive support and training to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills. We can also offer a wide benefits package including a competitive pension scheme, 28 days holiday (pro rata), corporate discounts and free entry into English Heritage sites, as well as flexibility in your working day that creates a good work-life balance.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Alison Henry, Head of BCRT, on 07717588090.