Head of Research | Maternity Cover | The Paul Mellon Centre

Applications are invited for the post of Head of Research (Maternity Cover) at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity committed to promoting original, world-class research into the history of British art and architecture of all periods. The Centre has two complementary purposes: to contribute to the understanding of British art and architecture and to act as a research centre for scholars working in this field. We collaborate closely with the Yale Center for British Art, and we are part of Yale University.

The role

The Centre runs a lively and innovative programme of research events and projects. We are looking for a Head of Research (Maternity Cover) to shape and direct this programme in the Centre’s 50th anniversary year in 2020. Our events are aimed at researchers and members of the public interested in the history of British art and architecture, and the programme includes conferences, seminars, talks, book launches and an annual arts festival. The Centre also runs a number of in-house research projects, led by members of Paul Mellon Centre staff, including “London, Asia” and “Art in the Country House”, that the Head of Research would be expected to support. Working closely with the Director of Studies and Deputy Director for Grants and Publications, the successful applicant will help shape the strategic direction of the research culture of the Paul Mellon Centre.

The Centre’s research programme thrives through collaboration with many external partners, nationally and internationally. This is a high-profile, public-facing role and we are seeking a professional and extremely capable person to provide maternity cover and to bring exciting ideas that will maintain the Paul Mellon Centre’s reputation for its generous, rigorous and innovative research programme.

Salary will be £45,000 per annum

Hours of work are 35 per week; there will be evening work around four times a month and occasional weekend work.

The post is available from Monday 9 December 2019 for a maximum of 12 months.

Closing Date: 12 p.m. Wednesday 16 October 2019

Interviews: Monday 11 November 2019

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone with an in depth knowledge of British art in its international contexts. You will be curious about the field of art history more broadly and be proactive in developing events and projects with colleagues from across academia and the cultural sector. You will be responsible for working closely with the Centre’s Events Manager, as well as other members of the Centre’s team, to produce a varied programme across the year.

You will be a creative thinker and an excellent communicator. You will be a highly efficient project manager, able to work on multiple projects simultaneously. As a key public representative of the Paul Mellon Centre, you will have an efficient and highly professional manner that upholds our standards of excellence.

We expect you to have developed your own research career and offer the Centre expertise in your particular area. You will be offered one day per week as a research day to enable you to conduct your own research. 

You will ideally have a PhD in Art History, or a related field, and/or be able to demonstrate significant professional experience in the art sector and a very strong knowledge of British art.

For an informal discussion, please contact Sarah Victoria Turner, Deputy Director for Research on 020 7580 0311 or svturner@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk.   


Please send your completed application form either by post or by email to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk by noon on Wednesday 16 October 2019. 

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