Assistant Archivist

Collection of letters from the James Edward Smith Correspondence

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active society devoted to natural history. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828), the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778), whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in our keeping since 1829. These unique collections of scientific importance are enriched by the Society's own library and archives.

The post-holder will be responsible for providing support to the Collections team in facilitating access to our collections through dealing with enquiries, assisting researchers in the reading room, taking part in outreach activities, and cataloguing work.

Duration of contract: 18 months, part time at 3 days/week

£15,000 pro rata (full time equivalent of £25,000 per annum)

Working hours:
21 hours per week, to be worked Tuesday, Wednesday, and either Thursday or Friday: 9:30am to 5:30pm with an unpaid break of 1 hour for lunch.

Leave entitlement:
20 days
Generous pension scheme

Burlington House, Piccadilly

Job description and person specification

Application procedure: Applications should comprise a cover letter outlining suitability for the position, together with a brief CV, and be sent to the Collections Manager, Dr Isabelle Charmantier, via email:

Deadline for application: Wednesday 29 March 2023

Provisional date for interviews:
Friday 21 April 2023