Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we create opportunities for people to think deeply about the links between science, medicine, life and art.
Wellcome is a global charitable foundation. We improve health for everyone by funding science, leading policy and advocacy campaigns, and building partnerships.
We plan to spend 16bn over the next ten years, funding new discoveries in life, health and wellbeing, and taking on three global health challenges: mental health, infectious disease and climate.
These challenges need the bold science we support, but they won’t be solved by science alone.
We are looking for a Research Partnership Lead, to join our team on a permanent bases.
Where in Wellcome will I be working?
You will be part of the Research Development Team which is part of the wider Collection and Research department at Wellcome Collection. In the Collection and Research department, we are responsible for building our collections for the future, making them accessible to our audiences, conserving and caring for them and promoting new research into our collection and beyond. As a part of the Research Development Team, you will play a vital role in engaging with our priority research audiences* as we begin to implement a new strategic vision.
*Example of Priority Audiences- including but not limited to communities with connections to the Collections, people from low socioeconomic status backgrounds and those outlined in our Strategic Direction for Access, Diversity& Inclusion
What will I be doing?
As Research Partnership Lead you will work closely with staff and our priority audience to embed participatory research into the heart of our practice. You will have the opportunity to work across Wellcome Collection and Wellcome exploring the potential of existing research activities and along with colleagues in Collection Research. You will also play a key role in developing the research agenda for a new gallery that will explore the complex history of our collection due to open in 2027.
As Research Partnership Lead you will be:
• Exploring the potential of existing research activities already taking place in Wellcome Collection that enable us to address the ableist and racist history of our collection.
• Working in partnership with our priority audiences to design a framework to embed participatory research practice.
• Along with colleagues from Collections & Research, work with the Lead Curator of a new gallery that aims to engage with the complex history of our collection.
• Working with the lead curator to ensure participatory research plays a central role in curation of this space.
• Contributing towards a diverse and inclusive culture across the organisation, working across departments.
Is this job for me?
We are looking for someone who is a self-starter, passionate and highly motivated to work in partnership with our priority audiences and collaboratively with Wellcome Collection staff. You will have experience of delivering participatory or inclusive research projects through an intersectional lens and can demonstrate that anti-racism and anti-ableism are at the heart of your practice.
Ideally, you will have experience working with collections in an archives, library, or museum environment, with a demonstrable interest in our collections. You will be comfortable working with multidisciplinary teams and working across boundaries to ensure effective collaboration.
We are looking for somebody who:
• Has a passion for imbedding inclusive and participatory research methodologies.
• Can engage our priority audiences in culturally sensitive research collaborations.
• Has an interest in our collection and there potential to create a world where everyone experiences of health matters.
• Is adaptable, with demonstrable problem-solving skills.
• Is self-motivated and highly organized and has strong communication skills.
Our Hybrid Way of Working
We understand that our colleagues have commitments and personal interests outside of work and we strive to build a flexible working environment, in which people can perform at their best We are currently working 2 days per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from our Euston Road offices (as part of our hybrid Ways of Working) with the remaining 3 days from home. Please note due to the nature of this role you may be required to work in the office and/or offsite on days other than Tuesday and Wednesday.
In 2023, Wellcome Collection will be developing a new strategy, making this an exciting time to join our team and be part of a changing cultural sector which is finding new ways of delivering its work, engaging people, and placing a greater focus on social impact and change.
Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do
Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and inclusive environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. Please visit our website for more information on adjustments and accessibility, or contact us.