In partnership with the Institute of Physics, a project is taking place that will create and exhibit a fantastic new large-scale work of art, underground, in one of the ice wells that are beneath the floor of the London Canal Museum. The artwork is inspired by the work of particle physicists.
The Physics in Society team at the Institute of Physics (IOP) aims to bring positive experiences of physics to public audiences who do not expect to be exposed to physics. To do this they seek out audiences wherever they may be and provide them with tailor made physics activities. Superposition is a pilot artist-in-residency scheme with the aim of engaging adult audiences with contemporary physics. Artist Lyndall Phelps is working with particle physicist Ben Still from Queen Mary, University London to create an artwork based on Ben's research in the field of particle physics. The artwork will be installed in the Victorian subterranean ice well beneath the London Canal Museum and open to the public on three days per week from 24 August to 20 October 2013. To view the artwork visitors will need to climb down ladders into the basement. This is the only way to see the artwork up close, but we will also be installing a remote controlled CCTV so that anyone who is unable to descend the ladder can view it on a screen within the museum and via the web. We will be employing Visitor Assistants to help visitors descend into the well.
We are looking for three people to work for us from 24th August to 20th October. They will each work two days per week according to a rota. The opening days are Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday so if appointed you will work two out of three of those days each week on average according to a rota. The weekends are full days but Thursday visits don't start until lunch-time. Willingness to work at weekends is therefore essential. We hope the rota will be agreed mutually between the museum and the three post-holders when appointed.
The most important responsibility of these posts is public safety. The descent involves climbing down two ladders and we need to be as sure as we reasonably can be that the people we allow to go down are fit enough to climb back up. We cannot insist on proof but we can ask them about their fitness and look for obvious signs of incapacity such as difficulty walking. You will need to be a diplomat and combine friendly politeness with an iron resolve not to allow anyone whose fitness is questionable to make the descent, erring on the side of caution. You will also need to check that suitable footwear is being worn. The interpersonal skills to carry out this checking are therefore the most important skills for the job.
No specific experience is necessary: aptitude, enthusiasm, and ability are the more important factors.
We are also looking for the following. You will:
We will provide the training that you will need to learn enough about these things to talk to our visitors about them.
Some other requirements are:
Please download the job description and person specification. (PDF Format)
The rate of pay is £10 per hour including £1.07 per hour holiday pay. This is a temporary position, on the London Canal Museum payroll. Salaries and holiday pay will be paid monthly in arrears, direct to a UK bank account of your choice. You must be legally entitled to accept employment in the UK.
You can claim £3 per week laundry expenses allowance. The ice wells are a dirty environment.
A bonus of £70 is payable at the end, provided all planned shifts have been worked and job performance has been satisfactory.
This is a great opportunity to get experience of working in a museum on a very unusual project, and in the world of art installations, also involving customer service and people skills. If job performance is satisfactory we will be happy to give references in the future. London Canal Museum is a friendly place to work. It is staffed and managed mainly by volunteers, and everyone is expected to meet high professional standards. Of course we are an equal opportunities employer and we will give full consideration to the abilities of everyone, but certain physical abilities are required for these posts.
Sorry, the deadline for applications has now passed. We had 299 applications for the three posts. We are not accepting any late applications.
Interviews are planned to be held on 31st July at London Canal Museum. London Staff Bureau are undertaking the task of considering the applications and shortlisting those who will be invited for interview. The interview panel will be a joint London Canal Museum and Institute of Physics panel.
To read more about Superposition please see these links: