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About the role
Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a major national project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by the British Library, aiming to digitally preserve almost 500,000 endangered sound recordings from across the UK and make 100,000 available online, transforming the visibility of sound archive collections in the process.
 
The University of Leicester is the regional hub for the Midlands. Over three years, we will work with partners across the region to ensure that 5,000 sound heritage items are digitally preserved and accessible to new audiences. The digitised material will then be used as part of innovative learning and outreach activities. We are one of 10 national and regional hub partners recruiting project staff in Aberystwyth, Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Glasgow, London, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich during summer 2018.
 
The role of Hub Audio Preservation Engineer is a key role to preserve sound recordings that are at risk from both technological obsolescence and physical degradation. You will apply your specialist technical skills to produce archival quality digital transfers to international standards. You will assist in the project management of programmes of work, liaising with the Project Manager and team as necessary. You will act as the Hub expert on technical standards for the digitisation and preservation of sound heritage collections. 
About you
The successful candidate will have an enthusiasm for recorded sound and an interest in audio recording, playback and transfer technologies. You will have experience of creating or editing metadata for digital resources, and a knowledge of the preservation requirements for handling and storing sound heritage collections. Ideally holding a relevant technical qualification, you will have excellent IT skills across a range of hardware and software environments. You will enjoy working as part of a team, and able to manage your time and workload effectively. Previous experience of working with in a library or archive would be an advantage.
Additional information
This is a full-time fixed-term post from 01 September 2018 to 31 August 2021.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Simon Dixon (simon.dixon@le.ac.uk, 0116 294 4871) or Colin Hyde (ch38@le.ac.uk, 0116 252 5065). 

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.