The Paul Mellon Centre is a small organisation committed to hiring and nurturing excellent people. Professional opportunities are listed here.

Head of Research and Learning

Are you committed to supporting and developing new ways of understanding British art history and culture? Do you have fresh ideas about how research on historic and contemporary art in Britain can have an impact and reach new audiences? Are you interested in fostering creative and collaborative communities of researchers, students and members of the public that will make a positive change to the ways in which British art is interpreted, taught and written about? Are you committed to the most rigorous and original kinds of scholarly research?

Following an internal review of roles and responsibilities, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has created the new role of Head of Research and Learning to join the team at a time of transformation for the Centre and the arts sector more broadly. This is a senior position within the organisation, and the post-holder will also join the Centre’s Senior Leadership Team and contribute to our broader strategic development. The Centre runs an active research and learning programme that is known for its innovation, generosity and rigour. We are looking for a Head of Research and Learning to shape and direct the next phase in the Centre’s commitment to sharing knowledge about British art and its histories.

Who are we looking for 

Working closely with the Centre’s leadership, you will help shape the strategic direction of the research and learning culture of the Paul Mellon Centre. Many of the Centre’s activities thrive through collaboration with external partners, nationally and internationally. This is a high-profile, public-facing role and we are seeking a professional and extremely capable person who is an excellent collaborator and communicator.

Further information, a job description and person specification, details of how to apply and supporting documents are attached.

Who we are

The Paul Mellon Centre is an educational charity that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. We publish, teach, and carry out research, both in London at the Centre and through our online platforms. Our archives, library, and lively events programme are open to researchers, students, and the public. The Centre’s grants and fellowships enable institutions and individuals to pursue exhibitions, publications, events, and scholarly projects. Through all areas of our work, we promote activities that enhance and expand knowledge about British art. The Centre was founded in 1970 by art collector and philanthropist Paul Mellon, and is part of Yale University and partner to the Yale Center for British Art.

The Paul Mellon Centre is committed to ensuring diversity, preventing discrimination, and creating an inclusive environment in which everyone has access to knowledge of British art, architecture, and visual culture. The new Head of Research and Learning will promote these values through their work at the Centre.

About the role

Applicants will be expected to work on-site at the Paul Mellon Centre, Bedford Square London WC1 (or remotely as circumstances demand). Hours of work are 35 per week; there will be evening work around four times a month and occasional weekend work. We are happy to talk about flexible working arrangements offered by the Centre.

Salary will be in the range £60,000–£65,000 p.a. depending on experience.

The post is available from 4 October, 2021. This a full-time, permanent role.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday, 5 September 2021.


Interviews for the post will be held the week commencing 20 September 2021. We are planning to hold these at the Centre’s premises. However, requests for online interviews will also be considered.

Application process

Please email your completed application form to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk 


Queries about the post should be addressed to the Centre’s Director of Studies, Mark Hallett, at mhallett@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk