Beal Family Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation Science
February 3, 2018
USA - MA - Cambridge
Please note this is a term position beginning September 4, 2018, ending August 31, 2021.
The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies is seeking a postdoctoral scientist for a 3-year research fellowship in the field of conservation science. This position reports to the Senior Conservation Scientist and works with scientists, conservators, conservation fellows, curators, and academic art historians on research projects. Utilizes a broad range of art and artists' materials collections in the Harvard Art Museums and other institutions. Emphasis will be shared between traditional and modern/contemporary artists' materials and techniques. Provides analytical services to the Harvard Art Museums' conservators and curators in the study and preservation of the collection and documents findings. Organizes workshops and symposia to engage others in examining issues related to conservation science research. Assists with instrument maintenance and repair as necessary, and in training others to use the instruments.
Foregrounding the museum's teaching and research mission, the Post-doctoral Fellow, along with all the Fellows, also helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums' Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments six hours a week, participates in a series of art handling workshops, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms. The Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows' cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other program.
The Straus Center has a long history of multi-disciplinary collaboration among scientists, curators, and art historians. The Harvard Art Museums houses world-renowned art collections and important study collections of art and artists' materials. The laboratories are equipped with polarized light and reflectance/UV fluorescence microscopes, GC-MS, FT-IR, MALDI-TOF-MS, Raman and XRF spectrometers. Beyond the resources of the Center, Harvard University and other local universities and museums offer access to specialized analytical equipment and a large scientific community. Please note this is a term position beginning September 4, 2018, ending August 31, 2021.
Application Instructions: A complete application includes a curriculum vitae and statement of interest, not to exceed one page single-spaced, summarizing the applicant's interests and intent in the fellowship. Please apply online through the Harvard employment website: https://hr.harvard.edu/jobs. Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.
Application deadline: Feb 28, 2018 Interview notification: March 12 - 16, 2018 Interviews held: April 2 - 13, 2018
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Ph.D. in chemistry or physical science combined with experimental research experience and demonstrated experience of an ability to conduct academic research required.
The successful candidate will have a high level of scientific achievement and a serious interest in a career as a scientist in the museum field. Experience with microscopy of diverse types, image analysis, and advanced computational skills desirable. Strong oral and written communications skills required. Demonstrated interest in the visual arts, record of publication and/or presentation, and knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 44830BR
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