Job Posting: Researcher, Conservation Science – Tate (London, UK)

Opportunity type: Fixed-term, Full-time

Working hours: 36 hours per week

Salary: £29,300 per annum

Location: London – Tate Britain, Millbank

Closing date: 01 October 2015 at 17:00

Funded by the EU, the NANORESTART project aims to address the often extremely fast degradation of materials used by contemporary artists. Working at the cutting edge of modern chemistry and material science, the project will focus on the development and evaluation of highly innovative conservation techniques.
This is your chance to work with one of the most globally important art institutions on ground-breaking research into one of the most significant challenges facing modern and contemporary art conservation. You will make a significant contribution by producing test polymeric substrate samples and evaluating substrate cleaning systems using analytical and imaging technologies. You’ll also circulate results to our research partners, contribute to the dissemination of research and facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the project into practice within Tate. The scientific analysis of our collection will also fall within your remit.
An active post-doctoral researcher, or having recently completed doctoral studies, you will have experience of conservation science, heritage science, technical art history or a physical science. Alongside at least two publications that demonstrate autonomous and original research, preferably related to conservation or heritage science, you will bring experience of gas chromatography, FTIR spectroscopy, digital microscopy or equivalent. As the role will involve multiple collaborations with international partners, meticulous organisation and attention to detail will be essential. Above all, you will be driven to achieve with the ability to use your own initiative.
This position is offered on a fixed-term contract of 23 months.
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