Job Posting: Research Lab Associate – The Getty Conservation Institute (Los Angeles, CA)

Job Opening: Research Lab Associate
The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), located in Los Angeles, California and the Getty Villa in Malibu, is one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, working internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The GCI serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.
The GCI’s Science Department is seeking an individual to fill the position of Research Lab Associate, a three-year, limited-term position within the Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative. This research focuses on the characterization of paints used on contemporary outdoor painted sculpture, the degradation of plastics used in cultural heritage, and the effects of cleaning treatments on modern paints. Please see:
Responsibilities: Reporting to the Associate Scientist, Modern and Contemporary Art research, the Research Lab Associate will perform a range of activities in support of scientific analysis on this project, including: performing sample preparation, run routine analysis on samples, compile and interpret analytical data collected, organize reports and data files; and perform literature searches and gather background information on a variety of projects. Successful candidates will be expected to conduct scientific analyses and research on works of art using the wide range of chemical and instrumental techniques available at the GCI.
Qualifications: The Research Lab Associate must have a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physics or other natural science; 3-5 years of scientific laboratory research experience. Experience with analytical instrumentation, ideally FTIR, SEM-EDS and PyGCMS. and knowledge of scientific research and the conservation issues of contemporary paintings and sculpture strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be adaptable, analytical, and a creative problem-solver and thinker; able to work effectively in a highly collaborative and variable environment, conservation training or experience working with conservators in a conservation science laboratory strongly preferred; and possess excellent organization, data management, communication, and writing skills.
An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided. This position is limited-term (three years).
To apply, please see: . All applicants should be prepared to upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single file (either a PDF or a Word document) when prompted to upload a Resume online. Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message from “”. If you have specific questions about the Research Lab Associate position, please email Deadline for applications is June 13, 2016.