Job postings: Digest January 7, 2017

1. Assistant Curator – Modern & Contemporary British Art
2. Researcher, Conservation Science – NANORESTART, Tate Museum
3. Conservator (Paper and/or Book) Parliamentary Archives, Palace of Westminster, Houses of Parliament
4. Project Conservator, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
5. Associate Heritage Consultant, Pegasus Group
6. Conservation Scientist, Historic Environment Scotland
7. Curatorial Assistant – Mollusks, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
8. Assistant Director (Collections Management), University of Alberta
9. Post-Doctoral Fellow and Interim Curator-Anthropocene, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


  • Closing date: January 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Curatorial Department is responsible for devising and delivering Tate Britain’s programme of exhibitions and displays, for contributing to Tate’s acquisition programme, researching the Collection, and for fostering the study of British Art.

You will assist and support the work of the Curatorial Department, devising and playing a key role in the organisation of Tate Britain displays and exhibitions relating to the modern period, and occasionally more widely. You will contribute to the development, study, care and presentation of the collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art, dealing with acquisitions, research and publishing, displays and exhibitions, and specialist enquiries.

You will have a degree or post-graduate degree in art history or a related field, along with a broad knowledge of twentieth-century art, and demonstrable relevant work experience working with displays, exhibitions or a permanent collection. Specialist knowledge of at least some aspect of the area that the post covers: Modern and Contemporary British Art, with a focus on the period 1940-80s is essential.

You will have excellent writing and research skills. Your well-developed interpersonal skills will enable you to work effectively as part of a team and collaboratively across and beyond Tate. Flexible and highly organised you will be able to prioritise your work to meet deadlines, and maintain your attention to detail under pressure.

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  • Closing date: January 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

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 surface 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, 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 organization and attention to detail will be essential. Above all, you will be driven to achieve with the ability to use your own initiative.

This appointment is offered on a fixed-term contract of 10 months, commencing in March 2017.

How to apply
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Interviews: week commencing Monday, 30 January 2017.

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3. CONSERVATOR (PAPER AND/OR BOOK) PARLIAMENTARY ARCHIVES, Palace of Westminster, Houses of Parliament (London, UK)

  • Application deadline: January 23, 2017
  • Duration: Full Time Permanent (Begins March 2017 and will be subject to a 9-month probation period)
  • Salary: HL5 (25,400 – 29,623 GBP)
  • Interviews are likely to be held the week of February 6, 2017

Role Requirements: Significant post college experience working in conservation and collection care in a library and/or archive environment; some supervisory skills; educated to degree level or equivalent.

Parliamentary records are at the heart of our democracy. They have embodied our liberties, rights and responsibilities for over five hundred years. The Parliamentary Archives helps Parliament work more efficiently and openly, enabling it to make its decisions and act as effectively as possible. And we want to inspire everyone with the compelling story of Parliament, people and communities right up to the present day.

The Archives is a shared service of both Houses of Parliament, based in the House of Lords but jointly funded by the House of Lords and House of Commons. It provides innovative and expert information management, preservation, access and outreach services enabling anyone in the world to use Parliament’s records, both now and in the future. It holds over 8km of physical records dating back to 1497 and its digital repository is now operational and growing rapidly. These records include many of the most important constitutional records in the UK, such as the Bill of Rights, the 1832 Great Reform Act and the Death Warrant of Charles I, as well as up to four million others which have touched the lives of everyone and every community in this country and many abroad.

This is an exciting opportunity for a practicing Conservator with some preservation experience to join the Parliamentary Archives. You will work to support the Collection Care Manager and Conservation Studio Manager in the development of collection care workflow and assist in the development and occasional supervision of two Collection Care Assistants.

The main focus of the role will be to undertake a programme of specialist conservation and preservation treatment to the Archive?s collection of records (bound and flat) and support the Conservation Studio Manager through various operational activities, such as communicating with stakeholders across the Parliamentary estate and visitors, and teaching interns and junior staff.

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4. PROJECT CONSERVATOR, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Applications must be submitted by January 23, 2017.

Penn Museum (The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is seeking a Project Conservator with experience and the ability to work relatively independently.

The Project Conservator will be responsible for carrying out conservation treatment of an Egyptian painted limestone Old Kingdom mortuary chapel in preparation for its reinstallation in spaces being renovated. The primary duties include researching appropriate treatment techniques and materials, providing a treatment proposal; carrying out necessary treatment; supervising interns assisting with the treatment; keeping written, photographic, and electronic records of work; and keeping current with developments in the field through readings, conferences, online discussions, and personal contacts. The work is to be carried out in an enclosed space within an open gallery, so the Project Conservator will be on public view during Museum open hours and may be required to interact with the public at specific times. The Project Conservator will also share in the regular duties of the Department. This is a one-year term position.

The candidate must be a graduate of a recognized Masters-level conservation training program with at least three years of professional experience after graduation, preferably in a similar institution. Sound work habits, personal initiative, and organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to undertake moderate to heavy lifting are essential. Experience with working on elevated work platforms desirable. Candidate will uphold collegial and collaborative working relationships with conservation staff and other departments. This is a one-year term position.

If interested, please apply through the University of Pennsylvania System:


  • Closing Date: Friday 27 January 2017
  • Excellent salary and benefits package
  • Location: Hanover Square, London W1S 1JB

Pegasus Group are looking to appoint an experienced and highly motivated Associate Heritage Consultant to provide built heritage advice and expertise to a wide range of clients in London and the South East.

The role requires someone that can maintain the highest standards of client care as well as the ability to win new business.   Day to day the role will involve preparation of assessments to support planning applications, engagement and negotiation with stakeholders, preparation of proposals, line management and QA.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing several complex projects for a range of client and will have the following qualifications/experience:

  • First degree in relevant subject
  • Postgraduate qualification in Conservation and/or IHBC membership
  • Excellent knowledge of the planning process in England
  • Significant professional experience in planning and the historic environment
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Experience of working in a commercial environment
  • Experience of line management
  • Proven experience of negotiation
  • Full UK Driver’s License

You will also be required to line manage others and as such, excellent communication skills are an essential requirement for this role.

Salary: We are offering an excellent salary and benefits package as well as the opportunity to progress your career further.

This is an excellent opportunity to join one of the UK’s leading Planning, Environmental and Design consultancies, and to make a significant contribution to the development and success of the London Office.

To apply, simply forward a copy of your CV with details of your experience to date and current package (if applicable) to

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See: and click on ‘Heritage’ for more information

Pegasus was established in 2003 and is now one of the leading national consultancies in the development sector. Operating from 10 offices in the UK and specializing in all aspects of the planning process, Pegasus prides itself on providing a service that is second to none.

6. CONSERVATION SCIENTIST, Historic Environment Scotland (Stirling, UK)

  • Application deadline: January 27, 2017

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment; a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. HES is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment, and addressing the impacts of climate change. HES investigates and records architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and cares for more than 340 properties of national importance.

The Conservation Science Team, based at The Engine Shed, Stirling, is a part of the Conservation Directorate and is charged with providing analysis services for Properties in Care and Collections to support conservation works in the estate and in other heritage properties. The team is also responsible for undertaking and coordinating research, including supervision of PhD students, into conservation of the historic environment and disseminating these data to the public.

HES’s Conservation Science Team is seeking an individual who will promoting the services of the CS Team both within HES and in the wider built heritage community. The permanent post will involve close cooperation with all parts of HES to create a work program that prioritizes site visits and maximizes the value of analysis and reporting.

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in a relevant discipline and experience of working in the built heritage sector. A postgraduate qualification in buildings or materials conservation is desirable.

Opening date for applications is January 11, closing date is January 27, 2017.

Candidates can apply on-line after the opening date by visiting our website at Your application should arrive by the advertised closing date. Please note that when applying online, we will only be able to see your application once you fully submit it.

Alternatively, you can request electronic or paper copies of the application pack by emailing<>. Please return your completed application form to the same email address or by post to Ceit Paterson, Human Resources, Room 3.10, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH, to arrive by the advertised closing date.

Historic Environment Scotland – Scottish Charity No. SC045925
Registered office: Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH

7. CURATORIAL ASSISTANT – MOLLUSKS, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, NC, USA)

  • Application deadline: January 31, 2017

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCSM) is looking to hire a 4 month, part-time project technician in the Mollusk Unit of the Research and Collections Section. This position will be funded via an US Fish and Wildlife grant. The person in this position will work closely with the Collections Manager of Mollusks in the processing of recently-acquired collections. Processing will include all aspects of curation such as stabilizing, labeling, databasing, etc.

Essential Functions:  Stabilizing specimens in ethanol and archival trays (dry specimens) – Cataloging specimens using an Microsoft Access database – Georeferencing locality information – Updating taxonomic information – Labeling and shelving specimens.

Qualifications Preferred:  Bachelor’s Degree in biology or related field – Curatorial experience in natural history collections – Databasing experience, preferably with Microsoft Access – Efficient attention to detail – Ability to work both independently and as part of a team – Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and work with various chemicals.

There is a possibility that this grant will be extended past the four months.

Location:  NCSM Research Lab, located at 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27606.
Approximate starting date Mid-February 2017.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jamie Smith,

8. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT), University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB, Canada)

  • Competition closesFebruary 12, 2017

The University of Alberta is seeking a qualified dynamic museum professional for the leadership position of Assistant Director (Collections Management), University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta located in Edmonton, Alberta, is one of the largest research collecting institutions in Canada with millions of objects and specimens primarily in natural science, contemporary and historical art, and humanities disciplines. Museums and Collections Services leads the development and implementation of a campus-wide operational, administrative and exhibition/program delivery framework for the University of Alberta Museums.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services/University of Alberta Museums, the incumbent is accountable for leading, shaping, and managing the UAlberta Museums Collections Management Program. The successful candidate must have a graduate degree in a discipline familiar with object-based research (e.g., Paleontology, Botany, Art History) and/or museum collections management/administration, and five years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a museum/university museum setting; museum management; museum informatics setting.

This regular continuing academic position is in accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package (which can be viewed at

The full job posting can be found at the University of Alberta Careers website with further information on the position, and how to apply:


Carnegie Museum of Natural History invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Interim Curator for the Anthropocene. The primary responsibility for this position will be to work with the Director, museum senior leadership and science staff, as well as Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh central staff to develop an intellectual and infrastructural framework for the new Center for Anthropocene Studies. The Center is intended to be interdisciplinary in its foci across art and the humanities with science at its core.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a plan for developing a research program that results in publications of high quality and visibility. The position has a limited term of two years, although there is the possibility of extension if the fellow/curator is successful and further funding is developed.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in an area embedded in or cognate to Anthropocene science, while demonstrating a broad awareness of cultural, historical and artistic themes associated with advanced considerations of Anthropocene themes. Prior postdoctoral training or equivalent professional experience is desirable.

For additional information, please visit: and search “anthropocene”. To apply, a letter of application, CV, contact information for three references, statement of research, and statement of curatorial philosophy (including the curator’s role in broader museum efforts) should be emailed to Review of applications will begin February 1, 2017.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, with a mission in original scientific research, preservation of collections, and public science education and engagement.  The museum has approximately 22 million specimens and artifacts in its collections, making it the 5th largest natural history collection in the US. With access to our 2,200-acre Powdermill Nature Reserve and through collaborations with museum staff, adjacent universities, and museums throughout the world, there is an exceptional opportunity to develop the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as a vibrant hub in a knowledge and inquiry network engaged in understanding human existence, responsibility, and capability at the dawn of the age of the human.

Carnegie Museums is an EEO-1 Affirmative Action Employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability.