Assistant Conservation Scientist (Orange, CT, USA)


Yale University’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) is seeking a scientist or a conservator with a strong scientific background to fill the position of Assistant Conservation Scientist, who will collaborate with colleagues at the Yale Center for British Art and the Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library to design and carry out projects that involve the scientific study of objects or object-related issues in those collections. This 2-year term position is based at Yale’s West Campus in Orange CT, but activities at collections, conservation laboratories and other research facilities require travel to Central Campus in downtown New Haven and nearby Science Park.

The Assistant Conservation Scientist will report to the Director of Scientific Research of the Technical Studies Laboratory at IPCH. The research laboratories of the IPCH perform a diverse range of laboratory procedures and techniques aimed at the study of objects in Yale’s cultural heritage and natural history collections as well as the study of changes that materials in these objects undergo as part of aging and degradation processes. The IPCH also houses the Conservation Laboratory and the Digitization Laboratory, which provide infrastructure and equipment to Yale’s collections and researchers pursuing the examination, documentation and conservation treatment of object.

 This position provides scientific support for Yale’s efforts to preserve, study and display its cultural heritage and natural history collections, through the technical examination of objects, research into material stability and deterioration, or development of new methods for conservation treatment and condition assessment.

Required Education and Experience:  Master’s Degree in Chemistry or related field, including conservation or conservation science, and two years of experience involving the scientific study of works of art or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Demonstrated practice with some instrumental materials characterization techniques (for example, FTIR, Raman, XRF, SEM/EDX, GC/MS, etc) applied to the study of cultural heritage objects.
  • Demonstrated abilities involving scientific study of works of art. Demonstrated genuine interest in working with museum and library collections.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication, data analysis, organizational skills. Ability to communicate scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and professionally with scientists, conservators, curators, and collection care/management staff.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Familiarity with multi-spectral imaging of cultural heritage objects. Record of publications in relation conservation science or conservation. PhD in physical or bio-physical sciences (including materials science, polymer science, physics, biophysics and biochemistry). Expertise in the analysis of organic materials using of GC-MS.

Application: Assistant Conservation Scientist – position number: 47223BR.

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