Associate Conservator (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

  • Job Requisition: 2018-3168

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks a qualified Associate Conservator to join the Department of Antiquities Conservation at the Getty Villa. The ideal candidate would have a background in archaeological conservation, an interest in the technological study or works of art, and be knowledgeable in exhibition conservation. Preference will be given to candidates who additionally have solid experience in laser cleaning.  Working as a team member with the other conservators and the Villa mount makers, the Associate Conservator will participate in the Museum’s exhibition program and special projects, as well as in the ongoing study and treatment of the permanent collection.

Major job responsibilities

  • Competent to work at a very high level in all functions of conservation
  • Manages technical projects in area of expertise
  • May assist in the administration of the department
  • Participates in and may initiate examination, conservation, restoration and/or research of a collection
  • Guides junior conservators and monitors activities of assistants and technical staff
  • Analyzes environmental factors and determines appropriate storage, transport or exhibition conditions
  • Travels nationally and internationally to examine works and develop partnerships with other institutions and professionals
  • Publishes and lectures in area of specialization
  • Remains current in conservation practices, and carries out research leading to advances in the conservation field
  • May advise the curators on technical issues related to potential acquisitions
  • Collaborates on complex projects
  • Collaborates on/or co‐curates special exhibitions
  • Provides scholarly contributions to exhibition catalogs
  •  Performs scholarly research in support of the institutional mission


  • MA in conservation or equivalent degree
  • 5-7 years experience in conservation

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and direct teams across disciplines and to build long‐term relationships
  • Advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of archaeological materials, conservation materials and deterioration processes
  • Basic competency with machine shop tools
  • Expert hand skills including manual dexterity, color acuity, artistic practice and sensitivity for objects
  • Advanced knowledge of conservation history, ethics and methodology, and documentation, including TMS
  • Advanced knowledge of scientific instrumentation and ability to operate analytical and technical imaging equipment
  • Accomplished in art historical, scientific and conservation research and writing
  • Competent with collections management and digital asset management tools
  • Advanced knowledge of exhibition conservation
  • Competent using lasers in the conservation or artifacts

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