Job Posting: Head of Conservation Treatment and Collections Care – New York Public Library (Long Island, NY)

Head of Conservation Treatment and Collections Care

Position Description:
The Head of Conservation Treatment and Collections Care manages activities, workflow, and production of NYPL’s treatment programs, the work of which serve to protect and ensure immediate and long-term access to the Library’s vast and important special and general research collections. The Head ensures the smooth integration and timely completion of conservation and collections care activities, including coordination for exhibitions, processing, and digitization. The Head serves as the Library’s lead expert on all facets of conservation for the entire range of special and general collection formats.
Program Context
Within the New York Public Library’s Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division, the Conservation Treatment unit is responsible for: advanced physical and chemical conservation treatment of special collections across NYPL; addressing the conservation needs of special collections in processing or digitization workflows; review, treatment, and preparation of all collection items for exhibition at NYPL or for exhibition loan to borrowing institutions; construction of custom-designed housings; consultation to curatorial and other library staff on conservation concerns; and for management of all internal and external conservation services for artifactual items in any format across the institution. The unit’s focus is on single-item treatment of objects of unique, rare or high value that hold world-wide significance.
The Collections Care unit is responsible for: stabilization, repair, and treatment of non-circulating general research collections; creation of automated and handmade custom housings; item-by-item and mass deacidification; and mold remediation. Unit staff also carry out collection preservation surveys; participate in environmental monitoring, as well as emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The unit’s focus is batch production with high quality deliverables.
Both units’ development and outreach activities align with the Preservation Division’s efforts to safeguard the Library’s collections and support the Library’s strategic priorities for widespread and ongoing physical and digital access.
Applications should include a cover letter and resume.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Under the direction of the Aaron and Clara Greenhut Rabinowitz Assistant Director for Preservation (ADP), the Head of Conservation Treatment and Collections Care manages the treatment programs in the Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Laboratory and the Collections Care Laboratory.
  • Serves as the Research Libraries’ lead expert on the conservation of NYPL’s library, archival and artifact collections. Designs, develops, and implements comprehensive, efficient, productive and effective special and general collections conservation programs based on the Research Libraries’ requirements and policy guidelines. Establishes treatment specifications and procedures for general and special collections. Ensures that treatment standards, protocols and production/project deadlines are met.
  • Works closely with the ADP and other Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division managers to maintain preservation programs and standards of treatment. Works closely with exhibitions, digitization, and processing program areas in the preparation and treatment of collection items.
  • Works closely with the Research Libraries’ curatorial units to determine conservation treatment priorities and available options and coordinates treatment quotas and activities between the research centers and the treatment labs.
  • Develops, reviews and updates procedures and systems for the intake of items for treatment, housing, or other conservation activities including setting priorities. Reviews all treatment proposals and evaluates conservation treatment work.
  • Maintains program metrics and prepares reports. Maintains treatment records and reporting systems.
  • Contributes to grant applications, supervises grant-funded conservation work, and writes or contributes to final reports for funders.
  • Serves as the technical lead on treasures projects. Performs complex conservation treatments on a wide range of paper-based formats, including full written and photographic documentation in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
  • In coordination with the Preservation team, advises, participates in and may lead disaster planning and recovery activities.
  • Encouraged to participate in all facets of professional activity. Maintains membership in AIC the Professional Associate level or above. May represent the Division and Research Libraries at professional conservation meetings and organizations.
 Managerial/ Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Supervises conservators, technicians and students assigned to treatment of special collections and general library research collections in all of the NYPL research centers. Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates lab staff. Assigns and evaluates work. Leads, coaches, and supports staff through regular feedback and performance reviews.
  • Oversees the research, evaluation, recommendation and procurement of highly specialized equipment and supplies for the highly technical and innovative Goldsmith Conservation Lab.
  • Manages expenditures for grants, special projects, supplies, small and large laboratory equipment (including scientific equipment), and contractual conservation work.
 Minimum Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library/information science with a conservation certificate or a master’s degree in conservation.
  • Demonstrated thorough working knowledge of conservation theory, practice and treatment procedures.
  • Professional experience in the conservation of paper-based materials, as demonstrated by a portfolio.
  • Demonstrated success in the management of conservation programs, with a minimum of five years supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of preservation issues in large cultural institutions.
  • Demonstrated successful administrative, supervisory and organizational skills, including the ability to train, supervise and assess work; to plan, organize, and direct workflow and physical space.
  • Demonstrated mastery of written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrated skill with computer technology, scientific equipment and other technology as it applies to the efficient management of all conservation operations.
  • Experience in disaster recovery procedures for library/archival/museum materials.
  • Ability to work collegially across a large, complex, and dynamic organizational setting.
 Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with emerging technologies in conservation practice.
  • Experience with conservation research and testing.
  • Working familiarity with museum collections.
  • Ten years of supervisory experience.
 Physical Duties:
  • Position involves some lifting and exposure to dust and mold. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Travel to all Research Libraries sites required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Union / Non Union:
Non Union

Job Posting: Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in Decorative Arts & Sculpture Conservation – Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering an Andrew W. Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation, beginning September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.  The fellowship may be extended, not to exceed three years. The applicant should be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent experience. The Fellow will examine, conduct research, and perform treatment on a variety of materials (e.g. stone, metal, ceramic, polychromed wood) in the Museum collections (European, American, East Asian, South Asian, Modern, and Contemporary Art) and will participate in preservation activities relating to Museum exhibitions and storage.
Each fellowship includes a stipend of $36,621, participation in the Museum’s health insurance plan, $3,000 in travel funds and $2,000 for research support. Applications should be sent electronically and include the following: pdf files containing statement of interest, resume, transcripts of graduate courses, and four examples of examination reports and treatment records with photographs.  Please include any published treatments or research.
Confidential supporting letters from three conservation professionals familiar with the candidate’s work should be sent directly by the referee to Melissa Meighan, Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Philadelphia Museum of Art, P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia PA  19101-7646.
If you have questions regarding the position or application process, please contact Renee Ward at 215.684.7543.
All application materials must be received by June 15th.
To apply, please use the link below to submit your application materials.
Application Link:

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.

Job Posting: Assistant Scientist – The Getty Conservation Institute (Los Angeles, CA)

Job Opening: Assistant Scientist
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 Assistant Scientist, to join our newly launched Built Heritage Research Initiative, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, UK, undertaking scientific research and analysis on stone and other traditional building materials to explore their performance and deterioration. This research focuses on the development of testing protocols to improve conservation practice of built heritage (buildings, monuments and sites) from ancient to modern and across the world; and to disseminate our findings through professional publications and conferences.
Responsibilities: Initially reporting to the Head of Science, the Assistant Scientist will work primarily on evaluating conservation treatments for sandstone, and undertake routine analysis and testing of traditional building materials. The successful candidate will: propose and develop research strategies to test building materials and their conservation treatments, undertake routine analysis on samples, assess a range of field-based evaluation techniques to provide additional information on treatment effectiveness, compile and interpret analytical data collected, and organize reports and data files.
Qualifications: The Assistant Scientist must have a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or other natural science, Master’s degree preferred; 1-3 years of experience in scientific research, preferably in the field of cultural heritage or a related field. Hands-on familiarity with: taking and analyzing samples; instrumental techniques such as SEM-EDS, XRF, FTIR, mechanical testing, and surface characterization, is strongly desired. 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; have experience working with conservators in a conservation science laboratory; and possess excellent organization, communication, and writing skills.
An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.
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.

Job Posting: Project Conservator – St. Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, MO)

SPECIFICATIONS: Degree from an accredited conservation program or its equivalent and 3 years conservation experience are required as well as a broad and solid foundation in both objects conservation and collection survey methods.
JOB PURPOSE: This position will participate  in a comprehensive collections survey to be undertaken  by the Museum over a two year period as part of its strategic plan and will collaborate with the museum’s collections staff in conducting a high volume collections survey of the museum’s  holdings. The conservator  will be required to accurately and succinctly identify object  condition concerns across specialties including – objects,  textiles, paintings,  and  paper  conservation.
Assess and document physical condition, recommend future treatment, propose improvements to storage, and evaluate risk factors for the Museum’s permanent collections:

  • Assess and document, both written and photographically, the condition of objects in the museum’s
  • Recommend future treatment to enhance the stability and preservation of the objects
  • Propose improved storage methods and housing for surveyed objects in both written and drawn formats including appropriate materials choice and construction
  • Identify and document preservation risk factors for each object surveyed based on the Museum’s risk assessment
  • Ensure all documentation is properly attached to and retrievable from the museum’s collection database (TMS) in collaboration with the Registration department,
  • Serves as part of the Collections Survey Team and participates in regular team meetings to provide status updates and recommendations for keeping the project running efficiently and on

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Job Posting – Architect (Conservator) – National Park Service (Washington, DC)

Architect (Conservator) – NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Work Schedule is Full Time – Permanent
Posting Closes Wednesday: 5/18/2016
Salary Range: $64,650.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0808-11/12

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of stewardship and engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.

This position is also being advertised for candidates with Merit Promotion eligibility (Status Candidates). It can be found on www.usajobs,gov. Search for Vacancy Announcement number NPS-NCR-NAMA-1693664-LRE or by title/series and location.
This position is located in the Division of Resource Management at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC.
Officially established in 1965, the National Mall and Memorial Parks contains some of the oldest park lands in the National Park Service. The sprawling lands of National Mall and Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street. The National Mall is the continuation of that space where congressionally authorized park icons, such as the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials stand. This historic expanse is the linear area between the Potomac River and the Capitol Reflecting Pool. In addition to the memorial core, the park includes some 156 reservations, circles, fountains and other open spaces, all of which serve as the nation’s front yard. Ford’s Theatre, the House where Lincoln Died, Potomac Park, Old Post Office Tower, Hains Point and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS are also among the park managed areas that constitute National Mall and Memorial Parks.
The Architect (Conservator) serves as supervisor of a statue preservation team, and directs a conservation program working with 19th and 20th century historical structures such as monuments, sculptures, statuary and fountains as well as newly constructed commemorative objects.
This position has promotion potential to the target grade of GS-12. You may be promoted to the next higher grade without further competition when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion to the next higher grade is not guaranteed and is contingent upon the above criteria. Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.
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The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Directly supervise the park’s preservation crew
  • Train and manage staff for “in situ” application of conservation treatments to historic architecture
  • Perform conservations treatments on architectural fabrics “in situ”
  • Contribute on team-based park preservation projects
  • Make regular inspections of monuments to monitor conditions, gather information and make recommendations for project scope and priority to develop projects for special funding
  • Develop innovative preservation solutions, specifications and conservation techniques
  • Prepare conservation designs and scopes of work
  • Create written technical reports on findings
  • Develop maintenance manuals for large scale monuments

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is sedentary when in the office during review and research activities and supervisory responsibilities. For site investigations and treatment testing and execution, work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, considerable walking, and climbing such as required in periodic construction activities, field inspections, or to observe work operations in cold (below 30 degrees) or hot/humid (above 85 degrees) temperatures.WORK ENVIRONMENT: Most work is performed in an office environment or outdoors in park sites. Work performed outdoors will occur under varying and extreme climatic conditions. Various hazardous conditions (e.g. deteriorating structures, construction sites, chemical materials, plants and insects) present during site work will necessitate the use of extreme caution and proper protective equipment and controls. Incumbent may be exposed to chemicals typical of the conservation and treatment of historic and architectural features.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training or conference attendance.

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Fellowship: Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Objects/Paintings Conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)

Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Objects/Paintings Conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Painted Surfaces by Folk and Self-Taught Artists at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2016-2017.
The Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is accepting applications for a Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in the conservation of painted surfaces. Objects and Paintings Conservators may apply. The Kress Fellowship will focus on the treatment of works by twentieth-century, self-taught artists. SAAM has a large collection of work by self-taught artists that includes paintings with original painted frames, sculptures and works of art on paper.
The Kress Fellow will be encouraged to pursue avenues of research related to technical art history as well as aspects of conservation theory and ethics related to conservation treatments. A primary mission of the Lunder Conservation Center is to serve the professional and public communities through outreach. The Kress Fellow will actively participate with staff in planning a professional outreach activity related to the project(s). The Fellow will also participate in some of the routine activities of the Objects/Paintings conservation labs in order to prepare them for a museum job in the future.
The Fellowship includes a stipend of $32,000 and is to begin in September or October and run for a term of 12 months.  The Fellowship is open to Objects and Paintings Conservators. Candidates should have completed a master’s degree in conservation. Fellows must be either a resident or citizen of the U.S. or Canada, or a recent graduate from a conservation graduate program in the U.S. or Canada. This Fellowship is supported by a grant from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
To apply, please submit a statement of interest, a C.V. and two letters of recommendation to Tiarna Doherty at the address below (by email).
The deadline for application materials is June 22, 2016. Interviews will be conducted by phone at the end of June with a final decision anticipated by the middle of July.
Tiarna Doherty, Chief of Conservation
Lunder Conservation Center
MRC 970 P.O. Box 37012,
Washington DC 20013-7012
email to:; telephone: (202) 633-5802

Job Posting: Director of Conservation – West Lake Conservators (Skaneateles, NY)

Director of Conservation at West Lake Conservators
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Career Opportunity / Interview at AIC/CAC Annual Meeting: Director of Conservation

Learn more about this opportunity by meeting with WLC Senior Conservators Susan Blakney and Margaret Sutton, while attending the AIC conference in Montreal.
West Lake Conservators, a mixed-specialty group practice, is currently seeking a competent, passionate, senior-level conservator with leadership qualities, who would assume the Director of Conservation position. The ideal candidate either specializes in paintings (our largest division) or paper; however, an object specialist may also be possible. We provide comprehensive preservation services for paintings, frames, murals, paper, painted objects, and textiles.
The ideal candidate must demonstrate a high level of skill in the conservation lab and a broad range of experience necessary in their specialty, combined with general preservation knowledge and ethics, necessary to guide the other specialties operating procedures. As a practiced Conservator, the selected candidate will also be called upon to apply their skills directly to the treatment of artifacts. We work on a broad range of art and artifacts, both independently and in a team approach. Assistance with education of the public, workshops, and internships is required. Independent research and contributions to our field are encouraged.
The selected candidate will become instrumental for managing the preservation activities of the WLC Laboratory and working with existing and future conservation staff to maintain the high standard of conservation care and treatment. Candidates must have a graduate level degree in conservation, or equivalent knowledge and abilities. A professional AIC standing or willingness to apply for PA or Fellow is required. Salary is commensurate with experience and productivity. Candidates with prior experience in private practice and in small business management will be given preferred consideration
General Requirements

  • A minimum of 15 years post graduate experience, with ongoing professional development through membership in professional organizations, attendance of conservation workshops, seminars, or professional conferences.
  • Knowledge of preventive conservation practices relating to the care of historic and modern collections.
  • Knowledge of modern museum practices, for the care of collections, including environmental control and monitoring, safe handling, display, storage, framing, crating, and shipping.
  • Experience preparing and presenting reports, lectures, publications and seminars relating to conservation.
  • Prior experience in private practice and management of the business’s laboratory practice including Safety, Environmental and Regulatory compliance.
  • Experience estimating and monitoring costs for treatments on site, oversized, surveys, etc.
  • US citizenship or Green Card; fluent in spoken and written English
  • Physical strength to lift large and heavy artworks; ability to travel
  • Strong interpersonal skills

West Lake Conservators
Established in 1975 in paintings we have evolved with a staff of 8-12 operating in roughly 4000 square feet. Clients from the private and non-profit sectors, include numerous surrounding colleges and universities as well as small to mid-sized museums and historic sites. We have a national reputation for our mural treatments, research in painting lining supports and disaster recovery contributions. Our outreach and community participation initiatives include educational workshops, seminars and collection management services.
West Lake Conservators is located in Skaneateles, New York, a picturesque historic town in the Finger Lakes of central NYS with an excellent school system, beautiful lake, annual music festival, terrific YMCA and relaxed life style. Many business models are possible with this opportunity.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and benefits are offered. The position is available immediately. Please email application materials to principals, and for further details. When applying, include your résumé with a letter of interest that outlines career goals and describes conservation specialties.
Visit our web site to learn more about us. If/while attending the AIC/CAC Annual Meeting, please text Susan Blakney at (315) 730-5233 to set up a time to meet and discuss this position.
Susan Blakney, Chief Conservator
AIC Fellow, IIC Fellow
West Lake Conservators
PO Box 45
Skaneateles, NY 13152
(315) 685-8534

Job Posting: Business Developer – Art Services (NY/NJ Area)

Job Title: Business Developer – Art Services, USA
Reporting: Managing Director (GVA) / CRS team (Fairfield)
Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop SGS Art Services in USA
  • Client Acquisition
  • Adapt global strategy to local specificities and develop a targeted long-term new business strategy
  • Generate leads and efficiently keeping in regular contact with existing prospects
  • Identify new market areas for expansion and development
    May be assigned an annual sales target in addition to sales management responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop strategic partnerships and collaborations
  • Develop network of subcontractors in collaboration with the Technical Manager
  • Work with management team to identify and evaluate market and target clients
  • Develop business plans and sales strategies, Initiates and coordinates development of action plans to increase turnover
  • Work with management team to develop and implement strategic sales plan
  • Identify and evaluate specific new profitable business opportunities
  • Achieve own sales target and lead team to achieve team target and/or overall company target
  • Initiate and complete proposals and presentation for new business opportunities
  • Work with internal teams to deliver outstanding presentation to capture profitable business opportunity
  • To maintain an excellent client relationship with existing and potential client
  • Responsible for preparation and distribution of all monthly and weekly reporting:  Financial, sales reports, other company-wide communication
  • Responsible for driving continuous improvement of sales staff competencies and skills
  • Assist in the development and implementation of marketing plans as needed
  • Conduct one-on-one quarterly reviews with staff to build more effective communications, to understand training and development needs, and to provide for the improvement of sales staff and performance
  • Adheres to all company policies, procedures and business ethics codes and ensures that they are communicated and implemented within the team
  • Drives to meet personal revenue targets
  • Monitors competitive activity and pricing
  • Other tasks as assigned by management in support of business needs

SGS required training: Code of integrity

  • M. A. Degree in Art History or Paintings Conservation or equivalent education or business background (i.e. Auction House) experience preferred.  B.A. Degree would be considered.
    MBA Degree is a plus for this role

Skills, Experience and Technical Knowledge

  • 5-10 years international experience in the Art Market
  • Deep understanding of mechanisms of art auction, logistics, exhibitions, insurance and exhibition
  • Understanding of issues of authenticity, condition, restoration and handling related to artworks.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong Leadership and Management skills
  • Fluent English. Other languages an asset.
  • Good computer skills (Office suite, etc.)

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Job Posting: Technical Manager – Art Services (NY/NJ Area)

Job Title: Technical Manager – Art Services, USA
Reporting: Local Business Developer
Primary Responsibilities 

  • Maintain and develop the technical excellence of the services (condition reporting and technical examination on artworks)
  • Overall responsibility to ensure that the inspection activities are carried out in accordance with Technical procedures and internal protocols
  • Deliver on-site technical examination report on artworks
    Train and audit inspectors performing condition reports

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Establish pragmatic and efficient analytical plans to meet clients’ expectations
  • Schedule and conduct autonomously analyses by techniques such as photography in visible and UV light, stereomicroscopy, X-ray radiography, infrared reflectography, X-ray microfluorescence, and others as appropriate (Raman, FTIR, SEM, GCMS, radiocarbon dating) in collaboration with external partners to investigate works of art
  • Perform sampling and micro-sampling on artworks
  • Draft technical examination reports
  • Train inspectors performing condition reports on acquisition procedure, scope, conservation and security issues according to technical procedures and internal protocols.
  • Audit inspection activities according to technical procedures and internal protocols
  • Advise Local Business Developer on art-related technical issues
  • Quality check of condition reports performed by inspectors
  • Ensure the maintenance of the laboratory and equipment
  • In charge of the safety and radioprotection regulations

SGS required training: Code of integrity

  • M. A. Degree – Art Conservation Science. A PhD or equivalent a plus or similar (e.g. Paintings conservator with complementary scientific education/experience), preferably with a specialization in examination of paintings and modern/contemporary materials
  • Fluent English. Other languages an asset

Skills, Experience and Technical Knowledge

  • At least 5-10 years of experience in technical examination on artworks
  • Experience on condition reporting on different categories of art objects
  • Very good competences in photography and documentation of cultural objects
  • Ability to manage a team
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Easiness to draft technical documents in English
  • Computer literate
  • Precision, independence
  • Ability to interpret specifications to satisfy clients’ requirements.
  • Strong understanding of conservation theory, ethical decision-making ability and knowledge of preventive conservation practices
  • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities

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