Job Posting: Associate Conservation Scientist, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Job ID 40893BR
This is a 2-year term position
Job Summary: Reporting to the Head of the Analytical Laboratory, the Associate Conservation Scientist carries out technical analysis of museum objects in collaboration with conservators, curators, fellows and academics.
Duties & Responsibilities
• Select, supervise, and evaluate analytical components of Fellows’ projects.
• Direct and instruct casual employees, contractors, or students as appropriate.
• Participates in planning for lab activities and special projects.
• Practice and promote the Guidelines for Practice and Code of Ethics as established by the AIC.
Analysis and Research
• Collaborate with conservators and curators in technical study and analysis to support the treatment and preservation of the museums’ collection.
• Consult with art historians, conservators in treatment and preservation of collection.
• Oversee, advise, document, and perform sampling, testing, and analysis, including environmental conditions and materials used in art storage, display, and shipment.
• Actively engage in, initiate, and publish original research relating to artists’ materials and techniques.
• Keep lab resources updated and stay informed of trends and developments in conservation science field.
• Instruct in conservation materials analysis.
• Responsible for proper use, maintenance, and instruction of lab equipment, tools, and supplies including hazardous substances.
• Provide instruction in conservation materials analysis to undergraduate and graduate students in Harvard University’s History of Art and Architecture Department as appropriate, including History of Art and Architecture 101 and History of Art and Architecture 206.
• Work with and provides outreach and content for Communications, the Division of Academic and Public Programs, Curatorial, and Institutional Advancement, and other departments as needed.
• Present public gallery talks and participates in programming as requested.
• Participate in tours for various interest groups.
• Additional duties as required.
Basic Qualifications : Ph.D. in chemistry or physical science and a minimum of 5 years of experience in conservation science and experimental research.
Additional Qualifications
Techniques: GCMS, and pyGCMS, MALDI-TOF-MS, FTIR, UV-vis microscopy and polarized light microscopy. SEM, XRF, Raman spectroscopy required. Experience in the analysis of polymers is preferred.
Expertise in conservation science and experimental research with emphasis on the study of artists’ materials and techniques. Demonstrated ability to conduct scientific research, and a publication record in conservation-related themes and topics. Teaching experience in higher education or professional setting desired. Excellent communication, writing, interpersonal, project management. Knowledge of one or more foreign languages is preferred. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; administrative and supervisory skills and experience.
Appointment End Date : December 1, 2018.
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Harvard University is equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.