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.
For more information and to apply, visit:
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.

Fellowship: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science – The Getty Conservation Institute (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Deadline: November 15, 2016.
The Getty Conservation Institute’s (GCI) postdoctoral fellowship is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhDs in chemistry and the physical sciences with experience in conservation science. The 2017-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow will be an integral part of the GCI Science’s Technical Studies research area, and as such will work closely with conservation and curatorial colleagues from across the Getty, gaining experience in cultural heritage research as conducted within a museum environment –
Applicants should have a recent (2010 or later) PhD in a relevant field, including but not limited to, computer/imaging science, analytical/physical chemistry, optical/electrical engineering or materials science. Experimental research experience and strong instrumental analysis skills are also desirable. Demonstrable aptitude for self-directed learning and for working across academic disciplines is critical, as are excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates should have an interest in the visual arts and a serious interest in pursuing a career in conservation science within the museum environment.
The fellowship runs from September 2017 to August 2019. In addition to an annual stipend, the fellow will be provided an annual study trip allowance and generous benefits including travel to, and housing in, Los Angeles and full health benefits.
How to Apply
A completed online application (which includes uploading a Statement of Interest; Doctoral Dissertation Plan or Abstract; Curriculum Vitae; Writing Sample; and Confirmation of Degree) must be received by the deadline. Two Confidential Letters of Recommendation must be sent separately from your recommenders to
Interested candidates should apply through the Getty’s Job Opportunities webpage:

Work-in-Progress Meeting for Emerging Researchers in Contemporary Art Conservation (Glasglow, UK)

Work-in-Progress Meeting for Emerging Researchers in Contemporary Art Conservation
3 December 2014, Glasgow
The Network for PhD Candidates and Postdoctoral Researchers in Conservation of Contemporary Art and the Network for Conservation of Contemporary Art Research (NeCCAR) are jointly organising a work-in-progress session for emerging researchers and cordially invite you to submit work-in-progress.
The work-in-progress session will take place in Glasgow, on 3 December 2014 in conjunction with the Authenticity in Transition: Changing Practices in Contemporary Art Making and Conservation conference held on 1-2 December 2014, organised by the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art.
The meeting offers a unique opportunity for emerging researchers in the field of contemporary art conservation to discuss each other’s work-in-progress in an informal, confidential and constructive setting. Work-in-progress may involve a draft chapter of your thesis or an article. Submitted texts will be pre-circulated among the participants and each author will receive feedback from at least one appointed senior scholar and a fellow participant.
For further information and application details please see:
Please note the application deadline of Monday 20 October 2014.