Beal Family Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation Science

  • Harvard University
  • Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Feb 04, 2018

Job Description

Duties & Responsibilities
Please note this is a term position beginning September 4, 2018, ending August 31, 2021.

The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies is seeking a postdoctoral scientist for a 3-year research fellowship in the field of conservation science. This position reports to the Senior Conservation Scientist and works with scientists, conservators, conservation fellows, curators, and academic art historians on research projects. Utilizes a broad range of art and artists' materials collections in the Harvard Art Museums and other institutions. Emphasis will be shared between traditional and modern/contemporary artists' materials and techniques. Provides analytical services to the Harvard Art Museums' conservators and curators in the study and preservation of the collection and documents findings. Organizes workshops and symposia to engage others in examining issues related to conservation science research. Assists with instrument maintenance and repair as necessary, and in training others to use the instruments.

Foregrounding the museum's teaching and research mission, the Post-doctoral Fellow, along with all the Fellows, also helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums' Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments six hours a week, participates in a series of art handling workshops, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms. The Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows' cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other program.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Ph.D. in chemistry or physical science combined with experimental research experience and demonstrated experience of an ability to conduct academic research required.
Additional Qualifications
The successful candidate will have a high level of scientific achievement and a serious interest in a career as a scientist in the museum field. Experience with microscopy of diverse types, image analysis, and advanced computational skills desirable. Strong oral and written communications skills required. Demonstrated interest in the visual arts, record of publication and/or presentation, and knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred.

EEO Statement
We are an 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.