Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Conservation Science, USA

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Study Subject :  Conservation Science

Employer :  Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Level :  Postdoctoral

The Conservation Center of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is offering a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship for a scientist interested in contributing to the field of art conservation.

This position reports to the Senior Conservation Scientist and works collaboratively with all conservation staff and curatorial departments.

The Conservation Center’s research laboratory enjoys a reputation for excellence in both service and research and has a long tradition of providing training opportunities for young conservators and scientists interested in the care and preservation of paintings, works of art on paper, textiles, and three-dimensional objects.

The fellow will be expected to participate in the daily activities of the laboratory including the technical examination of works of art using modern analytical equipment in the Center’s Research Laboratory (FTIR, XRD, XRF, UV-VIS, PLM, MFT and TL) while engaging in at least one significant research project on the conservation of modern materials in museum collections.

This project will seek to develop preservation strategies for plastic objects in museum collections. All research will be carried out collaboratively with LACMA conservators and scientists and may include scientists from outside LACMA. Publication in the professional literature and participation in symposia, seminars and other professional meetings will be strongly encouraged.

Eligibility for Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Candidates must have a PhD in one of the physical sciences. A strong background in materials science, organic chemistry, or polymer science is desirable. The degree must have been obtained within the last five years.

Previous experience in a museum environment is not required, but a strong interest in the visual arts is important. Excellent written and verbal skills as well as an interest in collaborative and multi-disciplinary research are essential.

Terms

The postdoctoral fellowship will be two years beginning Fall/Winter 2010 and ending in 2012, with the possibility of a one year extension. The fellow will be provided an annual stipend starting at $42,000 plus generous benefits with an annual cost of living increase.

The fellow will also be provided a travel allowance and program funds for the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must submit the following materials :

  • A curriculum vitae including biographical information and list of publications
  • A cover letter containing a short statement of the candidate’s interest and intent in applying for the fellowship
  • Three letters of recommendation

Fellowship Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be mailed to:
Gerrie Maloof, Human Resources, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90036.

CC :  Mark Gilberg, Director, Conservation Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90036.
Questions may be addressed to :  Dr. Frank Preusser, Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard; Los Angeles, California 90036; 323 857-6269; fpreusser-at-lacma.org.