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Position at Art Institute of Chicago

From: Francesca Casadio <fcasadio<-at->
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Associate Conservation Scientist
The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is seeking a qualified
professional to join the Conservation Science Department

Reporting to the Senior Conservation Scientist, the Associate
Conservation Scientist will work in close relationship with the
Conservation Microscopist, Conservators and Curators to research,
preserve and interpret objects in the collection. The incumbent
should be able to work independently and will have primary
responsibilities in organic materials characterization including
operation and maintenance of Py-GC/MS equipment. The scientist is
expected to actively contribute to research projects, scholarly
publications and grant writing activities. The incumbent is also
expected to ensure general lab. organization, provide analytical
services and maintain record of analysis as well as write reports on
completed projects.

Eligibility: The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in
one of the sciences with at least three years of experience in
Museums or Cultural Heritage Institutions. Knowledge of advanced
instrumental techniques for the characterization of artists'
materials required (GC/MS, FTIR, XRF, Raman, SEM/EDX etc.). Previous
experience in the scientific study of works of art, with a
demonstrated history of independent research and publication
relating to their preservation and technology required. Must have
excellent verbal and written communications skills. Knowledge of one
or more foreign language(s) desirable.

Additional Information: The Conservation Science facilities at the
Art Institute of Chicago are equipped with state-of-the-art
instrumentation: research microscopes (polarized light and
reflectance/UV fluorescence); Raman and FTIR microspectroscopy,
portable XRF spectrometry, Py-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry,
X-radiography and IR reflectography. In addition, the Museum has an
ongoing collaborative program in conservation science with the
Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and
the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University and with the
Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab, providing access to
advanced research and analytical facilities and to faculty with a
wide range of expertise in the physical sciences

Salary commensurate with experience, with benefits and a travel
allowance. The start date is negotiable but preferably in the early
Fall of 2012.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter summarizing your interest and
experience; curriculum vitae; and a concise statement describing
your area(s) of research and its potential relationship to the
museum's collections using our on-line application at:


In addition, three letters of recommendation (submitted
independently by referees) and up to three copies of published
papers should be sent to:

    Joanne Kang
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Human Resources
    111 S. Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60603

Formal applications and supporting materials are due by April 15,

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access
employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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