VMFA is pleased to announce this two-year fellowship position in support of the Susan and David Goode Center for Advanced Study in Art Conservation’s education and professional development goal. It is generously funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Fellow will participate in all operations and responsibilities associated with an active museum conservation program. This includes examination, technical analysis, conservation research, documentation, and treatment of works of art in the permanent collection.
Minimum Qualifications Master’s Degree (preferred) in Art Conservation with the specialization in objects, paintings, or works on paper from a recognized graduate conservation training program or equivalent combination of training, experience, and education. The successful candidate will also have: Professional experience in a conservation laboratory setting under the supervision of a Conservator. Demonstrated ability to think through conservation treatment proposals and carry out treatments to a high level of aesthetic competency. Skill in writing clear, succinct, and accurate descriptive condition and treatment reports and proposals and taking accurate documentation photography. The ability to operate equipment and conduct scientific tests including Oddy test, ultraviolet and fluorescent microscopy, x-radiography, microchemical testing, and sampling techniques. Knowledge of analytical techniques frequently used in conservation including FTIR, XRD, XRF, TL, SEM and SEM/EDS. Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in concert with co-workers. Experience with word processor required, and spread sheet and databases a plus. Knowledge of safe methods for handling chemicals and hazardous materials based on OSHA standards. Ability to wear a respirator equipped with organic vapor cartridges.
Preferred Qualifications
Special Requirements The selected candidate must pass a criminal history background check.