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Subject: Position at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Position at Metropolitan Museum of Art

From: Jimmy Cintron <jimmy<-a>
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Associate Conservator
Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at The
Metropolitan Museum of Art is seeking an experienced Conservator for
a temporary contract position to begin in Spring 2005.

With the reinstallation of the Islamic collection, scheduled to open
in 2008, it is planned that an 18th century Damascus interior, known
as the Nur al-Din Room, will be placed in a new location in the
galleries. In connection with this project the possibility of
removing darkened restoration varnishes that have partially obscured
the original polychrome decoration of this room is under discussion.
In addition, prior to the installation, a method for the
stabilization of those areas of wood that have been weakened by
insect infestation needs to be developed. The contract conservator
would work with Museum conservators and the Department of Scientific
Research to investigate appropriate treatment methods. Based on the
results of this investigation a team of conservators would be
assembled to carry out the treatment under the partial direction of
the contract conservator. This position will begin with a one-year
contract that may be renewed for up to two additional years.

The applicant should have extensive experience in the examination
and treatment of polychrome wood surfaces and a thorough
understanding of the history and techniques of the restoration and
conservation of polychrome wood. The candidate should have an
expertise in cleaning methods of painted surfaces, such as the
application of solvent gels and laser cleaning. In addition,
experience in the consolidation of insect-infested wood would be
beneficial. Other essential qualifications include excellent
analytical skills, and team-working and organizational abilities.

The candidate should have a degree from a graduate conservation
program or the equivalent, with several years of professional
experience. The Associate Conservator position is full-time and
includes full Museum benefits. Salary will be based on the
qualifications and background of the successful candidate.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and their curriculum
vitae (as a Word Attachment only) to employoppty<-a t->metmuseum< . >org, or
via Fax: to 212-570-3882.

The Metropolitan Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Inquiries may be directed to:

    Mechthild Baumeister
    The Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10028
    mecka.baumeister<-a t->metmuseum< . >org

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