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Position at Metropolitan Museum of Art

From: Jimmy Cintron <jimmy<-a>
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2005
Research Scientist/Associate Research Scientist
Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Department of Scientific Research of The Metropolitan Museum of
Art, one of the world's finest museums, seeks a scientist with a
specific interest in the study of organic materials found in works
of art. The scientist will be responsible for conducting research
and providing analytical support for the study and conservation of
works of art, with specific attention to the identification of
organic materials such as varnishes, binding media, adhesives,
synthetic resins and polymers, and to the study of their properties
and deterioration.

This is a new position created as part of the Museum's expansion of
its scientific staff.  The scientist will join a staff of seven
scientists in the Department of Scientific Research.  The Department
of Scientific Research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a modern
and well equipped research facility: instrumentation available
includes a scanning electron microscope with energy-dispersive and
wavelength-dispersive x-ray spectrometers, several x-ray
diffractometers, an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer, a Fourier
transform infrared spectrometer, a Raman microprobe spectrometer,
and a high performance liquid chromatograph. The incumbent will
report to the Scientist-in-Charge and will have primary
responsibility for establishing and conducting a program for
analysis and research related to organic materials.

The scientist will participate in collaborative projects with
conservators and curators and will be expected to conduct research
related to the preservation and technological understanding of works
of art in the collections.

Requirements: Ph.D. in chemistry or related discipline (organic
chemistry or polymer science preferred), or equivalent training and
experience.  Familiarity with and proficiency in the application of
current methods of materials analysis and characterization,
particularly GC/MS, FTIR, and related techniques.  Previous
museum-based experience in the scientific study of works of art,
with a demonstrated history of independent research and publication
relating to their preservation and technology.   An important
requisite is an interest in an integrated approach to scientific
studies relating to works of art, involving active and collegial
participation by conservators, curators, and scientists. An advanced
degree in a conservation field is not required, but will be
considered favorably.

Application deadline: April 30, 2005

Salary depends upon the applicant's background and experience. The
position is full-time with full museum benefits. Send letter of
application and curriculum vitae to:

    Human Resources Dept, Mailbox MW-RS
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue
    New York, New York 10028-0198
    Equal Opportunity Employer
    employoppty<-a t->metmuseum< . >org

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