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Subject: Position at Freer Gallery

Position at Freer Gallery

From: Paul Jett <jettpa>
Date: Friday, June 15, 2007
Supervisory Senior Scientist
Freer Gallery of Art

Announcement number: 07-MP-7190

The position is located in Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M.
Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. The incumbent serves
as Senior Scientist in the Department of Conservation and Scientific
Research (DCSR) and conducts research on works of art, primarily in
the Freer and Sackler collections and on related material, to study
the materials and techniques used by artists in the creation of
works of art, the history of such materials and techniques, and to
some extent, deterioration mechanisms as deduced from observations
on the works themselves. The incumbent is responsible for initiating
and implementing research projects and must be familiar with the
various methods for elemental analysis, spectrometric analysis using
infrared, visible and ultraviolet absorption, etc. The incumbent
will also administer the conservation science section of the DCSR,
supervising a staff of scientists, research fellows, interns, and
volunteers, as well as monitor the use of the Forbes Fund for
scientific research on the care, conservation, and study of works of
art and the Mellon Senior Scientist Endowment.

In addition, the incumbent will represent the museum at various
national and international meetings, conferences, symposia, or
similar functions in the conservation or museum science field.

Specialized Experience:  Applicants must have specialized experience
(Federal or other) that demonstrate the ability to conduct, manage,
and guide research in technical studies on works of arts in a museum
or collections-based organization or program; knowledge of art
conservation and knowledge of scientific theory, practices and
methodologies in one or more of the following areas of
collections-based research EURO chemistry, materials science, and/or

Basis for rating: In addition to the Qualifications described above,
applicants will be rated on responses to the Quality Ranking Factors
listed below. (Among those who meet the qualification requirements,
these factors will be used to determine who are the highest
qualified candidates. On a separate sheet of paper, submit a
paragraph describing specific experience, education, or training for
each of the factors listed.)

    1.  Ability and experience in the scientific and technical
        examination of works of art, and/or archeological specimens.

    2.  Ability, as demonstrated by experience, to conduct, manage,
        and guide scientific and technical research in a museum
        setting (e.g. allocation resources, strategic planning, goal
        setting, development, and review of programs.

    3.  Knowledge of art history and archaeology.

    4.  Ability to collaborate with museum curators and

To apply for this position, you must provide the following parts:

    a.  Current resume, an Optional Application for Federal
        Employment (OF-612), or other format you choose

    b.  Your responses to the Quality Ranking Factors on a separate
        sheet of paper

    c.  Most recent performance rating (if a Federal or Smithsonian

Applications must be received by August 13, 2007, and may be
submitted in the following ways:


    Smithsonian Institution, Office of Human Resources
    PO Box 23772
    Capital Gallery Suite 5060
    MRC 517
    Washington DC 20026-3772
    Fax: 202-633-6402

    You do not need to submit a cover sheet. Write the Announcement
    Number (07-MP-7190 ) on all pages faxed.

Hand Deliver or FEDEX:

    600 Maryland Avenue SW
    Capital Gallery Bldg., Suite 100W
    Washington DC 20024

Note:  Do not send your resume/application materials via e-mail.
These will not be accepted.

To obtain information on the Federal Hiring Process, review other
Smithsonian vacancies, or obtain an Optional Application for Federal
Employment (OF-612) see

    <URL:> or

For further information please call 202-633-6370 (voice) or
202-633-6409 (TTY); or email to [at] si__edu.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 21:11
                   Distributed: Sunday, June 17, 2007
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Received on Friday, 15 June, 2007

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