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Position at Indianapolis Museum of Art

From: David Miller <dmiller<-at->
Date: Friday, May 15, 2009
Senior scientist
Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) <URL:>
is seeking a senior scientist to lead the establishment of a
comprehensive analytical laboratory at the museum and to conduct
research in support of preservation, conservation treatment, and
understanding of the museum's collection of more than 54,000 works
of art.

The IMA is among the ten largest and oldest encyclopedic art museums
in the United States, and features significant collections of
African, American, Asian, European and contemporary art, as well as
a newly established collection of design arts. The collections
include paintings, sculpture (including an outdoor sculpture park),
furniture, decorative arts and design objects, prints, drawings and
photographs, as well as textiles and costumes. The conservation
department, occupying 7,700 square feet, has a staff of six
conservators (in paintings, paper, objects, and textiles), two
conservation technicians, an administrative assistant, and a
half-time digital imaging specialist.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The scientist will work with the head of conservation and the
buildings department to plan and implement the construction of the
new science laboratory, purchase and maintain analytical equipment,
formulate an operating budget, develop policies and procedures, and
assist with fundraising efforts for the establishment of the
laboratory and longer-term goals.  He/She will establish goals for
the research and analytical section, plan and undertake research
programs, and publish in peer-reviewed journals.  Collaboration with
IMA conservators and curators, and researchers from other museums,
academia, and industry will be strongly encouraged, as will
publication in the professional literature and participation in
symposia, seminars, and other professional meetings.



    PhD in one of the physical sciences; a strong background in
    organic materials science or polymer science is desirable

    Skill in the scientific examination of works of art composed of
    a broad range of materials, both organic and inorganic, as well
    as experience with sample preparation, Raman microscopy, FTIR,
    XRD, XRF, US-VIS spectrophotometry, GC/MS and pyrolysis GC/MS,
    HPLC, TL, and other appropriate analytical methods

    General knowledge of artists' materials and technology as well
    as conservation materials

    Considerable previous experience in a museum conservation

    Excellent written and verbal English communication skills

    Interest in collaborative and multi-disciplinary research


    A record of peer-reviewed publications

    Proven ability to work within a team environment

Generous funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc. and The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation make this important initiative possible.

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and letter of
interest to the IMA's Human Resources department.  You may e-mail to
hr<-at->imamuseum<.>org; send by mail or fax to:

    The Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Human Resources
    4000 Michigan Road
    Indianapolis IN 46208

by June 1, 2009

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

David A. Miller
Conservator in Charge and Senior Conservator of Paintings
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326
317-920-2662, ext 166
Fax: 317-926-8931

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