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Position at Northwestern University-Art institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS)

From: Francesca Casadio <fcasadio<-at->
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Senior Scientist
Northwestern University-Art institute of Chicago Center for
    Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS)

The Northwestern University-Art institute of Chicago Center for
Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS) is seeking a Senior
Scientist to provide intellectual and operational leadership to an
innovative collaborative program of joint research, expanded access
and training.  The goals of the collaborative program are to enrich
conservation science not only at the Art Institute, but also in the
wider field of conservation in the U.S. and abroad, by strengthening
the emerging ties between science at the Art Institute and the
materials-related departments at Northwestern University. The Center
is the first of its kind to make its resources open to both internal
and external users via merit-review proposals, within the framework
of a double-pronged approach pursuing both objects-based and
objects-inspired scientific research in the arts.

Reporting to the Center's co-Directors Katherine Faber (Walter P.
Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern
University) and Dr. Francesca Casadio (Andrew W. Mellon Senior
Conservation Scientist at the Art Institute of Chicago), the Senior
Scientist will work with two dedicated postdoctoral fellows to
manage the research agenda of the center, provide mentorship to the
postdoctoral fellows and conduct his/her own research projects.  The
position is funded for six years with funding from the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation.

Primary duties:

    Develop, prioritize and implement the research activities of the
    Center, including selection of the internal and external
    projects upon recommendation of the Peer Review Panel,
    developing an analytical strategy for the selected projects, and
    allocating staff and instrumental resources to carry the
    research projects to completion

    Build working relationships with curators and conservators at
    the Art Institute of Chicago, with other participating
    institutions, and with Northwestern faculty and technical staff
    to foster collaborative research projects and publications
    centered on cultural heritage science

    Perform scientific research (a) to characterize materials,
    structures and components of artworks either in their original
    state or after aging or deterioration; (b) to improve and
    develop new treatment and preservation strategies; and c) to
    broaden ways of studying works of art.  Conduct both applied
    research and analytical work to support broader areas of
    inquiries, as delineated in the successfully funded internal and
    external project proposals

    Establish communication with colleagues at other museums and
    academic institutions to promote the sharing of information and
    collaborative research projects.  Develop relations with other
    institutions, including universities, national laboratories and
    industrial partners, to promote collaborative research projects,
    increase access to analytical instruments, and provide training
    opportunities for graduate students in scientific fields or
    conservation programs with an interest in conservation science

    Work with the Center's Directors to foster understanding and
    assimilation of results and approaches of scientific research in
    the arts among curators, conservators, university professors and
    their students, administrators, other staff, the general public
    and other AIC and NU support groups

    Manage all laboratory functions and operate analytical
    instruments within the scope of own expertise after required
    training, or work with NU technical support staff to conduct
    required types of instrumental analysis

    Manage and oversee the work of the Center's research staff,
    including selection, training and personnel administration

    Oversee and facilitate the research work of visiting scholars

        Maintain records of research and analysis and sample

        Compile final reports for all completed projects.

        Work with the Center's Directors to manage the research

    Participate in raising funds for the purchase of analytical
    instruments and for support of outreach and educational

    Contribute to the preparation of reports to funding agencies

    Travel to attend conferences, present papers and confer with
    colleagues in the US and internationally.

    Contribute to the production of high-level scientific research
    publications in the field of cultural heritage science and
    technical art history.

    Work with the Center's Directors to organize meetings, symposia
    and summer schools.

Minimum qualifications: Doctoral degree in Chemistry, Materials
Science and Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines required;
minimum eight years of experience in the scientific study of
cultural heritage objects.

Application materials consisting of a cover letter, a CV, sample
publications, and the names and contact information of three
references should be uploaded to


by March 15, 2013 for full consideration.

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
employer.  Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
It is the policy of Northwestern University not to discriminate
against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion
national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age,
disability, citizenship, veteran status or other protected group
status.  Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United

Francesca Casadio, PhD
Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave
60603 Chicago, IL

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