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Position at British Museum and Courtauld Institute of Art

From: Catherine Higgitt <chiggitt<-at->
Date: Friday, November 8, 2013
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Department of Conservation and Scientific Research
British Museum and Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Fixed Term Contract: 3 years in duration (Full Time)

Salary: GBP 26,820 per annum

The Department of Conservation and Scientific Research is seeking an
outstanding Postdoctoral Research Assistant to deliver a research
programme for the 3 year Leverhulme Trust funded project
"Photoluminescence Imaging and Spectroscopy of Painting and
Conservation Material" (LuminArt) which represents a collaboration
between the British Museum, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London,
and the Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy.  The main purpose of
this role is to investigate the photoluminescence properties of a
variety of painting and conservation materials and to produce
imaging tools and interpretation guidelines to allow their presence
to be mapped using low-tech, affordable but accurate imaging and
spectroscopic equipment.

You will be responsible for carrying out a systematic investigation
and creating a database of the photoluminescence properties of a
range of painting materials typically used on heritage objects, such
a pigments, colorants, binders and conservation materials.  You will
be required to use these properties to establish which are the most
suitable luminescence imaging techniques for the study of artworks
and to develop these into imaging guidelines and interpretation
tools suitable for use by a wide range of conservators, heritage
professionals and scientists.  You will also be responsible for
applying imaging guidelines and interpretation tools to real case
studies and to disseminate the results to the heritage communities.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant
science-based subject and also hold a PhD.  With good research
skills and experience in the design of research projects and the
ability to analyse and write up data, you will also have experience
in the application of techniques including photo-induced
luminescence spectroscopy and imaging, UV/VIS/IR reflectance
spectroscopy and imaging, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy.  Knowledge of
painting techniques as well as painting and conservation materials
and of the analysis of archaeological and art objects are also
essential to this role.

For further information or to apply for this role, please go to

    <URL:http://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/jobs.aspx>

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 2 December 2013

Dr Catherine Higgitt
Head of Science,
Department of Conservation and Scientific Research
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG
+44 20 7323 8679
Fax: +44 20 7323 8276
Mobile: +44 781 4472 586
BB: +44 7812 677 091

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