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Position at Getty Conservation Institute

From: Tina Segler <tsegler<-a>
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI)

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), located in Los Angeles,
California, and one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty
Trust, works internationally to advance conservation practice in the
visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections,
architecture, and sites.  The Institute serves the conservation
community through scientific research, education and training, model
field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both
its own work and the work of others in the field.  In all its
endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and dissemination of
knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations
responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.

The GCI's Science Department is seeking an individual with a
background in Materials Science and Engineering to fill the position
of Scientist, which is a five-year, limited-term position.  The
Scientist will join the research team for the Managing Collection
Environments Initiative, which was launched at the end of 2013.  The
Initiative focuses on the research and development of sustainable
environmental control and management strategies for collections in
museums, libraries, archives, and other repositories.  The
initiative will have several complementary activities--including,
field testing, education, and information dissemination--in an
initial program of work that spans five years.

Please see:


Responsibilities: The Scientist will report to the Senior Scientist
in charge of preventive conservation research and will be part of an
interdisciplinary team of conservators and scientists.  The GCI team
will coordinate its activities with international researchers and
practitioners.  The Scientist will liaise with internal and external
colleagues and will contribute to the dissemination of the results
in the conservation field.

The Scientist will carry out research and will address critical
questions pertaining to the behavior of materials under a range of
environmental conditions.  Specifically, the Scientist will model
mechanical properties of a range of hydroscopic materials under
environmentally stressed conditions, employing a variety of
mechanical testing techniques to establish the relationship between
elastic modulus and time, temperature, and relative humidity to
yield and failure.  The research will explore stress relaxation and
fatigue for a series of natural products and modern materials used
in the creation of works of art.  The focus will be materials of the
artist and conservator, not building materials.

Qualifications: The Scientist must have: 7-10 years of scientific
research experience with experience in the field of heritage
conservation, including demonstrated experience managing scientific
research projects; and a Ph.D. in Materials Science, or Mechanical
Engineering with a strong interest in materials science.  Hands-on
familiarity with computing tools such as FEM, MathCAD, ABAQUS and/or
Ansys is strongly desired as well as experience with
nano-indentation and DMA testing, acoustic emission, or similar
techniques.  The successful candidate must be adaptable, analytical,
and a creative problem-solver and thinker, and is expected to be a
strong team member with excellent communication skills.  He/she must
be available for occasional travel internationally, including trips
that may be several weeks in duration.

International candidates welcome.  An excellent benefits package and
salary commensurate with experience will be provided.  This position
is limited-term (five years).

To apply, please see


All applicants should be prepared to upload a cover letter and
curriculum vitae as a single file (either a PDF or a Word document)
when prompted to upload a Resume online.  Candidates who
successfully complete the online application process will receive an
automated message from autoreply<-a t->icims< . >com

If you have specific questions about the Scientist position, please
email gcistaffing<-a t->getty< . >edu.

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2014.

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