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Job and Internship Announcements

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Conservation Center of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is offering a three-year postdoctoral fellowship for a scientist interested in contributing to the field of art conservation.  This position reports to the Senior Conservation Scientist and works collaboratively with all conservation staff and curatorial departments.

The fellow will be expected to participate in the daily activities of the laboratory including the technical examination of works of art using modern analytical equipment in the Center’s Research Laboratory (FTIR, XRD, XRF, UV-VIS, PLM, MFT and TL) while engaging in at least one significant research project on the conservation of modern materials in museum collections. This project will seek to develop preservation strategies for plastic objects in museum collections.   All research will be carried out collaboratively with LACMA conservators and scientists and may include scientists from outside LACMA.  Publication in the professional literature and participation in symposia, seminars and other professional meetings will be strongly encouraged.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a PhD in one of the physical sciences. A strong background in materials science, organic chemistry, or polymer science is desirable. The degree must have been obtained within the last five years. Previous experience in a museum environment is not required, but a strong interest in the visual arts is important. Excellent written and verbal skills as well as an interest in collaborative and multi-disciplinary research are essential.

Terms: The postdoctoral fellowship will be for three years beginning Fall 2011. The fellow will be provided an annual stipend starting at $42,000 plus generous benefits with an annual cost of living increase. The fellow will also be provided a travel allowance and program funds for the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates must submit the following materials:

A curriculum vitae including biographical information and list of publications

A cover letter containing a short statement of the candidate’s

interest and intent in applying for the fellowship

Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications should be mailed to:

Gerrie Maloof, Director of Human Resources

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles CA 90036


Questions may be addressed to:

Dr. Frank Preusser, Senior Conservation Scientist

Conservation Center

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90036


fpreusser [at] lacma__org


Camilla Chandler Frost Summer Internship Program – 2011 Conservation Center Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Conservation Center is offering two internships for summer study in the following areas: objects, textiles, paintings, and paper conservation.

Description:  The Camilla Chandler Frost Conservation Internship Program Endowment provides funding for travel from a conservation student’s school and a stipend while working at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  This year’s stipend is $320 per week ($2,560 for eight weeks, $3,200 ten weeks, or $3,840 twelve weeks).  The stipend is intended to pay for food and lodging.  A travel allowance of $1,000 is provided to reimburse the student for round trip travel from the graduate school location to Los Angeles and to offset relocation expenses (as appropriate).

Internship Opportunities:

Conservation Related Projects: Projects will be tailored to the student’s skill level to enable the student to gain experience with basic conservation procedures in a large museum setting.

Questions regarding specific activities and projects should be addressed to the following members of staff:

John Hirx, Head, Objects Laboratory

jhirx [at] lacma__org

Catherine McLean, Head, Textiles Laboratory

cmclean [at] lacma__org

Joe Fronek, Head, Paintings Laboratory

jfronek [at] lacma__org

Janice Schopfer, Head, Paper Laboratory

jschopfer [at] lacma__org

Term:  The internship will run from eight to twelve weeks, depending upon the agreement between the student, section head and the Director of Conservation.

Eligibility:  To be eligible for the C.C. Frost Summer Internship Program, a candidate must be enrolled full time in a recognized graduate school conservation program or an advanced undergraduate chemistry major and successfully complete the museum’s employment application and background check performed by LACMA’s Human Resources Department.

Application Procedure:  Interested candidates should submit the following materials in English: curriculum vitae, a letter of interest in the particular project and two supporting letters from conservation/university professionals or teachers familiar with the student’s work.

Materials should be postmarked no later than April 29, 2011 and sent


Gerrie Maloof

Director of Human Resources

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Human Resources Department

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036


Fax: 323-857-4720


Position at National Library of New Zealand: Collection Care Leader

Knowledge, Information, Research and Technology Alexander Turnbull Library National Library of New Zealand

Permanent full-time (40 hours per week)

Vacancy Number: 11/096

Closing Date: 5pm Friday 6 May 2011

The Alexander Turnbull Library is seeking a Collection Care Leader to provide leadership for the development and implementation of the Library’s collection care policies and practices.

The Turnbull Library is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research library with extensive collections including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, maps, ephemera and digital media.  It forms a part of the National Library of New Zealand.

The Library is undergoing major change with the redevelopment of its building and realignment of services across the wider National Library organisation.  Currently, a sizeable percentage of Turnbull’s collections is securely packed and protected for the redevelopment period.  Some of the collections are stored and available at Archives New Zealand and at the Library’s temporary reading room at Thorndon Quay.  Over the next period, the Collection Care Leader will work closely with a number of project managers involved with relocation and building activities, and with senior managers and curators and will be expected to provide authoritative specialist advice.

During the period of relocation, Collection Care staff are working in temporary premises, and conservation treatment work is minimal.

The ability to manage specialist teams during a time of major change is essential.  It is expected that staff will move back to the National Library building in early 2012.  There will be an opportunity during the relocation period for the Collection Care Leader to develop new systems for service delivery, programming and reporting.

The successful applicant will have a degree or equivalent in conservation, and at least 10 years practical experience.  They will also have demonstrable skill and have had at least five years experience in line-managing staff.

The role is a senior one reporting to the Associate Chief Librarian (Research Collections).  The Collection Care Leader will be a member of the Turnbull Library management team.

For more information please contact:

Aaron Eagle

Relationship Manager

+64 4 462 3956

To view the job profile and to apply please go to the Vacancy section of Department of Internal Affairs website



Position at Queensland Museum: Senior Conservator, PO4

Queensland Museum, Brisbane


Reference: QLD/QMB204/11

Closes Monday 11 April 2011

Salary package from $78,268-$84,318 / permanent full time position

Apply online via Careers website:


including a 2 page

statement and addressing the Selection Criteria

For further information regarding the position contact:

Lisa Harvey

Head, Collection Services

Collection Services

Queensland Museum

PO Box 3300

South Brisbane BC

Queensland 4101


+61 7 3842 9795

Fax: +61 7 3846 1918

lisa.harvey [at] qm__qld__gov__au


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