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Northwestern University/ Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Center's mission to provide scientific support for the investigation of art collections, to develop new technology to look at art, and to research new methods to conserve art for future generations.
Reporting to the Center’s co-Director Marc Walton (Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University), the postdoctoral fellow would work side by side with an associate scientist to support the external research projects program wherein joint research collaborations are initiated with cultural heritage institutions across the world. The Center provides its resources, from Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago, to external users via a merit-review proposal system to undertake objects-based and objects-inspired scientific research in the arts.
The appointment would be for two years, with a renewable third year by mutual agreement, through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Primary duties
  1. 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.
  2. Maintain working relationships with curators and conservators at collaborating institutions, and with Northwestern faculty and technical staff to foster collaborative research projects and publications centered on cultural heritage science.
  3. Work with the Center’s Associate Scientist and 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.
  4. Operate analytical instruments after required training.
  5. Maintain records of research and analysis and sample archives.
  6. Compile final reports for all completed projects.
  7. Contribute to the preparation of reports to funding agencies.
  8. Travel to attend conferences, present papers and confer with colleagues in the US and internationally.
  9. Contribute to the production of high-level scientific research publications in the field of cultural heritage science and technical art history.
Minimum qualifications
Doctoral degree in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines, previous experience in Conservation Science is desirable but not required.

Application materials consisting of a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references should be uploaded to by May 1, 2019 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 States.

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