The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) Professional Fellowship is a three-year program designed to provide in-depth opportunities for practitioners to build and strengthen their skills and experience as conservation professionals, while working under the guidance of experienced GCI staff.
The GCI Professional Fellow for the Managing Collection Environments Initiative (MCE) will work closely with both the MCE project team of conservators and scientists as well as external consultants and partners who include architects, engineers, conservators, scientists and other museum personnel. MCE is a collaboration of the Collections and Science departments and currently organized around two core areas of work: scientific research that aims for a better understanding of the response of hygroscopic materials to climatic fluctuations at both the micro and macro scale, and a program of educational activities for conservators and related professionals. In the next year, the initiative will also be embarking on a number of field activities that will allow the testing of new research and/or practical methodologies in museum settings.
While the fellow will be assigned to the Collections department and will be engaged primarily in education and field activities, he/she will be exposed to all areas of initiative’s work and may participate in aspects of research. The fellow will also join with other members of the team in producing and disseminating articles and didactic resources that present MCE’s work to the profession.
The fellow will assist the MCE project manager in a variety of activities including: design and implementation of field activities, courses and short workshops. This will require carrying out background research pertaining to a particular issue or venue, assisting in planning activities, applying expertise in carrying out conservation projects in the field, write internal reports and other documents related to the projects.
The fellow will have the opportunity to serve as co-author on MCE-related articles and conference presentations. Professional development will be encouraged and assisted through participation in professional meetings, conferences or workshops.
Applicants should have a graduate degree in conservation, and 3 – 5 years of work experience relating to the conservation of museum collections. Candidate should have a strong interest and experience in preventive conservation and managing museum environments.
Must be able to demonstrate technical knowledge and past experience working in the area of preventive conservation in museums, historic houses, or related cultural organizations. Candidate should be familiar with current research and issues relating to the management of collection environments and should have some knowledge of the concepts of risk assessment and management. Candidate must be familiar with sound conservation methodology in general and with ethical practice.
Good interpersonal and verbal skills and the ability to work in small interdisciplinary groups are required. Excellent writing skills and the ability to contribute to and to write reports and papers for both professional and more general audiences are needed. Good organizational and time management skills are required. Must be available for international and national travel; some trips may be of several weeks duration. Fluency in English is required and an additional language, particularly Spanish, is preferred.
The fellowship is for a three-year period that begins from the starting date. An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be provided.
All interested applicants must apply for this job online (when prompted, select “Create with Resume” or “Create with Online Form”) and upload the following documents in one PDF file (when prompted to “Upload Resume”/”Submit Resume”).
Statement of Interest
Each application must include a statement of interest (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced).
Each applicant must submit one writing sample of not more than 15 pages.
Applicants must submit confirmation from their academic institution that their graduate degrees have been awarded (please do not send by mail).
Completed application materials must be received on or before September 29, 2017.
If you have specific questions about the GCI Professional Fellowship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.