The Getty

Assistant Scientist

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/7/2018 3:13 PM)
Requisition Number
Position Status
LT Full-Time
Scientific and Conservation
Getty Location
Getty Center
GCI - 0615-Science

Job Summary

The GCI’s Science Department is seeking an Assistant Scientist to join our Built Heritage Research Initiative. This is a three-year, limited-term position.


This Built Heritage Research Initiative focuses on the development of testing protocols to improve conservation practice of built heritage (buildings, monuments, and sites) from ancient to modern and across the world; and to disseminate our findings through professional publications and conferences. The Assistant Scientist will undertake scientific research and analysis on concrete and other porous heritage building materials to explore their performance and deterioration.

Major Job Responsibilities

Initially reporting to the Head of Science, the Assistant Scientist will work primarily on evaluating conservation treatments for porous heritage building materials (including concrete), and undertake routine laboratory- and field-based analysis and testing. The Assistant Scientist will: support the development of research strategies to test building materials and their conservation treatments, undertake routine analysis on samples, assess a range of field-based evaluation techniques to provide additional information on treatment effectiveness, compile and interpret analytical data collected, and organize reports and data files.


The Assistant Scientist must have a Bachelor’s degree in materials science, geology, or other natural science, Master’s degree or PhD preferred; 1-3 years of experience in scientific research, preferably in the field of cultural heritage conservation or a related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Hands-on familiarity with: taking and analyzing samples; instrumental techniques such as SEM-EDS, XRF, FTIR, mechanical testing, and surface characterization, is strongly desired. The successful candidate must be adaptable, analytical, and a creative problem-solver and thinker; able to work effectively in a highly collaborative and variable environment; and possess excellent organization, communication, and writing skills. Experience working with conservators or other conservation professionals is preferred.


An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.


All interested applicants must apply for this job online. Please prepare a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF file. Note: When prompted by the online application system to select or submit your “resume”, please upload your cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single PDF file. 


Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message from “”. If you have specific questions about the Assistant Scientist position, please email


The deadline for applications is March 26, 2018.