The Getty

  • Senior Scientist, Built Heritage Research Initiative

    Posted Date
    1 month ago(3/21/2018 3:15 PM)
    Requisition Number
    Position Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Scientific and Conservation
    Getty Location
    Getty Center
    GCI - 0615-Science
  • Job Summary

    The GCI’s Science Department is seeking a Senior Scientist to join our Built Heritage Research Initiative (BHRI), to develop, manage, and implement scientific research in this area. BHRI focuses on the development and application of scientific research skills to improve conservation of the world's built heritage from ancient to modern: including developing new techniques to evaluate built heritage environments and materials; holistic, multi-scale approaches to understanding durability and deterioration of built heritage materials; and the evaluation of novel conservation solutions. Current areas of focus include sandstone conservation, nature-based conservation and conservation of concrete.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Head of Science, the Senior Scientist will oversee and develop all the scientific projects within the GCI’s long-term BHRI. He/she must perform to the highest level in terms of scientific standards, research and analysis to promote advancement of conservation science in this area, including: developing and managing complex scientific projects, often collaborative projects with internal and external partners; supervising and managing a team of scientists, post docs and interns; establishing research priorities, monitoring progress, and managing work flow; deciding on the best methods of dissemination; and managing all project resources including budget and staffing.


    The Senior Scientist must have a PhD in chemistry, materials science, geoscience or other natural science, and 10–15 years of scientific research experience preferably in a heritage conservation environment.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    A high level of experience with a range of analytical instrumentation applied to building materials is essential, including field-based NDT methods. A deep understanding of the conservation issues of built heritage is also required. The candidate must have a demonstrated record of managing large and complex scientific research projects, involving numerous research strands, and multiple partners. He/she 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 management, organization, communication, and writing skills.


    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 Senior Scientist position, please email


    The deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.