Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation

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Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Sunday, 15 March, 2020

Philadelphia Museum of Art actively seeks to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. They welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by our shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.
They are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status.

How You Will Contribute
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is welcoming applications for a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation, beginning September 1, 2020 and ending August 31, 2022. The fellowship will include technical examination, treatment, research, and preservation activities.

As an integral member of the museum's conservation staff, the fellow will examine, conduct research, and perform treatment on a wide variety of materials in the museum collections and will participate in activities related to exhibitions, installations, loans, preventive care of the permanent collection, and professional and public engagement. They will work with Scientific Research staff to design and carry out a pilot study for the analysis of plastics in collection objects.

The position includes benefits and a travel and research stipend.

Specifically, you will…
• Examine, conduct research, and perform treatment on sculpture, decorative art objects, and installation artworks of a broad range of materials (e.g., stone, metal, ceramic, polychromed wood, plastics) in the collections of American, European, East Asian, South Asian, and Contemporary Art.
• Collaborate with scientist and postdoctoral fellow for the analysis of plastics and associated preservation planning for plastic objects in the collection

Your background and experience include:
• Degree or certification from a recognized conservation training program
• Demonstrated visual, manual, and scholarly aptitude
• Strong written and verbal communication skills

Application Procedures
The deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2020
Please include the following with your application:
• Statement of interest
• Transcripts of graduate courses
• Three examples of examination reports and treatment records with images
• Publication or writing sample that is not a conservation treatment report
• Two letters of recommendation from conservation professionals familiar with candidate's work mailed directly to:
Sally Malenka
The John and Chara Haas Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646

Our employees are at the center of the museum and we encourage everyone to be actively engaged in museum culture and activities. As an employee, you will have access to numerous museum perks including, but not limited to:
• Free general admission to the museum for you and your immediate family
• Discounted guest tickets for general admission and special exhibitions
• Discounts on gift memberships
• Special staff tours and presentations from our world-renowned curatorial staff
• Discounts at the museum restaurant, all museum cafés, and museum retail stores
We offer a competitive benefits package* for employees including:
• Medical, dental, and vision benefits
• Fully paid short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance
• Health savings or flexible spending account program
• Retirement savings program with museum match
• Paid vacation, personal days, sick days, and holidays
*Eligibility for certain benefits is based on a variety of factors including the employee's regular schedule and tenure.

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