Conservation Laboratory Manager

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University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Job location: 
Los Angeles
Application deadline: 
Sunday, 24 May, 2020

The UCLA Interdepartmental Program in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials invites applications for a Laboratory Manager position (job title: Academic Administrator III), whose experience in research and community service has prepared them to contribute to the Institute’s commitment to diversity and excellence. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position salary range is $62,113-$69, 917/year. Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately.

The Interdepartmental Program (IDP) in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, administered through the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, grants two degree programs focusing on cultural heritage preservation. One is a three-year M.A. degree in Conservation, which is a collaborative effort between UCLA and the Getty Conservation Institute. The other program is a PhD in the Conservation of Material Culture (CMC). The mission of the program is to educate and train students in the highest standard of conservation practice and decision-making and to prepare them to work as professionals in the preservation of archaeological and cultural materials.

Must have a Ph.D. in a related field of study plus three years of experience in the field of Conservation. Ability to navigate organizations, build systems, connect people around shared goals. Leadership skills to collaborate, innovate, plan, act and react strategically. Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills to convey complex scientific or technical concepts to public. Develop relationships with wide-ranging partners to build political and financial support. Self-starter with a team-player attitude. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Responsibilities as Laboratory Manager:
• Assist the faculty with laboratory and practical sessions for the various courses offered in the conservation program. This relates to laboratory preparation, training and set-up of equipment & supplies for exercises such as ceramic desalination, ultrasonic cleaning, air-abrasive cleaning, humidification exercises, paint consolidation, filling of glass & ceramics, repairing/filling of organic materials (i.e. gourds & baskets), coating of metal objects, mock-up exercises (creating glass/ceramics from raw materials, creating wall paintings/mosaics), and archival housing of objects. The faculty is responsible for the course instruction and for any course development.
• Assist the conservation students in the use of laboratory equipment for analytical data relating to the courses taught by the faculty. This includes but is not limited to the use of photography equipment, microscopes, photomicrography, artifact examination, FT-IR analysis, X-ray fluorescence analysis, microscopic staining techniques, air-abrasive unit for cleaning of metal artifacts, X-ray diffraction analysis, and metallography equipment. The faculty is responsible in assisting students with the interpretation of analytical data results and assisting students with conservation treatments/projects.
• Manage and maintain the laboratory supplies and equipment at the Getty Villa and Cotsen. This also involves researching equipment, coordinating purchases, managing the equipment/maintenance and renewal of annual service contracts and standing orders for materials.
• Serve as chemical safety officer for UCLA (EH&S) and Villa Lab (Getty Risk Management) overseeing chemical inventory database, waste management, and Material Safety Data Sheet database. Work with UCLA EH&S regarding safety inspections and follow ups.
• Coordinate all laboratory and logistical issues, library and site access at the Getty Villa site. Resolve security issues and logistics arising from student activities at the Getty Villa.
• Manage and maintain data related to program research and activities.
• Coordinate and arrange loans of artifacts to the conservation program (between lending institution, faculty, and Getty Villa registrars).
• Oversee the collection of artifacts, as well as loan objects. This includes safe storage/retrieval of objects, cataloguing, archival storage/packing, and environmental monitoring of storage and laboratory spaces.
• Ensure all laboratory users receive the appropriate safety training for assigned work in the laboratory.
• Facilitate the work of volunteers and internal/external researchers.
• Manage, contribute and assist with the UCLA/Getty Program website, social media and public programming.
• Report and apprise the IDP Chair on laboratory activities and research.
• Upon approval of the IDP Chair, may engage in off-site research up to 3 weeks in the summer. This includes participation in conferences and workshops.
• Upon approval of the IDP Chair, may engage in teaching opportunities at no more than 50% time.

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