Getty Conserving Canvas Research Fellow

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New York University
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New York City
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Sunday, 20 June, 2021 - 00:00

New York University seeks a paintings conservator with knowledge of historical practices of lining paintings and hands-on experience in current and emerging lining practices for a two-year position within the research program Improved Lining Adhesives for the Structural Treatment of Paintings on Canvas, directed by NYU Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor Chris McGlinchey. The Getty Conserving Canvas Research Fellow will be a critical part of a team exploring the development of a satisfactory substitute for the original adhesive formulation of Beva 371 for the lining of paintings on canvas. The Fellow will collaborate closely with a post-doctoral Getty Conserving Canvas Science Fellow in adhesion science who will be based at University of Akron, Ohio, one of the premier programs in polymer science and engineering in the country.

24 months, full-time, September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2023

Eligibility and Qualifications
The Fellow must hold an advanced degree from a recognized post-baccalaureate training program (MA, MS, or PhD level) in either the United States or abroad. A minimum of three years of work experience in the structural treatment of paintings on canvas is required. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about historical and current methods of lining paintings and how they impact the properties and appearance of paintings and can demonstrate practical skill in lining techniques. Excellent organizational and English oral and written skills are required, as is evidence of research capacity (including public presentations and publications) and the proven ability to work in and with groups.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Fellow will work under the direction of Chris McGlinchey and with NYU faculty and a group of senior conservators from major American museums, as well as with adhesion scientists from American and European institutions and the adhesive industry. Together with the Getty Conserving Canvas Science Fellow, the Research Fellow will research and test new adhesive formulations for lining canvases on mockups and paintings and will provide feedback on the performance of experimental formulations of ethylene vinyl acetate-based adhesives meant to mimic more closely the performance of the original formulation of Beva 371. The Research Fellow is responsible for writing summaries of Expert's meetings and will work with the Science Fellow on developing and leading two workshops scheduled for the summer of 2023. In addition, the Research Fellow will present and co-author papers with the Science Fellow and other team members on the results of their research and on aspects of cutting-edge adhesion science that may have application in conservation.

Reporting Structure and Location of Work:
The Getty Conserving Canvas Research Fellow will report to the project director, Chris McGlinchey, and to Michele Marincola, Professor and Chair (as of September 1, 2021) of the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Work will take place at the Conservation Center, in the museum laboratories of team members, and at the University of Akron. We anticipate that most, if not all, work will take place in person, but that decision will depend on direction from NYU administration and public health officials.

Salary: $68,250 annually, with benefits. In addition, the Fellow will receive a stipend for housing during extended visits to team members, and travel costs.

Questions? Email Chris McGlinchey,

This project is made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Conserving Canvas initiative.

Application Process:
NYU is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Application Instructions:
Please provide the following documents: brief Cover Letter, Statement of Interest, CV or Resume, and contact information for two recommendations from teachers or colleagues familiar with your professional experience. Please submit your documents by June 20, 2021 through Interfolio.

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