Date Posted: Feb 4, 2019
The Baltimore SCIART consortium (sciart.umbc.edu) is a collaboration between the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. Researchers in the consortium are engaged in collaborative research in the area of conservations science, specifically the interface between chemistry, materials science and engineering and art. The consortium offers a summer research program to undergraduate students from Baltimore area institutions in the area of conservation science. The consortium is seeking a postdoctoral scientist for a 3-year research and education fellowship in the field of conservation science beginning May 1, 2019. The postdoctoral fellow will report to Baltimore SCIART consortium director. Prof. Zeev Rosenzweig of the Department for Chemistry and Biochemistry UMBC. The postdoctoral fellow will play a key role in managing the summer research program of the Baltimore SCIART consortium. Activities will include but not limited to developing research projects that are appropriate to undergraduate students with limited research experience in conservation science, student recruitment and selection, educational and public outreach activities, and leading a research focus area during the summer. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will pursue a cutting-edge research project in the field of art conservation science working together with conservation scientists, conservators, and conservation fellows at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The goal of the research project will be to develop fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging techniques to detect and map fugitive lake pigments in works of art, specifically paintings and works on paper.
Ph.D. in chemistry/physical science combined with experimental research experience and an ability to conduct academic research, interest and experience in supervising undergraduate research and in outreach activities and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence are required. The successful candidate will have a high level of scientific achievement and a strong interest in a career in art conservation science. Experience with microscopy of diverse types, image analysis, and advanced computational skills desirable. Strong oral and written communications skills required. Demonstrated interest in the visual arts, record of publication and/or presentation, and knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred.