Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Position Announcement:

Scientist: Metallurgy 

Reference: 1454607
Location: London
Closing Date: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 12pm Noon
Additional Information:  Salary: £27,089 per annum
Contract: Fixed Term Contract: 12 months in duration (Full Time)

The department of Conservation and Scientific Research, based in the new laboratories at the British Museum, is looking to recruit a Scientist: Metallurgy, to undertake scientific examination, analysis and X-radiography of archaeological and museum objects for material identification and technological investigation using a range of analytical techniques. The role will focus on the scientific examination and analysis of metals and studies into metal technology within the British Museum collection, including research into the raw materials, provenance and deterioration mechanisms of metallic artefacts. The job holder will use scientific techniques and metallurgical knowledge to answer questions from museum curators and conservators and provide scientific services within the aims of the Museum, disseminating results through reports, publication and lecturing to a variety of audiences.

Key areas of responsibility:

• To provide specialist scientific expertise (in response to conservation and curatorial enquiry) in the characterization of metals, including raw materials and technology, using a variety of techniques such as metallographic microscopy, SEM-EDX, X-radiography and XRF
• To be a member of multi-disciplinary project teams (curators, conservators and scientists) investigating the technology, deterioration, storage and conservation of museum objects, predominantly focusing on metal objects
• To be involved in the delivery of Museum-wide projects such as exhibitions, preparation of catalogues and excavation reports
• To assist in the interpretation of data obtained and to document and report the results obtained and disseminate results to a range of audiences as appropriate
• To initiate new projects within the Museum and department research strategies and participate in the development of research collaborations with external museum and HE partners

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will have a Degree,Masters or equivalent qualification in chemistry, archaeological science, materials science, metallurgy or a related science-based subject. The ability to write to publication standard is essential. The ideal candidate will have experience in a research and/or analytical laboratory environment with practical experience in the use of XRF and some of the following: SEM-EDX, X-radiography, metallographic microscopy, XRD, Raman, ICP-AES or ICP-MS. The post requires good IT skills, an ability to work independently and to meet deadlines, good organisational skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail, good communication skills (verbal and written English), strong team working ability and an appropriate publication record or other evidence of written capabilities.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6 million visitors in 2013, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes metal objects from all periods and cultures including the Sutton Hoo ship burial, the Hoxne Roman treasure and cast head of the King of Ife.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

• Membership of the civil service pension scheme
• Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
• Participate in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
• Generous annual leave allowance
• Interest-free season ticket loan
• Child care voucher scheme
• Professional & personal development opportunities
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are interested in applying, please follow the “Apply now” link below where you will be directed to complete your application.

Closing date: 3rd March 2015, Midday

If you have any queries regarding this role, please email us at bm@penna.com or call 0845 601 1124. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of any email and at the beginning of a call.
 
If you have any questions with this form please contact us at bm@penna.com.



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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Position Announcement: Senior Conservator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum is seeking a Senior Conservator of Antiquities to oversee the Getty Villa's conservation department, which is responsible for the long-term preservation of one of the largest and finest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities in the United States. The Senior Conservator of Antiquities oversees the safekeeping, proper installation, and conservation of all works in the Getty Villa's permanent collection. It conducts an active and influential program of treatments and research, including technical and materials analyses, and as a result attracts a broad range of masterworks from around the globe to the Villa’s conservation studios and galleries. The department supports a program of ambitious loan exhibitions through its conservation work and state-of-the-art installation and mount-making procedures. The Senior Conservator represents the institution in the negotiation of joint projects with other institutions and governments while advancing its reputation as a leader on conservation matters internationally. He/she also oversees department staffing, hiring, performance reviews, staff development, and the budget.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree and/or Ph.D. degree, ten years’ experience as an objects conservator, a record of successful treatments and professional publications, and proven ability as a manager. Frequently working in tandem with the curatorial department, he/she will have the reputation and skills to initiate collaborations and build partnerships internationally. The individual will be equipped to consult with other institutions as appropriate on their conservation needs and to conduct negotiations regarding loans and treatments where required. He/she will contribute to researching, developing, and overseeing innovative methodologies for long-term preservation of works of art in support of the Getty's leadership role among museums and cultural institutions. The Senior Conservator will report to the Associate Director for Collections and work closely and collaboratively with the Senior Curator of Antiquities and with colleagues across the Getty campus.
Major Job Responsibilities:
  • Supervises a conservation department of nine, including five conservators and three mountmakers, nurturing staff development and reviewing performance
  • Provides expert opinion about the condition of proposed acquisitions
  • Oversees the conservation treatment of all works in the Getty's antiquities collection.
  • Supports a program of international loans of works of art through his/her expertise, reputation, and diplomacy
  • Advises on the presentation of works of art in the Villa’s galleries and for special exhibitions while overseeing and facilitating their safe installation
  • Develops best practices for conservation treatment and the installation of works of art.
  • Works collaboratively with Museum curators, scientists and staff of the Getty Conservation Institute,  colleagues across the two Getty campuses, and internationally to further the programs and mission of the Getty Villa and J. Paul Getty Museum under the auspices of the Getty Trust
  • Administers the department budget
Qualifications:
  • MA in conservation or equivalent degree preferred
  • 10+ years experience in conservation
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Background in chemistry and physics and knowledge of production methods for 3-dimensional objects in diverse media
  • Background in archaeological field work and its techniques and methods
  • Knowledge of Word, e-mail, Excel, and basic office software
  • Managerial and diplomatic skills
  • Scholarship and publications
  • A record as an effective communicator, networker, and team player, who thrives in the highly collaborative, dynamic environment of a complex organization.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please access the online application form on the Getty's website: https://jobs-getty.icims.com/jobs/2446/conservator-sr/job

Monday, December 8, 2014

Call For Abstracts: Archaeological Sciences as an Empirical Foundation for a Social Archaeology

Archaeological Sciences as an Empirical Foundation for a Social Archaeology

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, St. John’s Newfoundland, April 29-May 3, 2015

Organizers:  Adrian L. Burke  adrian.burke@umontreal.ca  &  Christian Gates St-Pierre  christian.gates-st-pierre@umontreal.ca  , Université de Montréal

This session focuses on archaeological sciences as applied to various materials and techniques from both prehistoric and historic archaeological contexts. The purpose of the session is to demonstrate how state of the art techniques are being applied to a wide variety of objects and materials today in order to provide an empirical foundation for archaeological research that is focused primarily on social issues. We aim to promote the combination of archaeometric techniques with theoretical questions regarding social dimensions of past societies, especially in showing how the former can provide original, unique, and meaningful information about the latter. Social archaeology is here defined in a broad sense, and includes the sociopolitical, economic, technological and religious aspects of past societies, communities, genders or individuals. The session is sponsored by the archaeology research team Archéoscience/Archéosociale (As2).


February 8, 2015: Deadline for Conference Paper Abstracts



Adrian L. Burke, archéologue
Département d'anthropologie
Université de Montréal
Tél. (514) 343-6111  poste/ext.  51714

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Call for Papers-19th International Congress on Ancient Bronzes


The J. Paul Getty Museum is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 19th International Congress on Ancient Bronzes, which will be held at The J. Paul Getty Museum on October 13-17, 2015.
 
For more information, see:
 
The deadline for abstract submission is January 5, 2015.
Please, send inquires to BronzeCongress2015@getty.edu

Thursday, November 13, 2014

UKAS 2015-Call for Papers


The UK Archaeological Sciences (UKAS) Organizing Committee is accepting abstract submissions to the forthcoming UKAS 2015 conference which will be held at Durham University 8-11th April 2015.  The conference organizers are keen to encourage novel and exciting papers and posters from colleagues working in all areas of archaeological science from fundamental method development to case studies investigating humans, animals, plants, artifacts, sites and landscapes, materials analysis to aDNA, archaeobotany to proteomics, conservation to dating, imaging to isotopes, landscapes to archaeozoology.
 Abstracts must be written in English and be submitted by email to ukas.2015@durham.ac.uk using the Abstract Template form which is available to download from the conference web page https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/conferences/current/ukas/ and following the instructions therein.
The deadline for abstract submission is 12th January 2015.

Friday, November 7, 2014

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

 
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Society for American Archaeology Call for applications for two student awards in Geoarchaeology:

The Geoarchaeology Interest Group of the Society for American Archaeology would like to invite qualified students to apply for the Douglas C, Kellogg Award, and the MA/MS Research Award.

The Douglas C. Kellogg Award ($500) is granted to students who are actively working on their doctoral dissertations. The award will provide support for aspects of dissertation research, with an emphasis on field or laboratory analyses that are necessary for completion of the project. To qualify for the award, students should be registered at the Doctoral level with majors in the fields of anthropology, archaeology or earth sciences/geology. Their proposed project should include applications of geoscientific methods to archaeological questions, and they should make clear in their applications that they are preparing for an eventual career in geoarchaeology. The memorial award is provided by the Douglas C. Kellogg Fund for Geoarchaeological Research.

Deadline for application: 30 November, 2014; before midnight, Pacific time

Application materials: (1) a research proposal, maximum 3 pages (excluding references) that clearly describes the research project and its potential contributions to the archaeology of North or South America; (2) a CV, and (3) two letters of support, one of which must be from the chair of the dissertation committee that certifies the student's Doctoral candidacy and expected graduation date. 

Please submit materials electronically (pdf format preferred) to: Dr. Susan Mentzer, susan.mentzer@ifu.uni-tuebingen.de

File names should include the first and last name of the applicant, and the award name should be indicated in the title of the proposal. 


The MA/MS Award ($500) is granted to students who are actively working on their MA or MS projects. The award will provide support for research, with an emphasis on field or laboratory analyses that are necessary for completion of the MA/MS thesis or report. To qualify for the award, students should be registered at the MA or MS level with majors in the fields of anthropology, archaeology or earth sciences/geology. Their proposed project should include applications of geoscientific methods to archaeological questions.

Deadline for application: 30 November, 2014; before midnight, Pacific time

Application materials: (1) a research proposal, maximum 3 pages (excluding references) that clearly describes the research project and its potential contributions to the archaeology of North or South America; (2) a CV, and (3) two letters of support, one of which must be from the chair of the thesis committee that certifies the student's role in the project and expected graduation date. 

Please submit materials electronically (pdf format preferred) to: Dr. Susan Mentzer, 

File names should include the first and last name of the applicant, and the award name should be indicated in the title of the proposal. 



If you have an questions about either award that are not answered here or on the SAA website, please contact me at susan.mentzer@ifu.uni-tuebingen.de.

Monday, October 20, 2014

MaSC Workshop on LA-ICPMS

Seventh MaSC Workshop and Meeting
The Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Field Museum, and Agilent Technologies
Chicago, USA
17-22 May 2015
Announcement and Call for Papers


The 7th Workshop and Meeting of the Users’ Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC) will take place in Chicago from Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd May 2015. The workshop, hosted jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Field Museum, and Agilent Technologies, will take place on 17-20 May. The meeting will be held at the Art Institute of Chicago on 21-22 May.


Workshop, 17-20 May 2015:

The theme of the workshop will be applications of inorganic and isotope ratio (IR) MS techniques for the study of art and archaeology. It will provide a unique and valuable opportunity for participants to compare and assess the relative advantages of several MS techniques – ICP-MS, LA-ICP-MS and related IR-MS methods – for the characterisation of diverse materials including metals, glass, ceramics, minerals and pigments. IR-MS analysis of organic materials will not be the focus of the workshop but applications will be discussed.

The Workshop will begin with a welcome/orientation session the afternoon of 17 May at the Art Institute of Chicago. Practical workshop sessions, including lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training, will take place on 18-20 May at Northwestern University, the Field Museum and Agilent Technologies (the Northwestern and Agilent laboratories are a short drive from downtown Chicago; transportation between workshop locations will be arranged). Workshop instructors include Marc Walton and Monica Ganio (Northwestern), Laure Dussubieux and Mark Golitko (Field Museum), Patrick Degryse (Leuven University), Andrew Shortland (Cranfield University), and Jon Talbott (Agilent Technologies).

The workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Those wishing to attend are requested to submit a short paragraph describing their experience with mass spectrometry and how they would benefit from the workshop, which should be included in the registration form (see below) and sent to MASC2015AIC@artic.edu before 15 December 2014.

The registration fee for the workshop is USD 350.


Meeting, 21-22 May 2015:

The meeting will be held at the Art Institute of Chicago and will comprise discussions and presentations on novel applications of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to the study of art and cultural artefacts. The meeting will include a session on inorganic and isotope ratio MS, but contributions on a broad range of topics are encouraged. We hope to create an informal atmosphere for the exchange of ideas, and so discussions of work in progress are welcomed. A reception will be held at the Art Institute the evening of Thursday 21st May.

Those interested in presenting a paper or poster should submit an abstract of up to 200 words to MASC2015AIC@artic.edu before 15 December 2014.

The registration fee for the meeting is USD 150 for those who register before 15 February 2015, or USD 200 after this deadline. The registration fee for students is USD 75.



Details of the workshop and meeting and a registration form can be found on the MaSC website, www.mascgroup.org. Questions can be addressed to the local organisers and MaSC committee, c/o Ken Sutherland and Marc Walton, at MASC2015AIC@artic.edu.