Andrew W. Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in Conservation of Works of Art on Paper

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Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Monday, 1 March, 2021 - 00:00

We Are Committed to an Inclusive Workplace
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by our shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.

We are 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 the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper, beginning September 2021 and ending August 2023. Working with the Interim Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper in the PMA's state-of-the art conservation laboratory, the Fellow will perform conservation examinations and treatments on the museum's collection of art on paper which spans the history of art from fifteenth-century illuminated manuscripts through Contemporary works in all mediums. The museum has major holdings in American, European, South Asian, and East Asian works including prints, drawings, photographs, illuminated manuscripts, artist illustrated books, as well as Asian scrolls and screens.

The Fellow will collaborate with other museum staff to conduct research to further understanding of the materials and techniques used by artists who create works of art on paper. They will serve as an integral member of the museum's conservation staff and participate in activities relating to exhibitions, installations, loans, preventive care of the permanent collections, and professional and public engagement.

The Fellow will receive a competitive starting salary and is eligible for full museum benefits, including medical, dental, and vision as well as paid time off. The position includes a stipend for research and travel ($5,000 per year).

Specifically, you will:
• Examine, conduct research, and perform conservation treatment on a broad range of works of art on paper.
• Take part in ongoing preservation activities to contribute to the preventive care of collections on view and in storage.
• Participate as a member of the Conservation Division in a range of institutional initiatives and functions, as well as in professional and public engagement.

Your background and experience include:
• Recent graduate degree from a recognized Art Conservation training program, with a specialization in works of art on paper.
• Additional training in the preservation of photographic materials desirable.
• Demonstrated visual, manual, and scholarly aptitudes. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Proven ability to plan and execute a variety of complex conservation treatments.
• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Application Procedures
The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2021.

Please include the following with your application:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Examination and treatment reports (including photographs) for two works of art (no more than 10MB); or a link to documents
• Contact information (phone number and email) for three professional references familiar with the candidate's work

The starting salary for this position is $37,500 commensurate with experience plus $5,000 per year for research and travel. Compensation for this position will be discussed during the interview stage of the hiring process. If you have specific questions regarding compensation prior to submitting your application, please email

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