Gretchen and David Welch Conservator in Training

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Employer: 
Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art
Job location: 
Washington DC
Salary Start: 
51,000
Currency: 
US dollars yearly stipend
Contract type: 
Internship
Application deadline: 
Saturday, 30 October, 2021 - 00:00

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research

Gretchen and David Welch Conservator in Training

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research (CSR) is pleased to announce the Gretchen and David Welch Conservator in Training program. Alternating between objects and paper conservation, the appointee is awarded for one year with a possible extension for a second year. The program carries a yearly stipend of $51,000 intended to contribute towards living expenses and the cost of medical insurance. The first appointee will have a flexible start date depending on existing conditions. The first year is in the specialty of objects conservation.

The appointee carries out a research project under the supervision of CSR staff and takes part in the major activities of CSR. Current activities include preparation of collections for exhibit or loan, as well as preventive conservation of the permanent collections in storage and on view in the galleries. Conservation work may also include condition surveys, and collaboration with other members of CSR.

The appointee cultivates practical skills and fosters a solid understanding of the cultural contexts of materials, conservation philosophy, and the ethics of the conservation profession in general and the conservation of Asian Art in particular. The fellow will participate in education and outreach activities, a strong component of the CSR mission, and as part of the fellowship will produce outreach materials related to their research project.

Applicant Qualifications: Applicant should be recently graduated from a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent training and experience. The best qualified candidates are those interested in pursuing a conservation career specializing in the arts of Asia. The applicant should have a proven record of research, writing ability, and fluency in English language skills (written and spoken). Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, sex, race, or nationality of the applicant.

Deadline: Cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation, must be submitted to DCSR@si.edu no later than October 30, 2021.

Finalists will be invited for an interview and asked to submit a portfolio of completed projects