Paper Conservator

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Harry Ransom Center
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Sunday, 14 March, 2021 - 00:00

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is pleased to announce the opening of positions that will launch an exciting new initiative. Administered by and centered in the Ransom Center, this new initiative will provide centralized on-campus conservation treatment services for the university's rare and unique cultural record collections. Partner collections on the UT Austin campus are the UT Libraries (including the Benson Latin American Collection and the Architecture and Planning Library), and the Blanton Museum of Art. Phased preparations for this large-scale initiative are underway, including an active capital fundraising campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art conservation lab to accommodate a future expansion of staff and research capacity.

About the Harry Ransom Center
The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Visitors engage with the Center's collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings. The Ransom Center encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections.

The Ransom Center welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we strive to promote diversity in our collections and services. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who demonstrate a commitment to inclusion. To learn more about our institutional mission and values, visit:

Job Details
To prototype the staffing for this new campus-wide conservation initiative, UT Austin is supporting a full-time position in paper conservation for two years, with the potential for a two-year extension. The earliest start date is September 1, 2021. This person holding this position will be an integral member of the Ransom Center's Preservation and Conservation Division staff, a highly collaborative team composed of a division director, 5 conservators (book, paper, photographs), and 3 preservation technicians. This position reports to the Senior Paper Conservator, and will assist in establishing relationships with campus partner collections and participate in new workflows for the consultation, examination, and treatment of paper collections from these institutions.

* Perform paper conservation treatments of all levels of complexity
* Liaise and consult with curators and collection managers from campus collecting institutions
* Pursue research and professional opportunities as appropriate

Required Qualifications
Master's degree from a recognized graduate program in art conservation, or a Master's degree in library and information science with a certificate of advanced study in conservation. Must be eligible to work in the United States without departmental sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications
More than three years of experience in conservation treatment of documents, manuscripts, and works of art on paper. Prior conservation experience in a research library or archives setting. Extensive knowledge of materials and technologies encountered in the creation and conservation of the full range of works on paper. Demonstrated knowledge of basic research methods, exhibition standards, building environment systems, disaster planning and response, conservation trends, and collection surveys.

$60,000, non-negotiable, plus full health and retirement benefits and funding for professional development

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