Harvard Art Museums
The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation through work with our global collection.
Duties and Responsibilities
The focus for the Richard I. Shader Paintings Conservation Fellow will be the examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections as driven by the exhibition, loans, and research needs. A collaborative technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections will comprise approximately 15% of the first year of the fellowship.
Under the supervision of the Head of the Paintings Lab, the fellow is an integral member of the staff, carrying out a broad range of activities, including treatment; preparation of accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; presentation of research and other projects; lab maintenance; and leading or participating in lab tours
Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Richard I. Shader Paintings Conservation Fellow also helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by monitoring classes and individual appointments of approximately six hours a week, participating in a series of art handling workshops, and contribute to a rich offering of interpretive programs across various platforms.
The Richard I. Shader Paintings Conservation Fellow will be an active member of the broader Harvard Art Museums Fellows’ cohort and will participate in regular cohort meetings and in the anticipated annual Fellows symposium at the end of the spring semester.
The Richard I. Shader Paintings Conservation Fellow may supervise students and interns on a project basis.
PLEASE NOTE: This position is an on-site position.
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Master’s degree or equivalent in conservation or related field.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal, and written).
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring the ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography, x-radiography, and infrared reflectography.
Proficiency with computer software, including image processing software.
Manual dexterity in conservation treatments and object handling required.
The Harvard Art Museums are committed to equity and inclusion in its staff and to engaging with a wide range of audiences and constituents, and welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds who share these interests and commitments.
Apply Online Here
Please apply online with a letter of interest and a résumé or curriculum vitae. Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting January 31st, and continuing until the position is filled.
Upon review of initial applications, successful candidates will be notified to submit two letters of recommendation. Other supporting documents may include transcripts and writing samples.
We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
The term of this fellowship is September 6, 2022-June 28, 2024. In addition to $50,000 annual compensation, the fellowship has an allocated travel budget and is eligible to participate in Harvard’s fringe benefits program.
The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.
Discover Harvard Art Museums and Harvard University Benefits
A creative, high-energy, collaborative environment
Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
Medical, Dental and Vision benefits starting on your first day
Tuition Assistance Program
Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs
Additional benefits can be found at https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards