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Mellon Fellow: Objects Conservation—Conservation

The Mellon Fellow assists the Museum's object conservators with examinations, research, and treatments, and participates in preservation activities. This two-year fellowship offers an opportunity to join the objects conservation team, consisting of two full-time and two part-time staff members working within the Conservation lab alongside painting and paper conservation, and be introduced to all aspects of conservation within a museum setting.


  • Master's degree in art conservation from a recognized conservation training program
  • Experience in examining objects, writing conservation reports, and producing conservation documentation photographs
  • Skills in basic treatments such as cleaning, consolidation, reconstruction, and compensation
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques and equipment
  • Proficiency in basic hand skills
  • Knowledge of art history, chemistry, and conservation ethics
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills

Additional qualifications:

  • Experience with MBI, IR, and X-ray imaging techniques, pXRF and FORS a plus


  • Carry out research, documentation, and treatment of paintings as part of the Museum's priorities and exhibition program, as directed
  • Produce and maintain technical documentation
  • Assist in evaluating objects for loan and exhibition, working with registrars, art handlers, designers, Collections, Education, Development, and Curatorial staff

Start date: September 2020; this is a two-year position, with the option to continue for a third year.

Department: Conservation

Reports to: Chief Conservator

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

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