Objects Conservation Fellowship at the National Air and Space Museum

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

A 12 month Fellowship at the National Air and Space Museum is available for a post graduate objects conservator. The Fellowship will take place at both the Garber Facility in Suitland MD and the Udvar Hazy Center the new Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory in Chantilly VA (http://airandspace.si.edu/udvarhazy/).

Start / end dates: October 1 2013- September 30 2014
Funded amount: $ 35,000.00
Deadline for application:  August 1 2013.
Some funding is available for research related travel.
*There is no public transportation to the Udvar Hazy Center- a car is needed for this position.

Project Description
This 12 month Fellowship is supported by funds from the Smithsonian Scholarly Studies program and is intended to provide experience in the examination and treatment of technological artifacts in the Air and Space Museum collection. The Fellowship will introduce the candidate to a wide range of multi-media objects from early flight to space program materials. One component of the Fellowship will include assisting with the technical study and development of a treatment methodology for the Horten 229, which is a German WWII  jet fighter. This project involves collaborations between aircraft restorers, curators, conservation scientists, and NASM staff conservators. The work on the jet fighter will take place in the aircraft restoration shop in the Garber facility. The Fellowship will encourage the development of an independent  research project derived from the diverse collections at the Air and Space Museum.  The Fellowship will provide access to other Smithsonian conservators, conservation scientists and instrumentation at the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI).

Ideal candidate
The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in conservation from a recognized program and be able to conduct research independently. An interest in modern materials, technical savvy, and an ability to work in a group setting are key attributes.  Prior experience with analytical equipment such as SEM, FTIR, Raman, XRF, digital photography, and large-scale conservation projects is ideal. The candidate should have knowledge of ethical and professional principles and concepts related to the preservation of objects in a wide variety of media and knowledge of the theories, principles, techniques, practices, and methodologies used to examine, study, treat, and preserve historic objects.  The work requires manual dexterity, a working knowledge of hand and power tools and some familiarity with the methods and materials used to transport delicate objects.
The work will require certain physical demands, such as long periods of standing, bending and lifting while working on site with the aircraft. The candidate may be required to wear personal protective equipment and clothing in accordance with established safety procedures.

Procedure for application
Please send a letter of interest, CV, transcripts, and contact information for 3 references to Malcolm Collum, Chief of Conservation (CollumM@si.edu<mailto:CollumM@si.edu>.)

For more information about this position please feel free to make inquiries to Malcolm Collum, Collumm@si.edu<mailto:Collumm@si.edu>,  or Lauren Horelick HorelickL@si.edu<mailto:HorelickL@si.edu>
prior to the deadline.
Please include your research interests in your letter of interest.