Under the co-direction of the Japanese painting section supervisor and Asian flat works on paper section supervisor, the assistant conservator will undertake conservation and restoration treatments, and document physical properties, conservation processes and materials and techniques used to create particular works of art. Essential functions: determine need for conservation, and design and perform appropriate treatments, referring unusual cases to supervisor as appropriate; document conservation work in writing and through photography; assist in preparing condition reports for potential and new acquisitions; assist in condition reporting for loan exhibitions; assist in installation of in-house exhibitions; as appropriate, perform technical and scientific analysis in collaboration with the Museum’s research scientists to help identify materials and techniques, characterize damage, and determine dating, authenticity and past conservation work; keep abreast of developments in the conservation field via journals, abstracts and attendance at conferences.
Applicants should have a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) with a specialization in works of art on paper from a recognized conservation training program. Print making experience and course work in conversational Japanese are strongly preferred. Strong hand skills and excellent written and communication skills are essential.
Application materials are being accepted immediately. For consideration, please submit your letter of interest, résumé, and two letters of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.