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Senior Conservator - Head of Photograph Lab, Preservation and Conservation

Hiring department Humanities Rsch Ctr
Monthly salary $5,000 - $5,416
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 17-09-13-01-0614
Job Status Deleted
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

None provided

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


To manage, oversee, and supervise the Ransom Center's Photograph Conservation Lab and associated photograph preservation programs. To provide treatments of all levels of complexity for the Center's photographic materials.

Essential Functions

Perform conservation treatments on a wide range of photographic formats, providing full written and photographic documentation. Apply appropriate research techniques, including use of instrumental methods, in the examination and analysis of photographic materials. Supervise, train, and manage professional staff and interns in the Photograph Conservation Lab in appropriate procedures and practices for the treatment and care of the Ransom Center's photograph collections. Liaise and collaborate with curators, collection managers, exhibition staff, administrative personnel, and other Ransom Center staff with regard to the handling, housing, treatment, and exhibition of photograph collections. Participate as part of the division's senior management team to strategically plan for the ongoing care of the Ransom Center's collections. Take a leadership and educational role in all activities and programs of the Ransom Center Preservation and Conservation Division, and similarly support other areas of the overall institutional preservation endeavor. Pursue independent studies and professional opportunities as appropriate. Assist the associate director with project planning and grant writing.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Master's of Arts or Science degree in art conservation or Master's degree in art or art history plus a certificate of advanced study in conservation. A minimum of five years of post-graduate experience applying photograph conservation and preservation practices in museums, libraries, special collections, and/or archives. Extensive knowledge of the materials and technologies encountered in the creation and conservation of the range of photographic objects. Demonstrated ability to conduct conservation research and to analyze photographic materials to identify and/or determine their condition and material composition. Knowledge of exhibition standards, building environment systems, disaster planning and response, conservation trends, and collection surveys. Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication. Demonstrated successful project management and organizational skills, including the ability to train, supervise, and assess work. Experience working with curators, scientists, or other allied professionals and conservators in a team environment. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

More than five years of post-graduate experience in documentation, conservation treatment, and preventive care of photographs. Research and publication record on conservation topics. Knowledge and experience in the preservation of analog moving image collection materials.

Working conditions

May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving

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