CHROMOTOPE is now recruiting a Conservation Research Fellow

This full-time, fixed term post (12 months) will be based in the Department of Conservation at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.


The Conservation Research Fellow will primarily be involved in the technical analysis of William Burges’s The Great Bookcase, displayed in the museum’s Nineteenth Century Art Gallery. The analytical study forms part of the European Research Council project Chromotope, a cross-disciplinary project led by Dr Charlotte Ribeyrol at Sorbonne Université Paris, that focuses on attitudes to colour in the 19th century in literature, art, science and technology throughout Europe. The Ashmolean is a partner in the project and will be hosting a major exhibition on nineteenth century colour in which the bookcase will be a prominent feature. In addition to this role, the museum will be recruiting a Research Assistant who will be based in the Western Art Department.

The post holder will work closely with the Conservation Scientist, Project Lead, Paintings Conservator, Research Assistant, and curators in the Western Art Department. The role will focus on identification of pigments and painting materials used in the decoration of the bookcase and other objects included in the exhibition primarily using non-destructive analytical techniques such as XRF, Raman spectroscopy, XRD and PLM. The role may also involve comparative analysis of Burges’s works in other UK collections. Results will feed directly into a monograph on the bookcase and research for the exhibition. The post will also have the opportunity to contribute more generally to the work of the Conservation Department.

You will be an early or mid-career researcher who already holds or is close to completing a PhD/DPhil in conservation, art history, archaeological science or related discipline with research interest in pigment analysis and / or fine art restoration. You will have a good awareness of issues around collections care and conservation and experience in quantitative and qualitative methods of analysing pigments and or painted surfaces. You will be someone who enjoys working effectively and collaboratively as part of a project team.
The Department of Conservation, Ashmolean Museum

The post holder will be joining a Conservation Department of 16 full and part time staff covering material specialisms in Objects, Paintings, Textiles, Works of Art on Paper, Preventive and Conservation Science, as well as Conservation Technicians, Mountmaker, Conservation Research Fellow and Administrator.

All applications must be made online using the Oxford University E-Recruitment system, no later than 12 noon on 13 July 2020. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application.

Interviews are expected to take place at the Ashmolean Museum on either 27or 28 July or 3rd 4th August 2020 and you must be available on the interview date. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed. Interviews may be arranged by Skype or MS Teams.

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