Now recruiting a Research Technician

This full time, fixed term post (12 months) will be based at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris.


In keeping with the scientific objectives of CHROMOTOPE, the candidate chosen for this position will document a collection of samples sent to the CNAM in the first half of the 20thcentury by major European dyeing companies. A classification framework has already been established and will need to be consolidated and expanded to describe the specificities of the dyes on a chemical basis. Further samples will also be taken to establish a chemical library for future reference and analysis.

While the research technician will primarily work on the documentary archives of the CNAM and the related collections of the Musée des Arts et Métiers, he/she will be expected to travel to other key institutions in France and abroad for the project.

The research technician will join an existing interdisciplinary team of international researchers with whom he/she will liaise regularly, in particular with the post-doctoral Fellow in the history of sciences and techniques who will be recruited at the same date.

The candidate chosen for this position should hold a Bachelor of Science (Licence) or equivalent in chemistry or conservation science.

Required documents:

  1. Cover letter (in French and/or in English) addressed to the project’s principal investigator (Charlotte Ribeyrol) explaining the candidate’s interest in the project and presenting what skills he/she will contribute to ensure its successful completion
  2. CV containing detailed information about the candidate’s career
  3. A copy of the document confirming the required degree
  4. The names and email addresses of two referees

Selection criteria:

  1. A Bachelor of Science (licence) or equivalent in chemistry or conservation science
  2. A strong interest in colour, history and/or heritage science
  3. Good communication skills
  4. Proficiency in French, English, and if possible, German
  5. High level of organisational skills and of time management

Terms and conditions of employment:

– workplace: Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris)

– start date: October 2021

– type of contract: full-time, fixed term contract (12 months)

– salary range: 25 608 to 28 524 euros per year

Selection process:

The required documents should be submitted electronically to the email address of the project as well as to its PI, Charlotte Ribeyrol: and mentioning ‘Application for research technician position’ in the object of the email.

All documents should be submitted by April 30, 2021.

Required documents should be attached in PDF format. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Candidates will be informed by email of the outcome of their application by May 30, 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in interviews held in Paris or remotely in early July 2021.

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