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Harvard University Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow in Cambridge, Massachusetts

56801BRAuto req ID:56801BRJob Code:388090 Museum Fellow Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation FellowSub-Unit:------------ Appointment End Date:28-Jun-2024Salary Grade ( :090Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

Master’s degree or equivalent in conservation or related field.Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Demonstrated record of treatment and research.

  • Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal, and written).

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.

  • Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring the ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.

  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography and x-radiography, and infrared reflectography (IRR).

  • Proficiency with computer software, including image processing software.

Additional Information:The Harvard Art Museums are committed to equity and inclusion in its staff and to engaging with a wide range of audiences and constituents, and welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds who share these interests and commitments.

Application Procedures

Please apply online with a letter of interest and a résumé or curriculum vitae. Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting January 31st and continuing until the position is filled.

Upon review of initial applications, successful candidates will be notified to submit two letters of recommendation. Other supporting documents may include transcripts and writing samples.

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Additional Information:

The term of this fellowship is September 6, 2022-June 28, 2024. In addition to $50,000 annual compensation, the fellowship has an allocated travel budget and is eligible to participate in Harvard’s fringe benefits program.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Discover Harvard Art Museums and Harvard University Benefits

  • A creative, high-energy, collaborative environment

  • Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay

  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits starting on your first day

  • Tuition Assistance Program

  • Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute

  • Health and wellness discounts, memberships, and programs

Additional benefits can be found at

Department:Straus Center for Conservation and Technical StudiesPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentitySchedule:Full time. Monday through Friday. 35 hours per week. Job Function:Museum Job-Specific Responsibilities:The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation through work with our global collection.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The focus for the Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow will be the examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections as driven by the exhibition, loans, and research needs.

  • Under the supervision of the Philip and Lynn Straus Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, the fellow is an integral member of the staff, carrying out a broad range of activities, including treatment; preparation of accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; presentation of research and other projects; lab maintenance; and leading or participating in lab tours.

  • Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow also helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by monitoring classes and individual appointments of approximately six hours a week, participating in a series of art handling workshops, and contribute to a rich offering of interpretive programs across various platforms.

  • The Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow will be an active member of the broader Harvard Art Museums Fellows’ cohort and will participate in regular cohort meetings and in the anticipated annual Fellows symposium at the end of the spring semester.

  • The Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow may supervise students or interns on a project basis.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is an on-site position.

School/Unit:Harvard Art Museums EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Physical Requirements:Manual dexterity in conservation treatments and object handling required.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.