Senior Researcher, IPCH Art History

Connecticut, United States
Sunday, 15 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 13 February 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Yale's Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH), is dedicated to advancing innovative and sustainable practices in the field of heritage preservation. At the crossroads of science and art, the Institute is comprised of leading-edge conservation, research, and imaging laboratories.

A position is open in the IPCH Lens Media Lab, reporting to the Head of the Lens Media Lab (LML). The research goals of the LML are focused on the preservation and characterization of photographic materials with an emphasis on creating and interpreting large datasets gleaned from reference, archival, and museum collections. Building on this base, collaborations across disciplines in the humanities and sciences will be fostered to assemble and interpret datasets derived from a broad spectrum of cultural heritage materials. Through the development of data visualization methods, tools, and interfaces, meaning and impact of these data will be communicated to broad constituencies including scientists, conservators, art historians, and curators.

Working under the direction of the Head of the LML, the primary duty and responsibility is the design and development of research projects that pertain to the connections between the lab’s work and academic art history.

Principal responsibilities include:

  • Design research programs to be carried out with other lab members, university partners, and collaborators outside Yale. Write original research articles pertaining to these projects.
  • Connect the lab’s work with contemporary art history, principally through journal articles that relate the lab’s materials-based research and computational modelling to broader practices in the humanities, as well as through other platforms, including seminars, working groups, and workshops. Write theoretical articles about the connection between the lab’s computational work and the broader humanities.  Connect the lab’s work with research and researchers in academic art history.
  • Develop and implement methods and protocols for conducting data-driven art-historical research and producing related scholarship.
  • Research grant opportunities, submit grant proposals, and assist in the administration of awards.
  • Assist the LML Director and senior staff in fundraising and staff development activities.

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Essential Duties

  1. Designs and performs research projects relating to the characterization of materials used in fabricating or stabilizing cultural property and/or natural history collection objects.
  2. Prepares written reports of research findings and status and prepares and presents lectures describing research findings at professional conferences and other venues.
  3. Provides support to other researchers at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and participates in shared duties, such as lab maintenance and compliance with safety protocols.
  4. May supervise and mentor fellows, interns, or student researchers.
  5. May organize workshops and events.
  6. Participates in occasional teaching and guest tours. .
  7. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in a related discipline and a minimum of three years of research experience involving the scientific study of works of art or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Knowledge of the theory and practice of art history, and a record of successful research projects.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Knowledge and participation in computational or digital projects in the humanities.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent written and verbal skills. Demonstrated knowledge of/interest in working with art and artifacts, including photographs.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated project management skills with a proven track record of completion on time. Well-developed organizational, research and analytical skills.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated ability to work collegially with a wide range of staff, faculty, and student from the sciences and the humanities.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Ph.D. in a field sufficiently related to core LML research and an exemplary record of publishing original research pertaining to art history.

Drug Screen No

Health Screening No

Background Check Requirements

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