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Beal Family Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation Science
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/12/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Harvard Art Museums


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 Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies is seeking a postdoctoral scientist for a 3-year research fellowship in the field of conservation science.
  • Under the supervision of the Senior Conservation Scientist, this person works with scientists, conservators, conservation fellows, curators, and academic art historians on research projects. This position utilizes a broad range of art and artists’ materials collections in the Harvard Art Museums and other institutions. Emphasis will be shared between traditional and modern/contemporary artists’ materials and techniques.
  • Duties include providing analytical services to the Harvard Art Museums’ conservators and curators in the study and preservation of the collection and documents findings.
  • Fellowship will involve the organization of workshops and symposia to engage others in examining issues related to conservation science research. The position further includes assisting with instrument maintenance and repair as necessary, and in training others to use the instruments.
  • Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Beal 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, contributing to a rich offering of interpretive programs across various platforms.
  • The Beal 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 Beal Fellow may supervise students and interns on a project basis.

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

Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Ph.D. in chemistry/physical science combined with experimental research experience and demonstrated experience of an ability to conduct academic research required

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The successful candidate will have a high level of scientific achievement and a serious interest in a career as a scientist in the museum field. Experience with microscopy of diverse types, image analysis, and advanced computational skills desirable. Strong oral and written communications skills are required. Demonstrated interest in the visual arts, a record of publication and/or presentation, and knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred.

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.

Physical Requirements

Manual dexterity required.

Additional Information

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-August 29, 2025.  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: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/ . 

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



USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

388090 Museum Fellow


Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Appointment End Date


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Education, Identity


Full time. Monday through Friday. 35 hours per week. 

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.

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.

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