Post-doctoral research position at UCLA Cotsen Institute

A Post-Doctoral research position is available at the UCLA/Getty Conservation Program, based at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles, California. The position will become available on the 31st January 2014 and we are now soliciting applications for this position, working under Professor David A. Scott, Department of Art History, and Founding Director, 2003-2011, UCLA/Getty Conservation Programme.

The Post-Doctoral work will be conducted in collaboration with, and paid for by a foundation based in Berlin, Germany, ASET, under the aegis of the research program, The Contours of Casting: Connections of Cultures (COC 1.0), which seeks to promote interdisciplinary studies which link together the Islamic World, the Viking Age through Northern Europe, and the contributions made by the Greeks, and which has already enlisted the support of several leading scholars in the field across the world.

The research focus will examine and study the casting methodologies, composition, technology and technical cultural background of significant metallic artefacts, especially those from the Islamic and Viking cultural areas. Part of this research will involve a re-assessment of what is currently known concerning casting practices and decorative techniques in the Viking and Islamic Worlds, and how indirect lost-wax casting may have been transmitted or re-invented from Greek influences in terms of gold, silver and copper-alloy artefacts produced during the period from 700-1200 AD.

The position for this post-doctoral fellow will be funded for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of being renewed for a further period.

The appointment will be made under the title of: Postdoctoral Scholar (Paid Direct). This designation indicates that the Postdoctoral Scholar has been awarded a fellowship or traineeship for postdoctoral study by an extramural agency and the agency will be paying the fellowship salary directly to the Postdoctoral Scholar, rather than through the University.
Appointment Criteria: This position requires the scholar to have a PhD degree or foreign equivalent. Postdoctoral scholars are temporary appointments with fixed end dates and normally for one year?s duration, thus the initial appointment will last until 30th January 2015.

Applicants should provide a statement of purpose regarding the proposed research of one page in length, together with a full CV, and the names and e-mail addresses of three academic referees. If the applicant is from outside the USA, then a visa will be required.

Applicants interested in this position should contact Professor David A. Scott, Room A410, Fowler Museum, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90095