The National Gallery seeks to recruit a highly motivated individual to join the Scientific Department to conduct analytical research on the Collection. The role will be focused specifically on the examination and identification of organic materials in paintings and investigation of their ageing and deterioration in support of conservation work and to inform collection care and other technical research including work for the scholarly cataloguing, exhibition programmes and for public engagement activities. The jobholder will be an experienced specialist in the field of technical examination of paintings and will undertake analysis of paint micro-samples using a range of chromatographic, spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, as well as the non-invasive methods available at the National Gallery.The jobholder will provide expert advice to conservators based on interpretation of these results within a broad knowledge of the chemical composition and history of use of painting materials, to enable evidence-based decisions during cleaning and restoration. The postholder will represent the National Gallery as an expert in the scientific analysis of works of art, including publishing and presenting research outcomes internally and externally to a variety of audiences at a national and international level. As time permits, the jobholder may also initiate and carry out historical technical research to advance knowledge on the collection, pursuing independent research projects developing materials studies relating to paintings.
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