The overall purpose of this post is to develop and lead science in conservation at The National Gallery of Ireland. The establishment of this position is a critical step towards creating a Science Research Hub and working towards the establishment of a research lab and eventually our Centre of Excellence, to be realised as part of the final phase of our Master Development Plan. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a science background to research, establish and develop the conservation science function at the Gallery. As this is a new direction for the Conservation Department, the Conservation Scientist will in the first instance research best practice and establish what equipment is required to get this function up and running. The Research Scientist will work with and provide guidance and advice to colleagues in and outside the organisation and will develop a strong research programme, pursuing innovative research in analytic techniques and treatment methodologies. The scientific programme should be predicated on the care and understanding of the Gallery’s collection, this includes technical analysis, the development of improved processes and materials for conservation treatment, alongside collection care and preventive conservation programmes. The Research Scientist will introduce and develop expertise in the area of science for conservation and care of collection. The post holder will collaborate with curators and conservators throughout the Gallery to investigate the material aspects of works of art in collection, and work with technicians, photographers, registrars and other behind-the-scenes staff to guarantee the long-term safety of the collection.
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