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The postholder will contribute to the development and testing of operational definitions of damage for a diversity of collection typologies. The main methodology will consist of interviews and surveys to stakeholders (such as museum curators, conservators and the public) in order to identify how the degradation of certain materials is perceived. The postholder will work in an interdisciplinary environment, with conservators, heritage scientists and economists. The assessment of the perception of degradation will be used in combination with existing models of change to predict collection lifetimes, and to investigate the economic value of care. The post holder will have a PhD in the subject area of heritage science, archaeology, heritage, conservation or PhD in a social science or scientific discipline with a demonstrable interest in heritage, as well as experience in carrying out qualitative and quantitative research, including literature reviews, interviews and surveys. This job is suitable for interdisciplinary-minded individuals, for example, a social scientist who is also interested in the physicality of degradation, or an experimental scientist who is also interested in how processes of change are perceived.

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