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Conservation Scientist

Victoria and Albert Museum


Posted 3 weeks ago

Join the prestigious V&A as a Conservation Scientist and contribute to preserving global art and design history


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£32157 - £42876

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Cromwell Road, London

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Expires at anytime

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is an internationally renowned institution celebrating creativity. It is home to a staggering collection of over 2.8 million objects representing 5,000 years of human ingenuity in art and design. The V&A is committed to conservation, research, and promoting the enjoyment of the designed world to a broad audience. As a world-class museum, it offers exceptional benefits and professional development opportunities.

  • Conduct material analysis on museum objects using advanced analytical techniques.
  • Work with a range of equipment, including FTIR, X-ray fluorescence, and SEM-EDX.
  • Play a key role in the museum's mission to conserve and understand its vast collection.
  • Proven experience in analyzing cultural heritage materials.
  • Knowledge of a broad spectrum of analytical techniques relevant to conservation science.

The V&A is a family of museums dedicated to the power of creativity—its power to entertain and move, to enrich our lives, open our minds and change the world. We celebrate and share that power through a programme of exhibitions, events, educational and digital experiences, a collection of 2.8 million objects, and through our support for new works and commitment to conservation, research and sustainable design.

As a fixed-term Conservation Scientist you will have the exciting opportunity to work in our newly refurbished laboratory, where a AHRC £2.3 million grant has enabled the purchase and upgrade of a wide range of analytical equipment. With proven experience in the analysis of materials from cultural heritage contexts, as Conservation Scientist you will undertake the analysis of museum objects, using techniques selected from a range encompassing FTIR, X-ray fluorescence, SEM-EDX, UV-vis-nIR, optical and digital microscopy, Raman microscopy and other appropriate techniques.

This is a fixed-term contract, starting immediately and ending on the 31st March 2025.

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.8 million objects, books and archives that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

Our mission is to be recognised as the world's leading museum of art, design and performance, and to enrich people's lives by promoting research, knowledge and enjoyment of the designed world to the widest possible audience.

Benefits include a generous pension scheme, 29 days plus bank holidays, flexible working, tickets to V&A exhibitions, subsidised staff canteen, 25% discount in V&A shops, Give as you earn scheme, Bicycle loan, Interest-free season ticket, Interest-free rental deposit loan, Free safety checks and small repairs to your bike with Doctor Bike, Wide range of training and professional development opportunities, Employee Assistance Programme, Staff diversity networks.


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