Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Job Opening: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austi

Conservator (Conservation Fellow)

The Harry Ransom Center’s Preservation and Conservation Division is offering a two-year Conservation Fellowship in book conservation. The position will begin September 1, 2016 and end August 31, 2018. As an integral member of the Center’s preservation and conservation staff, the conservation fellow will perform the full spectrum of book conservation treatment activities including written and photographic documentation; identification of historical materials, structures, and their condition; technical research; dialog with curators about treatment choices; and, the completion of minor and complex single item treatments and housings. The fellow will also develop and execute a conservation research project based
on the Ransom Center's book holdings. Over the two years, the fellow will have the opportunity to undertake treatment projects in the paper and photograph laboratories, as well as design and coordinate a manuscripts collection re-housing project. The fellow will assist the Senior Conservator in defining and developing a new handling orientation for patrons and staff, and serve as a member of The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance.
The fellowship provides an annual salary of $43,000, plus benefits, and
$1,500 to support travel to professional meetings.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree in art, art history, or library and information science and a certificate of advanced study in conservation, or Master of Science degree in Art Conservation. Must have graduated in 2014 or 2015, or expect to graduate in summer 2016. Instruction and/or experience should be primarily in book conservation. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to conduct research, and to write for presentation and

Application procedure: 

Please go to 
and refer to posting number 160303010607. Applicants must upload a resume, submit a letter of interest and contact information for three references.

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) underconsideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a
commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 Rules)
If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa, MLIS, PhD
Associate Director
Head of Preservation and Conservation

Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7219
Austin, Texas 78713-7219
P: 512-471-5495
F: 512-471-7930

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