Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Getty Conservation Institute

October 24, 2018
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The Getty Conservation Institute’s (GCI) postdoctoral fellowship is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhDs in chemistry and other physical or material sciences with experience in conservation science. The 2019-2021 Postdoctoral Fellow will be an integral part of the GCI Science’s Preventive Conservation and Modern and Contemporary Art research initiatives.

The Fellowship will be particularly suited to candidates with a strong background in materials and polymer science at the graduate level. In addition to working on existing or nascent GCI research, there is scope for the Fellow to pursue independent research on a topic of their own choosing. Professional development will be encouraged and assisted through participation in professional meetings, conferences, or workshops. It is expected that the Fellow’s research outcomes will be disseminated through publications and conference presentations to the scientific community and art conservation practitioners.

Applicants should have a recent (2013 or later) PhD in materials science, or another relevant physical science, plus have experimental research experience and strong instrumental analysis skills. An aptitude for self-directed learning and for working across academic disciplines is desirable, as are excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates should have an interest in the visual arts and a serious interest in pursuing a career in conservation science.

The Fellowship runs from September 2019 to August 2021. In addition to an annual stipend and health insurance, the fellow will be provided an annual study trip allowance and other generous benefits including an apartment at Scholar Housing, a 38-unit complex located less than 2 miles (approximately 3 kilometers) from the main entrance to the Getty Center.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2018


  • A completed online application (which includes uploading a Statement of Interest: Doctoral Dissertation Plan or Abstract; Curriculum Vitae; Writing Sample; and Confirmation of Degree) must be received by the deadline.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation must be sent separately to and should also be received no later than November 1, 2018.
  • Interested candidates should apply through the Getty’s Job Opportunities webpage:

Published on October 24th, 2018

Last updated on November 14th, 2018