Assistant Professor of Conservation Imaging, Technical Examination and Documentation (open until filled)

Assistant Professor of Conservation Imaging, Technical Examination and Documentation

Applications are invited for the tenure track faculty position of Assistant Professor of Conservation Imaging, Technical Examination and Documentation contingent upon funding.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach the department’s lecture and laboratory courses in methods of conservation imaging, technical examination of art and artifacts and in graphic documentation techniques applied to conservation practice and research. Primary topics include: visible-light examination methods; photographic principles; digital imaging concepts; studio and scientific photography; examination and imaging methods involving ultraviolet, infrared, and x-ray radiation; multi and hyper spectral techniques; 3D imaging; and professional presentation techniques. The appointee will provide mentoring and guidance to students in mastering and applying imaging modalities and graphic documentation in their work. The appointee will actively engage in the development of the newly expanded imaging/examination/documentation suite and be responsible for maintaining and upgrading the imaging and photographic studios and laboratories. The appointee will revise and develop existing courses in response to developments in examination and documentation methodologies in the field, and contribute to these developments through scholarly and creative activities. The appointee will also take an active role in the life of the department, such as serving on department and college committees, and participating in department and college events. Appointment is contingent on budget availability.

Required Qualifications: Hold a terminal degree in art conservation or a related scientific discipline; possess experience in conservation examination methods and photographic documentation techniques involving visible and non-visible radiation; demonstrate proficiency in professional digital imaging and processing as applied to the documentation of cultural materials.

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of ability, interest in and commitment to teaching at the master’s level; experience with x-radiography; familiarity with new developments in imaging technologies; involvement in the professional conservation community as demonstrated by publications, conference presentations, workshop participation, and other evidence of scholarly and creative activity; evidence of ability to work cooperatively and collegially within an interdisciplinary work environment; one or more years of postgraduate conservation experience; knowledge and experience with historical photographic techniques.

Application: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled; the position will begin in August 2012. Interested applicants are requested to apply online at https://jobs.buffalostate.edu.
The application must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional  references, and several recent illustrated publications and/or reports evidencing experience in a variety of technical examination methods and related photographic and imaging techniques applied to conservation treatment and/or research.
Buffalo State is the largest four-year comprehensive college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The campus is located in the museum district of Buffalo, the second-largest city in New York State. The area offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities. The department offers an internationally recognized three-year program of graduate instruction leading to the Master of Arts Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study (MA & CAS) in Art Conservation. The position provides a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic group of dedicated and distinguished educators, who are also respected practitioners in the field.  For more information about the college and the department, visit www.buffalostate.edu and www.buffalostate.edu/depts/artconservation/.

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