Research Scientist 4918BR CAD Image Permanence Institute College of Art and Design
Professional Area: Employment Category: Fulltime Staff Job Function:Wage Band: 119A
The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is a university-based, research center in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) dedicated to supporting the preservation of cultural heritage collections in libraries, archives, and museums around the world.
IPI achieves this mission by maintaining an active preservation research program that informs and advances professional-level education and training activities, publications, consulting services, and the development of practical preservation resources and tools. IPI resides in a 7,000 square foot space in the Gannett building of the College of Art and Design and staff members include preservation research scientists, environmental management specialists, a materials testing researcher, web application and publication designers, and business operations personnel. The staff provides a wide range of expertise including research and dissemination skills applied collaboratively in conducting research initiatives, creating professional workshops and webinars, developing web applications and publications, and providing consulting services. All of these activities focus on assisting cultural institutions with improving their preservation programs and in most instances could not be duplicated by any other existing organization.
IPI's resources are recognized by cultural heritage professionals worldwide. An online survey conducted in 2017 by the International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in collaboration with the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) explored the learning preferences and working contexts of cultural heritage professionals internationally and ranked IPIs resources fifth in the top-fifteen favorite preventive conservation tools and resources used by survey participants from Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America. IPI was the only university-based research center identified in the top fifteen along with national and private institutions including the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), US National Park Service (NPS), the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).
Detailed Job Description
This is a research scientist position with expertise in research and testing methodologies applied to materials used for the storage, transport, and display of library, archive, museum, and private collections. This position contributes to IPI's preservation research activities by developing new research projects, collaborating with other IPI staff on research initiatives, developing new or improved techniques for testing, and leading IPI's materials testing services. A primary responsibility is assuring the quality, cost effectiveness, timeliness, and compliance with RIT policies and procedures of IPI's materials testing services contracts. The position is expected to communicate research results to cultural heritage professionals nationally and internationally through professional presentations and publications, provide expert advice and services to external clients on the interpretation of results for ISO 18916- and 18902-required tests, as well as participate in related ISO working groups.
Perform original research related to materials used for the storage, transport, and display of cultural heritage collections and contribute to grant-funded research projects.
Manage IPI's testing services operation including coordination and completion of materials testing services projects, contracts, technical support, and client consultations.
Represent IPI at ISO enclosures and image stability standards group meetings including attending ISO meetings, responding to and voting on documents and ballots, and serving as a project leader when needed to revise and update ISO standards related to preservation materials testing.
Publish and present scholarly work related to research activities.
Maintain laboratory equipment and supplies.
Required Minimum Qualifications
EDUCATION A PhD in chemistry, materials science, or other related science is preferred. Individuals with a Masters degree and at least three years of directly related research experience or a Bachelors degree and at least six years of directly related research experience will also be considered.
SPECIALIZED SKILLS Successful applicants will demonstrate thorough research design, development, and analytical skills. Experience maintaining accurate scientific records, data interpretation, and reporting is also essential, along with strong written and verbal communications skills. Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures and protocols is important as maintaining laboratory equipment is a responsibility of this position.
Required Application Documents Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References
How to Apply
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number. The direct link to this posting can be found here: https://sjobs.brassring.com/
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Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the worlds leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Great Colleges to Work For. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.
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