Samuel H. Kress Post-Doctoral Associate in Paintings Conservation

New York University

United States

June 10, 2022


Samuel H. Kress Post-Doctoral Associate in Paintings Conservation New York University: NYU - NY: Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) Location

New York

Open Date

May 09, 2022


Jun 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Full-Time, August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2024.

The Kress Program in Paintings Conservation was established in 1989 with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to instill a sensitive aesthetic approach and perpetuate a time-tested pedagogical method for the next generation of Old Master painting conservators. The Program also undertakes the conservation treatment and long-term preservation of approximately one thousand paintings in the dispersed Kress Collection, principally located in eighteen museums and twenty-three study collections across the United States.


The Samuel H. Kress Post-Doctoral Associate in Paintings Conservation is open to candidates with significant experience and expertise in the examination, restoration, and conservation of Old Master paintings, primarily of the Italian Schools. The Post-Doctoral Associate must hold an advanced degree from a recognized post-baccalaureate art conservation program (MA or MS) and a recent PhD (in Art History, Art Conservation, or Preservation) from either the United States or abroad. The demonstrated ability to conduct research and publish is necessary. In addition, a minimum of five years of conservation practice after the M.A. or M.S. is required. The candidate should be proficient in the study of paint samples and be familiar with the theory and application of a wide range of analytical and technical imaging techniques. Excellent English writing skills are required and a reading knowledge of Italian is desirable. The candidate's principal interest must be the examination and treatment of Old Master paintings, primarily of the Italian Schools.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Samuel H. Kress Post-Doctoral Associate in Paintings Conservation will report to the Chair of the Conservation Center, and will work together with Dianne Dwyer Modestini, Conservation Consultant to the Samuel Kress Foundation, Conservator of the Kress Program, and Clinical Professor Emerita of the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, as well as with the junior Kress Fellow. Duties encompass teaching and mentoring students, as well as the research and treatment of Kress pictures, including: teaching the Kress Class, a two-semester course that introduces students to the conservation of Old Master pictures; advising students in the program; participating in admissions and faculty discussions; visiting Kress Collection sites; selecting Kress paintings for study and treatment; carrying out and teaching the technical analysis of the paintings placed on loan to the Center, including imaging, pigment analysis and the preparation and analysis of cross- sections; treating paintings from the Kress Collection with more challenging problems; directing the work of the junior Kress Fellow; conducting paintings research and writing documentation for the Kress Web Project; conducting research, presenting it at conferences and publishing scholarly work; attending relevant conferences.

Application Instructions

Applications should include a brief cover letter, CV, a one-page statement describing the applicant's Old Master painting conservation and teaching experience, and a list of three referees and their contact information. Letters of recommendation are not required at this time. Using the Interfolio link to submit application to search committee chair Michele Marincola, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation and Chair, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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