Doctoral Researcher, New Approaches to the Conservation of Contemporary Art, UK

Publish Date: Oct 02, 2015

Deadline: Oct 21, 2015

This is your chance to be part of a prestigious research and training programme – a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network coordinated by Maastricht University. As one of 15 PhD researchers across Europe, you will contribute to addressing fundamental questions concerning the nature of modern and contemporary artworks and the consequences for their conservation and collection. The network will establish frameworks for international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral research and training collaboration. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an initiative to educate a new generation of professional curators and conservators.

About the role

Join our vibrant Research Department where your doctoral research will focus on ownership, information, control and access: a study of practice and ethics in contemporary art conservation. After developing an ethical and policy framework within which to conduct this research, you will consider the current points of tension around ownership, information, control and access with regard to research focused on the conservation of contemporary art. It’s a chance to compare the different approaches taken in the English, Dutch and German systems and explore what can be learnt from other domains. You will be expected to submit a doctoral thesis on the subject within three years.

About the individual

You will be in the first four years of your research career and not yet awarded a doctoral degree. You must not have lived, studied or worked in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years. Your master’s degree in law, museum studies, conservation, art history, social sciences, or similar will be matched by the ability to work independently, think creatively and write clearly in English. Excited by the chance to work collaboratively as part of a diverse team, you will be comfortable in an international interdisciplinary environment. Your experience and the quality of your master’s level thesis will make you stand out.

How to Apply
Our opportunities are open for you to apply online.

Your personal statement which can be provided in the online application should make clear your interest and qualifications for this particular project.

If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to submit a three page research plan.

The following documents must be submitted with your online application:
(a) A certified copy of your Master certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French);
(b) Evidentiary support: Non-native English speakers or applicants who have their MA degree in a language other than English must have one of the following language qualifications: pass the Academic IELTS (minimum score: 7.5) or TOEFL Internet-based test (minimum score: 113)

Additionally you must arrange for the following:
Two academic references must be received by the deadline for the application to be eligible, Candidates are responsible for instructing referees to submit their references directly to John McNeill, Collection Care Research Manager at

This position is offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 years (starting January 2016) to those who have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to taking up the position.

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