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Assistant Paper Conservator (Full-time, one-year term)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks a full-time Assistant Paper Conservator to fill a one-year term position in the Asian flat works section. The assistant conservator will be responsible primarily for preparing Japanese woodblock prints for a major exhibition opening in January 2022.

They may also treat other works of art on paper under the responsibility of the Asian flat work section.

The flat works on paper section of the Asian Conservation Studio is responsible for the care of Japanese woodblock prints and illustrated books, as well as South Asian paintings, manuscripts on paper and palm-leaf, Islamic manuscripts on paper and parchment, and ephemera such as Japanese postcards and Chinese lithographs from the 20th century.

Under the direction of the conservation division head:
Undertake examinations and treatments for a major traveling exhibition and other loans and in-house exhibitions.

Essential Functions:
• Determine need for conservation, and design and execute appropriate treatments, referring unusual cases to supervisor as appropriate.
• Document conservation work in writing and through photography, utilizing MFA’s collections database system.
• Coordinate exhibition catalogue photography.
• Assist in preparing condition reports for outgoing loans and exhibitions.
• Work collaboratively with curators, conservators, framers, and collections care staff in support of exhibition and loan activities.
• Manage personal workflow to meet established deadlines.
• Perform other duties as responsibilities necessitate.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston reserves the right to change job descriptions. While this job description is intended to include essential duties, it is conceivable that job duties may change before the job description is officially revised.

• Applicants should have a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) in conservation with a specialization in works of art on paper from a recognized conservation training program.
• Experience working with Japanese woodblock prints is preferred.
• Knowledge of and interest in printmaking and artist’s materials is important.
• Familiarity with South and East Asian papers is important.
• Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines without compromising high standards is essential.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare concise reports is required.

How to Apply
Application materials are being accepted immediately until December 20, 2020. To apply, please submit your application through the Museum's online job board.

For consideration, please upload letter of interest and résumé in one document when prompted. Two letters of recommendation should be sent to

Please visit the 'External Link' below for more information and to apply.

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