We are looking for a research conservator to join an interdisciplinary team to take part in a ground-breaking investigation of a key aspect of Pacific culture.
The three-year research project, Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place, is being funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is a collaboration between the University of Glasgow, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the National Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institution.
Barkcloth is made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree and other plants. By studying the material closely, it is hoped that we will gain new insight into the lost skills, culture and knowledge associated with this ancient craft. This innovative project will integrate the methodologies of museum anthropology, history, scientific analysis, botany and conservation.
We are looking for staff who bring technical skills to the project and who also enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
The post-holder will undertake conservation treatment and improve the collection storage of Pacific barkcloth artefacts belonging to The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow and the Economic Botany Collection at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
(S)he will also carry out research investigating the links between different plant species, degradation mechanisms and condition, and how these impact on the development of appropriate treatments.
The successful candidate will contribute to the dissemination of project outcomes through research publications, conferences and the project website.
The post is for two years, full-time, from 1 January 2016.
Apply online at www.glasgow.ac.uk/jobs
Closing date: 20 September 2015
Research and Teaching Grade 6: £27,057- £30,434
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