Job Title: Research Associate – The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum: Conservation and Art Historical Analysis


4 History of Art Research Associates – to work with 4 selected Research Associates from Conservation and Technology

Department: Research Forum/Department of Conservation and Technology/Gallery

Reports to: Professor Aviva Burnstock, Head of the Department of Conservation & Technology and Dr Karen Serres, Curator of Paintings, The Courtauld Gallery

Remuneration: A research bursary of £480 will be awarded to successful applicants in two instalments in April and June, after participation in each of the two workshops detailed below.

Period of employment: The post of Research Associate extends from January to May 2014.

Job content: The Research Forum invites applications for Research Associate positions for projects starting in January 2014 to undertake research on selected paintings undergoing treatment in the Department of Conservation & Technology.  Each art historian will be paired with a conservator and allocated one painting to research. This is a part-time project with flexible time allocation; it will not involve more than half a day a week (average) in term time.  The four pairs of Research Associates will present the results of their research during workshops in the Research Forum in the spring and summer terms (Monday 10 March 2014 and Monday 12 May 2014); these workshops will be attended by interested scholars at The Courtauld and invited guests.  The Research Associates will also prepare a report for publication on The Courtauld Institute of Art website. (Reports should not contain any material that infringes copyright.)

This is an opportunity for students in the history of art to work closely with students in Conservation & Technology (Easels).  The Research Associates will work under the direction of Professor Aviva Burnstock and Dr Karen Serres.

Person Specification: Postgraduate students at The Courtauld, with a commitment to research into art history in its broadest sense or conservation of easel paintings, together with an interest in the bridges between technical art history and other forms of art historical investigation.

Skills: Good organizational skills, and able to work unsupervised, together with the ability to manage their time effectively and work well in a team environment.  Presentation and report writing skills are also required.

To apply: please send a brief statement of interest in the project, including a brief CV, a completed equal opportunities monitoring form , and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s tutor or supervisor, to

Closing date for applications:              Thursday, 14 November 2013

Interview date:                                       second half of November 2013

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