The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Scientific Research seeks fellowship applications for the 2018–2019 academic year. Our focus is the preservation, storage, display, and study of The Met collection and its related materials. The following are primary areas of interest for the department, although applications in all topics related to art-conservation science will be considered.
Inorganic Media: The petrographic and geochemical study of "artificial" geological materials, such as technical ceramics and stucco. Also, the investigation of atomic layer deposition as method for inhibiting silver metal corrosion.
Organic Media: These topics focus on the development and application of mass spectrometric (GC/MS, MALDI) and immunological techniques for the identification of natural and synthetic organic materials in cultural heritage. These materials include proteins, polysaccharides, resins, oils, and waxes, as well as modern paints, coatings, and plastics. Research on degradation mechanisms and chemical interactions are of high interest. Other topics include: the interactions of pigments on natural binders; immunological techniques applied to proteins and gums; and the application of MALDI techniques—including imaging—to the study of organic colorants, plastics, waxes, lipids, polysaccharides, and proteins.
Preventive Conservation Science: These topics focus on understanding the environmental factors that affect works of art. Examples include but are not limited to the following: display, storage, and building materials testing using advanced analytical techniques (GC/MS, ion chromatography, HPLC) for the safe display and transport of art including the analysis of volatiles and their effect on inorganic and organic artwork; the effect of modern pesticides on art; and monitoring and determining acceptable thresholds for volatiles and urban pollutants.
Photographs: The study of materials and techniques of 19th- and 20th-century photographs—such as, but not limited to, silver, platinum, palladium, satista, salted paper prints, and daguerreotypes—and how these affect their permanence. Research on deterioration processes such as silver mirroring and others caused by exposure to light and other environmental factors.
Spectroscopy: The investigation of the application of reflectance spectroscopy imaging to the analysis of prints, drawings, and paintings in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Learn more about Conservation and Scientific Research fellowships at The Met.