Postdoctoral Researcher in Preservation Science, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is pleased to announce its search for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Preservation Science. This 30-month postdoctoral position offers the opportunity to gain experience of applied materials characterization and data analytics within the cultural heritage field. The appointed researcher will conduct research using advanced thermo-mechanical analytical techniques and data analytics to quantify the impact of changing environments on the mechanical properties of plastic composites, with a view to identifying safe storage, display and handling conditions for historic plastics. This research forms the core of a three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant designed to interrogate the relationship between temperature, equilibrium relative humidity, equilibrium moisture content and the mechanical properties of a range of plastics commonly housed in museum collections. The results will inform guidelines for sustainable preservation environmental management for plastics and plastic composite artifacts.
We welcome applications from fields outside of cultural heritage, but will look favorably on candidates demonstrating a strong interest in the preservation of cultural heritage.
The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is an enterprise center in the College of Art and Design dedicated to supporting the preservation of cultural heritage collections in libraries, archives, and museums around the world. IPI achieves its mission through applied research, the development of practical preservation resources and tools, professional-level education and training programs, and through consulting and materials testing services. IPI resides in a 7,000 square foot space in the Gannett building of the College of Art and Design and staff members include preservation research scientists, environmental management specialists, a materials testing researcher, web application and publication designers, and business operations personnel, https://www.imagepermanenceinstitute.org/.
A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in physical chemistry, material science, experimental mechanics, analytical chemistry, physics or related disciplines is required.
A review of applications will begin November 28, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.