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Dept-Textile Conservation- Laboratory Coordinator

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, Iowa, US
Closing date
Jan 21, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City-The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.


The work responsibilities of the Associate Laboratory Coordinator relate to several aspects of the Department of Textile Conservation (DTC) lab maintenance. It includes supervision of lab facilities, environment, equipment, inventory and storage of conservation materials and tools, as well as providing technical support to conservators.

  • Stocking laboratories, managing chemical inventories (Safety Data Sheets)
  • Assisting with environment-related work including hygrothermograph (data logger), pest control, and chemical removal/inventory
  • Conducting preventive anoxic treatment
  • DI water system maintenance
  • Maintaining microscopes and updating software and manuals
  • Maintaining inventory and distribution of conservation materials
  • Maintaining departmental reference collection
  • Researching of storage solutions and updating conservation materials
  • Coordinating communication between DTC and museum shops for work requests using JIRA software
  • Assisting conservators in maintaining archive of scientific documentation
  • Assisting in preparation of experiments and/or archiving specimens
  • Scheduling maintenance and repair visits for equipment.
  • Overseeing cleanliness of laboratory
  • Arranging bi-annual fire drills
  • Other duties as assigned


Fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, sincerely held religious belief, or pregnancy, or because you are a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sex offenses).

Experience and Skills:
  • Experience as laboratory technician (preferred)
  • Ability to work with analytical equipment
  • Familiarity with scientific research techniques
  • Familiarity with museum environmental standards (required)
  • Understanding of textile materials (preferred)
  • Demonstrable photography and computer skills for the purpose of documentation
  • Very good organizational, communication and team working skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to manage concurrent responsibilities in a busy environment
  • Some lifting may be required

Knowledge and Education:
  • Required: B.S. in textile science or related field
  • Knowledge related to conservation materials (preferred)
  • Familiarity with conservation, especially within a museum environment (preferred)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.
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