Post Doc position on Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Coating Development for Material Preservation - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Venezia, CCHT
Added on: 26/09/2019 - Expires on: 15/11/2019

The Centre for Cultural Heritage Technology (CCHT@Ca’Foscari) in Venice of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia aims at researching and promoting new technologies and approaches for analysis and preservation of Cultural Heritage expanding and improving current approaches. A strongly interdisciplinarity-oriented infrastructure, the Centre combines expertise from conservation and computing sciences domains, integrating these competencies to foster cutting-edge research.

CCHT@Ca’Foscari is currently seeking to appoint one Post Doc with proven experiences in Material Science applied to Cultural Heritage, and experimental background in development of polymeric nanocomposite coating for Cultural Heritage preservation and conservation for its newly established lab.  The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists focused on Cultural Heritage safeguard and protection through the understanding of the physico-chemical properties of the investigated materials and the development of appropriate strategies for their preservation and conservation.

The candidate will oversee junior researchers and PhDs working on characterisation of CH items and on the development of polymeric nano-micro/composite materials applied as protective coatings to heritage objects (including glass, metal and ceramic items, manuscripts, textiles, paintings and sculptures etc). Sensing technologies might also be developed and integrated in the protective layers in order to monitor the state of the degradation of heritage items.

Strongly motivated, the ideal candidate will contribute to the establishment of CCHT@Ca’Foscari as a leading global centre in the domain of conservation of Cultural heritage and to the expansion of the Centre itself.

Required qualifications for the candidate:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or relevant
  • At least 4 years of postdoc experience;
  • Competence in the domain of Cultural Heritage
  • Strong background in CH diagnostic (including the use of microscopy, spectroscopy, surface and thermomechanical techniques)
  • Proven experience in nanomaterials and polymer nanocomposites synthesis and processing
  • Excellent track record of research publications
  • Experience in grant proposal preparation at European and National level;
  • Proficient in English language (written and oral)
  • Ability to work as part of a team or network.

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in supervising or co-supervising Ph.D. students or junior postdocs;
  • Experiences in studying and working abroad and contacts with international research community

The successful candidate will be offered a salary commensurate to experience and skills.

The call will remain open until the position is filled but a first deadline for evaluation of candidates will be November 15, 2019.

Please send your application to quoting “CCHT - Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Coating Development for Material Preservation – BC 77469” in the e-mail subject.

Your application must include (as separate documents):

  • a detailed CV
  • a research statement, expanding on current and past research
  • 3 representative publications.
  • 2 reference letters

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia ( is a non-profit institution created with the objective of promoting technological development and higher education in science and technology. Research at IIT is carried out in highly innovative scientific fields with state-of-the-art technology.

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Cultural Heritage Technologies


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