Art Materials Scientist (Conservation Scientist)

ArtDiscovery Inc is seeking an Art Materials Scientist (Conservation Scientist)

ArtDiscovery Inc


Job type
maternity cover (minimum 1-year) with possibility for permanent employment

starting from £35,000 per annum

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ArtDiscovery Inc. is a London and New York based company focused on supporting investors, owners, sellers and buyers of fine art by providing due diligence for authentication, attribution, and conservation activities. Using imaging and material analyses coupled with technical art history expertise, ArtDiscovery is a recognized leader in this burgeoning market sector. We are seeking a material analyst to work with us on a wide variety of art materials from ancient to modern and contemporary.

ArtDiscovery is a growth stage company with headquarters in London. ArtDiscovery works with major auction houses, museums, dealers and private collectors.


Employment Type

Full-Time, part-time or part-time to full-time applicants will be considered. Work period is for a minimum one-year maternity coverage with possibility of leading to a permanent position. Position to start by March 2022 at the latest, ideally by February 2022.

 Residency permission for the United Kingdom preferred.


Job Description

  • Scientific analysis of fine art materials, especially pigments and binding media.
  • Operation of analytical equipment (SEM-EDX, Raman microscopy and FTIR)
  • Documentation, organisation and storage of physical sample material from artworks and reference samples
  • Laboratory and equipment maintenance
  • Discussion and planning of workflow and projects
  • Willingness to assist with technical imaging equipment



  • The qualified candidate must have demonstrated expertise in the analysis of materials using a range of the following analytical techniques:
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (SEM-EDX)
  • Raman microscopy
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • High levels of competence with computers required as role requires use of custom software and hardware. Must have general proficiency in Word and Excel.
  • Impeccable professional and personal references are a must.


Desirable but not required skills; experience performing the following analytical techniques:

  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
  • Hand-held XRF
  • Polarized light microscopy (PLM)
  • Technical imaging of works of art



The qualified candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are self-motivated, problem solving, detail oriented, organised and able to work and communicate well under pressure. The qualified candidate should be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.


Required Education/Experience

The candidate must have at minimum a bachelor’s degree in materials science, chemistry or other related natural science, with a master's degree or PhD in a suitable subject area preferred; 1-3 years of experience in the analysis of art materials. Experience with identification of pigments and binding media preferred.

Strong command of both written and spoken English (required).



Salary will start from £35,000 per annum upwards, commensurate with level of education and experience. Please indicate salary requirement in letter of interest.


Application instructions

Applicants should submit a statement of interest, current CV, and three references by no later than January 1, 2022. We expect to start the interview process in January 2022.

Applications may be submitted through LinkedIn Jobs (preferred):


- or - directly by email to:

[email protected]