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Bader Chair in Art Conservation, Advanced Analytical Imaging

Queen's University

Bader Chair in Art Conservation – Advanced Analytical Imaging

The Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University invites applications for the Bader Chair in Art Conservation. The holder of the Chair will be a distinguished academic, normally tenured and at the rank of Professor, with a specialization that includes Advanced Analytical Imaging in Art and Art Conservation. Strong applicants who are currently at the Associate Professor level are also encouraged to apply. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2022.

The appointee will be a research leader in advanced analytical imaging as evidenced by a strong record of scholarly achievements, and contribute substantively to the growth of this field, enlarging and publicly sharing in the global body of knowledge and enhancing the way we care for, understand, and preserve cultural and artistic objects. The appointee will be expected to establish Advanced Imaging as a core stream within the Art Conservation program, while developing and leading courses, seminars, supervising students, and mentoring emerging scholars. The Chair will enable the Department to become among the world’s pre-eminent leaders in the science of diagnostic and analytical imaging in the conservation profession.
The Chair will be an interdisciplinary thinker with interests beyond their specialized area, such as in chemistry, technical art history, museology, imaging science, or other adjacent fields, and will work collaboratively with colleagues across the Department and the University, as well as with national and international institutions. The appointee will have opportunities to research and teach using the University’s diverse cultural and artistic collections (which includes the Bader Collection of European Art, the preeminent collection of seventeenth-century Dutch painting in a Canadian University) and contribute to the dynamic and inclusive intellectual community across campus. The appointee is expected to initiate major research partnerships, develop new techniques, and access national and international grants to support new research initiatives, technologies, and equipment.
Queen's offers the only graduate program in art conservation in Canada (and only one of five such graduate programs in all North America), as well as expertise in Technical Art History. Buoyed by a $40 million gift from Bader Philanthropies, Queen’s is currently rebuilding and expanding its teaching and research labs in Art Conservation, in conjunction with a renovation of the University’s adjacent art gallery. With a 2020 gift from the Jarislowsky Foundation, the Art Conservation Program recently acquired a Bruker M6 Jetstream X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Scanner, the Bruker XRF Tracer 5g, and a Nicolet Is5 FTIR Spectrometer. In addition to using the University’s art collections, the appointee may benefit from Queen’s proximity to major museums in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. The Master’s Program in Art Conservation has existing partnerships with museums and galleries across Canada, including the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), and graduates of the program work in institutions around the world. The Bader Chair in Art Conservation will empower Queen’s to use the new analytical imaging equipment fully and introduce unparalleled opportunities for research, teaching, connectivity and collaboration.
Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for further independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions particularly at the graduate level, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department, the development of academic programs, and other initiatives. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will also be expected to make contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

People from across Canada and around the world come to learn, teach and carry out research at Queen’s University. Faculty and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. You will also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children. Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave. In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human Resources.

Additional information about Queen’s University can be found on the Faculty Recruitment and Support website. The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.
The Department of Art History and Art Conservation is one of Canada’s leading programs in the study of visual and material culture and delivers three academic programs: Undergraduate Program in Art History (BA), Graduate Program in Art History (MA/PhD), and the Master of Art Conservation Program (MAC). With eighteen core faculty members, the Department offers diverse specializations in Western and non-Western visual traditions (including Indigenous and African arts), as well as in museum/curatorial studies, craft and material culture studies, medical humanities, and digital art history. With a Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, and Bader Curator of European Art, the University has particularly deep strengths in Baroque painting. The Art Conservation program currently offers four streams: Painting Conservation, Paper Conservation, Artifacts Conservation, and Conservation Science. The Bader Chair in Art Conservation would represent the addition of a fifth stream within the Art Conservation Program and allow the program to expand its offerings and student intake.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.

A complete application consists of:
• a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
• a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
• a statement of research interests;
• a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,
• three letters of reference to be sent directly to Norman Vorano at

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application packages electronically as PDFs to Norman Vorano at, although hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Norman Vorano
Head, Art History and Art Conservation
Department of Art History and Art Conservation
Ontario Hall, 305
67 University Avenue
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Diane Platt in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation, at

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