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The Museum Conservation Institute - Fellowships & Internships

2011 Research Post-Doctorate at MCI

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to work with Dr. Mehdi Moini at a recently established mass spectrometry and proteomics laboratory at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute. The aim of the laboratory is to develop mass spectrometry and proteomics technologies relevant to museums’ specimens. Projects include but are not limited to: species (fungus, etc.) and proteinaceous objects identification using metabolomics and proteomics techniques; biological dating using various MS techniques such as amino acid racemization; analysis of insoluble proteinaceous or polymeric materials; analysis of paints, inks, etc. using surface ionization techniques; as well as development of portable separation-mass spectrometry devices for onsite chemical/biological analysis. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in the area of separation, micro- and nanofabrication, mass spectrometry, and proteomics and an outstanding academic track record demonstrated by publications in refereed journals. Working experience with Thermo LTQ Orbitrap Veloes, ABI Qstar and 4700 TOF/TOF, as well as with capillary electrophoresis and 2D nano-LC is essential. Experience with DART and microfabrication of fluidic networks would be an advantage, but is not essential. The position is for one year, with a possibility of an extension for the second year and is available immediately, but applicants wishing to start at any time up to June 1, 2011 will be considered. The stipend for this position is $40,000, with allowance for health insurance. Qualified applicants should send a letter of interest and resume, including lists of publications and references to Dr. Mehdi Moini (

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2013 Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Archaeological and Museum Conservation Science Internships and Application Information

2012-2013 Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections

The Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships (OF) has announced one-year fellowships for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation or for conservation scientists to conduct research and gain further training at the Smithsonian in the conservation of objects in its collections. The fellowship begins in the fall of 2012.

2011 Interdisciplinary Post-doctoral Fellowship in Stable Isotope Sciences

2011 Research Post-Doctorate

2011 Internships for Research Projects

The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute is offering short-term opportunities to work on research projects with staff members. Preference will be given to applicants currently enrolled in conservation training programs or graduate students in related subjects. Stipends may be offered for a period of up to 10 weeks. The internships are intended mainly for the summer of 2011, but consideration will be given to projects at other times during the year.