Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Postdoctoral fellowship: Postdoctoral Position Studying Soap Formation in Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art/University of Delaware

From the inbox, a very interesting postdoc:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s finest museums, seeks a postdoctoral fellow to work in a collaborative project among researchers in its Department of Scientific Research and at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Delaware.  Both groups have been awarded a collaborative grant by the Division of Materials Science at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate heavy-metal soap formation, a deterioration process that affects hundreds of oil paintings in art collections across the world. The proposed approach combines pulsed-field-gradient (PFG) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) diffusion, solid-state deuterium NMR, single-sided NMR, micro and nanotomography, and synchrotron XRF imaging and XANES spectroscopy experiments, the latter in collaboration with scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), to characterize the dynamics of the processes.

The successful candidate will be primarily based at the Department of Scientific Research at the Met, but will carry out work at the University of Delaware (Udel), BNL, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Travel and accommodation costs for work at the Udel, BNL, and PNNL will be covered by grant funds.  He/she will be expected to integrate into both parts of the program.  The position is initially for one year, with the possibility of funding for up to one and a half additional years. Consideration of applications will begin on December 1st, 2016.
The full posting with qualifications and contact information is here. Best wishes to those interested.  

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