Postdoctoral Position Studying Soap Formation in Paintings

In conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to carry out studies of reactions in paints, as described below.  This appointment is handled through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so we ask interested parties to apply directly through its application procedure, as described below, by email to careers@metmuseum.org.
 
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.
 
Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
·         Collaborates with PIs, consultant, and graduate students at the University of Delaware (UDel).
·         Supervises and guides graduate students at UDel.
·         Conducts analyses by techniques such as solid-state deuterium NMR, (ssDMR) pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR, single-sided NMR (MOUSE®), and synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy, the last two in collaboration with scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
·         Provide the bridge between analytical science and the cultural heritage/conservation community. 
 
Requirements and Qualifications:
·         PhD in chemistry, physics, materials science or related field
·        Experimental and theoretical experience in the characterization of diffusion processes in soft matter and porous materials.
·        An interest in applying these techniques to conservation/cultural heritage issues
Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation and salary history to careers@metmuseum.org with “Research Associate/ Department of Scientific Research” in the subject line.
 
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