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Museum Conservation Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mass Spectrometry


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral 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. The stipend for this position is $45,000, with approx. $5000 allowance for health insurance.

Qualified applicants should contact Dr. Mehdi Moini (

Apply Through: SOLAA