Inquire Within Preservation Science Researchers (2 positions, 3 years, paid)

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  • Hosting Service Unit: Library Services
  • Program Contact: Dr. Fenella France frfr (at)
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Preservation Science, Library and Information Science, Print Archives
  • Citizenship: Inquire Within
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: Please email cover letter detailing relevant experience and resume, including names of 3 referees to Dr. Fenella France email: frfr (at) by COB February 25, 2019.
  • Compensation: Pay equivalent to a GS11-12. This is a 3-year position with a start date of March 2019.
  • Academic Credit: No Credit
  • Available Benefits: No Benefits
  • Program Duration: Short-term. 3 years
  • Qualifications: A doctorate in a physical science such as chemistry, materials or forensic science, data science or related field, is required; Research or published writing that establishes expertise in the field is required; Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required; A high degree of organization, self-motivation, and great attention to detail; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members; The final candidate for this three-year term position will be required to successfully pass a background check.
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have awarded a grant to the Library entitled “Assessing the Physical Condition of the National Collection” in the amountof $540,000.00. The grant will support the technical assessment of the condition of books in American research libraries and provide information to support shared print archive programs. The Preservation Research and Testing Division is seeking TWO Preservation Science Researchers for a period of 3 years to perform scientific testing on library materials. The testing will assess the physical, chemical and optical properties of books from different institutions to determine their condition.