Physical Scientist (Conservation), Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

mci-smithsonian_logoThe Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is seeking Physical Scientists (Conservation) to conduct research on works of art, antiquities, and other objects of cultural value through scientific examination, identification, and analysis of their materials. They may also perform technical examinations of these objects for authentication, condition assessment, or conservation treatment. Applicants must be able to perform analysis in the general areas of organic or inorganic materials using some of the following analytical methods: scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDS), X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively-coupled mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
MCI is a scientific research center of the Smithsonian Institution with the mission to increase and disseminate scientific knowledge that improves preservation and conservation of museum collections and related material, with an emphasis on the collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. For a more detailed description of the MCI’s programs please see

For a complete application package and instructions please access USAJOBS or the Smithsonian website and retrieve announcement numbers 15A-SR-300454-MPA-MCI and 15A-SR-300473-DEU-MCI. The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Vacancies close Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National.

For more information contact:
Janet G. Douglas
Head of Technical Studies
Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution
(301) 238-1238