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Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry of Museum Collections

 

 

 

The Office of Fellowships and Internships is offering an Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of biomolecular mass spectrometry. Research proposals must focus on mass spectrometry analysis from any type of museum or research sample including artwork, objects, animal, or plant tissues.  Projects must integrate one or more analytical techniques into their specific research plan including proteomics and biomolecular mass spectrometry, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography mass spectrometry, ambient mass spectrometry, stable isotope mass spectrometry, or inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.  Data collection and analysis via mass spectrometry should be the primary basis for informing and answering research questions and should constitute a significant portion of the research. The successful applicant will conduct analyses in at least one of the Smithsonian’s mass spectrometry facilities (MCI Biomolecular and Proteomics Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in Suitland, MD; MCI Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Facility in Suitland, MD; STRI Stable Isotope Laboratory in Panama City, Panama; MCI ICP-MS Laboratory in Suitland, MD; FSG Department of Conservation and Scientific Research).

Applicants must have completed or be near completion of the Ph.D. Recipients who have not completed the Ph.D. at the time of application must provide proof of completion of the degree before the fellowship begins. Please go here for details on the SI fellowship program.  Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Applicants must propose to conduct research in-residence for a period of 12 months.  Applicants interested in this fellowship are strongly encouraged to contact potential advisors/hosts at any of the Smithsonian’s various Museums and Research Units prior to proposal preparation and submission. The fellow can work exclusively with any of the mass spectrometry facilities listed above or jointly with a co-advisor in a different unit if desired.  Please consult the research staff listed in SORS.

Applications for the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry Postdoctoral Fellowship apply in SOLAA to the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry Postdoctoral Fellowship listed under the Office of Fellowships. The application is not listed under the museum, research facility or office in which the applicant proposes to conduct research. Please follow the guidelines for the postdoctoral fellowship application. Please go here for details on the SI fellowship program. Apply Through: SOLAA

No employee or contractor of the Smithsonian Institution may hold a Smithsonian fellowship during the time of his/her employment or contract.

A fellowship may not be awarded to any person who has been employed by or under contract to the Institution in the previous year without the prior approval of the Office of Fellowships and Internships.

For general information about this fellowship, or additional information on the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) Biomolecular and Proteomics Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, OUSS/MCI Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Facility, or the MCI ICP-MS Laboratory in Suitland, MD please contact Christine France (francec@si.edu).

For additional information on the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Stable Isotope Laboratory in Panama City, contact Ben Turner (turnerbl@si.edu).

For additional information on the Freer-Sackler Gallery (FSG) Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, contact Blythe McCarthy (mccarbl@si.edu).

Access to the online application system and information regarding the necessary materials can be found here.