Post-Doc : Scientific testing on library materials (Washington, DC)

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The Library of Congress Preservation Research and Testing Division (PRTD) is seeking Preservation Research Fellows to perform scientific testing on library materials for a project funded by the Mellon Foundation. The testing will assess the physical, chemical and optical properties of books from different institutions to determine their condition. The fellows will work in the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress undertaking and managing the science portion of the grant in collaboration with the Chief of PRTD - the Project Director. The Preservation Research Fellows will be required to undertake required chemical, physical and optical testing on paper-based materials and abide by all safety requirements. The fellows will be required to undertake scientific analyses on paper-based materials and to follow specified test methodologies and procedures after training. Testing will require fellows to work in an active chemical laboratory. Scientific testing will comprise a range of chemical, optical and mechanical test techniques.

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