Smithsonian internships & a post-doc

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute has several upcoming undergraduate internships and a post-doc opportunity for 2013.  Please circulate to anyone that might be interested.  Contact and application information can be found in the links and descriptions below.

2013Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Group Intern Program
Supported by NSF REU Sites Program
Application deadline February 25, 2013.
The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in conjunction with the NSF REU Sites Program is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group.  The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers.  MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects.
Internships will take place during the summer of 2013.  Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a university program or scheduled to matriculate in the fall of 2013.  Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to:  museum studies, art history, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth science, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering.  Basic chemistry and mathematical coursework is preferred; laboratory experience is not required.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  A stipend will be offered for a period of 10 weeks starting in late May or early June 2013.
Application information and details about specific projects can be found at the link above.  Application deadline is February 25, 2013.

2013 Interdisciplinary Post-doc Fellowship in Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry.
Application deadline January 15, 2013.
The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships is offering an Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of stable isotope sciences. Research proposals must integrate the use of stable isotopes (2H/1H, 13C/12C, 15N/14N, and 18O/16O) into their specific research questions. Stable isotope analysis must comprise a significant portion of the research. The successful applicant will conduct analyses at one of the two Pan-Institutional isotope facilities (OUSS/MCI Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Facility in Suitland, MD or at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama). 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. Prior Isotope Fellows are not eligible. Please consult the research staff listed for the Museum, Research Units, and Offices at the links to Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study below.
Applicants must propose to conduct research in-residence for a period of 12 months, at least 4 months of which will be spent on-site at the MCI or STRI laboratory. 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 to for details on the SI fellowship program. Applications must be submitted by Jan 15, 2013. Access to the online application system and information regarding the necessary materials can be found at


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