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Materials Research Internship:

Intern Katherine Langdon conducts cleaning tests on Fort Livingston.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training announces an internship for a period of six months to test the efficacy of different treatment strategies for prevention of oiling and removal of oil from the historic properties. As we see more and diverse oils being moved by pipeline, rail, ship, and truck, the chances that different historic materials will be impacted increases, yet we know very little about what products and techniques are effective at removing different oils from a given historic material. This research will inform the treatment of cultural heritage that has been exposed to oil.

The successful candidate will test surface washing agents on oiled historic building materials, analyze data, and maintain research equipment at NCPTT. Duties include preparing, treating, and artificially weathering samples, and evaluating results using various scientific instruments. The person may assist in the development of the experimental design and/or write up the results for publication.

Desired Skill/Qualifications: The position requires a person who is knowledgeable about the field historic preservation. Experience in a lab and the field are beneficial to the position, as well as experience in experimental design, instrumentation, etc. A bachelor’s degree or greater in a similar subject matter is required.

Effective Start Date: Beginning about November 1, 2017
Effective End Date: May 1, 2017
40 hours per week for six months. Pay based on experience (Undergraduate $12.85 / hr, Graduate $15.15/ hr )
Work is temporary

To apply email; cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to:
Mary Striegel, Chief, Materials Conservation at NCPTT

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119