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Northwestern University/ Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts at Northwestern University (“NU-ACCESS”) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to undertake a one-year project funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation to characterize the patinas on west African sculpture by immunochemical methods. The research will focus on the optimization of forensic protocols for the characterization of trace mixtures of protein-rich fluids deposited on non-Western artifacts during ritual activity. This will be accomplished by recording the immunofluorescence emission response from microscopic cross-sections removed from artificially aged mock-up samples before examination of Bamana and Dogon objects currently housed at the Art Institute of Chicago. The results from this study will be compared to a concurrent proteomic study of the same samples.

The successful candidate will primarily work under the supervision of Dr. Marc Walton (Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University). Additional research will take place at the Amsterdam Center for Forensic Science and Medicine located in the Netherlands, where state of the art biomedical methods for detecting a wide variety of biological fluids are currently being developed.

Minimum qualifications

A Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, or equivalent. It is preferred that the candidate has experience with the development of Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) techniques and /or methods for the fluorescent hybridization of DNA.


Application materials consisting of a cover letter, a CV, and two letters of references should be uploaded to the online application by December 9, 2019 for full consideration.


Northwestern University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply. It is the policy of Northwestern University not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status or other protected group status. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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