Incumbent works under the most general supervision of the Chief of Preservation Research and Testing Division, who may outline in general terms the scientific and technical problems to be studied which will contribute to the Library's preservation research program. Work is carried on with a high degree of independence and originality with little technical guidance. Scientific contributions made by incumbent have potential for influencing the preservation of library collections worldwide.Learn more about this agency
Designs or directs the development of unique or leading-edge technology, instrumentation, or systems to meet specific scientific or mission requirements. Projects significantly influence agency or government programs. Serves as a technical expert within a specialized field of chemistry, namely, analytical separation chemistry.
Develops methodology for separation and characterization of degradation products formed in the aging of a variety of materials of which library collections are composed. Calibrates and repairs various instruments such as high pressure liquid chromatographs, gel permeation chromatographs, gas chromatographs, ion chromatographs, mass spectrometers, etc., that are routinely used to perform the necessary analyses. Sets up and operates new instruments. Incumbent operates sophisticated laboratory instruments and equipment.
Plans projects to solve technical problems for which definitions, methods, and/or data are highly incomplete, controversial, or uncertain. Independently plans projects and provides guidance for lower level staff. Performs a literature search to find an applicable or related methods and information about the chemistry of the materials being studied. Develops new chemical analytical procedures. Establishes new criteria or develops new methods and techniques for solving a variety of chemical problems with unprecedented and obscure aspects. Has wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment to perform work of unusual difficulty and responsibility.
Serves as leading scientist in chemical analysis. Performs or directs analyses of samples that require technical expertise and/or use of advanced analytical instruments. Devises new or modified methods based on the chemical and physical properties of the materials involved and the availability of instruments to perform the analyses; devises further modifications of methods following their application, to correct problems or to further improve the methods.
Researches and develops new and original conservation techniques and procedures. Conducts original and novel research programs to determine properties and effects of a wide range of physical and chemical variables on the preservation of a variety of materials.
Serves as a Library of Congress technical authority on materials preservation, conservation, and duplication guidelines and policies. Works with the staff of various offices to develop guidelines and policies relating to the preservation of paper-based, photographic, magnetic, optical and other materials in the collection of the Library of Congress.
This position requires that appropriate preventative measures be taken to avoid possible exposure to hazardous substances.
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