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STUDENT JOB - Microfadeometry and Conservation Science - Conservation and Preservation, Collections, Canadian Museum of History
Location Canadian Museum of History
Job Code 1000-03
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Division: Collections, Canadian Museum of History
Conservation and Preservation

A student job at the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) and the Canadian War Museum (CWM) allows you to apply your learning while acquiring experience, developing skills and making professional contacts. The Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum offer you a place to develop your future career and do fulfilling and meaningful work, in an inclusive and engaging environment, dedicated to museological excellence.  

As a student Microfadeometry and Conservation Science for the Collection, CMH Division and member of the Conservation team, (reporting to the Manager, Conservation and Preservation) you will: 

  • Assemble and make operational the museum’s Microfade Tester for the purpose of determining light stability of objects in the collection;
  • Work with specialist software for the collection and analysis of data, and the subsequent use of this data for research purposesWork with Conservators to create standards for internal use. Once operational, conduct testing using artefacts from the CMH collection and collect initial datasets for internal use;
  • Collect and handle sensitive physical sample material;
  • Work with Conservators and other staff  and use X-Ray Fluorescence to collect new targeted data sets from artefacts in the CMH collection, time permitting.

What we are looking for:  

  • Undergraduate student in a Physics, Engineering, Optical Technology (Photonics), or Science degree program.

Recent and relevant experience in:

  • The operation and maintenance of scientific analytical or testing equipment in a lab setting;
  • Planning and executing research projects, both individually and in a team setting;
  • The creation and manufacture of innovative tools, hardware, and equipment for research or hobby (an asset).


  • Principles of organic and inorganic analysis;
  • Occupational health and safety principles and practices;
  • Various computer application software including MS Office Suite;
  • Principles of optical engineering (an asset).

Eligibility criteria:  

  • Must be a full-time student at College or University;
  •  Must be returning to full-time studies next session (a proof will be required);
  • Bilingualism: BBB;
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Working conditions:  

  • 37.5 hours per week;
  •  Ability to lift up to 15 kg (33 lb);
  • Ability to employ and work in personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Hybrid-Flexible work possible: 4 days on site per week, 1 day remote, with flexibility for more as required. 

Compensation:  $21.24/hour to $23.62/hour – variation according to the student’s level of education 
Duration: May 27, 2024 to August 16, 2024 
Workplace:  100, Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec 
Security Clearance: Enhanced Reliability 
Apply no later than March 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: 
Abiba Diarrassouba 
Human Resources and Talent Acquisition Coordinator
819 776-8176 or 

We thank all candidates for showing interest; however, only retained candidates will be contacted.

The masculine form is used in this document for the sole purpose of simplifying the text: it is not discriminatory in any way.

The Museum is committed to creating an organizational culture that fosters an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible environment for all. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including candidates from all cultures, racialized communities, all abilities, all sexual identities and genders, and anyone else who can contribute to the diversity of ideas. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process and work environment.

The Canadian Museum of History subscribes to the Employment Equity Act.

If you require an accommodation (including alternate formats of materials) in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. Contact: Abiba Diarrassouba or Monica Lun Pun at 819-776-8176 and 819-776-8532 or at

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