The J. Paul Getty Trust : Research Specialist


Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute seeks a full-time 3-year limited-term Research Specialist for the Florentine Codex initiative, which aims to digitize and publish the Florentine Codex online, along with its translations and transcriptions; and to produce a scholarly digital publication on the manuscript’s twelfth book. 

Reporting to the principal investigator, the Research Specialist’s primary task is to produce metadata in the form of authoritative structured vocabularies to describe the 2,500 images in the codex. This will involve identifying iconographic, formal, and material aspects of the images as well as drawing keywords from the accompanying texts. Conforming to the standards of the Getty vocabularies, this metadata will be produced in four languages: English, Spanish, Classical Nahuatl, and contemporary Huasteca Nahuatl in collaboration with a contemporary Huasteca Nahuatl consultant. Other potential tasks may include identifying scribal hands in the codex’s texts and images, producing paleographic analyses of the codex and related manuscripts, assisting in the organization of events tied to the project (such as workshops and symposia), and producing original research for presentations and publications.

The ideal candidate has expertise in early colonial Mexican art history; language abilities in English, Spanish, and Classical Nahuatl; experience working with databases and digital projects; advanced research and editorial skills; and is comfortable working in a collaborative team environment and across Getty departments and programs.


Major Job Responsibilities

  • Produces trilingual entries (English, Spanish, Classical Nahuatl) to the Getty vocabularies based on the Florentine Codex
  • Works with editors and Getty Vocabulary team members to ensure the quality of the content and the adherence to editorial standards of the Getty Vocabularies
  • Works with consultant to translate Vocabulary entries to contemporary Huasteca Nahuatl
  • Participates in and may lead research and programmatic components of the initiative
  • Works with technical teams at the Getty and with technical consultants to realize the implementation of the Vocabularies in the Digital Florentine Codex site
  • Helps conceive and realize scholarly and public programs (such as workshops and symposia)
  • Works with digital tools and digital humanities projects
  • Assists in research and editorial tasks to realize the Florentine Codex initiative
  • Helps conceive and develop scholarly content for digital publications
  • Participates in strategic partnerships and other long- and short-term collaborations with arts institutions locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Identifies underdeveloped areas of research in fields of art history and related disciplines
  • Fosters communication and collaboration across departments and programs of the Trust
  • Represents program initiatives and projects at public and private symposia, panels, workshops, and seminars (locally, nationally, and internationally)
  • Publishes results of research and participates in project-related exhibitions
  • Maintains a broad network of local, national, and international contacts within the field of art history, and within the field(s) of specialization



  • Ph.D. in Colonial Latin American art history or history.
  • 1-3 years of experience in academic setting, research institute, or art museum (education may be considered).
  • Fluency in Spanish and English; knowledge of Classical Nahuatl.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with paleography of sixteenth- to eighteenth-century Mexican manuscripts
  • Advanced research, writing, and editing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, collaborate, and direct teams across disciplines
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines for oneself and in collaboration with teams
  • A familiarity with sixteenth-century Spanish paleography and orthographic conventions is useful, especially as found in Molina’s Vocabulario.


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