The J. Paul Getty Trust : Data Specialist, Arches

Job Summary

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) is seeking a Data Specialist who will assist the Arches team in the creation and processing of metadata and data for Arches implementations and development. This is a two-year, limited term position.

Arches is a project of the GCI that addresses the data management needs of the cultural heritage field through the development of a comprehensive open-source software platform that integrates innovative tools such as the latest semantic, geospatial, and web technologies in order to meet specific challenges within the conservation field. Currently, the Arches platform is being enhanced and expanded for the management, integration, and visualization of scientific data for the heritage conservation science field at large.

Major Job Responsibilities

Working as an integral part of the Arches project team, the Data Specialist’s main responsibility will be to analyze and process various types of scientific data (i.e. instrumentation data, imagery, reports, etc.) as well as cultural heritage data in order to determine how best to integrate and manage them within the Arches platform. The Data Specialist will do this by conducting research and applying established standards and best practices from both the heritage and scientific communities. Where there are no established best practices, the Data Specialist will work closely with internal scientific staff in order to understand the needs of conservation scientists and help to establish (and eventually, disseminate) widely-applicable processes and procedures for conservation science data management through Arches. He/she will test and apply various methods in the creation, editing, aggregation, and transformation of large sets of data, metadata, controlled vocabularies, and digital files. Additional duties may also include, but are not limited to: writing papers and articles, updating and expanding the Arches project website, and presenting at various outreach events, in order to disseminate knowledge about Arches and conservation science data management.


A Master’s degree in (Digital) Humanities, (Digital) Art History, Heritage Conservation, or related field, is required. In addition, the Data Specialist should have a minimum of 2–3 years of experience, preferably dealing with international projects and relating to cultural heritage conservation. Fluency in a foreign language is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate should demonstrate a broad knowledge of the heritage conservation field, including conservation science; practical experience with and/or enthusiastic interest in technology, especially as it pertains to open source software, semantic data, born-digital data management, geographic information systems (GIS), digital humanities, scientific research, historic preservation/heritage conservation documentation, and non-profit/arts organizations; and the ability to work as a member of a diverse interdisciplinary professional team. Previous experience with non-profit entities and an understanding of their social values is a plus.


The successful candidate will be able to effectively research, understand, synthesize and communicate moderately complex concepts, and will be adaptable, a creative problem-solver, and highly detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and time management skills. He/she will have practical experience working with databases and a corresponding knowledge of basic to intermediate data management principles. He/she will be able to communicate and work with various GCI staff, including conservators and scientists, and must also be adept at handling multiple activities quickly within a fast-paced and highly visible project. Must be available for to travel.


An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.


All candidates must apply online. Please prepare a cover letter and resume in a single PDF file. Note: When prompted by the online application system to select or submit your resume, please upload your cover letter and resume as a single PDF file. Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message via email.


The deadline for applications is April 22, 2019.



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