The J. Paul Getty Trust : Research Assistant


Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute is seeking a research assistant for 25 hours per week to support research projects overseen by the Digital Art History and Curatorial departments. The research assistant will support three projects in particular: PhotoTech (a project to digitize a portion of the GRI’s photo archive), Understanding the Architectural Model (an investigation of research applications for 3D imaging), and Experiment and Experience in East German Art (an examination of the 1982 GDR Art Exhibition using text analysis tools and techniques). The RA will support these projects by conducting literature reviews and environmental scans of relevant digital humanities projects and technologies, helping to plan and oversee related research activities (such as workshops), and by carrying out project-related tasks, which may include transcription or working with project metadata by for example applying standards or conducting quality assurance (QA). This position is ideal for those who have knowledge and familiarity with one or more of the relevant fields within art history (architectural history, modern and contemporary art, early modern European painting, history of photography, cultural European history in the age of the Cold War) as well as interest in developing or enhancing digital humanities skills (metadata, data visualization, developing DH research project plans and workflows, advanced digital imaging).

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the conceptual development of digital art history projects by organizing/creating project documentation, searching for and ordering texts, conducting literature reviews as well as environmental scans of existing technologies and writing up reports and recommendations;
  • Manage requests images for exhibitions and/or publications; researches and obtains art and image permissions;
  • Assisting in the planning and administration of research activities such as workshops
  • Conducts research in the library and special collections;
  • Proofreads, edits, and translates as needed;
  • Assists with creation of project websites or presentations;
  • May assist with organizing art programs for publications by communicating with authors, updating essay drafts, assisting editors in checking page proofs, proofing indexes, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or related field; Master’s or advanced degree in art history or related fields preferred
  • 0-2 years research experience (education may be considered)
  • Working knowledge of German preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

*  Strong written and verbal communication skills

*  Advanced proficiency in one or more computing technologies (such as web development, image editing and digital asset management, data visualization tools); experience with 3D imaging preferred

*  Experience with digital humanities projects preferred

*  Ability to manage multiple projects in a timely manner

*  Ability to build relationships, collaborate and work on teams

*  Ability to set and meet deadlines for oneself

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