The J. Paul Getty Trust: Research Assistant

Job Summary

Supports curator by facilitating their research and/or assisting with their research projects, exhibitions or publications.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Conducts research in the special collections and contributes to the conceptual development of a project by organizing/creating documentation of found materials, such as bibliographies, searching for and ordering texts, writing literature reviews, etc
  • Requests images for exhibitions and/or publications; researches and obtains art and image permissions
  • Proofreads, edits, and translates as needed
  • Assists with creation of project websites and PowerPoint presentations
  • May copyedit essays, author biographies, endnotes, etc
  • May assist with organizing art programs for publications by communicating with authors, updating essay drafts, assisting editors in checking page proofs, proofing indexes, etc.

Candidates are asked to provide:

a personal statement commenting on his/her skills and experiences

1 writing sample

2 letters of recommendation



  • Master’s degree in architecture with emphasis in modern and contemporary architecture preferred; PhD student in architecture/theory&criticism preferred
  • 0-2 years research experience (education may be considered)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • 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
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe software suites preferred


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