The J. Paul Getty Trust: Research Specialist

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of the Getty Research Institute (GRI), the GRI is seeking a 2-year limited term Research Specialist.  This position realizes, conceives, and manages major research, exhibition, programmatic projects (e.g., symposia and workshops), and special scholarly initiatives generated by the GRI’s Director’s Office, which are multi-departmental and multi-disciplinary in nature and related to important topics in the field of art history and related disciplines.

 

Applies expert knowledge of research procedures and protocols to highly complex questions of significant importance to the Director and the program, developing new and innovative approaches. Works independently to conduct advanced research that shapes program direction. Identifies underdeveloped areas of research in fields of art history and related disciplines, especially as related to Pre-Hispanic and non-Western art. Provides advisory function and research assistance to Director for her own work and the GRI’s projects, which have a strong emphasis in Pre-Hispanic art history and provenance research. Organizes and edits GRI Director’s publications and lecture presentations. Conducts research holdings in the Getty Research Institute’s special collections.

 

Participates in strategic partnerships and other long- and short- term collaborations with arts institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. Fosters communications and collaborations across other departments and programs of the Trust.  Develops cross-functional and/or cross-entity partnerships and initiates new and productive internal and external alliances. Represents program’s initiatives and projects at public and private symposia, panels, workshops, and seminars, locally, nationally, and internationally.  Publishes results and participates in research project exhibitions. Develops a broad network of local, national, and international contacts within the field of art history, and within the field(s) of specialization.

 

Researches, presents, and publishes own scholarship. Carries on high-level independent research that will lead to outcomes, such as peer review journal articles, catalog essays, and exhibitions.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Supports research, publication, and programmatic activities of GRI Director.
  • Conceives and realizes research and programmatic projects (especially, research projects, symposia, workshops, research camps, and publications) related to important topics in the field of art history and related disciplines, developing new and innovative approaches.
  • Identifies underdeveloped areas of research in the fields of art history and related disciplines
  • Represents GRI initiatives and projects at public and private symposia, panels, workshops, and seminars, locally, nationally, and internationally; publish research results
  • Fosters communication and collaboration across other departments and programs of the Trust
  • Maintains a broad network of local, national, and international contacts within the field of art history, and within the position’s field(s) of specialization
  • Organizes and conducts national and international research trips
  • In coordination with the Director’s Office team, initiates and fosters long-term collaborations and partnerships with national and international institutions
  • Conducts archival provenance research
  • Contributes original research to projects in the form of presentations and scholarly publications
  • Collaborates with GRI’s Digital Initiatives on digital outcomes of initiative

Qualifications

  • PhD in Pre-Hispanic art history or archaeology or ABD demonstrating advanced work in the field.
  • 1-3 years experience in academic setting, research institute, or art museum 
  • Foreign language skills preferred, especially Spanish

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • PhD in Pre-Hispanic art history or archaeology or ABD demonstrating advanced work in the field.
  • Experience with provenance research a plus.
  • A successful candidate will present useful research languages, including Spanish.
  • Advanced research, writing, and editorial skills.
  • 1-3 years of experience in academic setting, research institute, or art museum.
  • Excellent knowledge of advanced research techniques and methodologies in scholarship.
  • Ability to collaborate and direct teams across disciplines.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to develop a large professional network that is leveraged in the course of the work.

 

To apply, visit: https://jobs-getty.icims.com/jobs/3565/research-specialist/job

 

 

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