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The J. Paul Getty Trust: Research Specialist

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Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute seeks a full-time limited-term (through June 23, 2023) Research Specialist for the Florentine Codex initiative, which aims to digitize and publish the online Digital Florentine Codex, an enhanced digital edition of the codex along with its translations and transcriptions, to produce a scholarly digital publication on the manuscript’s twelfth book, and to develop K-12 educational materials related to the conquest of Mexico.


Reporting to the initiative’s manager, 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 partnership with a contemporary Huasteca Nahuatl consultant. Other tasks may include identifying scribal and artists’ hands in the codex’s texts and images, 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, metadata, and digital projects; advanced research and editorial skills; and is comfortable working with others in a team environment and across Getty departments and programs.

Major Job Responsibilities


  • Identify iconographic, formal, and material aspects of the images in the Florentine Codex in close partnership with other team members
  • Produces trilingual entries (English, Spanish, Classical Nahuatl) to the Getty vocabularies based on the Florentine Codex in close partnership with other team members
  • Works with consultants to provide terminology and descriptions in contemporary Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl
  • Works with specialized consultants on the creation of metadata related to botanical terminology
  • 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
  • May work with technical teams at the Getty and with technical consultants to realize the integration of the image metadata in the Digital Florentine Codex site
  • Helps conceive and realize scholarly and public programs (such as workshops and symposia)
  • Assists in research and editorial tasks to realize the Florentine Codex initiative
  • May help conceive and develop content for digital publications
  • Participates in strategic partnerships and other long- and short-term alliances with arts institutions locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Advances research in underdeveloped fields of art history and related disciplines
  • Fosters communication and partnership across Getty departments and programs
  • Represents program initiatives and projects at symposia, panels, workshops, and seminars (locally, nationally, and internationally)
  • May publish results of research
  • 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 or equivalent experience
  • 1-3 years of experience in an academic setting, research institute, or art museum (education may be considered)
  • Fluency in Spanish and English; knowledge of Classical Nahuatl


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Experience with paleography and orthographic conventions of colonial Mexican manuscripts
  • Advanced research, writing, and editing skills
  • Experience with digital tools and digital humanities projects, especially with producing and cleaning metadata
  • Familiarity with botanical classifications of Mesoamerica is a plus
  • Interest in producing educational materials for K-12
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, partner with; and direct teams across disciplines
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines for oneself and in partnership with teams

Equal Opportunity Employer

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