The Getty

Research Assistant

3 months ago
Requisition Number
Position Status
LT Full-Time
Getty Center
GRI - 0440-Curatorial

Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute seeks a Research Assistant to assist both the curator of Rare Books for 13 hours per week and the Project Manager for the Getty Research Portal ( for 20 hours per week. Will assist curator by conducting research, writing and other curatorial work related to acquisitions, exhibitions, publications and presentations.  Will assist the Project Manager on research and on all matters bibliographic with regard to the Portal, a free online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts.



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.
  • Assists in book digitization selection and assessment from the GRI's collections for Portal inclusion
  • Researches and analyzes online holdings from potential new Portal contributors
  • Highlights Portal content in a variety of outlets including print and online publications and on Getty social media channels




  • MA/Ph.D. candidate/degree in either Art History, Classics, Early Modern History, Library Science or a related humanities field with strong skills and facility in navigating a major research library.

  • Reading knowledge of at least two European languages essential and knowledge of Latin highly desirable, as is previous experience in dealing with rare books and primary archival materials. 

  • Proficiency with bibliographic searching in a multitude of languages

  • Comfort with spreadsheet programs

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Keen attention to detail

  • Ability to be flexible and multitask.

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