The Getty

  • Research Specialist

    Posted Date
    5 months ago(8/23/2018 3:11 PM)
    Requisition Number
    LT Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    GRI - 0451-Digital Initiatives
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $62,342.80 - $81,055.52 Annually
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The Digital Initiatives area within the Getty Research Institute seeks a Research Specialist for its Digital Art History Program, to work on projects at the intersection of art-historical research and digital technologies. The position will be primarily responsible for coordinating research activities associated with PhotoTech, a project to digitize a portion of the GRI’s Photo Archive. This work will entail helping to design and to manage research activities for PhotoTech, including assistance in administration of workshops or collaborative projects; communicating with technical teams (imaging, software development) to offer insight from the researcher’s perspective; and conducting research on the Photo Archive itself to better understand what is contained within it and to assist in formulating relevant art-historical research questions.


    The Research Specialist will also contribute to other Digital Art History projects, working with technical experts to ensure that the technological and art-historical aspects of our projects are aligned. The person in this position may also research and analyze topics related to their specialty within art history, helping to develop research applications within digital art history projects. The work may also include high-level research leading to outcomes such as peer-reviewed scholarship. Candidates who have experience with digital humanities techniques and tools are preferred.


    The Research Specialist will join the dynamic teams that make up the Digital Initiatives area of the Getty Research Institute. You will work on an amazing campus, collaborating with leading curators, librarians, archivists, and academics. We offer paid vacation, every other Friday off and excellent benefits.  


    The position is being offered as a full-time, limited term position until June 2020, with a possibility of renewal.


    PLEASE NOTE:  The application filing may close on 1/31/2019, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. 

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Realizes and may conceive research and programmatic projects (for example: conferences) and implements programs or exhibitions
    • Participates in strategic partnerships and other long- and short- term collaborations with arts institutions locally, nationally, and internationally
    • Identifies underdeveloped areas of research in fields of art history and related disciplines
    • Fosters communication and collaboration across departments and programs of the Trust
    • 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


    • Master’s or PhD degree in art history
    • 1-3 years of experience in academic setting, research institute, or art museum (education may be considered)
    • Special subject and technical expertise required; digital humanities and/or foreign language preferred

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Advanced knowledge of established standards and best practices relevant to specific duties
    • Some familiarity with one or more technical systems associated with the project. These would include, for example, systems designed for collection management, digital materials management and transformation, (linked) data management, digital asset management, data integration, or social media
    • Demonstrated ability to build long-term relationships, collaborate and direct teams across disciplines
    • Ability to meet deadlines, apply policies and procedures consistently, conduct research, and present recommendations
    • Advanced research writing and editorial skills
    • Ability to work in team-based and collaborative environments
    • May require supervisory or project management skills
    • Advanced knowledge of new developments in the domain of art history and digital humanities