The Getty

  • Research Specialist

    Posted Date
    3 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 Getty Research Institute seeks a Research Specialist for PhotoTech, a project focused on the digitization of a portion of the GRI’s Photo Archive and the use of the resulting images to conduct innovative art-historical research. The Research Specialist will work with technical experts to ensure that the technological and art-historical aspects of the PhotoTech project are well integrated. This work will include helping to design and manage research activities, including administration of workshops or collaborative projects conducted in partnership with external researchers; leveraging domain expertise to offer insight on the technical aspects of the project (such as metadata creation, use of computer vision techniques, data modeling); and communicating with project stakeholders, management, and other relevant parties. The Research Specialist will also work closely with the project’s Metadata Lead in developing a metadata strategy for the project by contributing information about potential research use cases.


    The Research Specialist may also research and analyze topics as a subject specialist, helping to develop new and innovative research applications for Photo Archive visual and textual data through the development and support of projects related to research in one or more of the following fields: history of photography; historiography of art history; iconographic or other formal analysis of European paintings, drawings and/or prints. The work may also include high-level independent research that leads to outcomes such as peer review journal articles and catalog essays. Candidates who have experience with linked open data and digital humanities techniques and tools are preferred. The term of this position is two years, with a possibility of renewal.

    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 degree in art history or art OR Ph.D.
    • 1-3 years experience in academic setting, research institute, or art museum (education may be considered)
    • Special subject and technical expertise required; 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 profession