The Getty Research Institute seeks a full-time limited-term (through April 15, 2022) Research Specialist for the Florentine Codex initiative, which aims to digitize and publish the Florentine Codex online, along with its translations and transcriptions; and to produce a scholarly digital publication on the manuscript's twelfth book.
Reporting to the principal investigator, 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 collaboration with a contemporary Huasteca Nahuatl consultant. Other potential tasks may include identifying scribal hands in the codex’s texts and images, producing paleographic analyses of the codex and related manuscripts, 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 and digital projects; advanced research and editorial skills; and is comfortable working in a collaborative team environment and across Getty departments and programs.