The Getty

Research Specialist

Requisition Number
LT Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0401-Director's Office
Targeted Hiring Range
$63,587.68 - $82,675.84 Annually
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

The Director’s Office at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) is seeking a limited term Research Specialist through June 2024. This position fosters and contributes to the GRI’s ongoing research and scholarly initiatives related to the Pre-Hispanic Art Provenance Initiative (PHAPI), which is a multi-departmental and multi-disciplinary project. 


The ideal candidate will apply expert knowledge of research procedures and protocols to complex questions of importance to the Director’s Office and the program, developing new and innovative approaches. The Research Specialist conducts research in the GRI’s special collections, and possibly Spanish-language archives of Mexico and Central America, and participates in strategic partnerships and other long- and short- term relationships with arts institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. 


The position requires partnership and management skills to lead cross-institutional partnerships and data literacy skills to analyze and research provenance datasets. 


The Research Specialist represents the program’s initiatives and projects at public and private symposia, panels, workshops, and seminars, locally, nationally, and internationally. They may publish results or participate in research project exhibitions. 

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Develops cross-functional and/or cross-entity partnerships and fosters internal and external alliances. 
  • Conducts archival provenance research. 
  • Manages cross-institutional collaborations.
  • Works in partnership with the Pre-Hispanic Art Provenance Initiative (PHAPI) Data Team to achieve large-scale data-driven goals, including contributions to Getty Provenance Index databases.
  • Manages and interprets data sets and devises data-driven research questions.  
  • Works with GRI collections data to produce, analyze, and research provenance datasets and integrate them into research data systems.
  • Partners with GRI’s Digital Initiatives on digital outcomes of initiative.
  • Contributes original research in the form of presentations and/or scholarly publications.
  • Conceives and realizes research and programmatic projects (e.g., symposia, workshops, research camps, and publications) related to PHAPI. 
  • Represents PHAPI at public and private symposia, panels, workshops, and seminars, locally, nationally, and internationally; may publish research results.
  • Fosters communication and relationships across other departments and programs of the Getty Trust.
  • May organize and conduct national or international research trips.
  • Maintains a broad network of local, national, and international contacts within the field of art history, and within the position’s field(s) of specialization.


  • PhD or ABD in the field of pre-Hispanic art history, history, archaeology, or other related field. 
  • 1-3 years experience in an academic setting, research institute, or art museum. 
  • Spanish language skills essential for archival research.
  • Familiarity with Pre-Hispanic art, archaeological traditions, and art provenance.
  • Ability to create, interpret, and manage larger data sets.
  • Familiarity with Getty Vocabs (ULAN, AAT, TGN) a plus.


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

  • Advanced research, writing, and editorial skills.
  • Experience with provenance research and Digital Humanities tools a plus.
  • Excellent knowledge of advanced research techniques and methodologies in scholarship.
  • Ability to partner with teams across disciplines.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to develop a large professional network that is leveraged in the course of the work.

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