The Getty Research Institute seeks a full-time limited-term (through June 23, 2023) Research Specialist for the Florentine Codex initiative, which aims to digitize and publish the online Digital Florentine Codex, an enhanced digital edition of the codex along with its translations and transcriptions, to produce a scholarly digital publication on the manuscript's twelfth book, and to develop K-12 educational materials related to the conquest of Mexico.
Reporting to the initiative’s manager, 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 partnership with a contemporary Huasteca Nahuatl consultant. Other tasks may include identifying scribal and artists’ hands in the codex’s texts and images, 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, metadata, and digital projects; advanced research and editorial skills; and is comfortable working with others in a team environment and across Getty departments and programs.