The Getty

Sr Research Specialist

Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0406-Research Projects & Academic Outreach
Targeted Hiring Range
$78,111 - $101,547 Annually
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at Getty

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Job Summary

Conceives and realizes programmatic projects related to important topics in the field of art history and related disciplines, developing new and innovative approaches. Has subject matter expertise in American and African American art history, including their intersection with dance, film, and media. Initiates strategic partnerships and other long- and short- term partnerships with arts institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. Initiates and/or contributes to major research projects of strategic importance to the GRI. Carries on high-level research that will result in outcomes such as book-length publications and scholarly exhibitions. Manages cross-departmental teams.

Major Job Responsibilities

    • Works closely with an institutional research agenda, from single projects to larger agenda-wide issues
    • Conceives and realizes research and programmatic projects (for example: conferences, workshops, publications, exhibitions, research projects) related to important topics in the field of art history and related disciplines, developing new and innovative approaches. Oversees multi-department research teams
    • Identifies underdeveloped areas of research in the fields of art history and related disciplines
    • Represents GRI initiatives and projects at public and private symposia, panels, workshops, and seminars, locally, nationally, and internationally; publishes research results
    • Fosters communication and partnership across other departments and programs of the Trust
    • 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


  • Master’s degree or PhD in art history, or related field
  • Subject matter expertise consistent with the African American Art History Initiative
  • 3-5 years experience in academic setting, research institute, or art museum
  • Fluency in at least one foreign language
  • Demonstrated experience designing, executing, and completing high-level scholarly research projects (education may be considered)
  • Demonstrated experience with professional academic writing and editing (education may be considered)
  • Demonstrated ability in research and writing; curatorial and teaching experience 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

  • Ability to think, write, discuss, and critique projects that fall outside of one’s own field
  • Recognized ability to build long-term relationships, partner and direct teams across disciplines
  • Highly advanced research, writing and editorial skills
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines for oneself; ability to help others set and meet deadlines

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.