The Getty

Research Assistant

Requisition Number
LT Part-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0401-Director's Office
Targeted Hiring Range
$24.00 Hourly
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

Assists director of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) and the Associate Director by facilitating research and/or assisting with research projects, exhibitions, and publications. The ideal candidate will be a graduate student with a strong working knowledge in Spanish and a background in Pre-Columbian art history and/or archaeology or Latin American studies.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Researches, edits, and enters content into research database relating to Maya art.
  • Manages and enters data into Excel spreadsheets related to ongoing research project on the provenance of Pre-Hispanic art.
  • Conducts research in GRI Special Collections
  • Contributes to the conceptual development of a project by organizing/creating documentation of research materials, such as bibliographies, searching for and ordering texts, writing literature reviews, etc.
  • Assists with ongoing research projects in different aspects of Latin-American art, ancient to contemporary 
  • Researches and manages database of bibliographic references
  • Requests images for exhibitions and/or publications; researches and obtains art and image permissions
  • Proofreads, edits, and translates as needed
  • Assists with creation of project websites and PowerPoint presentations
  • May copyedit essays, author biographies, endnotes, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • 0-2 years research experience (education may be considered)
  • Strong working knowledge in Spanish


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

  • Background in Pre-Columbian art history or archaeology or Latin American studies
  • Attention to details and interest in maintaining metadata standards
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a timely manner
  • Ability to build relationships, partner with others and work on teams
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines for oneself
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe software suites preferred, experience with Excel and Airtable a plus

Equal Opportunity Employer

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