Employment

Employment at the Peabody Museum is managed by Harvard University. All current openings may be found at Harvard University’s Employment website. Please do not send unsolicited resumes to Peabody Museum staff.

 

Mesoamerican Ceramics Research Associate

The Peabody Museum is seeking candidates for the role of Mesoamerican Ceramics Research Associate to work on the Museum’s Mesoamerican Ceramics Type Collections project. The Research Associate supports the Director of the Mesoamerican Laboratory to research, analyze, catalog, and re-house ceramics from the museum’s collections.

Duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: photography of ceramics; research on published and unpublished reports to identify the ceramic types from each collection under study; documentation of the current location of trays and their contents; reorganization of tray contents; re-housing of materials; creation and placement of type and tray identification tags; writing a brief report on each collection; providing an archival-quality project folder for each ceramic collection; coordinating with other Museum departments to facilitate the transfer of data and images on ceramic collections; writing an annual report on the work that includes an inventory of all work accomplished to date, recommendations for further work on collections, and an assessment of the priorities for work on remaining collections.

Basic qualifications:

Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology and two years professional experience in a museum setting.

Additional qualifications:

Previous research experience with Mesoamerican ceramics and archaeology required; attention to detail and accuracy required; analytical writing skills required; demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team environment required; knowledge of The Museum System software required; knowledge of museum cataloging procedure and descriptive standards preferred.

 

Research Associate of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions

The Peabody Museum is seeking candidates for the role of Research Associate of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions (CMHI) to work on the Museum’s historic H-boards collection housed in the CMHI office, and teach one course on Mesoamerican Writing systems in the Department of Anthropology. The Research Associate supports the Director of the Mesoamerican Laboratory and the Director of the CMHI Program to research, analyze, and identify the individual monuments in the historic photographs and attempt to determine the expedition and where possible, the photographer, responsible for the image.

Duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: organizing the photos on the archivally stable cardboard backing within their drawers and within the site-specific sections into which each drawer is divided; ensuring that each board is assigned to the correct site and, as far as possible, arranged in a logical order and grouped with other boards showing the same monument or monuments; creating an entry for each board in The Museum System (TMS), usually doing some documentary research in the process (which might involve finding a negative number in Ian Graham’s logbook, tracking down images in the Visual Information Access (VIA) system or old Carnegie Institution publications, etc.); scanning the boards, adding required metadata to the scanned images, and passing the images along to the appropriate department within the Peabody Museum. Other duties may include preparation of maps and drawings for publication within the CMHI fascicle series, as specified by the Director of the CMHI, and review of other drawings for epigraphic details and accuracy, to be included in the series, and fieldwork at Maya sites for which monuments still need to be drawn.

Basic qualifications:

Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology and two years professional experience in a museum setting.

Additional qualifications:

Previous research experience and publications in Maya epigraphy and archaeology required; attention to detail and accuracy required; analytical archival skills required; demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team environment required; knowledge of The Museum System software required; knowledge of museum cataloging procedure and descriptive standards preferred.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Catherine Cezeaux

Exhibits assistant working on a mural installation for Storied Walls. Photo by Sarah Otto.