Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery, with the mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement—the four “pillars” of what we do.

Exhibition Designer

The Exhibition Designer is responsible for establishing and implementing the overall environment for temporary exhibitions and displays for the Museum, including all 3D concept sketches, color renderings, final digital renderings, construction documentation, lighting design, and multimedia direction. The Exhibition Designer will create and maintain schedules for the design phases of exhibition planning, creates agendas for and runs all design meetings for exhibitions. This position will establish and maintain relationships with outside vendors and independent contractors, liaise with collections managers, curators, content experts, preparators, conservators, registrars, and other stakeholders to ensure clear communications throughout the process. This position, along with the Interpretive Planner, will establish and maintain the budgets for exhibition projects, and will be required to mentor undergraduate and graduate students on a regular basis.


Bachelors Degree in Exhibition, Theatrical, Industrial, or other fine arts field, Masters preferred, and 3-5 years experience creating museum exhibitions is required. Experience in working with material culture and objects is preferred. Demonstrated ability to design two and three dimensional exhibition elements is essential, as is the ability to work in highly collaborative, team-based situations. Proven clear communication efficiencies is required. Ability to work in multiple platforms, including Vectorworks, Sketch Up, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker Pro, and collections database software, as well as project management software such as Box, Basekamp, and Fast Track scheduling is required. A working knowledge of materials and production methods used to create environments is needed. Strong copy editing skills, and experience working with students are a plus.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted April 30, 2015

Anthropology Department and University Museum Endowed Professorship in Anthropology

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seek to hire a leading archaeologist at the Associate or Full Professor level to fill the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Endowed Professorship in Anthropology. We are looking for candidates with outstanding research and publication records who can bring innovative ideas, techniques, and new kinds of data to broad questions of current anthropological significance. This will be a dual appointment in the Department and the Museum. For the Department, the successful candidate will teach two classes per year ranging from scientific research methodology to the department’s core archaeological curriculum, including undergraduate courses and seminars on theory and her/his regional/temporal specialty. Within the Museum, he or she will hold a curatorial position, and be expected to provide leadership in discussions of collections-based research. The ideal candidate would also be able to contribute to the Museum’s new laboratory-based Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) in both teaching and research.


Temporal focus and geographical area are open, although some preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Africa, Oceania, South Asia or the Maya World. An on-going field and/or laboratory project is essential and researchers who have made major contributions to archaeological science should emphasize this in their applications. The ability to collaborate with archaeological programs in other departments is also desirable.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and CV here. Review of applications will begin November 12, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Anthropology and the University Museum are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Editor A

Reporting to the Head of Collections, Publications, and Digital Media, the Editor A is responsible for the production of scholarly books (from monographs, to edited volumes, to exhibition catalogs and guidebooks) produced by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The Editor A works closely with the Head of Collections to schedule the publishing workload (typically four books per year) for the upcoming year. The Editor A also works closely with authors and series editors during all phases of manuscript review (submission, peer review, revisions, and Editorial Board review) and preparation (copy editing, image manipulation, design and layout, proofing), and then with our print procurement, marketing, sales, and distribution partner, the University of Pennsylvania Press (Penn Press), for the production of bound books (transmittal of design files, final proofing) and any marketing materials required. This position also provides guidance and advice to authors during manuscript preparation for consideration by the Penn Museum Editorial Board. This position supervises and trains part-time employees, work-study students, and volunteers as needed.


BA/BS required; advanced degree in anthropology or archaeology highly preferred; 2-3 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education & experience; knowledge of anthropology and/or archaeology preferred; must have experience and knowledge of style and vocabulary of publications in the fields of archaeology and anthropology; editorial experience in book development (copy editing and layout design); demonstrated writing, editing, oral, and interpersonal skills; knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite; ability to balance the practical considerations of publishing for a non-profit institution with the special needs of anthropological/archaeological publications and their audiences. Ability to work independently on several assignments at one time.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted September 18, 2015

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