Jobs and Opportunities

Gordion Database and Web Developer

The Gordion Database and Web Developer is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal that reports to the Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section and is responsible for the design and implementation of the Gordion Project’s digital resources. These include the back-end database which uses open-source software and the public website housed at http://sites.museum.upenn.edu/gordion/. The Gordion Project in central Turkey has been active since the 1950s and has collected a substantial and growing archive of paper-based and digital information. A significant portion of this archive has been digitized and is available in a content management system. This material is currently used by researchers working to publish the excavation’s results. The project is also committed to sharing this data via its website. The Gordion Database and Web Developer will work with the Gordion Project Archivist to facilitate both internal use and public access. The Gordion Database and Web Developer will also be responsible for database development for ongoing field research in Gordion. Participation in fieldwork at Gordion is also desirable.

Qualifications Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) and a minimum of one year of experience in either computer and information systems or archaeology or related field required. Work or education experience showing ability to implement web-based access to archaeological databases. Experience with Linux/Unix, MySQL, PHP, HTML/CSS/Javascript, FileMaker, and Mac server administration. Familiarity with ResourceSpace is preferred but not required. Archaeological or related work experience. Excellent team member and communication skills, and able to work independently and with a variety of people with different skill sets and from different disciplines. Self-motivated, open-minded, and a fast learner. Handle multiple tasks and work under stress while providing quality work and meeting deadlines. Demonstrated familiarity with current trends in the practice of Digital Humanities and an enthusiasm for sharing scholarly resources with both academic researchers and general audiences are requirements. Working knowledge of data architectures, metadata standards, imaging, and digital asset management.

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 May 16, 2014


Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) Lecturer

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) and the School of Arts and Sciences are seeking a Teaching Specialist, with combined teaching and laboratory experience for its new Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). CAAM is a joint endeavor of the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, and will support teaching and mentoring of students from their first steps to their becoming independent as researchers. CAAM is envisioned as consisting of teaching and research specialties in archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, ceramics, conservation, digital archaeology, human skeletal analysis, and lithics. Several of these specialties will have dedicated Teaching Specialists within CAAM.

The appointment is at the rank of Lecturer A in the School of Arts and Sciences, and will report to the CAAM Laboratory Coordinator with oversight from the Faculty Steering Committee. The teaching Specialist will teach or co-teach one course per semester; train and supervise students in their respective technical area; support Penn Museum archaeological projects; publish and/or assist in publication of relevant research; and monitor and maintain their respective lab equipment.

Qualifications Minimum: BA/BS, with a PhD highly preferred in one or more archaeological laboratory specialties from archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, and digital archaeology, with preference given to those specializing in archaeozoology, plus 3-5 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; broad knowledge of archaeological material culture and a record of involvement in archaeological research projects; teaching and mentoring experience. Computer literacy, organizational skills, and attention to detail, multi-tasking, and collaborative abilities. Ability to travel as may be required.

Applicants must apply through the Penn Faculty Searches website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position. Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on July 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Posted June 16, 2014


Student Exhibition Internship

The Penn Museum is offering a new, paid internship for the 2014-2015 academic year for current undergraduates. Three interns from the University of Pennsylvania will work alongside museum staff and students from the University of the Arts Museum Exhibition Planning & Design and Museum Education programs to create a small exhibition that ties into the University Provost’s Year of Health. Interns will learn first-hand about the curatorial, content development, administrative, and design aspects of staging an exhibition in a large museum. The year-long internship will focus on the planning, development, design, fabrication and installation of a small exhibition, which will open in March 2015. Upon opening, students will implement educational programs and events for the museum's public and academic audiences, including the creation of an academic symposium related to the exhibition's themes.

Qualifications University of Pennsylvania undergraduates, preferably with a background in art history, archaeology, or health-related disciplines. Candidates should be enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and able to work both individually and collaboratively as part of a multifaceted team. Successful candidates will have experience conducting research and be extremely detail-oriented; able to work on a variety of tasks as priorities require; and demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills. Candidates must be able to interact in a professional manner with museum visitors, patrons and supporters, researchers, and other staff.

The internship will require an average of 8 hours/week and will be compensated with a $1000 stipend. Restricted to current University of Pennsylvania undergraduates.

Applicants should submit the following to Dr. Anne Tiballi, Mellon Curricular Facilitator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, August 25th.

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter describing the skills, abilities, and experiences that the candidate brings to the Penn Museum
  • Short essay describing an object from the Museum’s collections (www.penn.museum/collections) and how it could be incorporated into an exhibition on the Year of Health
  • Letter of recommendation from a University of Pennsylvania professor

Posted July 11, 2014


Preparator and Mountmaker

Under the supervision of the Chief Preparator, the Preparator and Mountmaker is responsible for the design, documentation, and fabrication of display and travel mounts for objects in the Penn Museum collection. The Preparator and Mountmaker manages the Mountmaker Studio and inventory, creates mount drawings for exhibition and travel, collaborates regularly with the Environmental Designer, Conservators, Collections Keepers, and Curators. The person in this position handles a wide range of objects from the Museum’s diverse collections. Mounts are produced from a variety of materials, including various metals, wood, and acrylic using hand tools and standard stationary shop equipment. In addition to the creation of object mounts, the Preparator and Mountmaker works with the Preparation Department to install and deinstall objects for conservation and research purposes and installs and de-installs exhibitions and displays regularly. This position will take part in team meetings with inside and outside fabrication contractors, design firms, student interns, and independent contractors as required. This is a one-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and departmental needs.

Qualifications Technical School, Certification, training or apprenticeship required beyond High School and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

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 July 16, 2014


Interpretive Planning Manager

The Intepretive Planning Manager researches, develops the content and creates outlines for, and writes of all exhibition collateral, including text panels, labels, audio and video scripts, multimedia content and other elements as required by project. In close collaboration with curators, content experts, researchers, and collections managers, this position serves as the primary contact for individual project teams. The position is responsible for initiating the project schedule, establishing milestone dates and deadlines for projects, as well as scheduling and creating agendas for, and leading all content development meetings. The Interpretive Planning Manager is responsible for writing labels for object removals and change-outs throughout the Museum, and manages the exhibition content database. This position will also collaborate with external content developers, writers, multimedia and design firms as well as internal team members, including designers, preparators, conservators, collections managers and registrars. They are responsible for the purchase and procurement of content, including rights and reproduction for exhibition content. This position will mentor undergraduate and graduate students through the process of creating exhibitions regularly. This is a one-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and departmental needs.

Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Creative Writing, or related field required, Masters preferred, with 3-5 years experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience in research tactics and demonstrated experience in developing content and excellence in writing exhibition text, in a wide array of voices, for a wide range of audiences is essential. An understanding of informal learning strategies is helpful. Familiarity with cutting-edge interpretive and interactive approaches to museum exhibition practice is necessary. Understanding of the special needs associated with displaying museum objects. Ability to work collaboratively is essential. Ability to use the Microsoft and Adobe Suites, Filemaker Pro, and collections database software is essential. Knowledge of Vectorworks, Sketch Up or similar CAD program is helpful, but not required.

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 July 16, 2014


Environmental Design Manager

The Environmental Design Manager is responsible for establishing and implementing the overall environment for temporary exhibitions and displays for the Museum, including all 2D and 3D including concept sketches, color renderings, final digital renderings, construction documentation, graphic design, lighting design, and multimedia direction. This position, along with the Art Director for Marketing, will manage the Graphic Designer, in a dual reporting system. The Environmental Design Manager will create and maintain schedules for the design phases of exhibition planning, create 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. This is a one-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and departmental needs.

Qualifications Bachelors Degree in Exhibition, Theatrical, Industrial, or other fine arts field, Masters preferred, and 3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; 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 July 16, 2014


The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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