Assistant Curator, Science and Technology Collections

MIT Museum

Job Type: Museums and Libraries

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

Assistant Curator, Science and Technology Collections

As a member of the Collections Team, reporting to the Curator, Science and Technology Collections, the Assistant Curator, Science and Technology Collections, will be responsible for carrying out research; and developing, interpreting, and managing an active collecting program, including oversight of conservation and preservation activities, all consistent with the Museum’s mission. In liaison with MIT faculty and staff, scholars, and specialists, develop exhibitions; develop and contribute to educational and public programs; and respond to inquiries about areas of expertise within the history of science and technology. In 2020, the MIT Museum entered a period of significant transition to begin relocation endeavors to a new museum building (opening 2022) and new collections processing and storage facility (off campus, opening 2023). During this 3-year period, a major focus of the Assistant Curator’s efforts will be on a range of activities and tasks to ensure the successful opening of the new museum and the relocation of the museum’s science and technology collections. Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree in the history of science and/or technology, or related field. Knowledge of U.S. history. Minimum of 3 years of experience in curatorial and collections work. Demonstrated knowledge of interpreting, developing and managing museum collections. Deep familiarity and practical experience with collections database and management systems. Experience identifying and developing conservation and preservation treatments for the varied artifacts in science and technology collections. Experience handling, packing, and moving collections. Knowledge of developing and maintaining museum exhibitions and exhibition-related programs. Demonstrated excellent writing abilities. For complete job description, see MIT Museum website.

Posted: August 26, 2020