The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University seeks an experienced curator with expertise in the ethnography of either Pacific Islands (including Australia), Africa, or Asia, with a preference for Oceania. The Peabody Museum holds a premier collection of material culture, both archaeological and ethnographic, from around the globe. The Peabody Museum is closely allied with two academic departments at Harvard, the departments of Anthropology and Human and Evolutionary Biology. Collections are intensively used in teaching and research by these and many other academic departments.
Please note: this position is a full-time curatorial position with no academic responsibilities or departmental affiliation. The Peabody Museum is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
The Museum Curator performs curatorial functions and regular assignments as approved by the Deputy Director using their own judgment and determines methods and procedures on new projects, and is held accountable for end results. Responsible for determining when supervisor or others should be consulted, curators have discretion to make decisions within the scope of their responsibilities. Complex assignments are occasionally reviewed upon completion.
Responsible for documentation, research, presentation, interpretation and development of the collections
Organizes and maintains department offices, storage and study rooms
Makes recommendations for conservation and consults on conservation work and collection safety and storage
Curates and coordinates exhibits as assigned
Conducts and publishes research
Contributes to programming (lectures, workshops, conferences, fellow selection)
Recommends purchases or gifts, and advises on the intellectual content of proposed accessions and deaccessions for the Collections
Identifies and obtains funds for research, exhibitions, and programs from individuals and foundations
Helps to maintain collection records in keeping with professional practices
Responds to researcher and student requests and consults with visiting researchers
Performs other duties as required
About the Peabody Museum The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is part of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums focusing on anthropological material culture. The Museum's collections span the globe with a particular strength in the ethnography and archaeology of the Americas. The museum is caretaker to over 1.2 million objects, some 900 linear feet of documents, 2,000 maps and site plans, and approximately 500,000 photographs
The Collections Pacific Islands and Australia Collected largely by eighteenth-century Boston merchants, traders, and researchers during their Pacific voyages, the 23,000 items of this significant collection include many rare and exceptional pieces. Highlights include Easter Island tapa figures and carved wooden statues; Hawaiian feather capes and helmets; Maori carved door panels, bowls, and human figures; Javanese shadow puppets; and Micronesian canoes and shell jewelry.
Africa The Museum's ethnographic holdings include over 16,000 items in four significant collections. The three principal collections, gathered from Liberia, southern Cameroon, and Uganda during the first half of the twentieth century, include a diverse range of objects used in daily or ritual life. The fourth collection contains more than 200 musical instruments ranging from drums to hand pianos. Archaeological collections are represented by George Reisner's excavations in Egypt and Nubia.
Asia The Museum's Asian ethnographic holdings are small (about 8,000) but very fine with one of the earliest collections of objects made and used by the Ainu, Japan's indigenous people; Japanese and Chinese ceramics and porcelains; colorful textiles made by the Kachin, the tribal peoples living in northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas of India and China, and by the Shan, a people related to the Thai, and Siberian hide costumes and carved wooden household items. Archaeological materials dominate the Asia collections with an extensive collection of excavated artifacts from Tepe Yahya (Iran), Tarsus (Turkey), Vietnam, and China.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
M.A. in a relevant discipline
7+ years of progressively relevant professional experience including Museum curatorial experience
Ph.D. in Anthropology preferred
Expertise in the ethnography of Pacific Islands and Australia (preferred), Africa, or Asia
Experience working with descendent communities
Demonstrated writing, public speaking, research, and organizational skills
Ability to travel as needed
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.