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Research - Education: Job opening
Four artworks from the Egyptian collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Job openings at the Department of Egyptian Art of the Met

Two positions

Lila Acheson Wallace Assistant Curator, Department of Egyptian Art

General Description:
The Lila Acheson Wallace Assistant Curator must be an Egyptologist
with a specialty in New Kingdom art and archaeology. Expertise in
other aspects of ancient Egyptian art and archaeology pertinent to
our collections is desirable. The candidate must demonstrate a
strong background and interest in curating a major collection of
Egyptian Art. This position is a two year full-time appointment
with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
Carrying out curatorial duties as assigned by the head of the
department, including but not limited to:
1. Working with the collections, including overseeing assigned
galleries or sections.
2. Pursue independent research project(s), developed in consultation
with the department head, which ideally incorporates and builds on
earlier Museum excavations, especially those in the Theban area.
3  Becoming knowledgeable about the department’s Theban excavation
archives in order to facilitate and enhance departmental use of
this important resource.
4. Assisting with visiting scholars and correspondence about the
5. Assisting with the preparation of special exhibitions and
accompanying catalogues.
6. Assisting with object and provenance research in relation to
7. Supporting the department’s Friends group and donors, including
periodic special presentations.
8. Contributing to public programming or in website features on
behalf of the collection.

1. Cultivate relationships with department colleagues and throughout
the museum, with donors, patrons, and the scholarly community.
2. Develop collaborative relationship with collection care staff.
3. Commitment to the quality of the gallery and online experiences
of all visitors.
4. Review and improve collection information, including gallery
labels, object descriptions and curatorial interpretations for TMS
and the linked online database, or for other online platforms, as
directed by the department head, in order to enhance discussions
of Egyptian art.
5. Work with the department head on other museum projects or
department responsibilities as assigned.

1. PhD in Egyptology
2. At least two-years-experience as a museum curator or equivalent.
3. Demonstrated ability to work with objects.
4. Archaeological experience in Egypt and willingness to continue
fieldwork as needed.
5. Demonstrated scholarly achievement, including evidence of original
6. Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues as part of a team.

And the second position:

Research Assistant, Department of Egyptian Art

General Description:
The Department of Egyptian Art carries out a yearly excavation at
the site of Malqata on the west bank of Thebes.  The director of
the expedition and the curator in charge of the Department needs
a talented young Egyptologist or archaeologist with a specialty in
some aspect of the eastern Mediterranean to assist her with planning
and research associated with Malqata.  This position is a two year
part-time appointment. (A background in museum work is not

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
Carrying out curatorial duties as assigned by the head of the
department, including but not limited to:
1. Familiarize oneself with the site, its excavation history, and
The Met current goals there.
2. Order supplies for the excavation, and make sure the equipment
list is adequate for the upcoming season.
3. Communicate with members of the team answering questions and
getting them needed information
4. Produce contracts for an upcoming season.
5. Organize and file all administrative documents.
6. Process the notes, plans, and photographs from the season
as directed
7. Carry out preliminary library research as directed.
8. Work on needs for publications as directed.
9. Communicate and collect information from the collection’s
management team as needed.

1. Demonstrated understanding of how to carry out research for a
major academic institution of worldwide renown.
2. Cultivate positive working relationships with department
colleagues and members of JEM.
3. Develop collaborative relationship with collection care staff.
4. Demonstrated ability to be well organized and thorough.

1. MA in Egyptology or some area of the eastern Mediterranean art
and archaeology; familiarity with archaeology and antiquities.
2. Excellent organizational skills and a passion to carry out
scholarly work precisely.
3. Demonstrated ability to work to support a supervisor, while
working well with a team.

To apply, send resumes and cover letters to [email protected]<mailto:C[email protected]>
with the following format in the subject line of the e-mail:
Dept-Egyptian-“Position Title”.