The Field Museum is a not-for-profit museum located on Chicago's Museum Campus. In the Field's 125+ year history, which started in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition in the "White City," we have engaged in research on all seven continents, cultivated a collection of over 40 million specimens and objects, engaged with hundreds of thousands of students from Chicago and the surrounding areas, and welcomed millions of visitors to the Museum each year. We accomplish this through the efforts of our dynamic and diverse staff of not only scientists and educators, but also front line staff in Visitor Services and Membership, Protection Services, Facility Planning and Operations, as well as behind the scenes support staff.
The Field Museum seeks a part-time Graduate Research Assistant to support a project bridging themes in museum collections management, registration, and repatriation. Successful candidates will exhibit thorough knowledge and understanding of collections research through the use of catalog, record, accession, and publication materials. While the position will not work directly with items in the Museum's collections, the individual will complete extensive research into collection records, accession documents, archive resources, and past publications to build a thorough understanding of the history of anthropology collecting practices at the Field Museum, particularly as they relate to the history of race science in the United States. The selected individual is expected to also produce summary reports of their findings and must be comfortable working and engaging with sensitive materials and topics. This position is considered part-time (15 hours/week) and will be supported for a maximum of approximately 7 months.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct research into collections records, accession documents, archive resources, and past publications to build a thorough understanding of the history of anthropology collection practices at the Field Museum, particularly as they relate to the history of race science in the United States
- Transcribe related catalog information and records to be digitally tracked and recorded in the Museum's database
- Complete reports summarizing research results to track methods and findings over the course of the project
- Must be currently enrolled in a graduate program
- Must be comfortable engaging with sensitive historical information and references/language that are now considered offensive or harmful
- Must be comfortable engaging with human tissue
- Must be able to read and transcribe script (cursive) handwriting
Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide an accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated.
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