Job Posting
Research Fellow - Collections Information and Data, Media Preservation Initiative
Full-Time Temporary

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks a temporary Research Fellow in Collections Information and Data for the Museum’s Media Preservation Initiative (MPI), a collaborative effort to document, preserve, and conduct conservation assessments for time and media based works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. The collection includes works that extend from as early as the 1930s through contemporary works utilizing the newest technologies. The collection houses a diverse set of physical materials, from film and video tape to digital files. The position is 3 days per week, 10 months in duration beginning September 2018 and ending in July 2019.

The Research Fellow- Collections Information and Data is conceived as a position that works in a collaborative environment with the MPI team in order to engage in an interdisciplinary approach to collections information and data practices that are required for complex time and media based works of art. The Research Fellow- Collections Information and Data will investigate and research works of art in an integrated approach by applying information and archival science best practices and theory to special projects. The Fellowship is intended to provide a unique environment in which practitioners across domains are given the opportunity to work on works of art that require new approaches to their research and preservation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively on special projects with project preservation specialists, researchers, as well as the Research Fellow-Conservation to address documentation, conservation, and preservation needs of time and media based works in the permanent collection
  • Provide collections information and data assistance to project researcher and manager
  • Draft preservation decision making and reports for inclusion in the museum’s collection management and preservation systems


  • Current student or recent graduate of Master’s degree in information or archival sciences, with a focus on time and media based works of art
  • Knowledge of different video, film, and digital formats
  • Competency in collection management systems (such as TMS)
  • Knowledge of contemporary arts, with a focus on film, video, and new media
  • Knowledge of content standards, such as Cataloguing Cultural Objects (CCO)
  • Knowledge of metadata standards (such as MODS, METS, LIDO)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Works well under deadline
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Works collaboratively.

How to Apply

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