Employment Opportunities

For full descriptions of open positions at the Princeton University Art Museum, and to apply, please visit Jobs at Princeton and search for “Art Museum” in the Department field. When opportunities are available, brief descriptions of current openings are listed below for your convenience.


The Princeton University Art Museum is seeking a Collection Research Specialist in Native American Art, a one-year term position to research and catalogue works of art in the Princeton University's collection of Native American Art to create future opportunities for scholarship and teaching. The Collections Research Specialist will conduct a broad review of the collection, primarily focusing on the materials from the Northwest Coast of North America, and complete deep object research, including object studies and comparison, provenance research, condition reporting, and review of style, culture, materials, and technique. The Collections Research Specialist will catalogue all findings in the Museum’s collections information system, which provides data for publication on the Museum’s website.

Required qualifications include:

  • A doctorate in art history, anthropology, or another relevant discipline with a specialization in Native American Art—especially from the Northwest Coast—is preferred; a master’s degree with clear evidence of advanced research skills and object handling experience is required.
  • Two to four years demonstrated experience in object-based study of Native American art is required, preferably in a museum setting.
  • Research or published writing that establishes expertise in Native American Art is required.
  • Collection management experience and art handling skills are preferred.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required.
  • A high degree of organization, self-motivation, and great attention to detail are critical.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff members and visiting experts are necessary.
  • The final candidate for this one year term position will be required to successfully pass a background check.   

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for three references to https://main-princeton.icims.com/jobs/7707/collection-research-specialist---native-american-art/job?hub=15&mobile=false&width=1200&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240


CONSERVATOR (Requisition Number D-17-UAM-00001)

Under the supervision of the Chief Registrar and Manager of Collections Services, the Conservator oversees the Museum’s conservation laboratory and has responsibility for the physical care of the Museum’s extensive collections. The Conservator supervises, schedules, and/or performs conservation and preservation of the Museum’s collections, including examination, documentation, analysis, research, preventative maintenance, and treatment. The Conservator also manages all contract conservators, student interns, and volunteers who participate in conservation activities, and coordinates with the Director, curators, registrars, and other staff members to establish procedures and priorities for safe handling, storage, exhibition, and loan of the collections. Moreover, the Conservator collaborates with Museum educators to inform the campus and community about conservation and preservation initiatives. The position requires the ability to develop and oversee faculty and student collaborations and innovative art-science partnerships, and may require the ability to plan and oversee a substantial expansion of the Museum’s conservation activities and facilities at a future date. Working with the Director, the Associate Director for Institutional Advancement, and others, the Conservator assists in the stewardship of donors, prepares grant documents, and advances funding strategies.

Required qualifications include an advanced degree in art conservation. A concentration in painting conservation is preferred, although a background in the conservation of three-dimensional objects may be considered. A minimum of five to ten years of conservation laboratory work beyond the internship level, including administrative or supervisory experience, is essential. Candidates with additional experience will be prioritized.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for three references to https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/682.


COLLECTIONS CATALOGUER (Requisition Number 2017-7609)

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks a curatorial Collections Cataloguer to join a team dedicated to providing full digital access to the encyclopedic holdings of the Museum.

The Collections Cataloguer (CC) will be responsible for the full cataloguing of selected works of art in the Asian Art collection of the Princeton University Art Museum. Information will be recorded in the Museum Collections Information System (TMS) utilizing best practices in the cataloguing of works of art. As part of the Museum's Information and Technology department, reporting to the Manager of Collections Information and working closely with the Asian art curatorial department, the CC will focus on retrospective cataloguing of high impact works of Asian Art. This is a one-year full-time term position with benefits.

Required qualifications include Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, museum studies, information sciences, or related discipline, one to three years demonstrated experience cataloging works of art within a collections information system, ability to work independently and efficiently to produce consistent, high-quality results over long-term project, a high degree of organization, self-motivation, and great attention to detail is critical, excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, demonstrated interest in museums, art history, visual culture, and proficiency using multiple operating systems (Windows and Mac OSX) and basic software including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for three references to https://main-princeton.icims.com/jobs/7609/collections-cataloguer/job?hu...