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Open Positions

  • MIT Museum/Nord Anglia Collaboration Curiosity Correspondent
  • Assistant Curator, Architecture and Design Collections
  • Assistant Curator, Hart Nautical Collections
  • Assistant Curator, Science and Technology Collections
  • Coordinator of Experimental Practice

 

MIT Museum/Nord Anglia Collaboration Curiosity Correspondent

 

Position Overview:

The MIT Museum has a formal, multi-year agreement with Nord Anglia Education Ltd. to provide science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programming to students and teachers at more than 50 Nord Anglia schools around the world. 

The MIT Museum/Nord Anglia Collaboration Curiosity Correspondent will be responsible for creating an ongoing series of video segments about research, academics, culture and special events at MIT for an international audience of more than 70,000 school students.  The position will be responsible for all aspects of the video production including topic selection, conducting interviews, accurately translating the science being discussed, editing, and delivering the final product.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identifying and researching STEAM topics to be the focus of video segments;
  • Storyboarding the segments;
  • Procuring on-camera interviews with MIT students, faculty and staff;
  • Shooting or obtaining all footage needed for each segment;
  • Logging and archiving all footage;
  • Writing each script;
  • Creating all special effects and post productions elements;
  • Editing video using Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC or comparable software and uploading videos for easy use;
  • Collaborating to create a highly visible, active social media presence for the MIT Nord Anglia collaboration;
  • Supporting the delivery of two academic trips to campus annually;
  • Supporting the creation and delivery of three academic challenges each school year; 
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with faculty, staff and students at MIT, and keeping  informed on research, discoveries and other STEAM news for the benefit of Nord Anglia students and teachers.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

Reports to the Director, MIT Museum/NAE Collaboration, and will work collaboratively with other colleagues at the MIT Museum.

Supervision Exercised:
No supervisory responsibilities. 

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED: Must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a STEAM field, and 2 years of experience; and a demonstrated record of producing video segments. Proficiency with Final Cut Pro X and/or Adobe Premiere Pro CC, MS Word, Excel, and a variety of social media platforms. Should be able to work evening and weekend hours as needed, and travel internationally on occasion.

This is a term position with the expectation of renewal based upon funding.

PREFERRED: A working knowledge of MIT and an education and/or science background.  The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills and be self-motivated.  A flexible, adaptable, team player who, as a representative of the MIT Museum, demonstrates a passion for science and the ability to communicate effectively with academic and industry-based scientists, community organizations, and global corporations is preferred.  Experience traveling internationally and a strong respect for other cultures desired.

To apply for this position, visit the MIT Human Resources site.
 

Assistant Curator, Architecture and Design Collections

As a member of the Collections Team, the Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design Collections will be responsible for carrying out research; and developing, interpreting, and managing an active collecting program in this area. In liaison with appropriate MIT faculty and staff as well as scholars and specialists, develop exhibitions; develop and contribute to educational and public programs; and provide public service by responding to inquiries about areas of expertise within the history of architecture and design.

In 2020, the MIT Museum entered a period of significant transition as it began dual relocation endeavors to a new museum building (opening 2022) and a new collections processing and storage facility (off campus, opening 2023). During this 3-year period, a major focus of the Assistant Curator’s efforts will be on a wide range of Architecture and Design Collections.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research: Research subject areas of exhibitions and publications, contribute text to exhibitions and catalogues, and write scholarly articles in subjects related to the collection.
  • Collection development and management: Assist in the management of the Architecture and Design Collections and the acquisition (and deaccessioning) of artifacts. Prepare inventories of new acquisitions, catalogue and contribute essential metadata to collection databases, and research and write collection finding aids and other documentation. Develop and oversee appropriate conservation and preservation strategies for the collection, and work collaboratively with the Registrar and/or Collections Manager in the preparation of collection loans.
  • Imaging and Digital Assets Initiatives:  Contribute to the conceptualization and implementation of a new collections online portal which has been developed in tandem with the preparation for future facilities move. Manage digital imaging initiatives in collaboration with the Digital Archivist, and develop strategies for acquisition and access of the collections’ “born digital” assets.
  • Move preparation: Work with the Registrar, Collections Manager, and other staff in the assessment, reorganization, and move of collections during the transition to the new Kendall facility. This work will range from inventory and database records maintenance to physical reorganization of collections.
  • Exhibition Development: Responsible for assisting the Curator in the curation of exhibitions and as part of an exhibition team. Plan and develop exhibition concepts; research and write exhibition text; identify, locate and prepare artifacts for display; collaborate with the Registrar, Collections Manager and Exhibitions Team members to oversee the installation of exhibitions and artifact displays. Assist in the preparation of material to support fundraising and publicity efforts in connection with exhibitions and related programs.
  • Educational and Public Programs: Assist with the organization and presentation of educational programs for MIT and area college students and faculty; work collaboratively with the Engagement Team to present museum tours, gallery talks, symposia and other special events; and work creatively with the MIT community to provide access to collections, information and support for MIT’s research, teaching and public engagement endeavors. Supervise interns and other academic fellows engaged with work in the collections.
  • Public services: Respond to reference requests from museum staff, the MIT community, researchers, media, and the general public, and to email, telephone calls and in-person inquiries. Schedule appointments and assist with collections consultation.
  • Other: Participate in regular team meetings and contribute to general assignments and projects, meetings of the Collections Committee, and mandatory specialized trainings (e.g.: hazardous materials); and provide support for any collections-related emergency. Occasional evening and weekend hours required for public programs or other events.

Supervision Received:
Report to the Curator of Architecture and Design.
Supervision Exercised:
Assist in supervising temporary project staff, interns and volunteers.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the history of architecture or art, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of American architecture.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in curatorial and collections work.  Must demonstrate knowledge of interpreting, developing and managing museum collections.
  • Deep familiarity and practical experience with collections database and management systems.  (The museum uses the MimsyXG system.)
  • Experience identifying and developing conservation and preservation treatments for the varied collections artifacts in architecture and design collections.
  • Experience handling, packing, and moving collections.
  • Knowledge of developing and maintaining museum exhibitions and exhibition-related programs.
  • Excellent writing abilities as demonstrated by a record of exhibitions, publications, and conference presentations as well as other forms of public engagement such as websites, blogs, and other social media work.
  • Excellent communications skills as the job requires frequent contact with museum staff, MIT faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as prominent international scholars and the general public.  Be able to make frequent public presentations (both planned and unplanned) and represent the museum (and MIT).
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, the ability to develop effective work processes and to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. A positive and collegial work ethic, and the ability to work collaboratively within the Collections/Curatorial teams and museum staff as a whole, and with faculty, students and the academic community.
  • Ability to lift at least 35 lbs., reaching bending, stooping.
  • Ability to stand and work on one’s feet up to six hours per day.
  • Ability to travel to various sites on campus and the off-site collections facility; transport artifacts; and meet with potential donors to inspect artifacts.
  • Knowledge of American architecture and design, preferred
  • Experience using digital imaging technology such as digital medium format and DSLR cameras and software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, preferred.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources site.

 

Assistant Curator, Hart Nautical Collections

As a member of the Collections Team, the Assistant Curator of Hart Nautical Collections will be responsible for carrying out research; and developing, interpreting, and managing an active collecting program in this area. In liaison with appropriate MIT faculty and staff as well as scholars and specialists, develop exhibitions; develop and contribute to educational and public programs; and provide public service by responding to inquiries about areas of expertise within maritime history, marine technology and ocean science.

In 2020, the MIT Museum entered a period of significant transition as it began dual relocation endeavors to a new museum building (opening 2022) and a new collections processing and storage facility (off campus, opening 2023). During this 3-year period, a major focus of the Assistant Curator’s efforts will be on a wide range of activities and tasks to ensure the successful opening of the new museum and the relocation of the museum’s nautical collections

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research: Research maritime history, marine technology and ocean science, with a special emphasis on the connections of these fields to MIT (past and current). Develop substantial expertise in the areas of the museum’s current nautical collections including shipbuilding and yacht design in New England and the United States. Work to broaden the scope to reflect substantial scholarly understanding of underwater exploration; naval architecture and marine engineering; and ocean engineering education and research as well as their connections to political, social, economic, and cultural history. Research and prepare collection and exhibition catalogues, essays, articles, and other publications (both in print and online) as well as develop and/or contribute to documentaries and other multimedia presentations.
  • Collection development and management: Collect and manage large and diverse collections which provide the basis for interpreting maritime history, marine technology and ocean science. Responsible for the acquisition of artifacts. Prepare inventories of new acquisitions. Develop and oversee appropriate conservation and preservation strategies. Catalogue and contribute essential metadata for the collection. Research and write collection guides, finding aids, web pages and other documentation. Work collaboratively with the Registrar and Collections Manager in the preparation of collection loans.
  • Imaging and Digital Assets Initiatives:  Contribute to the conceptualization and implementation of a new collections online portal that has been developed in tandem with preparation for the move to a new facility. Manage digital imaging initiatives in collaboration with the Digital Archivist. Develop strategies for the collection and care of “born digital” assets.
  • Move preparation: Work with the Registrar, Collections Manager, and other staff in the assessment, reorganization, and move of collections during the transition to a new facility. This work will range from inventory and database records maintenance to physical reorganization of collections.
  • Exhibition Development: Responsible for the curation of exhibitions (either solo or part of a team). Plan and develop exhibition concepts. Research and write labels. Identify and select appropriate artifacts and related materials for display. Work with the Registrar, Collections Manager and Exhibitions Team to oversee the installation of new exhibitions and displays. Assist in the preparation of information to support the museum’s fundraising and publicity efforts in connection with exhibitions and related programs.
  • Educational and Public Programs: Organize and present educational programs for MIT and area college students and faculty; work collaboratively with the Engagement Team to present museum tours, gallery talks, symposia and other special events. Work creatively with the MIT community to provide access to collections, information and support for the Institute’s research, teaching and public engagement endeavors. Supervise interns and other academic fellows engaged with work in the collections.
  • Public services: Respond to reference requests from museum staff, the MIT community, researchers, media, and the general public. Respond to email, telephone calls and in-person inquiries. Arrange appointments and assist with collections consultation. Develop and maintain scholarly and other professional contacts.
  • Other: Participate in regular team meetings and contribute to general assignments and projects; participate in meetings of the Collections Committee; participate in mandatory specialized trainings (e.g.: hazardous materials); and provide support for any collections-related emergency. Occasional evening and weekend hours required for public programs or other events.

Supervision Received:
Report to the Director of Collections.
Supervision Exercised:
Assist in supervising temporary project staff, interns and volunteers.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in maritime history/studies, history of technology and/or science, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of U.S. History.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in curatorial and collections work.  Must demonstrate knowledge of interpreting, developing and managing museum collections.
  • Deep familiarity and practical experience with collections database and management systems.  (The museum uses the MimsyXG system.)
  • Experience identifying and developing conservation and preservation treatments for the varied collections artifacts in maritime collections.
  • Experience handling, packing, and moving collections.
  • Knowledge of developing and maintaining museum exhibitions and exhibition-related programs.
  • Excellent writing abilities as demonstrated by a record of exhibitions, publications, and conference presentations as well as other forms of public engagement such as websites, blogs, and other social media work.
  • Excellent communications skills as the job requires frequent contact with museum staff, MIT faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as prominent international scholars and the general public.  Be able to make frequent public presentations (both planned and unplanned) and represent the museum (and MIT).
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, the ability to develop effective work processes and to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. A positive and collegial work ethic, and the ability to work collaboratively within the Collections/Curatorial teams and museum staff as a whole, and with faculty, students and the academic community.
  • Ability to lift at least 35 lbs., reaching bending, stooping.
  • Ability to stand and work on one’s feet up to six hours per day.
  • Ability to travel to various sites on campus and the off-site collections facility; transport artifacts; and meet with potential donors to inspect artifacts.
  • Knowledge of science, technology, scientific or technological education, and/or the history of MIT, preferred.
  • Experience using digital imaging technology such as digital medium format and DSLR cameras and software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, preferred.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources site.

 

Assistant Curator, Science and Technology Collections

As a member of the Collections Team, the Assistant Curator of Science and Technology Collections will be responsible for carrying out research; and developing, interpreting, and managing an active collecting program in this area. In liaison with appropriate MIT faculty and staff as well as scholars and specialists, develop exhibitions; develop and contribute to educational and public programs; and provide public service by responding to inquiries about areas of expertise within the history of science and technology.

In 2020, the MIT Museum entered a period of significant transition as it began dual relocation endeavors to a new museum building (opening 2022) and a new collections processing and storage facility (off campus, opening 2023). During this 3-year period, a major focus of the Assistant Curator’s efforts will be on a wide range of activities and tasks to ensure the successful opening of the new museum and the relocation of the museum’s science and technology collections.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research: Research the history of modern science broadly defined to include both physical and life sciences, pedagogy, practice, instrumentation, innovation and invention, with a special focus on connections of these topics to MIT (past and current). Develop substantial scholarly and curatorial expertise in the material culture of science as represented by the museum’s collections in the physical and life sciences and to aid the museum in its efforts to broaden the scope of its collections, especially in physics, biology, chemistry, and materials science. Research exhibition catalogues, essays, articles, and other publications (both in print and on line) as well as develop and/or contribute to documentaries and other multimedia presentations.
  • Collection development and management: Collect and manage large and diverse collections which provide the basis for interpreting the sciences at MIT. Responsible for the acquisition of artifacts. Prepare inventories of new acquisitions. Develop and oversee appropriate conservation and preservation strategies. Catalogue and contribute essential metadata for the collection. Research and write collection guides, finding aids, web pages and other documentation. Work collaboratively with the Registrar and Collections Manager in the preparation of collection loans.
  • Imaging and Digital Assets Initiatives:  Contribute to the conceptualization and implementation of a new collections online portal that has been developed in tandem with preparation for the move to a new facility. Manage digital imaging initiatives in collaboration with the Digital Archivist. Develop strategies for the collection and care of “born digital” assets.
  • Move preparation: Work with the Registrar, Collections Manager, and other staff in the assessment, reorganization, and move of collections during the transition to a new facility. This work will range from inventory and database records maintenance to physical reorganization of collections.
  • Exhibition Development: Responsible for the curation of exhibitions (either solo or part of a team). Plan and develop exhibition concepts. Research and write labels. Identify and select appropriate artifacts and related materials for display. Work with the Registrar, Collections Manager and Exhibitions Team to oversee the installation of new exhibitions and displays. Assist in the preparation of information to support the museum’s fundraising and publicity efforts in connection with exhibitions and related programs.
  • Educational and Public Programs: Organize and present educational programs for MIT and area college students and faculty; work collaboratively with the Engagement Team to present museum tours, gallery talks, symposia and other special events. Work creatively with the MIT community to provide access to collections, information and support for the Institute’s research, teaching and public engagement endeavors. Supervise interns and other academic fellows engaged with work in the collections.
  • Public services: Respond to reference requests from museum staff, the MIT community, researchers, media, and the general public. Respond to email, telephone calls and in-person inquiries. Arrange appointments and assist with collections consultation. Develop and maintain scholarly and other professional contacts.
  • Other: Participate in regular team meetings and contribute to general assignments and projects; participate in meetings of the Collections Committee; participate in mandatory specialized trainings (e.g.: hazardous materials); and provide support for any collections-related emergency. Occasional evening and weekend hours required for public programs or other events.

Supervision Received:
Report to the Curator of Science and Technology and Director of Collections.
Supervision Exercised:
Assist in supervising temporary project staff, interns and volunteers.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the history of science and/or technology, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of U.S. History.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in curatorial and collections work.  Must demonstrate knowledge of interpreting, developing and managing museum collections.
  • Deep familiarity and practical experience with collections database and management systems.  (The museum uses the MimsyXG system.)
  • Experience identifying and developing conservation and preservation treatments for the varied artifacts in science and technology collections.
  • Experience handling, packing, and moving collections.
  • Knowledge of developing and maintaining museum exhibitions and exhibition-related programs.
  • Excellent writing abilities as demonstrated by a record of exhibitions, publications, and conference presentations as well as other forms of public engagement such as websites, blogs, and other social media work.
  • Excellent communications skills as the job requires frequent contact with museum staff, MIT faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as prominent international scholars and the general public.  Be able to make frequent public presentations (both planned and unplanned) and represent the museum (and MIT).
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, the ability to develop effective work processes and to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. A positive and collegial work ethic, and the ability to work collaboratively within the Collections/Curatorial teams and museum staff as a whole, and with faculty, students and the academic community.
  • Ability to lift at least 35 lbs., reaching bending, stooping.
  • Ability to stand and work on one’s feet up to six hours per day.
  • Ability to travel to various sites on campus and the off-site collections facility; transport artifacts; and meet with potential donors to inspect artifacts.
  • Knowledge of science, technology, scientific or technological education, and/or the history of MIT. Knowledge of these subjects in the U.S. context, preferred.
  • Experience using digital imaging technology such as digital medium format and DSLR cameras and software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, preferred.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources site.

 

Coordinator of Experimental Practice

This position will support the general activities of a newly created area at the museum devoted to advancing the Museum’s portfolio of work involving experimental practices in public engagement. The Experimental Practice team, led by the Manager of Experimental Practice, will foster, implement, and evaluate creative approaches to civic engagement in science and other areas relevant to the Museum’s work that has broader implications for practitioners in the fields of informal education and community engagement. This position is responsible for the coordination and implementation of projects that align with both the Museum’s priorities and the needs of these larger professional fields.

The Experimental Practice team is expected to interface with other departments at the Museum. While the portfolio of projects is grounded in the work of the Museum, many of the projects are grant-funded and include partners at different sites and with a range of audiences in multiple settings to ensure our learnings are relevant to the field as a whole. Much of this work is conducted via collaborations with organizations throughout North America and abroad. As such, a major focus of this position is attending to professional relationships and networks external to the Museum, and to coordinating and supporting work undertaken with numerous collaborators.

This position supports the coordination of multiple grant-funded projects with both internal and external partners and stakeholders. The successful candidate for this position will have project coordination experience, strong communication skills, including the ability to provide clear guidance to independent contractors and collaborators, and have a passion for supporting and investigating innovation approaches to civic engagement.

This is a grant funded, two-year Term position, with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

The Experimental Practice Coordinator will:

  • Advance the Museum’s involvement in experimental engagement by assisting with the conceptualization, development and implementation of projects that align with both the Museum’s priorities, and issues relevant to the professional fields in which the Museum is situated.
  • Support multiple funded projects at a time, including assisting in the development and maintenance of project timelines, scheduling and tracking project progress, and gathering information needed for grant reporting.
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operations of multiple projects in the Museum’s experimental engagement portfolio.
  • Take the initiative to carry out careful, considered spoken, written, in-person, and online correspondence with a wide range of professionals, acting as a representative of both the MIT Museum and a variety of funded projects.
  • Develop and implement mechanisms and ongoing processes, including project databases, to sustain the office’s many relationships with professionals, collaborating organizations, and national stakeholders.
  • Form and coordinate cohorts and working groups specific to project needs, scheduling and documenting meetings and other activities of collaborators.
  • Coordinate and participate in online communications, including maintaining and creating thoughtful content for project websites and social media, working directly with contracted designers, web developers, etc.
  • Plan and support the office’s many in-person professional appearances, including conference sessions and networking events, and at least one annual conference produced by the office.
  • Contribute content and design direction for project newsletters and annual reports.
  • Assist in dispersing and tracking payments to collaborators and contractors in coordination with MIT’s centralized financial operations.
  • Participate in other Museum activity as assigned, as well as other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

The Coordinator of Experimental Practice reports to the Manager of Experimental Practice.

Supervision Exercised:

No direct reports.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in directly relevant positions.
  • Experience working on projects that involve many inputs, outcomes, and collaborators, and in tracking project activity, including spending.
  • Excellent written, spoken, communication and organizational skills, and strong interpersonal and networking abilities are required.
  • Experience in the production of professional meetings, workshops, and/or networking events, and should demonstrate attention to the details that make in-person meetings effective and memorable.
  • Must be fluent with website content management and database management, skilled at generating a professional social media presence, and experienced with customizing online subscription services (such as services for videoconferencing, media management, surveys, etc.).
  • National and occasional international travel is required, as is occasional weekend and evening work.
  • Must be able to thoughtfully engage with professionals at various levels, and work with confidential information and issues using discretion and judgment.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Experience with institutions of higher education in the form of graduate study, collaboration, or work experiences is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the overlapping professional fields of informal STEM education, public engagement with science, and science communication is strongly preferred. Knowledge of professional issues related to museums, university outreach, and/or education research.
  • Previous involvement in relevant projects that have a national scope.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing issues related to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources site.

 

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