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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assistant Curator, Hart Nautical Collections in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Assistant Curator, Hart Nautical Collections

  • Job Number: 18883

  • Functional Area: Museum

  • Department: Museum

  • School Area: Associate Provost for the Arts

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

ASSISTANT CURATOR, HART NAUTICAL COLLECTION, MIT Museum, to join the Collections Team and report to director of collections. Will carry out research and develop, interpret, and manage an active collecting program, including oversight of conservation and preservation activities consistent with the Museum’s mission. Responsibilities will include developing exhibitions in liaison with appropriate MIT faculty and staff, scholars, and specialists; developing and contributing to educational and public programs; and providing public service by responding to inquiries about areas of expertise within maritime history, marine technology, and ocean science. In 2020, the Museum entered a period of significant transition to begin dual relocation endeavors to a new museum building (opening 2022) and new collections processing and storage facility (off-campus, opening 2023). During this three-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 relocation of the museum’s nautical collections. A full job description is available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree in maritime history/studies, history of technology and/or science, or related field; knowledge of U.S. history; at least three years of experience in curatorial and collections work; demonstrated knowledge of interpreting, developing, and managing museum collections; knowledge of and practical experience with collections database and management systems; experience identifying and developing conservation and preservation treatments for the varied artifacts in maritime collections; experience handling, packing, and moving collections; knowledge of developing and maintaining museum exhibitions and exhibition-related programs; and excellent writing skills. Job #18883-6 8/6/20