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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Pre-Columbian (Intermediate Area) Studies

Position Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Pre-Columbian (Intermediate Area) Studies

Supervisor: Director of Pre-Columbian Studies

Department: Pre-Columbian Studies                 



The Post-Doctoral Fellow will support the preparation of the catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Intermediate Area Collection. Led by Dr. Colin McEwan, Director of Pre-Columbian Studies, the project involves research and publication of the previously unpublished Dumbarton Oaks collection of objects from cultures of lower Central America and Colombia. Original research and writing will be required.  The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work under the general supervision of Director Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, and Dr. Colin McEwan.

Duties and Responsibilities

With guidance from the project leader, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will: 

    • Conduct research and coordinate the preparation of the Intermediate Area Catalogue. Primary duties include researching the collection, including exhibition history and related bibliography, and assisting with the compilation and editing of catalogue object entries and essays.
    • Assist project leader with the organization of scholarly meetings and workshops in preparation of catalogue entries.
    • Coordinate with Museum staff any new photography or drawings of the objects.
    • Correspond with catalogue authors and consultants on the procurement of images and rights of comparanda; reference-checking and editorial work.
    • Provide progress reports and content related to the Intermediate Area Catalogue Project, as needed, for the departmental webpages, institutional newsletter, press releases, and institutional social media outlets.


            Three or more years of related experience. Education beyond high school may count toward experience. Must be proficient in English communication skills (written and verbal). Knowledge of Microsoft office and internet skills necessary.

            Preferred/Additional qualifications:

            • Ph.D. in anthropology, archeology, or art history, with a specialization in Pre-Columbian Studies with a good knowledge of the cultural history of Central America and adjacent areas of Mesoamerica and NW South America.
            • High degree of proficiency in Spanish required; proficiency in other languages useful.
            • Demonstrated experience in scholarly publishing and museum work.
            • Computer fluency, esp. with Microsoft Word. Familiarity with graphics programs (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop) is desirable.
            • Excellent written and oral communication skills, superb organizational abilities, keen attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines are essential.


            This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. The expected start date is September 1, 2014. The incumbent will have access to the outstanding resources of the Dumbarton Oaks Library, and become part of the larger scholarly community at Dumbarton Oaks.

            To Apply

            Please send résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications to .


            Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).




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