Position Opening:
Exhibit Research Museum Assistant

Funded by the Charles M. and Janet Dixon Keller Fund

As a member of the exhibition development team, the Exhibit Research Museum Assistant will conduct research on museum objects and collections to be featured in an upcoming exhibit. Under the supervision of the Museum Director, and in consultation with museum staff members, the Museum Assistant will select and research artifacts and other materials that relate to the exhibition theme and goals. The Museum Assistant will research the history, condition, and cultural context of these objects and assist in selecting items that will be displayed in the exhibit. The Museum Assistant will also create and update object records in the Museum’s collections databases and write descriptions and labels for public audiences. At the discretion of the Museum Director, this position may be extended through Fall 2018.

Other typical duties include:

  • conducting research utilizing museum and library records,
  • communicating with a variety of museum staff members to insure exhibition needs are met,
  • synthesizing information from multiple sources to contextualize object histories,
  • using archival, photographic, and external research to support interpretations of objects,
  • learning about collections care and object preservation,
  • learning principles of object interpretation and public education.

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must hold active UIUC graduate standing.
  • The successful candidate will have a basic understanding of research methods in social sciences, humanities, or the arts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • experience with material culture research
  • completion of coursework or prior volunteer work that provided an introduction to Museum Studies
  • an interest in interpreting and writing about objects for public audiences

Schedule and Wages:

  • The student is responsible for 150 hours of work under the supervision of the Director of the Spurlock Museum.
  • Range of $10.25 to $12.00 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications.


To apply, please e-mail all of the following to Elizabeth Sutton, Director of the Spurlock Museum: easutton@illinois.edu by 1/8/2018:

  • cover letter detailing qualifications and interest in this position
  • resume or C.V.
  • upcoming spring schedule (work availability and class schedule)