Assistant Researcher Stage III Inventory

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

SIUE University Museum

The University Museum at SIUE is seeking to hire two, full-time, grant-funded, fixed-term Assistant Researchers for Stage III of its Collections Inventory project. The Assistant Researchers will assist the Primary Investigator with the research, assessment, data retrieval, data analysis, handling, and digital documentation of 10,000+ objects from the Museum’s collections for Stage III of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2023 Museums for America (MFA) grant. The Researchers will also compile, collate, and synthesize data in order to create reports concerning timelines, statistics and grant accountability. The selected candidates will participate with other Museum staff in project assessment and redesign and will research undocumented objects using established museum procedures which are guided by the national standards of the American Association of Museums (AAM).

Additionally, the Assistant Researcher’s direct engagement with the activities of the IMLS MFA grant will benefit the Museum, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the university at large by establishing intellectual control over thousands of objects which are central to the University’s academic, research and public service missions. This position will participate in grant funded processes and procedures to increase accuracy, documentation, transparency, and safety for the unique, culturally significant items in the museum’s collections in order to provide greater research access to them for SIUE’s faculty, staff, students, and independent researchers. Further duties and responsibilities in line with the professional scope of the positions, may be assigned based on the needs and goals of the department.


The University Museum of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a repository and research center whose interdisciplinary collections include more than 36,000 two- and three-dimensional objects of fine art, architecture, history, ethnology, archaeology and the natural sciences. Begun as a collection of public art integrated into the SIUE campus at its inception in 1963, the University Museum (UM) was incorporated as an independent center in 1979 to manage and curate the University’s fine art holdings. From its inception, SIUE has defined its identity as an artistic and culturally diverse environment that stimulates lifelong learning through exposure to stimulating hands-on and visual experiences. The value of the University Museum can be measured on multiple scales by the several communities it serves? its cultural resources are unmatched in the southwestern Illinois region. It is a virtual “hidden treasure” of cultural capital that can be deployed to support the university’s values of creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge in conjunction with its mission of cultural inclusiveness and diversity.


Benefits Package

SIUE offers an exceptional array of benefits to all full-time and part-time employees (50% or more receive benefits accrued at percentage of appointment) including:

*Medical, dental and vision insurance;
*University tuition waivers (full-time receive 100% waiver of tuition)
*Life insurance;
*SURS retirement plan;
*Supplemental retirement savings plans;
*Paid vacation and sick leave accrual;
*Generous holiday schedule/paid holidays;
*WorkLife programs;
*Employee Assistance Program (mental health and wellness);
*Employee discounts (local and national retailers);
*Flexible Spending Account Program;

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To Apply for this Vacancy:

This position closes to applicants at 11:59 p.m. CST on the posting end date.  Candidates must upload and attach the following documentation to their application package in SIUE’s HireTouch system:

-Cover Letter
-Unofficial academic transcripts, including those for SIUE. All candidates must provide transcripts for educational qualification verification and/or course work assessment
-List of at least three professional references with current contact information


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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. SIUE is committed to education that explores the historic significance of diversity in order to understand the present and to better enable our community to engage the future. Integral to this commitment, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive. We strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups, including women, members of racially minoritized groups, and individuals with disabilities, to apply. For more on our Statement of Diversity, visit SIUE Mission, Goals and Plans

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:
Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Art History, History, Studio Art, or related field.
Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills and be experienced with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, especially MS Word and Excel.
Candidate is required to have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a large cargo van.
Candidate must be able to work while standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching for extended periods of time and able to perform these actions at heights while on ladders.
Candidate must be physically capable of safely handling, moving, and installing large and/or delicate objects and be able to independently lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications:
Certificate or Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Art History, History, or a related discipline is preferred.

Excellent fine motor skills and experience handling anthropological and fine art objects in a museum setting preferred.
Experience in a museum setting focusing on registration or collections management is preferable.
Experience with museum collections management software (such as PastPerfect) and digital documentation is preferred.
FLSA Exemption Status:
Posting Salary:
$2,810.50 monthly
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Posting End Date:
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